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“Expected much more” 2 of 5 stars
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Sultan Sands Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Certificate of Excellence
Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Expected much more”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautiful hotel. Food not up to standard. Fried eggs turned to charcoal.
Buffet badly organised. Guests lost temper due to waiting long in queues.
Never any supervisor visible or available. Bahari rooms seaview, but not worth the price. Description of "Each Room (in the both room categories) offers a spacious bedroom, separate dressing room, en suite bathroom and a verandah or balcony' is not true.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Franeker, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Best hotel ever!!!! Never got no for an answer! A hotel is just a building (although this one is a lovely building in a lovely environment) but the great staff made this a home far away from home, such lovely people. As were the Masai people! Great to have met them! Dinner was a surprise every evening: dining in the restaurant or on the beach? Meat or fish: all prepared in front of you, lovely salads, plenty of fruits etc.etc. There is an option to change money in the hotel, € or $, all is possible! Booking trips in the hotel is much cheaper then booking it with your host(ess)! The cocktails made by Mussa and Mohammed were the best we've ever tasted!
Zanzibar is a beautiful island and when we come back to visit our Zanzibar friends, we will definately book Sultan Sands again!!!

Room Tip: Rooms at the beach are the best: you walk straight from your room onto the silver white beach and th...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belgrade, Serbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The resort is excellent, beach and sea are beautiful. Rooms lovely, the staff fantastic, i felt like home. The landscape is fabulous. If i come again, i'll stay in the same resort.
Habari nakuwashukuru :)

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The resort is nicely located on the East coast, and has a beautiful view on the ocean. Quiet environment. Clean rooms. Lovely gardens. Unfortunately, it's about an hour away from Stone town, so if you want to go it's a day trip.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandnes, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is the Perfect timeout from the rest og the world and a great location if you want the best out of your stay on this island.
The rooms where nice, tidy and clean. The staff was always friendly and helpfull. The Food was just Perfect. Each night had it own theme for the Food, and you could choose from several different disches for every meal. Great Entertainment at night as well, suiteble for everyone.
If we get the chance, we'll come back to this resort, without any doubt!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I love Zanzibar. I have been coming to this same spot every 4 months for the past 2 years. It is pure bliss. Lovely water, warm and blue, little or no waves, tides that go out leaving miles of sand to enjoy...sheer pleasure. The staff at the resort are great. The restaurants are fine, but the Spa is the star here - wonderful. favourite of mine. Will definitely keep coming back!

Room Tip: Get one of the Ocenview Bahari Rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I had the joy of visiting Sultan Sands and Blue Bay Resort with my wife and colleagues from East and Central Africa in February. The rooms were great and the staff very helpful in organizing our conference facility.

The buffet menu was only fair, but the beach side restaurant was better than most hotels I've been at in the region.

The highlight was a snorkeling trip around a nearby island. Simply the most spectacular snorkeling I've ever experienced.

Great value option for a visit to Zanzibar!

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Sultan Sands Island Resort

Address: P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kiwengwa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#6 Family Hotel in 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 Island/Kiwengwa

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