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“Fantastic Holiday”
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Sunset Kendwa
Ranked #145 of 168 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
Vienna, Austria
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“Fantastic Holiday”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Yes, there are other hotels on this beach- but this beach is one of the few swimmable any time- we came at New Years and it was fun to wander from one restaurant/activity (fireworks, disco, Reveillon) to another

Room Tip: we were given a room in the two story building overlooking the sea. Unfortunately, aircon is necess...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the sunset bungalows as part of our intrepid tour from Nairobi to Zanzibar so we don't know how much the rooms cost but we were very happy with our room and the bar and beach out the front. The room was clean and well appointed and quite large. The bed is very high so you kind of need to climb onto it rather than sit on it but it's very comfortable and has built-in mosquito net. The bathroom is excellent and clean with a shower, toilet and two sinks. The verandah had good views and had two chairs though we didn't really use it. Our room had a safe but we didn't have any beach towels so we had to ask at reception who were happy to oblige.

Breakfast is pretty good with a selection of fruit followed by eggs cooked to your liking. The bar is pretty good and has an extensive menu and drink selection. The beach out front is fantastic but that is no different to everywhere else nearby. Overall we were very happy but don't know the cost so anyone deciding where to stay should compare prices for places nearby but if the price comparison then you'll be happy here!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

The location's good.. but so are dozens of other bungalows right next to it. The whole beach is full of hotels and resorts, and most of them you can cross over to the other side. So I hope location isn't your only reason you pick this place, because there are others who have same location. It isn't cheap and especially food and drinks aren't cheap. Room is spacious and pretty nice, but they use salt water so shower isn't really that pleasant. And the worst part was that they kept losing electricity, so we couldn't turn the a/c on at night, and it was freaking so humid and hot to sleep in there without A/C. Hope they fixed it but for that reason only, I can't recommend it as much.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The white sand beach is gorgeous and it is well worth staying at Sunset. Sunsets are truly amazing. Staff are friendly and helpful. Food at the restaurant is decent. Free breakfast is filling, the fruit juice could have been little better. Also, if they had served the juice in a real glass rather than a plastic cup, that would have been a better choice. There was no problem with the noise at the bar or music.

Room Tip: We chose the AC beach bungalow close to the beach.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

The resort is right on the beach.

- Room was clean and tidy
- Hot water
- Loved the beach
- Enjoyed the bar
- Staff were friendly
- Had a relaxing few days
- Never heard the bar late at night.

The beach is busy, and you can get a little tired of the people hawking, and trying to sell you stuff.

We also went up to Eden resort one night for dinner. The restaurant there is amazing.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Gitarama, Gitarama, Rwanda
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We loved staying here so much we extended our stay by a couple of nights. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Other people said they were disturbed by the music from the bar, but we had no problems at all. We are pretty heavy sleepers and maybe things are a bit quiter in September.

The beach was the best we found in Zanzibar. The tide id go out but no where near as far as other places and there was not all the seaweed that you can find in other place, just beautiful white sand and clear water.

Sadly, like others have mentioned, the food here was not great - small portions and not that tasty. However, we fond a local restaurant in the village about a 5 minute walk from the hotel called the Fisherman. The food here was cheaper, the portions bigger and it was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend a meal here - I was a big fan of the king prawns.

So in short, I recommend staying here but eating elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Was at Sunset with my partner early August.We had a very dark ,dirty room behind a wall way from the beach.The staff were generally indifferent and unhelpful.The worst thing was the incessant doof doof music from the restaurant on the beach way into the small hours.Fine if you're a so-called "partygoer"but not fine if all you want is peace and quiet.After 3 nights without sleep we'd had enough,even with ear plugs.The whole place had ring 'em in churn them out feel to it,with no personal feel about it .To top it all,the weather was very overcast for much of the day while we were there.T here are plenty of quieter places on the other side of the island,though to be honest,coming from Australia,the island is not all it's cracked up to be.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sunset Kendwa
Address: P.O. Box 3546, 3546, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#104 On the Beach Hotel in Zanzibar Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Kendwa 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Sunset Kendwa, your place to stay in the tropical paradise of Zanzibar's north coast. Fringed by powdery-white sand beaches, azure waters, and thriving coral reefs, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar is the most idyllic of tropical destinations. We offer a wide range of brightly decorated traditional rooms and bungalows, as well as all the facilities you will need to help you ease into Zanzibar's relaxed pace of life. Right on the perfect sands of Kendwa beach on Zanzibar's north coast, this is the perfect place to unwind, spend your days swimming or sun-bathing, snorkelling, scuba diving with our award winning on site water sports centre Scuba Do Zanzibar ... more   less 
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Sunset Bungalows Hotel Zanzibar
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