Zanzibar – East Coast – North
The Sultan Sands Island Resort is the newest resort of the Bluebay Hotels Group, having received its first guests in July 2008.
Sultan Sand is a large resort, with a choice of 76 rooms 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. It nestles on the beachfront of a 25 acre stretch of subtly landscaped gardens decked with over 1000 palm trees.
The Sultan Sands Island Resort stands where, until 2006, the La Villa Beach Club stood – then a standard 20 roomed hotel next to the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa. After its acquisition by the Group, it was transformed into a unique, one-of-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.
Location of Sultan Sands
The Sultan Sands Island Resort is situated next to its sister resort, the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, on the beachfront of the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa in the east coast of Zanzibar.
The Sultan Sands Island Resort has a total of 76 rooms (56 Pwani Rooms & 20 Bahari Rooms), made up of the following categories:
Each Room (in the both room categories) offers a spacious bedroom, separate dressing room, en-suite bathroom and a veranda 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, en-suite bathroom with a shower and a spacious veranda. 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.
These are the newly constructed rooms of the Sultan Sands. They are 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.
These rooms are split level with a lower level sitting area with a wide comfortable couch. They bear the hallmarks of modern day convenience and comfort.
These are the original La Villa Beach Club rooms but modernized 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 front and Sea View. A supplement is applicable for this room category over the PWANI Rooms.
Prior to the extension of the Hotel, La Villa Club was an intimate 20-roomed facility and even within Sultan Sands, the atmosphere of this old wing remains pretty much the same.
The rooms are varied in size and structure within this accommodation category, and they coalesce around the original, small swimming pool.
Guests at the Sultan Sands Islands Resort are provided with a wide range of services and facilities at our neighboring sister Resort – Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa – where all the listed services and facilities are available to guests at Sultan Sands as well.
The services and facilities cater for the tastes and interests of both those who prefer whiling away on the beach and those who like their holidays filled with activity. There are, too, special treats for those who want to combine business and leisure.
Environment and local community
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 Zanzibar way, blending African with Arabic designs and finishes and using local labor and expertise.”
Sultan Sands is the flagship accommodation from the Bluebay Group. It is modern and stylish and houses everything a large resort should. We think Sultan Sands offers excellent value for money – particularly out of season – and should be a strong contender for those travelling with a group or with family.
Zanzibar – East Coast – North
Situated on Zanzibar’s picturesque North East coast, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is as the name suggests a little piece of paradise.
Set in six and a half hectares of lush green gardens, and situated beside a white sandy beach and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this resort houses an awesome scene worthy of it’s title. Ocean Paradise Resort offers a large number of high quality and wide ranging facilities to keep you entertained, comfortable and in the pink. Mature coconut palms swinging in the breeze, white sandy beach, beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional style round chalets with pitched makuti roof, a stunning waterfall feature and the largest swimming pool in Zanzibar are just some of the sights on offer.
Rooms and suites are all built in traditional African style roundhouses, fully kitted out with modern creature comforts that include full air conditioning, satellite television and radio, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, hair dryer and en-suite bathroom. All rooms are a good size and sea facing with large doors that open to a private patio or balcony and come complete with comfortable twin or king size beds draped with stylish mosquito netting.
The resort is home to two very fine restaurants. The Ocean Restaurant, sitting two floors up, has panoramic views over the resort and the Indian Ocean beyond. In the evening, the mood changes, with soft lighting, candles and an extensive themed buffet which changes daily.
Down at the pool, the Jahazi Restaurant menu offers an a la carte selection of international and authentic Zanzibar dishes as well as tasty poolside snacks and top notch wood fired pizza. Each day the restaurant offers something different to keep it’s guests entertained. The entertainment includes African dancers, acrobats and live music as well as sports broadcasts and competitions.
Ocean Paradise Resort has a professional PADI accredited dive company on site to organize and oversee diving trips and can provide full tuition and certification available from qualified divers.
Other water sports activities include windsurfing, sailing and kayaking, together with an array of dolphin tours and boat trips.
For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, the resort boasts a fully equipped gym, beach volleyball, snooker and table tennis.
Ocean Paradise Resort is a very decent resort; clean, spacious and welcoming. Like all big hotels, the resort can seem a little more impersonal than those smaller ones, but the staff are friendly, polite, caring and always there to make each guest feel comfortable. The rooms are a good size, clean and well decorated, and the food is great. Definitely a good choice!