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What We Love

  • The rooftop Champagne bar, perfect for catching ocean breezes
  • Spa treatments make use of local products like coconut, seaweed and Zanzibar-grown spices
  • The few steps between the beach villas and the clear turquoise water

What To Know

  • While kitesurfing equipment can be rented year-round, the school closes in the low season
  • The small number of villas and emphasis on luxury make this more suited for couples than families
  • There’s not much to do within walking distance of the resort
  • Travelers on a budget can book the Cinnamon room, which sleeps four
  • Free WiFi


  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Luxurious—and luxuriously isolated—11-villa resort on an enormous white sand beach, with its own kite-surfing school and rooftop champagne bar

The Lowdown

Luxury meets sustainability at the Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa in Paje, on the archipelago’s eastern coast, which is powered by wind and solar energy. Architect Neil Rocher took an innovative approach to the design, creating a contemporary look that incorporates rustic elements and sustainable materials. Villas feature various room configurations, some of which are cheaper than others, but each has butler service, a personal swimming pool, and 300 square meters of space that include gardens and private wooden-floored terraces, as well as an outdoor bathtub. The landscape of bright white sand and baobab trees invites all-day lounging, with occasional trips to the spa, which has a steam room, sauna, and its very own waterfall. The restaurant serves freshly caught fish and locally inspired dishes within view of the hotel’s main pool, and there’s a beach bar for mid-day snacking and cold drinks.

In the Area

The resort is fairly isolated on its own stretch of beautiful beach, so there’s not much to do within walking distance. Many guests who want to explore rent a car and drive to the opposite side of the island to Stone Town, the island’s magical historic trading post, which is lined with cobblestone streets, colorful picturesque houses, and boutique shops and cafés. From the resort, snorkeling trips can be arranged to the nearby coral reef, as well as fishing and swimming with dolphins.

How to Get There

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
Paje Beach
Paje, Tanzania


Didn't want to leave!

After a work trip to Dar es Salaam we snuck in one night here and wish we had stayed longer. Welcoming and friendly staff, gorgeous chalets with all the perks, activities for everyone, and of course, a spectacular stretch of beach with magnificent shades of turquoise and blues. Definitely our top pick for Zanzibar. Will be back!

White Sand - A fantastic hotel

White Sand offers excellent service and food. The family villa, that we stayed in, was spacious and elegant. Perfect for our needs, with two "older" children, as the villa has two large bedrooms (different floors) and a living room. In addition to that you hava a large garden and pool. You can stay the whole day in the villa if you like. I highly recommend a stay at White Sand / Anders

Lovely Beach Stay
Lesley W

White Sands is by far the best beach hotel in Zanzibar. Top notch service, beautifully appointed rooms, and wonderful location in Paje. The staff is always friendly and ready for anything you may need. The rooms are spacious and quiet. We had a half-board package and it was perfect for us. The breakfast was hearty and dinner delicious. Always a plethora of options. We loved that we could choose from the three course menu or the a la carte as part of our package depending on our mood that evening. The beach is beautiful and very, very big. At low tide, you would have to walk for ages to reach deeper waters to actually swim. But it is perfect for those interested in learning to kite surf. They have a surf shack on property where you can sign up for private classes. The water is so flat and shallow that beginners were having a great time trying their hand at it. We actually wished we had a few more days to give a proper go!