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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   PO BOX 1361, Bwejuu. Zanzibar, Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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“Better than paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

As return guests my husband and I could not have been more thrilled with our most recent stay at Breezes Beach Club and Spa.
From the moment you step out of the vehicle and see the billowing organza curtains lining the walkway as you enter a beautiful lobby area you just know that love and care has gone into every aspect of the hotel. Once you are seated they give you a lovely fresh juice cocktail and a cool towel to freshen up before being taken to your room.
The deluxe room was clean and tidy with fresh flowers on the bed along with a welcome note and ample written information to answer any questions you may have. The amenities are more than enough for a couple on a weeks holiday. The addition of a kettle with coffee and tea was a nice surprise although we rarely took advantage of it. We much preferred going to breakfast and the afternoon tea service by the beach with tasty treats.
The diving was excellent with some of the most beautiful coral and a myriad of fish and sea life to view. The dive operation is professional and knowledgeable. We are used to a more "do it yourself" way of diving so it was a lovely surprise to have everything waiting for you on the boat and to be assisted into your gear etc. such a nice touch!
The spa is heavenly, each time we left the spa we had another appointment card in our hands and a blissful smile. Unbelievably relaxing and the ladies are so professional and kind. They also offer Yoga which everyone said was fabulous.
There are not enough wonderful things we can say about Breezes, we had a fabulous time. A perfect way to recuperate after a 6 night safari!

The food was perfection. The restaurant decor and the uniforms the employees wear change nightly and have a theme. With great variety and extreme flexibility of menus you really cant go wrong here.
We highly recommend the beach lunch. The gardeners build a stunning palm leaf structure decorated with tropical flowers for you to sit under whilst the waiters bring you some of the freshest and tasty seafood you can imagine.

  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We spent one week there for our honeymoon and was it just terrific! Its a perfect place to unwind/relax after our safari. The rooms were large (with a powerful AC), pool area was great, restaurants/food was terrific! And above all, the staff was so friendly and always so helpful.

A couple of things that could have been better. There could have been free wifi. There was a charge for Wifi ($10/day or $5 for half/day after 4pm). We had the 2nd floor suites, which had a large balcony, but since our room was in the back, the balancy was very hot, and we barely used it. When we went in December, there was a lot of seaweed, so while the beach was beautiful, not great swimming conditions, apparently its like that a few months out of the year.

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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We arrived at Breezes after 2 weeks of safari, it was a wonderful place to relax and recharge the batteries. The staff were wonderful from reception to cleaning staff. Lots of beautiful areas to rest and relax from under umbrellas on the beach, lounges by the pool and large day beds or chairs in the pavillions. All areas recieved the very welcome sea breeze.

  • 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 November 23, 2012

We arrived at this gorgeous hotel complex after a fabulous safari. The hotel is family owned and we couldn't fault it. The venue is well maintained and we were lucky enough to have a fabulous suite. As honeymooners we also got a few freebies including a 'night under the stars' where housekeeping set up a bed and mozzie net outside on our terrace surrounded by candles. It was beautiful. The hotel has a lovely setting being right on the beach but there is also a pool is you don't like swimming in the sea. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. The only fault (but it's minor) are the staff a very quick to take your plate away after you finish eating. Sometimes you haven't finished chewing and your plate gets whipped away from you. They were just too effifcient. Other than that the staff couldn't do enough for you. We had a truely magical time.

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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a Gorgeous place owned by the Raguz family, starting from the reception all the way through the staff are very friendly and seem keen to ensure you have the best time there. upon arrival we were greeted with fresh juice and cold towels which refreshed us since it was a very hot day.

In the room we found a complimentary bottle of champagne and a fruitplater. The rooms are large, decorated in ivory tones with huge beds, tea /coffee making facilities , hair dryer , lovely bathroom amenities and crisp towels.

The hotel was celebrating its 15th Anniversary the night we were there, all the guests were invited to a cocktail party followed by a gala dinner there after. Fifteen years ago, the Raguz family began transforming this remote corner of Bwejuu beach and today the resort is a sophisticated, magnificent tribute to Zanzibar's bygone era of luxury.

Extremely fresh & Fantastic food. They had also planned a surprise sundowner for us that day which was served in our room , it included bite size assorted bitings with a glass of wine.

They have a lovely pool where we spent most of our time, lunch served at the pool bar is extremely fresh and tasty as well, the portions are big enough for 2 people to share. Ashley & Alex of the Rising Sun Dive Centre were letting guests try FREE scuba diving in the pool so we enjoyed that as well.

the property also has an outstanding spa called the frangipani with therapists from Thailand & Bali .

The hotel has come a long way since it opened when it used to take 3 hours to get there from stonetown that means a round trip to the hotel in 1990s would be 6 hours drive....since then they have accomplished opening 2 more properties the Palms which is next door to Breezes and the Baraza which is next to the Palms, all 3 properties together are called the ZANZIBAR COLLECTION. Congratulations for the accomplishment & we wish you many many more anniversaries.

If you wish to be pampered in a fantastic setting & a beautiful beach than go to Breezes, you will be happy you did

We would like to thank the entire team of Breezes for making our stay a memorable one. We will definately be back.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at Breezes for four nights after a safari. It is a superb hotel where the staff do everything to make you comfortable. It is right next to the beach with views across the lagoon. It has a great swimming pool in the centre of the hotel. The rooms are large with huge double beds and good bathrooms. Our only complaint was that we found some mosquitos lingering in our bathroom and cloakroom. We would suggest that you spray these areas every evening. The food is excellent with superb barbecues and buffets. The hotel has a watersports centre with very friendly staff, and we went on snorkelling and catermeran trips. We would love to go back to this hotel again anoter year.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I really liked Breezes. We were welcomed on arrival by the manager which was a nice touch. Although we had arrived after 10pm they had kept the dinning room open and served us a lovely meal. We weren't expecting this and it was indicative of the service they provided.

Rooms are spacious and decorated very nicely. We had a sea view deluxe room and I have no complaints.

The pool is very nice, comfy loungers and plenty of them. Sitting on the beach based lounges you get a nice breeze.

You have to sign beach towels in and out - can't quite work out the point of this to be honest as many people left them on loungers but it wasn't too much of an inconvenience.

The food was far better than we had hoped. Breakfast is a buffet, everything you need. Lunch can be taken in the pool bar or restuarant - both were really nice and they had a good choice. For evening meals t hey do a really nice mix of buffet one night and al a carte the next. This makes a nice change to buffet hotels. The food was really good on all nights. We were full board and this was really good value.

The staff are really nice, very smiley and attentive and they have obviously been trained well. We found they really added to the resort.

We didn't use the dive centre or the water sports. We booked a snorkel trip through Mr Azziz (mentioned in other reviews, turn left out of hotel down the beach and first shop you come to after 2nd volleyball net) for half the price of the hotel and it was fabulous. We also just booked a taxi to stonetown and walked around rather than do a trip. If you go to Stonetown pop into Lazuli for lunch - it's worth it (listed on TA as #1)

The wifi seems to have been reduce in price, they now do a half day for $5 which is 4pm until 9am the next day. To be honest for the number of times people grumble about it on here I have no idea why they don't just make it free and be done with it. They can't be making much money off it and it would get rid of most negative comments.

The mix of people was really nice, lots of nationalities (English, German, French, Italian, Canadian in the main) and no one in the majority which is always nice. Although there are quite a few honeymoon couples here it's not dominated. Lots of different types of ages and groups and hardly any children (4 during our 9 day stay).

The hotel try hard to put on entertainment in the evening. Most nights have a band at dinner or similar but the resort does seem to go to sleep straight after dinner. It was unusual to see more than 6 people in the bar after 10:30pm.

All in all a fabulous place to completely relax.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms really make the difference (1-4 and 7-10 for delux I think)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Bwejuu
Address: PO BOX 1361, Bwejuu. Zanzibar, Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar's most romantic hotel, featuring the Frangipani Spa, highest attention to detail, and personalized service second to none. This family owned and managed resort has set high standards for Zanzibar, and continues to lead the others in the right direction. ... more   less 
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