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Baraza Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Bwejuu
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“fantastic stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We had a short holdiay at Baraza and truly this is a magnificent resort. The rooms are beautiful, clean and really well attended. Staff is helpful and friendly. We travelled in April which is supposed to be the rainy season but we were lucky enough to have sunshine. No mosquitos (strange). The only drawback is the diving center which caters more for expert divers and not being on-site it is not very convenient. Congratulations to the chef who did a great job. A great SPA as well.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The staff here could not do more to take care of your every need as soon as you step out of your car. The place itself is breathtaking and set right on a white sand beach.

We had a two bedroom villa for ourselves and son, aged 8 who visited the kids club twice in our eight day stay and gave it a big thumbs up, they also show kids movies some evenings which is very handy if you want to have dinner to yourself!

Great breakfast selection every morning with fruits, cereals, hot food all cooked to order. Lunch was a different buffet every day and dinner was similar to a tasting menu most evenings, usually six courses. We were all inclusive and found the wines perfectly drinkable but they also had an exclusive list to choose from also.

One of the owners is a female interior designer and you can see it in the attention to detail every where you look.

Having stayed at the Four Seasons Seychelles, I thought that would be a hard act to beat but Baraza comes a very close second.

The dive centre run by Ashley is a 5min walk down the amazing beach and she was a joy particularly teaching my son in his first ocean scuba experience.

We WILL definitely be back VERY soon.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Muscat, Oman
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

From the minute we arrived till the time we left everything was perfect. The rooms were excellent and spacious the food was nice and fresh. The hotel has everything you need to relax you don't have to go out, its all there. me and my friends had great time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Arrived at Baraza after an eight day safari in Tanzania needing R&R and I was not disappointed.
The accommodations are all villas featuring luxury interiors, large bathrooms, spacious terrace and private plunge pool. The beach has a natural reef so no need to worry about waves. Lots of choices at the breakfast and lunch buffet. Food is good. Staff friendly. Met lots of people from all over the world - Dubai, Russia, France.

Room Tip: The lower numbers are closer to the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Be advised that Baraza asks East African residents to pay in advance *in full* and will not confirm a booking until said payment in full is received (and, they have a draconian cancellation policy). And theres an egregious 5% surcharge for credit catd payments. Puts you off.
The place itself is delightful and the staff very attentive. What lets it down is:
- Poor English spoken by staff
- Very long waits for food to arrive if ordered by the pool (45 mins for fish skewers and rice)
- Food in restaurant is not quite 5 star
- Other guests. We had to endure American teenagers playing ball incessantly in the pool. Takes the edge off the luxury feeling.
All that said: I'd definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

About an hour in the taxi from Zanzibar airport and you arrive at this great place. We came for 9 nights of relaxation after 4 nights on safari. We just wanted to chill and this was the place to do it. The are about 30 ish villas in total, 7 of which are right on the beach -we had one of these, no.5, and I'd recommend paying the extra for the pleasure. Villas were spacious and very comfortable. The enormous bed ensured I slept as well as I ever have. The bathroom - beautiful double ended bath - and lounge are both very large and comfortable too. Outside there is a plenty of bed space to relax and a nice plunge pool / jacuzzi (although we had to ask for this to be switched on as the control is not within the villa). Staff are great and you get allocated you own villa host who is your point of contact for anything. Food we thought was very good. Breakfast has lots of fruits, breads and other stuff so plenty of choice. Lunch is a buffet with the usual salad etc and the option of made to order pasta. Dinner alternates between themed buffets and what in London would be known as a 'tasting menu' of seven nouvelle cuisine type courses - we loved these. There is wine with food, mainly south african, and all very acceptable. Staff are all friendly and excellent - even the ones who are clearly still learning - and there is a drinks / food service available on the beach too. It was my birthday when we were there and they must have noticed this from my passport and arranged a special "private dining area" on the beach for lunch for my wife and I which made it all very special. There a few really minor things that really differentiate 5 star service that they need to polish up on but nothing that would warrant a complaint or anything near it. If you want to get away from it all in beautiful surroundings then you should consider the Baraza.

Room Tip: Villas 1-7 are right on the beach - pay the extra for this benefit!
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Wow, we are from Australia and have great beach resorts but this is what we have been searching for..We have travelled the world from Greece to Maldives to Jamaica . This has it all. Beautiful accommodation beautifully appointed..Great bed ( very important) .Lovely staff which are not intrusive. Everyday beautiful food with a lot of healthy options. Smorgasbord lunch allows you to have as much or as little you would like..breakfast was superb satisfying all tastes.. Then different themes of a night. Don't come here if you expect big wild parties. Most guests are pleasant but keep to themselves which is fine because you are here to relax..The beach is excellent when the water is out you can explore or lay by the pool or your punge pool..when the tide is in its picture perfect .We stayed in a beach front villa and it was lovely..We also noticed how particular the staff were around food in regarding to health and hygiene, the standards were very good..Some five star hotels around the world could look at their practices...Well done staff and management .We will reu,rn one day it's shame it's a long way from Aus for a beach holiday.....

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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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:
#1 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Baraza Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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Baraza Resort And Spa
Baraza Hotel Bwejuu
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