Sunshine Marine Lodge

3.5 star property
3.5-star beach hotel with spa, near Mnemba Island

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Sunshine Marine Lodge

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3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Property grounds
Family Suite, Garden View | Down comforters, in-room safe, desk, free WiFi
Sports facility

Overview of Sunshine Marine Lodge

9.2 out of 10 Superb
9.2/10 Superb

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Off Mnemba Island Road, Muyuni, Matemwe, 4749
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Airport shuttle
Feel at home
  • Children's pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

Family Suite, Garden View

  • 538 sq ft
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Double Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Family Suite with Panoramic Ocean View

  • 753 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Double Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Ocean Front Suite

  • 431 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Large Twin Bed OR 2 Twin Beds and 1 Large Twin Bed

Deluxe Ocean Front Suite

  • 538 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Bed

Deluxe Suite, Garden View

  • 322 sq ft
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Double Bed and 1 Twin Bed

Standard Suite, 1 Double Bed, Garden View

  • 269 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • Mnemba Island - 5 min drive
  • Muyuni Beach - 25 min drive
  • Nungwi Beach - 31 min drive
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 30 min drive
  • Kendwa Beach - 61 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 95 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free beach shuttle


  • Mohammed’s restaurant - 12 min drive
  • Villa Kiva Garden Restaurant - 14 min drive
  • The Bridge - 12 min drive
  • Sunshine Marine Lodge - 8 min walk
  • Matemwe Rock Local Restoraunt - 10 min drive

About this property

Sunshine Marine Lodge

Sunshine Marine Lodge offers a private beach and gives you access to onsite scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. 3 outdoor pools provide a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, body scrubs, and aromatherapy. The coffee shop/cafe is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. A poolside bar, a children's pool, and free bike rentals are other highlights.


Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 24 rooms


  • Check-in time from 12:30 PM - 7 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 7 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite extended parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Free beach shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills

Traveling with children

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • Free beach shuttle
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Boat tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Private beach nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 7 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2013
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


The onsite spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include body scrubs, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 4.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 60 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 4)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between May 1 and June 1.

Children & extra beds

  • Airport shuttle service for children costs USD 60

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Children under 14 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.


This property does not have elevators.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Sunshine Marine
Sunshine Marine Lodge
Sunshine Marine Lodge Matemwe
Sunshine Marine Matemwe
Sunshine Marine Lodge Matemwe, Zanzibar
Sunshine Marine Lodge Hotel
Sunshine Marine Lodge Matemwe
Sunshine Marine Lodge Hotel Matemwe

Frequently asked questions

Is Sunshine Marine Lodge currently open?
The property is closed between May 1 and June 1.
How much does it cost to stay at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
As of Sep 22, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Sunshine Marine Lodge on Oct 1, 2023 start from $146, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Sunshine Marine Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 60 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Sunshine Marine Lodge?
You can check in from 12:30 PM - 7 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Sunshine Marine Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, mountain biking, and fishing. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. Sunshine Marine Lodge also has spa services and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Sunshine Marine Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
Does Sunshine Marine Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.







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10/10 Exceptional

The place is very nice Food is Amazing great for a cupples retret! You will anjoy your stay if its a relaxing mode!
Ada, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing views, pools, food and service. Very relaxing private paradise!
Carolyn, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved the rain-shower-head in the shower. Loved the view from the balcony. Loved everything.
Chris, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We stayed at this property to go scuba diving. Our room was beautiful, the pool was clean, the food was good and well priced and the staff were very friendly and professional. We had a great time and recommend this property to anyone!
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This is such a fancy resort and even though the beach is not right by the hotel they have shuttles that will take you to the private beach whenever you want. the private beach is just amazing as it’s so deserted!
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very enjoyable stay at Sunshine Marine Lodge!
My wife and I chose to stay here because of the on-site Scuba Diving shop (Dive Point Zanzibar), and really enjoyed our 5-night stay. The property is located about 90 minutes from the airport, and a one-way private transfer/taxi arranged through the hotel costs $60 USD. We opted for the "half board" option which includes breakfast and dinner each day. Breakfast includes a continental style breakfast, but you can also have eggs/omelettes cooked-to-order, along with African pancakes (like a thick crepe). For dinner you can choose from the "Catch of the Day", or from a limited 4-course menu that changes daily. All in all, we were very happy with the quality, and quantity of the meals. The rooms were spacious and comfortable (we opted for the seaside bungalow, and had a beautiful/close view right from our room and porch - well worth the extra $. The property grounds are nice, quiet, there are three separate pools on-site, and a nice bar and restaurant. They also offer free yoga classes on Monday, Wednesdays, & Fridays, and you can snorkel right in front of the property during high tide (there are big tide swings here, so at low tide, there is not enough water to snorkel). We were very pleased with the overall service at the resort, however the restaurant staff/waiters do not seem to be very motivated, or have not been trained well on how to provide excellent service. DivePoint (scuba shop) is excellent, really nice to have on-site, and we loved our 7 dives with them!!!
Tom, 5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

As always the staff at the hotel are excellent. The location is ideal if you need to take a break from life and rejuvenate. overall excellent value for money.
Mat, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This place was absolutely lovely! I enjoyed that it was quiet and out of the way - it is not close to any town and doesn't have the "party" vibe, but if you're looking for a nice place to relax, soak in the beach & snorkel/scuba dive, it's perfect! The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the dive center is located right at the hotel! Definitely recommend this place!
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place, wonderful people.
Great location for relaxing - well kept property with awesome view of ocean and Mnemba Island straight ahead, cool breeze, and very friendly and helpful staff. We had a family death and had to rebook and they were incredibly accommodating. Wifi was reasonable for Zanzibar (we didn't try to stream netflix or anything). Dive shop team are great and reasonably priced. Food was good and prices were reasonable (same as or less than other similar places in Zanzibar)
Steve, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very Good

The lodge is located in an amazing area. Staff were nice, food was good. However, it is a bit isolated, so you have no options for going around at low costs.
Nabil, 3-night romance trip
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