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“Dreamy Exotic Resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Baraza Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Dreamy Exotic Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This elegant resort was a great place to finish off our Africa adventure. Stayed here post-safari and the heat of Stone Town, and instantly relaxed. Spacious grounds, airy white buildings and the enormous blue pool made it feel like a low-key pleasure palace. Our villa was fantastic, super-modern and meticulously serviced. It had a clever natural feature for privacy, low enough so we could see the ocean. The indoor/outdoor eating areas are ideal for refreshing breezes. The miles-long, white coral sand beach is very clean - with water shoes, we enjoyed the reef walking at low tide (and swimming at high tide). The African staff was very friendly and super-accommodating, the food excellent - lots of variety. We also had fun strolling down to the sister resort, Breezes, to check it out and enjoy its facilities, Like a lot of the couples and a few families we saw, we mainly wanted to unwind, kick back and enjoy the luxury, but there are lots of water activities available if you're more actively inclined. All round fabulous!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Decided on the Baraza after hearing from friends about it and reading the reviews. However, being linked to the hotel industry from the inspection side, I have the following comments:
- When you are paying around $ 800 a night, they shouldn't be charged $15 for Internet a day, and additional charge for expresso and latte over breakfast.
- The rooms are large, but the fittings very cheap Chinese products, light fittings, noisy air conditioning, acrylic bathtub, water taps, etc.
- You cant see the ocean from the Ocean view rooms... Deceiving description ... If you want to see the Ocean get the Ocean front rooms.
- the food is good when served from a la carte but the buffet food is not so good.
- I didn't like the overall design off the property as it reminds me of hotels in Dubai and cheap imitation of the one and only Royal mirage in Dubai. But this is a matter of personal taste.
- the staff are very friendly, but poorly trained.
- The beach is very dirty with seaweed and if you are in during a low tide, forget swimming.

Other tip, if you want to see stone town, book a night in town, as it takes one hour to get to town. If u are in town, try Jafeeri house or Emmerson spice house for a taste of old Zanzibar.


  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Valelilly, General Manager at Baraza Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your stay . We are sorry that Baraza did not live up to your expectations and would like to respond to your comments as follows.

All Ocean View rooms do have on Ocean view however they are not Ocean Front which is why they are described as such.

To suggest that Baraza is a cheap imitation of a Dubai hotel is something that we simply do not accept. Over 30 acres of coconut plantations and a kilometer of beach front land are dedicated to only 30 villas whereas in a normal commercial hotel development (as the very one you suggest in Dubai) there would be 300-500 rooms.

Moreover, Baraza is a work of great dedication, love and research into the Zanzibar culture, arts and Swahili architecture. We have gone through great efforts to incorporate the skills of the Zanzibaris and feature traditional designs and inspirations from Zanzibar’s history. The brass lamps are hand made, intricate cement plasters hand crafted by local artisans, wood painstakingly carved on every window and door, with marble laid on the floors and antique furniture pieces.

To suggest that this is a cheap hotel where we have taken shortcuts is simply not acceptable to us. The architecture and design of the hotel has been complemented by professionals in the field of design, hospitality and architecture and we have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, House and Garden to name just a few.

We thank you for the kind comments about the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food. We fully accept that taste is subjective and are happy that the vast majority of our clients have overwhelmingly positive comments about the hotel.

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Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Came here for 5 nights to end our Honeymoon. The food at sit down dinners is fantastic. 5 or 6 courses. The wine is good as well and your glass never goes empty. The grounds are beautiful. The service at the beach is great too/the service in general is great too. I highly recommend getting an ocean front villa. Napping on your day bed with a view of the ocean is great. The spa was good as well. We received a lot of great extras and surprises for being honeymooners. A favorite quote from one of the food and bev managers "Everyone at Baraza is special, but you are extra special" -- And we really felt that way. Come here, worry about nothing, get treated like a king, enjoy the view.

Room Tip: Villa 7 is furthest from reception, but offers Max privacy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We were a little apprehensive about Baraza having read Tripadvisor and one or two comments about the food..These people who write poor must come from a lonely planet.We have stayed at Sandy Lane Barbados and St Geran Mauritius .Baraza is up there with the best..The seafood is to die for . So fresh you can taste it.The hotel is well planned and the villas are truly luxurious.We had a beach front single bedroom.If you can afford it ,well worth the extra,but book quick as there are only 7!!!The staff are attentive ,happy and willing. ,discreet,left alone when you want.The beach is fabulous ,nice to be allowed to wander without the hastle of beach boys.The Zanzibaris we found, respected our views when we said we did not need assistance.The walk to the reef is a must ,child hood memories of rock pools , this time with a difference.Fabulous corals ,shells ,fish and even turtles!But take a stout stick.Make sure you take binoculars. There is so much going on ,fishermen in boats divers paragliding in the distance the colourful locals carrying on with daily life ,.
In conclusion we had a fabulous time the food was unbelievable,quality.presentation and service..You must try the Swahili.Lobster.

Room Tip: We had room 4 beach front.Central for the beach and dining..Room 7 is more secluded.
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Tranas, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

One of the best places I've ever stayed in. Everything is pure class. Luxury, spacious villas, lovely beach, very kind and friendly, helpful staff and the best food I ever tasted. The dinner was just overwhelming, damn good :) As I work as a travel agent I just had one night here but I had the chance to do a site inspection to see the different villas, the spa and the surroundings. I guarantee you, Baraza is pure class! If you can, stay here!

Room Tip: I'd prefer the beach front villas!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I stayed at Baraza for 4 nights at the end of May. I would recommend staying during this time as it is the end of the low season so the weather was perfect, prices are lower and there were no crowds. The resort did a perfect job of facilitating our requests/needs. We used them to hire our drivers to and from the ferry as well as for our day trip into town. The staff is just wonderful, so kind, attentive and great at their jobs.

From our arrival to our departure the staff made us feel like we were the only guests. And in fact, for the first night we were the only guests. The decor is charming and blends well with the lush green plants of the island. The overall design of the resort flows the living areas into the outdoors while maintaining the perfection of each environment. I was extremely impressed how clean and bug free the living areas were kept.

We stayed in one of the beach side villas, highly recommended. Plenty of space to lounge and relax. We even had our own plunge pool. Wireless internet is not inclusive but they quickly installed it at our request. Housekeeping stops by twice a day and one of our few disappointments was that they did not properly restock the mini bar each day, but the rooms were kept very clean.

We opted for the inclusive package so all our meals, poolside menu, house drinks (beer, wine, water, cocktails, to include the mini bar) were provided. Meal locations vary during the low season to give a change in atmosphere, a nice touch. The chef and kitchen staff are AMAZING, every meal was to die for. I think my favorite meal was the Swahili inspired menu. Being the only guests our first night they set up the perfect table for us by the pool, overlooking the beach. This is normally a special package you can purchase but they were kind enough to extend their generosity to us and we are extremely grateful. The food manager even coordinated a specialized breakfast menu for us the next day. It is impossible to go hungry here and I have the extra vacation pounds to prove it. After our dinner we usually stopped by the bar for cocktails. Top shelf liquor is not included so if you are in the mood for a nice scotch, as we were one night, do not expect the same generosity of pour you would get with the inclusive drinks. We asked for shisha and surprisingly (given the decor) they did not have it. However, it was provided the following evening. Afternoon tea is also included but not always provided since there were few guests, disappointing. The basic tea and coffee were disappointing given our location and natural resources and espresso is not inclusive.

Basic beach gear is inclusive and you can borrow bikes to ride along the beach or into the village. It was nice to have their other resorts just down the beach so beach gear could be swapped between the locations. The locals we encountered along the beach were very friendly and the resort security was always monitoring the beach so you felt safe. The reef walk takes time and is a bit perilous with all the sea urchins. Don't try to do it the morning of your departure.

The spa was lovely. However, it was often booked from other nearby resort guests, or maybe they had less manning. We were able to eventually schedule all the services we wanted. My foot massage was great, the Sultan's package is maybe not worth the price.

We also had a delay in booking our driver/guide for our day trip into Stone Town. I assume the resort wants to ensure we have the highest quality of service. Quality comes with a price so if you are on a budget make sure to discuss the charges before you leave, however, our trip was worth the price. Stone town and the spice tour can be fit into one day. I would not recommend trying to do more. We squeezed in a trip to Prison island at the last minute which minimized our leisure time, however, were never ever rushed by the staff or guides. If you can, take two days for tours so you can shop and enjoy the island. We had lunch at Mercury's which is Freddie Mercury's restaurant right by the ferry port. Probably a bit overpriced but tasty food and fun environment. I would also recommend taking half a day for the monkey preserve tour but you could, as we did, stop by the day of your departure if you have a late afternoon flight/boat.

Caution:
-Bring bug spray or buy some local lemongrass oil because I was eaten alive the first night, mosquitoes and ants are everywhere.
-The drive into town can take up to an hour so if you want to be close to "action" this is not the place but the serenity is worth the drive. And the island is beautiful, roads are in good condition so it's a nice drive.
-Don't be afraid to negotiate prices for souvenirs. If you run out of time the gift shops at the airport sell almost everything and are opened 24hrs.

Overall I love Baraza, Zanzibar and Tanzania. I can't wait to go back. I will be going back with friends, family or a couples get away for as long as I can travel.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The Baraza property from the Zanzibar Collection, takes you to a different world. It's like being in the Arabian Nights along the Indian Ocean. The decor is so unique, elegant and subtle, yet gives you a feeling of being the Royalty. The Villas are so spacious, and the ambience is warm & luxurious. Each villa has its own private plunge pool. Ample cozy seating indoor wanting you to laze around and just linger in the atmosphere. The food is gourmet and the variety and options are endless. At night the place transforms into a dream with hundreds of warm lights and candles glowing softly. Its almost like a fairy tale....
The staff is extra-ordinary, warm and welcoming. I would go there again and again and again....

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > 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
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#2 Spa 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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