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Sultan Sands Island Resort

3.5 of 5 P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars NEW

We vistited Sultan Sands for 9 days, and we absolutely loved the place. Relaxing and quiet. We travel a lot and we sometimes worry about the standard of hotels, but we had no worries arriving here. You are in Africa, so you have to understand that some things just take a bit more time than in other places. Pole pole.... More 

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Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Last week my husband and I visited Africa, Zanzibar and Sultan Sands for the first time. We wanted to spend a week relaxing, sunbathing, good food and some culture/nature. In Sultan Sands we found a wonderful, relatively small resort with a personal touch. Compliments for both staff and manager! We loved our beach cottage. Imagine walking 5 yards to find... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We stayed 8 days in this Arabic style hotel. The rooms are very clean and near the beach, cleaning lady will pass two times a day, morning and evening. If you want to relax have a drink and read a good book, this is the right place. The food, for me very important, the food is excellent every single day... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We stayed her for 6 nights after a Kilimanjaro climb. The hotel is very nice in arabic style. Helpful staff, reasonably good value, clean & tidy cabins, good food, and entertainment every night. This resort is reputed to offer better than average value and the experience is pleasant. The hotel offer the beach experience. You lie around in the sun,... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We stayed 10 days at Sultan sands resort. Due to that the resort is far away from closest village/town, you kind of only have the resort and the beach so enjoy during the you vacation. If you just would like to have 100% slow and relaxing time, this is the place. If you would enjoy testing local restaurants and some... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This resort is quiet en smaller, also cosier than the neighbour and big one (Bluebay). It has the ideal location to travel around on the island : try to organize it yourself - cheap and private service! Visit Stone Town (only 45 min away) and see the dolphins in the south, go to Jozani Forest and visit Prison island. The... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I had wanted to be at the beach. This place has a swimming pool for use - not the ocean. I don't know how they got such high ratings. It's at most average. The service is sooo slow and the food average. I would never stay at this place again. It's a lot of making do.

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Horsens, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stayed one week in Sultan Sands. The hotel, rooms, and pool area was great and well taken care of. The staff was very friendly and really made you feel welcome. The food was very nice and tasty. Every evening there was a new theme, and especially we liked the local evening with local food and entertainment. The view from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice rooms, excellent service, and top location. Food was very good and there were different themes and live music every night. The beach was very nice and right next to the hotel. Trips to Stone Town and Prison Island were very interesting, especially Stone Town.

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sultan Sands is the best hotel ever. We stayed for two weeks after safari. The staff are so serviceminded and friendly- Only the best is good enough for their guests. You really feel welcome. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Every night the staff put the mosquito netting around the beds and spray the rooms with insect spray. No bugs... More 

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Address: P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sultan Sands Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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Also Known As:
Sultan Sands Island Hotel Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Resort Zanzibar/Kiwengwa
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kiwengwa
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
#6 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa

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