Sultan Sands Island Resort


Kiwengwa beach, east coast of Zanzibar, about 46kms from the airport

Accommodation Type

Beach hotel

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Sultan Sands Island Resort

With its beachside pool, Swahili styled rooms, choice of restaurants and bars plus access to watersports, cruises and island excursions, Sultan Sands on Zanzibar provides the quintessential beach holiday.

Sultan Sands Island Resort’s location is perfect, as the name suggests overlooking a sandy beach and the Indian Ocean. The main communal areas are set closest to the beach, so you can enjoy the amazing views as you laze by and in the pool. You have access to the facilities of the sister property, Bluebay Beach Resort, next door, which include a watersports centre, dive centre, gym and spa.

Dining is quite an event at Sultan Sands. Mwambao Restaurant serves buffets for breakfast and lunch, while dinner often has a theme such as Swahili, Italian, sea food BBQ, and there are occasional beach and pole-side dinners. Kivuli is the beachside diner specialising in far Eastern cuisine, and Casablanca Lounge beside the main pool is a cafe by day and a party spot after dark. 

There are three categories of room, set in different areas of the resort, two of which have their own relaxation areas and pools. All have similar amenities including air conditioning and minibar, and some have private terraces.

You’ll have no problem filling your days,, with a broad range of activities from beach volleyball to tennis and diving to dhow cruises, as well as tours to places of interest on Zanzibar and dolphin watching boat trips. Bluebay has a kids’ club with programmes of events tailored for youngsters. It’s more than likely that you’ll want to spend a large part of your time simply enjoying life by the ocean and taking advantage of the hotel facilities.

Why Stay?

For some well deserved rest and relaxation by the azure Indian Ocean look no further than Sultan Sands Island Resort. You can live life at your own pace here, spending days by the pool or on the beach, interrupted only the sound of the breeze in the palm trees, and to sip a chilled drink or stroll to the restaurant for lunch. If you want more, head over the watersports centre at the adjacent sister hotel, Bluebay, join a guide tour to the interior or a dolphin-spotting boat trip. Families are well, served, with Toto Club providing fun and entertainments for youngsters. It’s all here for you to enjoy. 

Sultan Sands Island Resort highlights

  • Beach-side dining
  • Attractive Swahili-style accommodation
  • Wonderful ocean views
  • Access to sister hotel facilities including spa and watersports centre
  • Explore the spice island on guided tours
  • Themed dinners and party nights

Sultan Sands Island Resort location

Sultan Sands Island Resort


  • 100 rooms
  • Open all year
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Two restaurants
  • Three bars
  • Lounge
  • Main swimming pool
    Bahari and baobab pools
  • Shop
  • Watersports centre
  • Dive centre
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Toto children’s club
  • Two boutiques
  • Wi-Fi (pay locally)


  • Windsurfing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis and pool
  • Gym workout
  • Cruises and boat ride (optional)
  • Snorkelling (optional)
  • Diving (optional)
  • Fishing (optional)
  • Island excursions (optional)
  • Spa treatments (optional)

Sultan Sands Island Resort rooms

Accommodation is in pwani, baobab and bahari rooms. They are Swahili in style with thatched roofs and colourful fabrics. There are twin and double rooms, all with mosquito nets. Rooms are cooled by air conditioning, have satellite TV, phone, minibar, safe, hair dryer and a dressing area leading to the en-suite bathroom. Wi-Fi is available at extra cost. All rooms face the ocean.

Pwani rooms

There are 56 Pwani rooms housed in single storey rondavels in the gardens, with two rooms to each rondavel. They have ceiling fans as well as air conditioning, and a terrace or balcony.

Baobab rooms

Each of the 24 baobab rooms has a terrace overlooking the gardens and access to a private plunge pool, swimming pool and bar. They have their own entrance, separate to that to the main resort.

Bahari rooms

There are 20 bahari rooms, with the same facilities as the other rooms and a large veranda. Guests here have their own plunge pool. They are closer to the beach than the other rooms.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.