Stayed at White Sands on several occasions in 2008 and 2009 (approx 20 nights, all in all). It's a good location if you want to mix business with relaxation. Service occasionally not up to Tanzanian standards of friendlyness.
Rooms are clean and of good size, many of them in small houses with four units. Location is not ideal if you need to travel to downtown Dar on a regular basis, especially in rush hours, plan for at least an hour. In-room Internet access (network cable) available at cost, but does not work in all rooms. Had to change rooms a few times to get one with functioning Internet.
Restaurant is OK, a la carte food nothing to write home about. One evening, we requested a seafood BBQ for our group, which was incredible. Lobster, shrims, all kind of fish, BBQed to perfection with great side dishes. Shows the chefs are capable if a need arises.
Beach is nice, provides opportunities to relax with a drink, a small boat takes guests to a neighboring island for a fee, which is a great trip for an afternoon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The real gem of the East Coast of Africa! The White Sands Beach Resort is situated on an idyllic stretch of private beach front, just 25kms North of Dar es Salaam city centre, making it the gateway to a unique East African experience!Immerse yourself in the welcoming culture of Africa whilst you enjoy sincere, heartfelt GUEST service. The seaside accommodation comprises of 118 spacious, well appointed, standard rooms and 28 studio, one or two bedroomed apartments.Satisfy your palate with sumptuous fare from one of our restaurants, quench your thirst with an ice cold drink on the deck of the Pweza Jetty overlooking the warm Indian Ocean, unwind with a relaxing treatment from our White Sands Spa, take a boat trip to one of the nearby uninhabited islands, be adventurous and experience the beauty of the underwater world with a Scuba course from our PADI Dive Centre, have a work-out in our Gym or simply relax at the swimming pool or on the beach. Whether on Holiday, Business or Conferencing, the White Sands Hotel & Beach Resort is proud to provide our GUESTS with everything that they need and more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Sands Hotel And Dar Es Salaam