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Sunshine Hotel

A great little property set on Matemwe beach

Sunshine Hotel - Pool and Beach
Sunshine Hotel - Pool and Beach

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As with quite a few of the newer properties to Zanzibar, the Sunshine Hotel has aimed squarely at the lower end of the price range, while offering such amenties as aircon as standard. The Sunshine hotel is probably one of the better new properties in the Matemwe area and gives a great beach, good pool, simple rooms and a good overall experience. As with many of the newer properties, the plot may not be all that wide (giving it a slightly squashed feel), but this is a small price to pay for what is a great hotel.


To the very south of Matemwe, the beach here is actually very good and, even at low tide, it is possible to get into the water. When Zanzibar gets its beaches right it really is possible to get everything that you are after. It is true that this has become one of the busier beaches on the island, but there is good reason.


Simple but efficient is how we would describe them. Using the polished and poured concrete as a plinth the bed looks out to the glimpses of sea. The only room that really gets a view is the upstairs honeymoon suite (called Blueberry). Both honeymoon rooms have their own, very small, plunge pools..the others have a balcony with table and chairs…but they are absolutely fine. No aircon, but good breezes here allow this to not be an issue.


As with many of the newer places, it can feel a little squashed as they have had to squeeze the rooms into a narrow plot of land. The front area, with interconnecting pools, bar/restaurant and beachfront work well, although, again, within a thin confine, it means that many people end up squashing into a small area.


Simple but well designed hotel. Best rooms are the honeymoon suites.

Pool area, room sizes, beach

Slightly cramped feel due to the width of the property

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