Baraza is a unique boutique resort built in a distinctive Swahili design. There are Indian and Arabic influences clearly present too in the curated antiques, handmade Zanzibari furniture and elaborate architecture.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Set on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach, Breezes is a large resort hotel with a traditional local style, featuring touches of the area's Arabic influences throughout. The hotel sits in tropical gardens scattered with coconut trees, and is a popular choice with honeymooners, those returning from a safari and guests simply looking to relax on the renowned island of Zanzibar.
The friendly staff are always on hand to tensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable, and the emphasis here is placed on beach relaxation in the Zanzibari sun. There are, however, plenty of activities to keep you occupied during your stay, from water sports and tennis to the indulgent spa and peaceful pool.
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Breezes has four categories of room: Standard, Deluxe, Suite and Family Villa. They're located in the gardens behind the beach and are tastefully decorated in ivory tones, with cotton throws, teak and Zanzibari carvings. All are air conditioned and have en suite bathrooms, with only the Family Villa featuring a cable TV.
The resort has a great location on Bwejuu Beach, a great slice of white sand on the east coast of Zanzibar.
Food and drink
There are several dining options to choose from. Salama serves breakfast buffets and three course dinners, alternating with evening buffets. Breakers is the place to go for lunch, specialising in fresh seafood, while the Tides is a private dining experience for two, in an exclusive location overlooking the Indian Ocean. There's also Sultan's Table, which serves gourmet cuisine using a blend of Swahili and Indian spices.
For a refreshing drink, you can head to the Safari Bar if you're looking for a romantic setting, the Dhow Bar, which is great for a refreshing cocktail next to the pool, the Baraza Bar for whiskies and liqueurs and the Chai Room for tea, coffee and cakes. The evenings often feature traditional live entertainment.
Please note that men must wear long trousers for dinner.
Honeymooners receive special touches such as a free bottle of wine, flowers and sundowners served in the room, and at certain times of the year, greatly discounted room rates.
Facilities and activities
Facilities include a large swimming pool, a fitness centre, a tennis court and a marine activities centre that offers kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and pedalos. There's also a PADI dive centre, offering diving and snorkelling equipment and tuition. Bikes can be hired to visit the local villages of Bwejuu, which is a traditional fishing village, and Paje.
For those looking to relax, the spa is ideal, offering a wide variety of facial, body, hand and foot treatments, as well as specialised massage techniques.
Internet access is available in the lobby and in all rooms for an additional charge.
Environmental and social responsibility
Breezes supports the local fishing village of Bwejuu by employing many of the villagers and buying the fresh fish caught by the local fisherman.
This is a large and well-equipped resort, offering plenty to do in an idyllic setting. It's nicely decorated and has plenty of character, with a friendly service to match.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The emphasis here is on luxury and high levels of service. The property has been beautifully designed with all modern comforts without losing a traditional African feel.
Overlooking the sparkling sea, sprinkled with traditional dhow boats, the focus at Kilindi Zanzibar is on great service, exclusivity, fantastic fine dining and rooms that are so lovely you won’t want to leave them.
Matemwe is a small friendly hotel, built on a low coral cliff overlooking the ocean. The beach has dazzling snow white sand and is very picturesque with its small fishing village.
Pongwe is a peaceful, simple hotel. While perhaps not the best place for party animals, it is ideal for those who enjoy their food and want a relaxed beach experience.
The Serena has an unbeatable location overlooking the Indian Ocean but remaining in the heart of town. It is a superb hotel from which to explore and is a peaceful place to relax if the hustle and bustle of Stone Town gets a bit too much.
Pretty and peaceful, this beachside lodge on Zanzibar’s northeast coast provides simple but relaxing accommodation in spacious cottages. With friendly hosts and tasty Zanzibari food, it makes a rewarding end to a safari, but can also be a welcome escape in its own right.
The Palms is exquisite. It is small, stylish and the staff are excellent. It is perfect for those looking for an exclusive, romantic getaway. We warmly recommend it.
The Residence Zanzibar is a beautiful property situated on the southwest coast of Zanzibar near Kizimkazi village. The villas are spread out across the property, each with its own private pool and sunbathing decking area for complete relaxation.
Unguja Lodge is a small boutique hotel set amongst baobab and mango trees at Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Perched on a low coral cliff, it's just a 50 metre walk from an idyllic sandy beach.
Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house.