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Reviewed September 11, 2010

We stayed at Sultan Sands for 11 nights as a family with two children aged 11 and 13 - We had to have two rooms as our oldest child is classed as an adult but they gave us adjoining rooms and our two children were happy to share a room with Mum and Dad next door and easily contactable on the hotel guest internal phones.

The service was outstanding , the evening entertainment was very good too and breakfasts and dinners were as good as I have had anywhere with so much variety to choose from.

Many of the guests from the adjoining sister hotel the Blue bay ate at the Sultan Sands and although I tried the Blue bay pool and facilities , we much preferred the Sultan Sands as it felt much more cosy although neither hotel was very busy in Mid August - Just the right amount of guests at both in my opinion,

Pool and Table Tennis at both to keep the children entertained and internet access at both for $3 for 15 minutes - These two hotels really are adjoining and almost feel that they combined as you walk under an arch in the gardens from one to the other - The Gym was good too but obviously not as well equipped as a big gym in the uk but perefectly suitable for holiday exercise.

The beach was amazing although swimming is only possible when the tide comes in as when the tide goes out it goes out about 800m so its a long walk to get to water over a metre deep.

Trips - The only downside to these two hotels are the cost of the trips - Over $125 dollars for a family of four to visit stone town and not much less to visit Jozani Forest - The Spice farm trip was a little cheaper but still a lot more than you would pay for trips at other resorts un Europe and Asia.

My advice is to negotiate with the guys on the beach who provide the same trips but undercut the hotel - We went to Stonetown on a trip organised by the beach boys for $80 dollars including a brilliant guide and you can negotiate with the guys who pull their sailing dhows up onto the beach and we had a two hour rtip for 4 persons for $50 dollars but I heard some people only paid $40 dollars so well worth bartering - One trip the hotel will not tell you about is the nearby Kiwenwa Nature reserve forest and coral caves run by locals - It was absolutely amazing and only cost us $30 dollars for the taxi and $5 dolars each to be shown round - You really need to take a couple of torches although the guide has one - Lots of bats and mind your head but amazing coral stalagtites This was the cheapest and the best trip we went on

The two beach boys I used were called Jimmy and Samwell who both speak very good English - Jimmy arranged the stonetown trip and guide for us and also arranged the Dhow trip and came with us and helped my daughter snorkel off the side of the Dhow and Samwell the trip to the caves - f anyone tells you not to trust these two guys do not beleive them as I found them honest and truthful and they only asked for payment after the trip - They will also get you bits and pieces from the local shop at considerably cheaper prices than the hotel charges - I walked out of the hotel gates and turned left and was at the local shop within two minutes walk - No problems at all visting this shop during daylight - There is also a pharmacy next door to thye shop and the local doctor is often behind the counter and will prescrive medecines for you and he seemed just as knowledgable and competent as my own doctor in the UK and spoke good English - You have to pay for medicines but they are really cheap .

t can be a pain getting pestered to buy stuff every time you set foot on the beach but there is a lot of poverty on Zanzibar so I was happy to spend some of my dollars with people who were working really hard to scratch out a living - If you do meet Jimmy and Samwell please say hello from Andy from London and ask them if they are enjoying playing football on the beach with the ball I gave them !

These two resorts are guarded by Masai tribesmen from Tanzania - They patrol 24 hours a day and are charming to speak to and we made friends with a few - say hello from Andy from London to Fabio who is one of the youngest Masai guards - We stil text each other even though I have been home a month now.

Both these hotels don't take cash in the resort and you settle your bill at the end of your stay including trips taken with the hotel so only take dollars or Tanzanian Shillings that you intend to spend at shops when you are on trips or to pay the beach boys for their tours.

There are no kettles in the rooms at Sultan Sands which was a shame as I would have taken my travel kettle if had known in advance !

All in all a great hotel , very relaxing but it does cost a lot of dollars to go anywhere via taxi and the hotel tours will add quite a lot onto the cost of your holiday.

We would gto back for sure ................ with a kettle for a cup of tea in our room when we wake up !

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

We went for our weeding anniversary for a few days in Zanzibar, we expected a good quality hotel duet thehighreviews on the websites. Sultan Sands achieved all our expectations and wa s exeptional in all areas. The live shows were brilliant, the food to die for and the location amazing. They say location, location and location and I concur they have the most amazing location! Well done to all staff.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

The facility is very nice, but the staff are poorly trained and indifferent. We ran into a whole series of issues, any one of which could have been overlooked, but together left us feeling that we would never return to this hotel or its sister hotel, BlueBay Beach Resort (next door). Examples include: room lights & A/C didn't work, maintenenace didn't show, I fixed the problem; restaurant hostess was very rude every night; restaurant staff often had to be asked multiple times for service (eg: coffee); bed sheets had dried blood on them; some of the food was poor to inedible; restaurant played rap music at most meals including some with vulgar lyrics; watersports staff were rude; guest relations gave us incorrect advice for ongoing flights (found out the correct answer when we checked in at the airport); reported this & more upon checkout and in spite of being asked for my email address to reply, I have not received any correspondence. We travel often to third world countries and have lived in 2 third world countries. We do not expect perfection. This didn't even come close to acceptable.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

This hotel and beach resort was beautiful and very well maintained, the food was excellent we chose the all inclusive option and there was some sort of entertinment every night. However, there for us was something not quite right everone seemed to stop at around 10pm at night , there were very few other english holidaymakers and we felt a little isolated as it was a long way to get anywhere else. Maybe not livley enough with two teenagers on board!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Sultan Sands is a very comfortable place to stay where the staff will go out of their way to help you. Sultan and Adam made a lot of effort to find a kite surfing company for us and made lots of phone calls on our behalf. Our room was very comfortable and spacious and we were lucky to have a beachfront room. The excursions are pricey, but it is easy to arrange these yourself either through the locals hanging around the beach, or by getting a dala (local bus, $1500TSh) into Stone Town and then haggling for a boat to Prison Island - fantastic trip, go and see the giant tortoises, our boat was US$20 for the 2 of us, so much cheaper than arranging a visit with a tour company. I would strongly recommend a stay at Sultan Sands.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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