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The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar

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Front of property - evening/night
Egyptian cotton sheets, in-room safe, blackout drapes, bed sheets
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served, international cuisine
Free toiletries, hair dryer, bidet, towels

Overview of The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar

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The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar

4.0 star property
Dongwe beachfront hotel with spa and outdoor pool

9.4/10 Exceptional

68 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
Dongwe Beach, Pingwe, Dongwe
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and 2 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 59 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • African Bbq - 9 min drive
  • Mr. Kahawa - 10 min drive
  • The Rock - 4 min drive
  • Your Zanzibar Place - 10 min drive
  • B4 Beach Club - 10 min drive

About this property

The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar

A great choice for a stay in Dongwe, The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours). You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant and visit the spa to be pampered with massages, facials, or mani/pedis. Other highlights at this upscale hotel include 2 bars/lounges, an outdoor pool, and a snack bar/deli. The pool and comfortable beds get good marks from fellow travelers.


English, Italian, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

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

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

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
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–10 AM
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Scuba diving


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • English
  • Italian
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Egyptian cotton sheets

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which has 1 treatment room. Services include facials, body scrubs, and manicures and pedicures. The spa is open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50 (one-way)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 50 (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 80.0 per night
  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cribs/infant beds and rollaway/extra beds

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


<p>This property does not have elevators. </p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site. </p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Dongwe Beach Bungalows Hotel Bwejuu
Dongwe Beach Bungalows Hotel
The Sands Zanzibar Dongwe
The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar Hotel
The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar Dongwe
The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar Hotel Dongwe

Frequently asked questions

Does The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 50 (subject to availability). Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as scuba diving. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar also has 2 bars and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers international cuisine.
Does The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.
What's the area around The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar like?
The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar is located a short 8-minute walk from Dongwe Beach.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Marcus, 5-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Outstanding staff and spacious accommodations
Outstanding resort in Nungwi. From the time I arrived until my departure the service was top notch. If there was an issue it was resolved quickly to ensure you had the best possible time at The Sands resort. The gentleman named Ally was like having a vacation angel watching over you to make sure you were enjoying your time there. He constantly checked on us and other guest. We appreciate him for doing so. The food was delicious and each day a different selection of items. There were 2 chefs and both visited out table after dinner on various days. They did a great job. On separate days there was the whole tuna carving station one day and dorado carving stations another day, delicious as well. One of the chefs tried out his recipe for American pancakes on us Sunday morning and this recipe definitely needs to be a permanent part of Sunday breakfast, they were so good. The wait staff was great we had one gentleman a few times and he was great at anticipating our need’s and making dinner a pleasant experience. The beach bartenders were funny and great with the drinks and food service for lunch. The housekeeping staff was also excellent. I had to do some work one day and observed them cleaning the room. I doubt there was a spot missed as they were very focused on making sure the room was refreshed properly. When I return to Zanzibar I’ll split my time between Nungwi and Kendwa. I will definitely revisit The Sands resort in Nungwi. I wish all the staff the very best.
Wayne, 4-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing!!! All was perfect!!!
All more perfect and better than we can expected! Thanks a lot for making our honeymoon a reality!
Benjamin, 6-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Good place to stay it is great
Nothing to say. It was just great especially after the negative experience at konokono beach
Geert, 3-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very Good

Great people and ambiance
This hotel had the best staff we had the pleasure of meeting! The service was amazing, the beach was great (very low tide until afternoon though), room was fine also. The only bad thing to mention is the food, wasn’t the best, but we also had worse.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The best resort I’ve ever stayed at. The staff were so friendly and my bungalow was absolutely beautiful. I am so sad now that I am home because I want to go back!
JEANETTE Shari, 4-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Had an amazing experience at this hotel. The villas were spacious and clean. The food at the restaurant was delicious. The staff and management were able to take care of all of our needs with no hesitation. Would definitely stay here again.
6-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

mazing stay
Very good service, excellent food offered as well. Highly recommend villa with private pool, as you can relax even more than in the general area. Beach bar is very nice as well.
3-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

I liked everything about the hotel. I stayed for only 6 days but i wish i would have stayed longer. The villas are very private with no interaction or noise from other guests. The staff are also amazing, very attentive on the guest’s needs. The hotel is right at the beach with white sand and very good to go swim, though it’s not possible to swim during low tide. I also loved the menu, there’s a great variety of foods on all meals which are mostly buffets and a la carte menus on some nights. I would definitely come back here whebever i visit Zanzibar
6-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

A must stay location in Zanzibar
I had a wonderful time staying at the Sands the lovely team of staff worked so hard to make the stay so enjoyable I was sad to leave. From catering to our every needs in the kitchen to helping us get a local mobile SIM card we were so well looked after. Special thanks to Semeni, Hassan, Milka, Hamida, Alfred, Ziada and Lucas
Daniel, 2-night trip with friends
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