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On the beach, white sand, snorkelling, 2 beach bars
On the beach, white sand, snorkelling, 2 beach bars
On the beach, white sand, snorkelling, 2 beach bars
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas

Guest reviews

4.2 out of 5 Very good
26 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Breakfast included
Parking included
Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays


Explore the area

Popular LocationKiwengwa Beach1 min walk
Popular LocationMapenzi Beach7 min drive
Popular LocationPongwe Beach14 min drive
AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)46 min drive

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  • Junior Suite, Sea Facing

    Room amenities

    • 646 sq ft
    • Sea view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsJunior Suite, Sea Facing
  • Standard Room, Garden View (Pwani)

    Room amenities

    • 313 sq ft
    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
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  • Superior Room, Sea Facing (Bahari)

    Room amenities

    • 291 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsSuperior Room, Sea Facing (Bahari)

About this area


Located in Kiwengwa, Sultan Sands is on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kiwengwa Beach and Mapenzi Beach.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kiwengwa Beach - 1 min walk
  • Mapenzi Beach - 7 min drive
  • Pongwe Beach - 14 min drive
  • Muyuni Beach - 16 min drive
  • Mnemba Island - 35 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 46 min drive


  • Mwambao — 1 min walk
  • Kivuli Bar N Restaurant — 1 min walk

About this property

Sultan Sands

Upscale resort on the beach, with 3 outdoor swimming pools
At Sultan Sands, hit the beach, dine on-site at Mwambao or enjoy a drink at one of the resort's 2 beach bars. All 76 rooms offer free WiFi, memory foam beds and separate sitting areas. Other amenities available to guests include TVs, minibars and rainfall showerheads.
Sultan Sands offers 76 forms of accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature minibars and a safe. This accommodation offers separate sitting areas. Beds feature memory foam mattresses. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower with a rainfall showerhead, slippers and hairdryers. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a ceiling fan. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis.
3 the outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include an outdoor tennis court and a health club.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

All-inclusive details

All-inclusive room rates at Sultan Sands are available. These rates are higher because they include on-site food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows industry sanitisation guidelines of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast and lunch
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • 1 restaurant
  • 2 beach bars, 1 poolside bar and 1 bar

Things to do

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Parasailing
  • Shopping
  • Snorkelling
  • Spa services
  • Tennis

Family friendly

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children's club
  • Children's pool
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities


  • Front-desk safe
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Business centre
  • Conference centre


  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • In-room accessibility


  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Memory foam mattress


  • Hairdryer
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • 32-inch TV

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service
  • Window screens



Check-in between 2:00 PM and midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 16


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request
Fees may apply; contact the property in advance to make arrangements

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets are allowed for an extra charge

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 90
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 45 (from 2 to 12 years old)
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 50 per vehicle (one-way)
  • A pet fee will be charged

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

Sultan Sands
Sultan Sands Island Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Resort
Sultan Sands Island Resort Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Hotel Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Resort Zanzibar/Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island
Sultan Sands Island Resort Zanzibar Island/Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort
Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort
Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort Kiwengwa

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Sultan Sands and receive a full refund?
Yes, Sultan Sands offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Sultan Sands cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at Sultan Sands?
As of 19 Sep 2020, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Sultan Sands on 24 Sep 2020 start from £159, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Sultan Sands have a pool?
Yes, this property has 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Is Sultan Sands pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Sultan Sands?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Sultan Sands?
Check-in is from 2:00 PM to midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Sultan Sands?
Checkout is at 11:00 AM.
Does Sultan Sands provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of USD 50 per vehicle, one-way, applies.
Are there all-inclusive benefits at Sultan Sands?
Some rate plans available at this resort are all-inclusive.
Where is Sultan Sands located?
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest and Kiwengwa Beach. Mapenzi Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Very good
26 reviews
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Property and location are both great. Really enjoyed our stay. All staff and bar tenders was amazing. Dass really went out of his way to ensure our stay was extra amazing.
Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Great hotel, in a very beautiful location and lovely staff. We stayed there for six days and didn't want to leave! From the check in to check out, everyone was there to make sure we had a fantastic holiday and they always had a smile for us. Fantastic beach and really good evenings shows. Would definitely go back to Sultan Sands in Zanzibar. Thank you very much everyone and Special thanks to Dass!
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
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Very nice rooms, food and nice staffs Nice beach we enjoyed,a lot
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

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Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

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Sultan Sands Stay
Our stay at Sultan Sands was nothing short of amazing. The service was exceptional. Dass, went over and above to ensure we had a good stay. We travelled with elderly people and the rooms provided were perfect for them to walk to and from the beach and/pool area. On an all inclusive package, the food was good and a huge variety of food everyday. The beach area is beautiful and sitting on the pool loungers on the beach was ideal to unwind. The location is also very good. Not too many tourists but at the same time it's not in the middle of no where. The snorkeling Centre on the resort makes it so convenient to travel out. We were particularly impressed with the service and value for money. Only suggestion would be is to have a kettle in the room for those who would like to have tea in the confort of there room. On the whole, a really nice place to stay at where you will get exceptional service and value for your money.
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2019

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