Architecturally beautiful and home to some of the island’s best – and biggest – private pool villas.

The exclusive Zanzibar White Sand is the eco-friendly vision of one of east Africa’s most renowned architects, with stunning facilities designed to blend with the natural environment. There’s a strong focus on sustainability here – the resort is powered by solar and wind energy, and has its own water source and recycling policies to help ensure that ‘luxury shouldn’t cost the earth’.

The stylish restaurant overlooks the main pool and serves up an international menu with Zanzibari flavours. Or for extra privacy, you can dine in your villa. There’s a tropical spa in a tranquil area with waterfalls, a steam room and sauna, where therapists use local products from coconut to spices in the wide range of treatments. The calm waters of Paje beach provide one of the world’s best kitesurfing spots (from mid-December to March and mid-June to September), and the resort has its own high-end watersports centre.

Stunning sea facing pool villas have two separate spaces – one a living area with a light and airy lounge and dining section, the other with a bedroom, dressing room, bathroom with rain shower and outdoor bathtub – connected by a garden with terrace and private pool. In Beachfront Villas, your pool sits right on the sands, and as well as the garden and terrace there’s an outdoor staircase that leads up to a private rooftop terrace with daybed, perfect for relaxing. Family Villas have two en-suite bedrooms.

All Inclusive option
Boutique Hotel

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Key information

In 9 acres of tropical gardens fronting Paje beach on the south-east coast

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
Rooms: 11

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 24th in the Top 25 Small Hotels in Africa category and 16th in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Africa category for 2020.

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Accommodation information

11 pool villas


• Book a kitesurfing lesson* • Take a boat out to the nearby coral reef for snorkelling* • Arrange a Stone Town visit*.


Restaurant, lounge bar, rooftop terrace bar, beach bar

What's included

Breakfast at the restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the restaurant
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant • Non-alcoholic and house alcoholic drinks.

*Denotes local charge