Sultan Sands Island Resort
The Sultan Sands Island Resort is the newest resort of the Bluebay Hotels Group, having received its first guests in July 2008. It is a uniquely constructed magical Africa resort, with a choice of 76 rooms, with the latter 56 built in single storey African style rondavels – each with two tastefully decorated rooms with a separate changing room leading into the superbly appointed en-suite bathroom.
The Sultan Sands Island Resort stands where, until 2006, the La Villa Beach Club stood – then a standard 20 roomed hotel. After its acquisition by the Group, it was transformed into a unique, oneof-a-kind holiday facility. It is now a resort befitting its name association with the fabled Omani Sultans who ruled the Zanzibar Islands for centuries.
The Sultan Sands Island Resort nestles besides its sister resort, the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, on the beachfront of a 25 acre stretch of subtly landscaped gardens decked with over 1000 palm trees. It sits on the beachfront of the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa in the east coast of Zanzibar. The Zanzibar Island lies 35 KM off the eastern coast of Africa and is one of the two main islands of an autonomous state within the larger republic of Tanzania. The resort offers a wide range of facilities in addition to those available at the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa wit which it shares the expansive white beaches.
Rooms and Suites: The Sultan Sands Island Resort has a total of 76 rooms. Each room has a spacious bedroom, separate dressing room, en suite bathroom and a verandah or balcony. The furnishings are tasteful traditional Zanzibar furniture – including either one large bed or two queen size beds with mosquito nets, separate dressing room, ensuite bathroom with a shower and a spacious verandah. A touch of modernity is added by the split-level air conditioners, ceiling fans, satellite TV's, mini-bars, hair dryers, safes and telephones. Smoke detectors and fire alarms complete the picture.
The rooms at the resort are categorized into two groups. Pwani Rooms: These are the newly constructed rooms, set on rising grounds in beautiful landscaped gardens, facing out to the Ocean. They are built in single storey traditional rondavels, each with two tastefully decorated bed rooms with separate changing rooms leading into superbly appointed en-suite bathrooms.
Bahari Rooms: These are the original La Villa Beach Club rooms but now carefully modernised and refurbished to be at par with the newer Pwani Rooms. They still bear the original concept of La Villa: right at the Ocean edge, toes-in-the-sand theme. They are all Sea View and a supplement is applicable for this wing over the Pwani Rooms.
Dining & Wining: 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 inlude Indian, Italian, Swahili, BBQ Nyama Choma, Oriental, Trip around the World, Zanzibar and Seafood. There are Smoking and Non-smoking areas in the restaurant. 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. The restaurant serves guests at the pool and the MWAMBAO Restaurant from 1000 hrs to 2400 hrs.
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 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.
Other facilities includes Recreation and Water Sports, SCUBA Diving, Big Game Fishing, Fitness Centre, Children's Club, Conference and Bussiness Centre.
Number of rooms: 15
Guide price: Double room from