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Sultan Sands

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

Overview of Sultan Sands

Sultan Sands

5.0 star property

4.3/5 Excellent

Top rated for cleanliness (4.4/5)

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning
PO BOX 3276,KIWENGWA, NORTH EAST COAST, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKiwengwa Beach1 min walk
  • Popular LocationKiwengwa Pongwe Forest7 min walk
  • Popular LocationMapenzi Beach7 min drive
  • AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)46 min drive

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About this area


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

What's nearby

  • Kiwengwa Beach - 1 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 7 min walk
  • Mapenzi Beach - 7 min drive
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 10 min drive
  • Muyuni Beach - 16 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Local - 8 min walk
  • La Villa - 9 min walk
  • Cafe Africa - 11 min walk
  • Amour Beach Restaurant - 16 min walk
  • SI BurgerS - 18 min walk

About this property

Sultan Sands

5-star luxury hotel
At Sultan Sands, you can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and 2 beach bars. This hotel is a great place to bask in the sun with a white sand beach, kayaking, and snorkeling. For some rest and relaxation, visit the sauna, and indulge in a massage, a facial, or a body treatment. Be sure to enjoy a meal at Mwambao, the onsite restaurant. Enjoy the health club, as well as activities like parasailing. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as a poolside bar and a terrace.
You'll also find perks like:
  • 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool, with pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • An outdoor tennis court, wedding services, and a front desk safe
  • Concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and tour/ticket assistance
  • Guest reviews speak well of the family-friendly amenities, pool, and walkable location
Room features
All guestrooms at Sultan Sands offer perks such as air conditioning and separate sitting areas, as well as amenities like free WiFi and safes.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with rainfall showers and hair dryers
  • Separate sitting areas, ceiling fans, and daily housekeeping

All inclusive details

All-inclusive room rates at Sultan Sands are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite 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
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast and lunch
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
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 transportation

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

Food and drink

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

Restaurants on site

  • Mwambao
  • Kivuli Bar N Restaurant
  • Mawimbi bar / Lounge

Things to do

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness center
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Parasailing
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa services
  • Tennis

Family friendly

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children's club
  • Children's pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

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

Business services

  • Business center
  • Conference center


  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


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


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators
  • In-room accessibility


  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Memory foam mattress


  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • 32-inch TV

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar


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

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


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

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
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

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.

Optional extras

  • 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
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
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 Hotel
Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Hotel Kiwengwa

Frequently asked questions

Does Sultan Sands have a pool?

Yes, this property has 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Sultan Sands?

As of Oct 1, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Sultan Sands on Oct 22, 2022 start from $265.99, excluding 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.

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 - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Sultan Sands?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Does Sultan Sands provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's an airport shuttle that runs on request. A fee of USD 50 per vehicle applies.

Are there all-inclusive benefits at Sultan Sands?

Some rate plans available at this hotel are all-inclusive.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 19 out of 39 reviews
5 - Excellent 49%
Rating 4 - Good. 15 out of 39 reviews
4 - Good 38%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 39 reviews
3 - Okay 5%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 39 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 39 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Everything was really nice.
Stayed 8 nights in Jan 2022

4/5 Good

Verified traveler
Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
We had a fun stay at Sultan Sands. It was very beautiful and the service was good. The location does feel a bit way from things and locals on the beach prevent any swimming or relaxation because of the constant selling.
Stayed 5 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great Stay, looking forward to return one day
Fantastic Stay!, comfortable, polite staff, Spa was amazing , Food was excellent and accommodating for Food Intolerances. Some of the Sunbeds could do with being improved, Cider, Rose and Procecco on the AI menu would be be a great Addition :)
Stayed 6 nights in Jul 2021

4/5 Good

Samir Samsuddin
Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2021

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Not a 5* hotel, but nice location and beach
Hotel is NOT a 5* as shown on Hotel is 4* so check again before book I paid for 5* but I realized soon that its not the case. Dinner mediocre boring food buffet, some fish and some beef cooked for guests but nothing special. I ended up eating pasta 3 days in a row. No wine list, only one available lager beer. Breakfast had limited options, Juices not fresh, some deserts were ok. Pool service not available. When asked for some food at the pool around 15-15:30 bcz our kids were starving they sent us to go to next hotel. When we asked for advertised kids room they sent us to next hotel. Even spa massage etc are done in next hotel (Blue bay). Only option at pool was to stand in line with all the ALL inclusive guests to order something. Asked for baby crib twice, reception said they had no cribs available (too many families) but later a cleaning lady saw my wife with babyand offered to bring a crib Expect some locals to try sell trips/coconuts/souvenirs on the beach, but for me its part of the experience, so nothing to worry, just smile and avoid them. Security always around so not worries. Wifi was not good in room, but worst was that our room was connected with next room by a locked door, so we could hear almost all noise from next door guests. Live music everynight and good atmosphere in general ! Personal was happy to help and with smile. When asked at receptiona at checkout about not being a 5* as advertised, they ignored me unfortunately...
Stayed 3 nights in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Verified traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Verified traveler
Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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

Verified traveler
Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very nice rooms, food and nice staffs Nice beach we enjoyed,a lot