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The Sands Beach Resort Zanzibar

Beachfront hotel in Dongwe with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free buffet breakfast and free WiFi in lobby

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Dongwe Beach, Dongwe, Tanzania
  • Had an amazing experience at this hotel. The villas were spacious and clean. The food at…

    Jun 15, 2021

  • Very good service, excellent food offered as well. Highly recommend villa with private…

    Apr 13, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 30 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and 2 bars/lounges
  • Outdoor pool
  • Beach umbrellas

For families

  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Dongwe Beach - 6 min walk
  • Bwejuu Beach - 32 min walk
  • Pingwe Beach - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Jambiani Beach - 7.3 mi / 11.8 km
  • Paje Beach - 4.6 mi / 7.5 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Standard Bungalow
  • Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Private Pool
  • Villa, 1 Bedroom, Sea View
  • Family Villa, Multiple Beds

What’s around


  • On the beach
  • Dongwe Beach - 6 min walk
  • Bwejuu Beach - 32 min walk
  • Pingwe Beach - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Jambiani Beach - 7.3 mi / 11.8 km
  • Paje Beach - 4.6 mi / 7.5 km
  • Michamvi Kae Beach - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km
  • Kuza Cave - 8.6 mi / 13.8 km
  • Makunduchi Beach - 17.8 mi / 28.7 km
  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park - 20.4 mi / 32.9 km
  • Menai Bay Beach - 21.6 mi / 34.8 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 59 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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Dongwe Beach, Dongwe, Tanzania

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 30 rooms


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

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

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


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?

  • In-room childcare (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Beach towels

Working away

  • One meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Swahili

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

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

Things to enjoy

  • In-room massage available
  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Mandatory feesPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges 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)

Children & extra bedsPay at property

  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge
  • 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.


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts Visa and Mastercard. Cash is not accepted. 

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

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include The Rock (2.7 mi), Upendo (2.7 mi), and OIH! (5.3 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 one-way.
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as scuba diving. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include 2 bars and a garden.
  • 10.0.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, Mar 11, 2021

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  • 10.0.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, Mar 11, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing place, amazing staff, worth every penny

    Amazing stay, the staff were all so helpful and friendly. Thank you to Semeni, Milka, Hamida, Alfred, Lucas, Hassan, Edgar and Ziada for making our stay so comfortable and enjoyable

    Daniel, 3 night trip with friends, Mar 8, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    This is a very nice property. Staff are exceptional. The beach is still on the northern side of the island where there is alot of coral so many not the best for yound kids who want to swim. I would aome back. Very pleasant and relaxing

    Kp, 1 night trip, Feb 13, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    This is the best hotel to stay in Zanzibar, I cannot believe that this hotel was super, we are very happy, the staff is helpful, the food was delicious and perfect , I love it

    Yousef, 2 night family trip, Dec 13, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    In a Lovely quiet position in spacious grounds the resort has large comfortable rooms. The food choice was pretty good and always well presented but needs better coffee with breakfast! The staff were brilliant always helpful an charming although sometimes a little slow at the beach bar

    7 night romance trip, Nov 13, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Relaxing beach resort

    Great little resort on a beautiful beach. Stayed in a multi room house with a private pool. Very comfortable. Helpful at planning activities. Staff was all so friendly, especially the ones at the beach bar and at the restaurant. Very clean and the AC worked great

    Chad, 4 night trip with friends, Jul 17, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Staff were amazing. Property felt safe. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

    3 night family trip, Jul 13, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Wonderful, relaxing place to just chill out. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. Our ocean view villa was spacious and immaculately clean and the food was also very good indeed. Really fantastic all round and we were so sad to leave. Not much more I can add, really.

    7 night trip, Feb 27, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Magnifique cadre et bon emplacement

    Super séjour au calme dans un cadre somptueux. Les villas sont hyper spacieuses et le ménage y est fait 2x/jour. L'hôtel est sur la côte Est de l'île du coup c'est bien pour pouvoir naviguer un peu de partout sans passer trop de temps en route! Le personnel est extrêmement sympa même les enfants ont été bien accueillis ! Un merci spécial pour Thomas, Ali et Khamis!

    nabil, 5 night family trip, Aug 4, 2021

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