Sultan Sands

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Welcome to Sultan Sands Island Resort, the perfect island getaway.

Sultan Sands Island Resort is situated next to its sister property, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa on the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa on the east coast of the island. Sultan Sands Island Resort has its own unique character. An inspired blend of Swahili and Arab architecture and décor creates a relaxed ambience, while first-class amenities and facilities ensure complete comfort.

With its idyllic beach position, relaxing pool and wonderful choice of leisure and dining options, Sultan Sands is the perfect island getaway. Sultan Sands guests also share many facilities with Bluebay Beach Resort, including the famous Oasis Spa and the One Ocean Dive Centre.

Sultan Sands on the Environment:

"In all the hotels and resorts of the Bluebay Group, environmental sustenance and care are a central consideration. We are, after all, in the tourism business which, more than most other industries, is directly and intricately linked to the wellbeing of the natural flora, fauna and such other nature’s gifts as the beach.

We therefore take the environment very seriously. All our facilities are built to merge with, complement and protect the natural environment. Within and in the surroundings of our hotels and resorts, deliberate measures are constantly made to restore and regenerate the natural and indigenous environment. At the resorts, the natural vegetation is retained and nurtured, and the beaches left in their natural state. At the Zanzibar Stone Town based Beyt al Chai, we have restored the building in the traditional Zanzibari way, blending African with Arabic designs and finishes and using local labor and expertise."

Resort Highlights

  • Idyllic beach location
  • Environmental Awareness 


The spacious rooms at Sultan Sands are built in the style of traditional African rondavels, each tastefully decorated with traditional Zanzibari furniture. The Pwani Rooms are ocean-facing, overlooking landscaped gardens, while the Bahari Rooms are situated close to the beach. 


  • On a private beach
  • 4 restaurants
  • Spa
  • Boutique
  • Outdoor pool
  • Health club
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Watersport Centre 

Dining and Drinks

The Sultan Sands Island has a choice of 4 restaurants and bars.

Mwambao Restaurant

This is the main dining facility for the Resort. It is beautifully located with views over the swimming pool and the ocean beyond. The restaurant is a table d'hote restaurant featuring buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dinners are themed with cyclic menus every 7 days. Themed evenings include Indian, Italian, Swahili, BBQ Nyama Choma, Oriental, Trip around the World, Zanzibar and Seafood.

Mawimbi Bar

Mawimbi Bar is the main drinks outlet at the resort. It is a fabulous place for guests to sip cold drinks as they look out to the swimming pool, the beach and the ocean beyond.

Kivuli Bar & Restaurant

Kivuli Bar & Restaurant is located right on the Beach and provides the invaluable toes-in-the-sand mid day culinary delight for our guests. The menu emphasizes on light foods such as salads, sandwiches and grilled main dishes – in addition to featuring a section of 'Zanzibari Tappas'. Beverages for guests around the pool and the beach come from here.

Casablanca Lounge

Casablanca Lounge is the only late night drinks facility for both the Sultan Sands guests as well as those of the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa. It is an easy going, comfortable late night haunt serving all manner of cocktails and beverages.


Guests at the Sultan Sands Island Resort have full access to the Oasis Spa, the choicest treat on the eastern coast of Zanzibar. It is a resplendent tropical island Spa, complete with a wooden deck, a thatch roof built with palm trees growing up through it and the splashing water amid an abundance of beautiful exotic plants.

The Oasis is also known for the professional massages that come with the natural airy sea view overlooking the beach and the turquoise ocean beyond. For a really memorable experience, ask your therapists to blend and mix the local spices and fruits right in front of you. All these natural, aromatic and freshly prepared treatments are famous for their virtues to relax the mind.


Recreation & Water Sports Centre

Facilities include:

  • Windsurfers 
  • Single and Double Kayaks
  • Sail Boats,
  • Peddle Boats
  • Hobie Cats
  • Water trampoline 
  • Body Boards 

Tours and Excursions

A variety of daily tours and excursions are available, with the most popular being the:

  • Spice Tour
  • Stone Town Tour
  • Jozani Forest Tour
  • Dolphin Adventure
  • Safari Blue 

SCUBA Diving

Our Scuba Centre is the first Five-Star PADI Dive Centre in Zanzibar. Whether you are an experienced scuba enthusiast or simply in the mood to try something new, the Dive Centre is well positioned to meet all your diving and snorkeling requirements.

Big Game Fishing

We organize big game fishing in the renowned big game fishing grounds on the waters between Zanzibar and its smaller sibling island, Pemba. Or to the almost untouched waters of Mafia Island and Latham Island further south.

Land Sports

Besides a Fitness Centre featuring a range of modern equipment, the Resort also provides:

  • Flood-lit tennis court with tennis equipment
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bicycles for a ride in the wide beach
  • Table tennis
  • Snooker and billiards
  • Myriad of table games such as cards, black gammon and monopoly 


For a beautiful holiday with the kids – yet with enough time 'away from the children' – Sultan Sands Island Resort provides a Children’s Club for the little ones of ages 3 to 13 years.

The Club provides days filled with fun activities with both outdoors and indoors weekly themed programs. The children are also introduced to the swahili culture including basic swahili language besides the arts and crafts lessons.

The Children’s Club is run by highly trained children’s animators most of whom have worked as kindergarten teachers. As a rule, all the staff handling the children has undergone specialist first aid training and most have an ear for foreign languages. We also provide professional Ayah Services – baby sitters - at a nominal charge, either for day time or evening minding of children. 

Wedding / Honeymoon 


Every year an average of 30 couples from across the world choose our two resorts as the setting for their wedding. The reason is that we know just how stressful wedding preparations can be for the couple so we make sure the process is efficient and hassle-free yet as spectacular, fun and exotic as only a wedding on an idyllic African resort can be. Ever seen a wedding with a full Maasai warriors’ guard-of-honor for the couple?

The Civil wedding ceremonies are conducted on a spot of the couple’s choice within our gardens or the beach - or even on a wooden deck overlooking the Ocean. Religious Ceremonies require adequate notice for an Anglican Minister to be at hand. The certificates issued in our weddings are internationally recognized.


Honeymoon at Sultan Sands Island Resort is an unforgettable experience. After the stress of planning the biggest day of your life -and in appreciation of your changed status and circumstances we ensure that this is a time of relaxation and 'enjoyment' of each other's company and love.

In order to be part of those memories, we welcome our honeymoon couples with a bottle of sparkling wine and a bouquet of flowers upon arrival - and an upgrade to a superior room category where possible. A couple booked in one of our suites will receive an ‘under the stars’ dinner served either on the verandah of their room or on the beach with a bottle of wine at dinner, of course! And a minimum 7-night stay will accorded our couple complimentary dinner at the Bluebay premier restaurant, the Bahari Restaurant or on the beach, according to the guests' preference.


Sultan Sands Island Resort seamlessly combines state of the art conference and business facilities with the charm and sheer luxury of a tropical island. Besides the 80 people capacity state-of the-art Baraza Conference Room at the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, our guests have a meeting room at the Sultan Sands Island Resort that can sit a further 40 people theatre style. 

Business Centre

The resort has a fully equipped business point providing secretarial services, computers, 24-hour Internet Access, and Fax and Photocopying Services.

Groups & Incentives

We have a variety of value added incentives frills and extras geared towards team building, bonding and the sheer ‘spoiling’ of special groups of guests. And we do not stop at the expected: many times we have organized out-of-the -ordinary special incentives at short notice to meet specific requirements of our guests. To date, we have hosted group incentives for local enterprises as well as multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations from all corners of the world.

Sultan Sands

Awesome Special Offers


Pay 6 Stay 7 Night Special

R19,065 per person
Room: Pwani Room
Valid from: 01-Jun-20 to: 15-Jul-20
Book before: 15-Jul-20

Pwani Room


  • 7 Nights Accommodation in a Pwani Double Room, per adult sharing
  • Return direct flights to Zanzibar departing JOHANNESBURG on Mango Airlines
  • Airport departure taxes (subject to currency fluctuations)
  • Departure taxes from Zanzibar
  • Meal plan - Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Return private airport/hotel/airport transfers in Zanzibar
  • Refresher towels & water served on arrival transfer

*Upgrade to all inclusive package available at R2 989.00 per person extra*


  • Travel Insurance and Medical cover
  • USD 1 per person per day “INFRASTRUCTURE TAX” imposed by the Zanzibar Revenue Board. Please note that the tax is applicable to both adults and children and will be charged directly to the hotel bill.

Booking Conditions:

  • All prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability.
  • Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change.
  • Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply.
  • Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Exotic Vacations Standard Terms & Conditions apply.


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