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White Sands Beach Hotel
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

We stayed here for five nights during a recent trip. We chose to stay here over the more popular Kendwa Rocks as some of the reviews on this website had said there is a rats problem at Kendwa Rocks.

I booked from Europe by email which seemed quite easy. However I was quoted $50 for a 'beach side' chalet and $60 for an AC chalet. We thought we would prefer to be near the beach so went for the 'beach side' chalet. Maybe because I booked from abroad- but at $50 the beach chalets are awful (although I note an earlier reviewer saying they only paid $20 for these which sounds more reasonable). Although clean these rooms are very basic, with a small fan about the size of a desk top fan and so the room was very hot at night. Although they do face the beach, in reality they are on a cliff face so not actually on the beach. We spent the first night in this room and were very uncomfortable- so we then upgraded to the AC room for the rest of our stay. For $10 the difference was definitely worth it. The AC rooms are clean and quite sterile (as another reviewer put it) but very comfortable. An additional bonus with having AC was that mosquitoes were not a problem- which is an issue in a country with malaria (although both rooms had mosquito nets). The bungalows are set in some nice gardens, but the main bonus of this place is the beach. There are some great sun loungers and hammocks on the beach linked to this hotel.

The restaurant linked to this hotel is not very good. The few lunches we had here were average and quite pricey, and the breakfast provided in the restaurant (included in the price of the room) was also very basic. We chose to eat at some of the other places instead, and went next door to Sunset for excellent (proper) coffees.

Although sunset and kendwa rocks looked better from outside (we didn't see what the rooms were like) the rat issue was my main reason for booking at white sands! We saw some rats at sunset but none at white sands.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank MJ_1984
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

The hotel has different types of rooms, from the small huts with no hot water and I think no AC (which according to an earlier review was about $20), to the larger new rooms in the back with both amenities and more.

We were three and we stayed in one of the larger rooms in the back (a triple), because we wanted hot water and some comfort. The cost was $120 for the room per night. The new rooms look... well..."new"... with white walls and the sterile feel of a room built more for practicality than for ambiance. But our room was clean, with a refrigerator and plenty of hot water.

The best feature of this beach is the location. In Kendwa's magnificent white sand beach, there are rows of hotels next to each other, White Sands and its neighbor Kendwa rocks, are among these hotels. You can walk to the beach, swim all day long, and eat in the hotel's beach side restaurant. This is a nice place to just get away and relax. The hotel also provides beachside massages, henna painting, pedicures, etc at reasonable prices. I tried the massage and it was very nice. The room also comes with a free breakfast by the beachside restaurant.

There are touts, however, as you hang out by the beach. That can be good or bad, depending on what you like. They offer excursions like diving, snorkeling, fishing, spice tours, and whatever else you fancy, etc. Everything is negotiable. Be vocal about having them leaving you alone if you want them to go. They were not super-aggressive and would walk away if you asked them to, as I think the hotel walks a balance between having touts sell services for which some managers may get kickbacks, and not annoying guests enough that they would leave.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel, but more for the beautiful beach of Kendwa and the lovely restaurant/bar, than our lifeless, although clean, hotel room.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Thank harmony101
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

After ditching my overland group in Zanzibar, I spent a wonderful week at White Sands. I had my own lovely, comfortable (albeit no-frills) chalet, plus breakfast, for 20 USD per night. Electricity was erratic, which is true all over the island--White Sands had scheduled times to turn the generator on and off. The grounds boast lovely flowers, and the staff are friendly, particularly the managers. Hammocks and little shelters provide a place to lounge out of the sun on the beach. White Sands Restaurant, on the beach, had absolutely delicious seafood. I would recommend this resort to anyone who wanted a friendly, low-key holiday.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled solo
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Thank mlm2126
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Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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