A small Hotel on a great piece of beach only 15 rooms with almost 1:1 staff guest ratio it seems at times. All the staff great you at first site each day and nothing seems a problem. The main restaurant area has a a second floor with a small library and toys with seating alcove style.
There are 2 pools with the bigger having 4 levels suitable for non swimmers and young children the beach side pool has a seating ledge so you can watch the busy beach life. There are no real beach touts only a maasi selling his trinkits and a boat trip seller, which most guests use at some time to snorkel at the the nearby island. Whilst we were there dolphions were sighted most days.
The hotel is compact with landscaped tropical gardens giving plenty of privacy.
The rooms are all good being doubles which can be converted to triple. We were the only family and having younger children the bedroom arrangement was fine. If you have older children you will need to think about booking extra rooms. Fresh bottles of water are provided daily as well as a daily maid service and evening turn down. Each room has fans and that is enough if they are kept on all day to help keep the room cooler for the night. the sea breeze also helps. There is also a small bolted down room safe.
The food is plentiful with Breakfast consisting of fresh fruits cut to order, breads and fresh pressed juice and French press coffee and fresh tea. and a choice of cooked eggs. There is a regular snack menu of bolognaise, breaded chicken fingers, fresh salads, steak etc. The portions are usually enough for 2 Fruit is available free all day. Dinner is always different with a range of local and fish and seafood such as Marlin, Tuna, and occasionally octopus, squid etc.
One downside that some people think is the high cost of food is a negative point bue food is well cooked and the portions are pretty big, we shared each portion between 2 most meals.
The Hotel is perfect for couples, however if you have children make sure you bring some activities, mind you my kids played in the pool or on the beach most of the time.
There is free wifi and the signal is good although the service is dependent on the internet link from outside the hotel.
All in all a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sunshine Hotel is a 15 rooms 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. All the rooms feature with king size bed with mosquito net, desk, safe box, bathroom with shower and closed toilet, stone bench, 3 fans, private outdoor space to relax. All rooms have garden view, some of them partial sea view. 2 rooms in a private bungalow are located directly on the beach, perfect retreat for couples, honeymooners or just a romantic surprise. The 2 pools are suitable for everybody, also kids that can swim in the shallow water area. The own Diving Centre Dive Point Zanzibar, organizes daily trips for divers and snorkelers to Mnemba. The Restaurant and Bar are available from 7,30am to 9,30pm to everybody (outsiders are welcome too) for the main meals on a' la carte basis. Half Board and Full Board are also offered. The Reception is at guest disposal 12h each day to assist them also for excursions around the island. USD is the main hotel currency, credit/debit cards are welcome (+5% bank fee on each transaction) as well as Euro/Tshilling (hotel exchange rate only). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Hotel Matemwe, Zanzibar Island