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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)

Paje Beach, Paje Tanzania
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#1 of 16 hotels in Paje
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is an eco-luxury resort bringing a new standard and experience of luxury in Zanzibar. Family owned, operated by a passionate team, we strive to bring an authentic, generous and unique experience with a personal touch in line with our Relais & Chateaux label. A sanctuary of peace and harmony, the resort promises an unforgettable barefoot luxury experience. The spacious luxury villas ensure the utmost privacy in a natural setting, while the amenities deliver the highest standard of service: including spa treatments and facilities (sauna, hammam), a restaurant, a rooftop champagne bar, a beach bar and a lounge, as well as a high-end kitesurfing and watersports center. Families will find a children playground and baby sitting services, while romantics can enjoy couple massages and private dinners on the beach. The large resort (4 hectares) hosts only 11 villas to ensure the maximum space for each of our Guest in an undisturbed harmony of senses.
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Room & Suite (363)363
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Bicycles available
Game room
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Table tennis
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Hair dryer
Dining area
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 2 more
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OhOhBug wrote a review Jun 18
Boise, Idaho116 contributions87 helpful votes
White Sands was our first vacation post COVID so we were very excited and looking forward to see some new faces and places. We chose two places in Zanzibar based on the excellent reviews and them being 5 star resorts. White Sands was the first place we stayed at upon arrival to Zanzibar. We hired the VIP service and it was totally worth it. Upon landing, actually before we even disembarked from the plane, there were two gentlemen already waiting for us. We were brisked through security, immigration and to the lounge to refresh. Shortly after refreshing while our bags were collected, our vehicle was already ready to pick us up to head to Zanzibar. Dachi was our driver and we had a lovely conversation during our long journey to White Sands. Dachi showed us the places of interest along our drive and taught us the Pole Pole word that we used alot during our stay in Zanzibar. About an hour later the huge wooden gates to White Sands opened and the welcome staff was already waiting for us with huge smiles. We met Ivan, Sadiki and another woman whose name I forgot. We were promptly checked checked in and briefed on our stay. The briefing was centered around how we can forget about doing everythig else but enjoy ourselves. We stayed in Villa 1 for 10 days. Villa 1 is a beach villa and we woke up to views of sunrise every morning. When we wake up we could just walk out and sink our toes into the soft white sand. The entire resort felt exclusive and secluded. We value our seclusion and privacy and this could not have been better. The beach villas have two structures; one is your bedroom with the adjoining bath and toilet. And the other structure is the living area. As far as outdoor showers go, this is the best that we have ever had. The beach at White Sands is amazing as well. It was 25 steps from our bed and we have this long stretch of beach with the whitest sand that you can imagine. We loved the low tide where we could walk about half a mile out into the ocean and just soak up the moment. I'll be remissed to not mention the amazing staff of White Sands. The staff at White Sands are the biggest assest of the resort. Earlier I mentioned that we chose two resorts to stay at Zanzibar but we ended up cancelling the second place. When we left after four days and arrived at this other resort, we could tell and feel a marked difference. Despite these two places being 5 star resorts, White Sands stands out it its own class. Luxury resorts are just that, brick and mortar that you can only do so much to luxuriate it, but the staff at White Sands made our stay memorable. It was an easy choice to make. So within an hour after arriving at this other resort, I made the choice to return to White Sands. I texted Thomas (our personal butler) and Dachi (our driver), and told them I want to back asap and wanted the same villa I was in. Within an hours, we were all smiles and driving back to White Sands. For two days, I had two reservations on opposite side of the island, but I was at least on the best side with my favorite staff. Thanks to the F&B staff: Beatrice, Rosemary, Christina, Peter, Donald, Gerard, Ezekiel, Hamza, Innocent, Pendo, Khamis and Jerumina. I am sure I am missing a few others, but the F&B staff interacted with me at least 3 times a day. They always greeted me with a smile and made me feel welcome. They were all very professional and made us feel the karibu hospitality. When my wife tried to pour her own water, Christina came running and stopped my wife from doing that. In another instance, Jerumina saw us bringing some snacks back to our room and insisted that she escorted us to bring the snack back to us. This was just two pieces of bread but she said that we were on vacation and we should not lift a finger. We definitely felt special. I am not the easiest guest and when I arrived I gave Thomas (my butler) a list of my dietary preferences. I am not allergic to anything but I do like local food. From that day on Thomas help coordinate with Chef Abdullah and Muhammad to cook me whatever I desire. I know this is not the easiest thing to do since a kitchen runs best with the same line of food, but they never said no and even suggested what local food I should try. All the food are cooked freshed, presented marvelously and haute! While we interact with the front facing staff, the mangement (Adriaan and Ivan) kept everything running like a flawless machine. Last but not least, I have to mention Thomas our butler. His job got harder upon my arrival with all my requests but he never said no and always replied with the biggest smile and "Of course, my pleasure". Thomas is the epitome of excellent customer service with the utmost professionalism. We actually read about Thomas in tripadvisor prior to arriving and we were excited when we found that he was our butler when we arrived. He fulfilled all my crazy requests (including getting a candied baobab fruit) and worked hard to make sure my expectations were exceeded. Thomas was always a Whatsapp text away and he promptly looked after us. He also learned our habits and preferences, and within a few days it just became habit for him. We could not have been happier. The resort and management runs like clockwork with customer satisfaction at its core. All the staff from management, dining, grounds crew, housekeeping and our personal butler kept in contact through an app like Whatsapp. We stayed a total of 10 days and by the second day, all the staff have started to know my habits and preferences. For example, they found out that I like fresh chilled coconuts for my meals, and from that point on I always have a fresh coconut waiting for me during meals or when I request it through Whatsapp. Even right to the point when we left the island, I never had to lay a finger to checkin and fly out of Zanzibar. Upon arrival once receiving the documents from me, Sadiki took care of everything from the day I arrived until the very last text I received before departing on the plane wishing us the very best. We could not have been happier. We travel the world and have seen alot of great places. White Sands and the staff that made our stay enjoyable will always be in our memory.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Villa1. Best views of ocean from the bed.Wake up,open eyes and watch the sunrise!
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Lisa D wrote a review Apr 2021
209 contributions75 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel special. We stayed in Villa 3 and absolutely loved it. The rooms are spacious, clean, private and very generous. We especially loved our private pool and roof top sundeck. Our butler was Mage and she was amazing and so thoughtful. She went out of her way for my husbands Birthday and even organised Chef to make him a beautiful gluten free chocolate cake. The food was outstanding and created with alot of passion and talent. From the soups, to beautiful fresh fish and seafood, authentic Zanzibar flavours and the most divine desserts. We really enjoyed that the menu changed daily and the staff were increadinly accommodating to any special requests. Lunches at the beach were very special and we especially enjoyed Peter's warm hospitality at the Beach Restaurant. The massages at the Spa were just divine and we really enjoyed our gym workouts in the open air. The staff organised a very special full moon beach dinner for our last night which was the perfect ending to the perfect holiday. Thank you to an amazing team for such warm hospitality. We are already planning our next trip back.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Vanesa Horbach, Other at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Responded May 1, 2021
Dear Mrs. Drake, Wonderful to hear that your stay with us was so memorable and that you enjoyed our amenities, the food, the spa and the whole experience itself. Thank you for mentioning our team members, we will forward your kind comments to them. On behalf of the whole team we would like to thank you for choosing our property for your stay. We are very fortunate to have guests like you. Looking forward to meeting you again soon and making your stay with us even better. Sending you lots of love and light from Zanzibar! Kindest regards, Vanesa Horbach Assistant of General Manager
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Maciej M wrote a review May 2021
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My second visit to this place... it is simply the most astonishing and luxurious place on the island and I have been to many out there (haven't been to ZURI yet :) ) The food is also at the top level. Beach... well white, pure, like a flour. Brilliant! Maciej
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Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Vanesa Horbach, Other at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Maciej, Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate a lot your comment food and the beach. We will make sure our Executive Chef will receive your compliment. Looking forward to welcoming you once again soon! Kindest Regards, Vanesa Horbach Assistant of General Manager
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PilotLuana wrote a review May 2021
Portugal1 contribution
This is truly the most unique and exclusive hotel in Zanzibar. With only 11 amazing and huge villas, it's gonna be your home away from home. It's gorgeous, the staff is amazing and the food incredible! What more can someone ask for? Truly recommend this place to everyone! Family, friends, couples... It's perfect for every type of stay. We came in the rain season (May) so we're already making plans to come back soon!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Vanesa Horbach, Other at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Luana, It is a pleasure to hear your positive feedback regarding the stay with us. Even though it was a rainy season, we are happy we succeeded in meeting your expectations. Your butler Joseph and the whole team is sending you warmest wishes from White Sand Luxury Villas and SPA. We can not wait to welcoming you at our beautiful property once again. Warmest regards, Vanesa Horbach Assistant of General Manager
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Hartel wrote a review May 2021
Vienna, Austria6 contributions1 helpful vote
We got a very nice feeling when I just stepped in this hotel. Everything was perfect and targeted to offer a great stay and experience. Staff is nice and the food is excellent. The hotel is very clean and I loved it, as a great added value. The beach is what the name of the hotel is calling for 😊! We traveled the island and had three resorts (in Nungwi and Michamwi) of which the White Sands is definitely the one we loved the most.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Vanesa Horbach, Other at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Responded May 8, 2021
Dear Sir or Madam, We are glad to hear that we managed to provide you an unforgettable experience since the very beginning of your stay. Looking forward to welcoming you once again at our beautiful property. Warmest regards, Vanesa Horbach Assistant of General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)
Which popular attractions are close to Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Nearby attractions include Paje Beach (0.8 miles), Jambiani Beach (2.7 miles), and Kuza Cave (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peterpan Beach Lodge & Italian Restaurant, Zanzest Beach Bungalows Restaurant, and Fadhil Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux) have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux) offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux)?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, and Swahili.
Does Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa (Relais & Chateaux) have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.