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“tropical paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa, North Coast, Kiwengwa 00000, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“tropical paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

wonderful garden, great white long sandy beach. we had a room with a view looking at the ocean
relaxing spa wih massage like deep tissue
pictures can be found at the homepage
snorkeling and diving only from boats. fishes were out at the reefs, a boat was needed
the Stone town (capital) and heritage was old and not in a good shape, but still interesting for the historic perspective; to have a guide is a must to explain the history from slaves to now

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

A perfect retreat after climbing Mt Meru and Mt Kili. Just hung by the pool, walked the beach (though 'beach boys' a bit of a hassle), drank cocktails, laid around on the canopied lounges, dined by the pool at night (every night a different theme and fare)...very, very relaxing. Service was excellent, rooms excellent and sleeping a dream. Would have liked a bathtub to make it complete!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

An excellent 3 days at bluebay. The beach is idyllic, the rooms are clean and spacious and well spaced out to give a feel of privacy. Staff were always friendly and helpful.

The only niggle I can come up with is the coffee at the Bahari Grill is disgusting instant stuff which surprised me because there is excellent coffee available at other places including the coffee bar!

I would also say that you will not get the most out of your visit if you stay in the hotel! There is a lot to do and see and the hotel can help you to do it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I've stayed at BB twice - 2010 and 2011 - with my wife and two young children, and I plan to return very soon. The hotel is great for families and perfect in every respect, though with one exception - the music was dire. The canned elevator music, Celine Dion and Marley covers are quite distressing and a horrendous distraction from everything else wonderful about this hotel. Please, please get some better tunes! There's tons of inoffensive, chill-out, lounge music out there to choose from.The current selection could only really please someone in their 80's.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Imagine sitting on a very comfortable sunbed under a thatched umbrella, the sky cloudless and the temperature around 30C, drinking fresh coconut water from a nut that has just been plucked from the palm, and looking out across pure white sand to the emerald green sea. That's what we had at the Bluebay in Zanzibar.
We've been to many fine hotels and beach resorts including superb ones on Mauritius and Barbados. This topped the lot. We had two suites: one was right on the beach front the other was set back in the gardens. The beach front suite had a beautiful covered patio with a day bed, a dining table and comfortable chairs. Down the path through the garden, there was the beach umbrella and our sunbeds, all supplied with cushions and towels. Just walk down the steps and we were on the beautifully clean beach and into the warm, crystal clear water.
The garden "junior" suite also had a wide covered patio and every morning we could sit with our cup of tea, watching the sun rise over the sea and listening to the gentle sound of the surf, while the staff shinned up the coconut palms to collect the nuts. Inside, both suites had huge beds, comfortable sitting areas and superb bathrooms. The garden suite even had a double shower outside in a totally private garden surrounded by bougonvilia.
Everything about Bluebay was first class. The food, the service at bars and restaurants, the housekeeping - the bed was beautifully decorated with towel sculptures and frangipani blossoms - and the general maintenance were all faultless. Lunch at the beach bar was superb and if we didn't fancy what was on offer at Bluebay in the evening, we could go to the buffet on offer at the sister hotel next door, Sultan Sands.
Seven nights of total pampering!

Room Tip: Sultan Suites 1 or 2 for beach front - 1 for honeymoon, 2 has a large dressing room that can house a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Coming from a hotel keepers family, I never thought I would be writing about someone else's business saying "oh my God, why can I find nothing bad to say about this hotel". Bluebay has a great housekeeping family, F&B family, security team, and captain at the helm. So good that I opened a tripadvisor account just to comment about Bluebay. And if you think I speak only of the hotel, check out the location and the welcoming nature of Zanzibaries. Don't miss out if you are a perfectionist like me. Have fun, Aitan.

Room Tip: Sultan 1 is gorgeous!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a week in Zanzibar staying at the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa. The complex was situated on the beach from looking over white sand, and with beautiful gardens. The pool was clean as was the whole site. All the staff were very willing to help wherever needed and nothing was too much trouble. Amenities consisted on pool tables, table tennis, all water sports including kayaking and one tennis court. Social activities were laid on for those who wished to partake. We booked a superior room, which had a sea view. It was comfortable and spacious. Meals were buffet style with plenty of choice. Overall the hotel and accommodation was excellent.

The hotel offer half board or full board although we felt half board was just right. The hotel put on entertainment nightly and guests could eat in the hotel next door (Sultan Sands) as it was the same company. Beware drinks are fairly expensive.

Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Superior Rooms with a sea view are preferable to a garden view as you see both. Club 24 is not wort...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O.Box 3276 | Kiwengwa, North Coast, Kiwengwa 00000, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#6 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
FULLY REFURBISHED IN 2013 this family owned and run resort exudes authentic Zanzibar style. Located on an exceptional white sandy beach our several dining options provide for lunch with your toes in the sand and intimate candle lit dinners, the wide range of facilities found at our elegant resort were created for the discerning traveller. The Spa with views over the ocean is a heaven of peace with exotic treatments created by our expert therapists. Rooms are in cottages nestled in tropical landscaped gardens with views through lofty palms to the sparkling Indian Ocean. Combining comfort and authenticity, this unique resort has captured Zanzibars relaxed island feel delivering personal attention from our warm and smiling staff. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bluebay Beach Hotel Kiwengwa
Bluebay Beach Resort And Spa Zanzibar/Kiwengwa

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