My husband and I stayed at the Baraza in November 2012 for one week. We are experienced travellers and we only book 5-star hotels after spending hours reviewing and analysing the reviews on Trip Advisor. We must say that the Baraza was above our expectations. We stayed at the Baraza after one week of safari.
We stayed in an ocean front villa and it was worth it. During the day, we would simply walk back and forth from our villa to our reserved chairs on the beach because they were so close. Every night, we would go relax on a sultan bed near our plunge pool and watch the moon and the ocean. Our villa was huge. Only downside is that our walk-in closet concisted of only shelves. This could be improved but it is not the end of the world. Every time we had a special request, it was taken care by our amazing host villa, Jemina.
Regarding the beverages and the food, it was very good. The free wine was good compared to many all inclusives. The food was different, fresh and well presented. At some point, we even said that we prefer meat and the next, day, they had prepared a special meal for us.
Regarding the spa, it was very professional and clean. We both recommend it.
Regarding the ocean, it is not the nicest beach. However, what is interesting is the fact that there is a mile difference between the low tide and the high tide. Therefore, during low tide, you can go walk in the water and see octopus, sea urchins, fishes, etc. Also, during low tide, you cen rent a paddle board and go very far.
We must say that the majority of the staff was more than friendly, interesting and professional. A special thank you to Isaack, Ismael, Jemima, Lucas, Ramadan, Jean-Arnaud and Eddy. Usually, we have difficulties to remember the names of the staff but at the Baraza but that was not the case at the Baraza.
At fist, we were suprised that internet was not included in the price but after 3 days of relaxing, we agreed that we were relaxing more because we did not have internet in the villa.
We definitely recommend this hotel to a couple. There is very little entertainment but that was perfect for us. When we were there in November, the hotel was not full so all our requests were answered in a timely fashion. Obviously, we can not render an opinion regarding busy seasons like Christmas. The other good thing was that we did not see many children (beside one that really bad behaved but the staff was trying to compensate for the parents).
While we were there, we went to visit the neighboor hotel, The Palms, owned by the same family as the Baraza. Although for us the Baraza was better (because it is brighter, newer and wider), we can understand that the Palms can be another option for older people.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Baraza Hotel Bwejuu
- Baraza Resort And Spa
- Baraza Resort & Spa Zanzibar Island/Bwejuu