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“We wish we could stay longer” 5 of 5 stars
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Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar
Ranked #2 of 9 Matemwe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Skierniewice, Poland
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149 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“We wish we could stay longer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

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.

Room Tip: First floor have good views, but staircase access from the back of the room Ground floor have bette...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The sunshine hotel is a beautiful hotel in a fabulous location with very friendly staff, wonderful rooms and a magnificent view over the ocean.
A very nice hotel where we had the most amazing meal in their restaurant.
We also ordered room service and the food was delightful.
Loved every minute and I could not have been happier with our stay!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dar Es Salaam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

If you're looking for a small intimate hotel on the beach in Zanzibar, this is for you. The hotel feels like a private enclave. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. The staff are friendly, especially Katya at reception.
Snorkeling and diving are available close by and there a 2 great pools if you just want to chill. The food at the restaurant is good, but I agree with other reviewers that it is a little expensive. Also good wifi if you really need to check your emails while drinking cocktails.
Overall we loved our time there. Only downsides were the slightly disappointing water pressure in the shower, and the loud call to prayer that woke us up early in the morning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

We've been in Sunshine in January, and had a fantastic room overlooking the sea With its perfect postcard beach with white sands and palm tree, it looked like the paradise (or what we think of it). The service was great, the breakfast nice; we also ate two times at the restaurant in the evening and that was the only (little) disappointing point of our stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Hotel is beautiful and the perfect place to relax and forget about all the stresses of every day life at home! The food is quite overpriced in my opinion for what it is, but the staff was fantastic and overall this is a great place to relax. The beach was pretty (although the Kendwa Rocks beach is more stunning and picturesque) and the atmosphere was very mellow here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We really loved the peace and quiet of the Sunshine Hotel, along with the beautiful setting. We found the management to be very attentive and engaged in running the hotel, and yet at the same time personable and friendly with the guests. The staff as a whole were very good - well run place. I saw one of the reviews that indicated they were not happy the managers walked their dogs on the beach, but we found them to be friendly, very well behaved pets that did not get in the way of guests at all, and quite frankly thought it actually added to the family style atmosphere.

The pool was kept clean, as were the lawn and beach chairs. The food was particularly good - we had some of our nicer meals here, and it was great to just hang out at the restaurant bar and have a few cocktails looking out over the beach.

As to the rooms, we had #1 and #2 on the second floor in the cabin near reception. Our biggest concern when we booked was "no air conditioning", but we were assured there would be a nice ocean breeze and it would be ok, and it was. They have 3 fans in each room, but it was a bit warm - not unbearable, but a bit warm. This is the only reason I hit 4 star instead of 5 star in my rating. Outside of that, the rooms were big enough, with nice balconies to sit out on and take in the view, the sunset, etc.

Regarding the snorkling, we went with one of the guys on the beach who offered us a trip at a lower cost than the more expensive organized outings, and it was perfectly fine. We checked in with management first to be sure it was safe, and they vouched for them so we did it and saved ourselves some money. We went out to Mnemba atoll and the snorkling was great - really nice spot.

If I ever go back to Zanzibar, I would absolutely stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Sunshine Hotel is located right on Matemwe beach which is a beautiful long beach where you can make beautiful walk. We chose the Seabreeze suite and even if it is a little bit more expensive it really worth it.
We had had our private jacuzzi on the the terrace and our private access to the beach.
The food was ok! I loved the pancakes! I would not suggest the full or half board plan.
Everything in the hotel was perfect; we could rent bicycle and snorkeling equipment.
We were just a little bit disaapointed with the sea temperature that was incredibly warm and not so pleasant to bath in.
And we expected matemwe a little bit more crowded with bars and restaurant, but in the evening the beach was quite desert

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar
Address: P.O. Box 4749, Matemwe 4749, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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