Booked direct with hotel and requested the garden room which was cheaper than the other rooms and situated near the reception area only a few metres from the pool area. All e mail correspondence was answered quickly and they arranged transport to pick us up from the airport ($50).
The room was lovely; downstairs was a sitting area and bathroom with an amazing power shower and upstairs a double bed, storage, desk and safe. No a/c in the room but don't let this put u off, ceiling fan and plenty of breeze through the window meant we were more than comfortable. Rooms cleaned immaculately every day and little flowers left on the bed. Also an evening turn down service where staff would put the mosquito net down and spray the room.
Food was very nice although a bit pricey in comparison to other hotels in immediate area. Amazing breakfast! There was a few choices of places to eat outside the hotel we tried Seles (very friendly staff, felt very welcomed, chilled out & good price), nyota (cheap, laid back place), hotel kiwa (very cheap but slow service) and zanzibar retreat (food ok but made to feel like an outsider, staff not very polite) I liked the fact we could chose different places each day but would have equally been happy to eat at sunshine everyday as the menu changed daily.
Beach on front of hotel was lovely white sand and clear warm sea. I went for an early morning run and felt totally safe on the beach.
Weather was mostly fine, a few spots of rain mid morning and one cloudy afternoon. Definitely bring a warm top to cover up in the evenings as its very windy here.
The pool area was big and we always had the pick of beds, plenty under shade, others directly overlooking the beach as well as sun loungers on the beach.
Staff at sunshine were all so friendly, pleasant and polite, particularly Ibraham who always greeted us with a smile and went out of his way to chat and ask how we were. We also met Doris & Rudi and their gorgeous dogs and Rudi was so kind in sharing his chocolate with me when I asked where I could get some from (chocolate is scarce in Zanzibar apparently).
Please also be aware that the hotel is in the middle of a small village, therefore it was difficult to get a good night sleep without being disturbed at 5am by the local mosque, dogs, chickens and various bugs that could be heard in the roof! I know this is completely out of the hotels control and part of the experience but thought it needed highlighting.
Only slight problem we had was no wifi for the week but regardless of this id highly recommend this hotel and think for the price we paid ($150 per night) it was good value for money and the best around in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sunshine Hotel is a 16 room, beach hotel, located in Matemwe on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Eco friendly, stylish and cozy, carefully designed by professional designers, creates a unique chill-out ambiance to make you feel happy and relaxed. Set right on the unspoiled white sandy beach, lined with palm trees and washed by warm, turquoise waters of Indian Ocean, it's a perfect gateway from everyday life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar Matemwe