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“Just perfect, perfect and perfect again...” 5 of 5 stars
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Baraza Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Faggeto Lario, Italy
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“Just perfect, perfect and perfect again...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

When we were booking our stay in Zanzibar it was not so evident which place is better and which is not so good so we booked 5 nights in Zanzibar and 5 nights in a different hotel (where we were supposed to get a better beach) and it was our biggest mistake.
The first thing - the hotel exeeded our best expectations. We travel a lot and always stay in top hotels, we have lots of needs because of our 4 little kids, we are quite spoiled with high quality service and high standard facilities but this time we were really surprised.
The quality of service is fantastic - everywhere starting from reception, guest relation manager (we had Daniel) and restaurants (and other food and drink service) we met professional people who offered us lots of attention, assistance and positive emotions. I can not understand reports where guests tell about low quality of food or lack of choice...That is not true. The choice is big and if you don't like something they will prepare you a special dish according to your taste with smile and with excuse that you would need to wait couple of minutes more...
We felt like in a magic palace where all your problems/issues can be resolved by helpful staff.
I really do not have enough of words to describe all positive moments of this hotel. I can only say that my kids were crying when we moved to other place and they were telling me: we don't have problems with our current hotel, the hotel is not bad, it is because Baraza was too good and comparing to it any other hote seems ugly...
I would really to thank all hotel staff and owners of this hotel who made our stay unforgettable. I want to say "thank you" to Daniel, our villa manager, "thank you" to the manager of "food and drinks area" who was always nice and helpful and who coordinated preparation of all kind of different food for our kids and they were changing their ideas every 10 minutes...
Of course there is a low tide (but in almost all Zanibar beaches you will see it) but during this low tide you can have a walk on the reef, you can have a bicycle, you can realax at the swimming pool area with cocktail or fresh coconut....
We definitely will come back. I already promised it to my kids.

Room Tip: Actually all villas are very good, with lots of space and with private pool and small garden
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a stunning all inclusive Resort. Baraza hotel offers only the most luxurious & elite facilities for its guests. services included are Breakfast, lunch and dinner ,Afternoon tea ,In-house alcoholic drinks ,Soft drinks, juices & mineral Water, Beer, in house wines and cocktails , Use of tennis court, Fitness center & Swimming pools

The Villas which are very spacious , include TV, hair dryer, mini fridge, your own plunge pool, lovely bathroom amenities, fresh, crisp towels, very large comfortable bed, tea/coffee making facilities,

It is important to note that young guests at Baraza Resort & Spa are exceptionally well catered for - there is an excellent children's club for 4 to 12 year olds and babysitting services can easily be arranged.

we spent most of our time by the pool side, drinks are brought to you at regular intervals, you will be spoilt whilst you are there. The food is out of this world, so much to chose from , whilst we were there for lunch they had Buffet as well as light lunch menu that you could chose from incase you weren't upto buffet. Dinner was a set menu, we loved the food so much, we asked to see the Chef to thank him personnaly, I forgot the name but he was from mauritius !

The Dhahabu Bar & Lounge opens in the evenings until midnight is a nice place to stop for a drink before & after dinner.

The whole place is so stunning whilst we were by the pool side we enjoyed being there thouroughly and when we went to our villa we didnt want to go out, i cannot express in words how nice this place is. You have to be here to experience it as no word can do justice to this lovely place

The staff are extremely Courteous. We want to thank the entire Baraza team for making our stay a non forgetable one, we highly recommend it and will definately be back. Thank You ! Thank You, Thank you !

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed for 6 nights post safari in a 2 bed family villa. These aren't beachside, but have a pretty enough garden and are extremely comfortable. We've done similar beach-post-bush breaks in Mozambique and Mauritius but this was probably the nicest. The staff were outstandingly good as was the food. We loved our pre-supper cocktails (teenage kids) and for us the evenings struck the right balance between formal and casual. For our more sophisticated kids (!) they were a bit sniffy about the number of younger kids around the pool area, but thankfully they were for the most part well behaved. The sea (principal reason for these things for us) was lovely but we got lucky - if you choose the wrong few days as far as the tide is concerned you'd be stuck. You can only really swim for maybe 3 hours a day when the tide is at its very highest. Tours are vastly overpriced and you're quite a way from a lot of stuff on this resort (1 hour to Stone Town, about the same for your Spice Tour) but they're interesting and provoke lively discussion. I've read in the papers since that Stone Town has become unsafe because of a rise in unrest and some targetting against tourists which is a shame but this is a colossally poor place behind the 5 star loveliness. We were there in Ramadan which wasn't a problem, but were surprised at the lack of consideration given by a lot of tourists. Good spa - again 5 star prices - but the service, pleasant atmosphere and great food were all a plus for us.

Room Tip: Family villas aren't beach side.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burwash, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at Baraza for 6 nights. Initially I was disappointed at location of our room - Villa 29 - last villa against perimeter wall in last line of villas. Not my ideal spot but villa was very nice. Hotel gardens are still very young so will look better in a few years. Interior design - all a bit monotone - gold and ivory. Could do with a flash of other vibrant colours. We really liked the high and low tides and at high tide the sea is beautiful to have a dip in. I see people moan about the tides but being a hotel of 30 villas, hardly anybody goes into the sea at high tide! Food and beverage - very good beach service - little treats during the day offered - fruit cocktails, iced coffee etc. We did appreciate this. Breakfast is good and the fruits are amazing. Lunch is fine - small buffet. Dinner was our least favourite meal. For us we prefer a quality buffet and yes, we did get this, perhaps nearly every other night which was very enjoyable. What we didn't like were the 'set menus' - it felt like they were trying too hard - 5 course bland meals. The only thing in these menus I was interested in eating were the delicious soups. Please, Baraza, re-think the fine dining experience. I just don't think it works. House wines were fine. Spa is very good. Regarding the internet, perhaps the Baraza could explain why they charge for internet access. In most hotels I stay at nowadays, it is free and at the hotel they own in Nairobi, internet access is free. That did annoy us. Also in East Africa, we find that laundry services are normally included in this sort of resort. Here we had to pay extra. Water sports were also at an extra cost. I think at an all inclusive resort they should include laundry, internet access and non motorised waterspouts (they don't have motorised). We loved the rising of the moon and were lucky enough to see the full moon for several evenings. Be warned, you will be informed on arrival that check out time is 10. am. We were not due to leave until 1.30 pm. If I had known beforehand I would have asked my tour operator to organise and pay for a late check out as this ruined our last morning. The staff were really delightful. They were trying so hard and I realised they didn't speak or understand English as well as some other East African countries. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience. Stone Town is a must to visit - very colourful in every respect.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights. The resort was OK though sea weeds made it impossible to swim in the sea (probably due to tide season). Villas were spacious and A/C was OK. Beware of the internet. Extremely slow. Lots of geckos and mosquitos, though beds had nets. Restaurant was very well run&managed by Mr. Jean-Armond Kalei. He went out of his way to accommodate your wishes with a great smile and in courteous manner.

Room Tip: Beware of villas near the wall surrounding the resort.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We spent 8 nights here in October after a short safari in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. The resort was everything we expected and more. Excellent food, a real variety of pan asian and international cuisines. Highly attentive service. The place is big enough that you don't really see other guests, especially if you have an ocean front villa where you simply stroll out of your balcony and onto the beach. It was the perfect compliment to our safari experience. The spa is not to be missed! An excellent resort. Thanks to Jemima for being a great hostess.

Room Tip: we had Villa 5 which was excellent.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is an excellent hotel by African standards. Very stylish, friendly staff, secure.
The food is good, however there was no a la carte option, and make sure you finish your set course dinner otherwise you will be bombarded with questions if you have enjoyed it and why you have not eaten everything.
POWER CUTS every evening remind you that you are in a third world country, but we got used to it by the end of our holiday.
The biggest let down was the shop. The prices are outrageous and the quality is as poor as it can be. We bought flip flops which broke on the 2nd day, goggles which leak water and impossible to use, and the sun screen which had to be re-applied every hour according to instructions. I dont mind paying a premium for good products but these were as bad as Chinese cheap products can be.
The beach is nice and the water is warm, but the tides are very strong and you can only swim for a couple of hours per day.
Having said all that, we had a very nice time at the resort, our villa was great and I loved the design. The same company owns a nearby hotel and I think that they should integrate them in order to offer more facilities and dining options for guest. That way this hotel could attract not only guests who are doing a safari before, but also people coming to Zanzibar for a beach holiday in a five star resort.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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GMBaraza, General Manager at Baraza Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about Baraza We
greatly appreciate feedback, both positive and negative, which helps us to
improve.

We are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the style and the decor of
the hotel, as well as the hospitality of our staff and we thank you for
acknowledging this in your review.

The power cuts are unfortunately a fact of life in Zanzibar but Baraza is
equipped with an extensive back up system in place 24 hours a day to deal
with this. We would like to clarify that what you have experienced was a
2-3 minute transition from landline power to our back up generators. We are
sorry to hear that you found this inconvenient, but we want to make clear to
other potential guests that there is always power at Baraza.

Concerning the shop, we are very sorry to hear that your experience was not
positive. Our shop was noted by Tatler and Conde Nast for being an
exceptional hotel gift shop with unique, eclectic items which range from an
impressive collection of Africana, Kaftans, decorative items & Zanzibari
antiques. Also we would like to point out that the sunscreen, flip flops
and goggles we are selling are all imported from the USA. But we have noted
your comments on them and we are reviewing the products accordingly.

As our guests enjoy Baraza on an all inclusive basis, we change the dining
locations with different themes, menus and venues. Our guests are always
able to order from the a la carte beach side menu available from 11.00am to
19.00pm and we can also organize beach barbeques, as well as private dining
experiences arranged with our chef at an extra charge.

The difference between the high and low tide is a normal phenomenon along
the entire East African coast, and for this reason East Africa and indeed
Zanzibar is one of the few places where you are able to enjoy reef walks
during low tide and hence admire the incredible marine life of the Indian
ocean.

Thanking you once again for your comment, we hope to have the pleasure to
welcome you back again.

Sincerely,

The Management
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Also Known As:
Baraza Resort And Spa
Baraza Hotel Bwejuu
Baraza Hotel
Baraza Resort & Spa Zanzibar/Bwejuu
Address: Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Baraza Resort & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with beautiful arches, hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, hand made furniture and intricate brass lanterns, Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar. Baraza has set a unique standard of luxury accommodation on the island ... more   less 

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