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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“fabulous holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We have returned from the breezes Hotel having spent 7 nights there then went to another side of Zanzibar and stayed at Unguja Lodge for another 7 nights.
We booked through Imagine Africa and received excellent service from this company, having never travelled to Africa we took the advice of Tom who asked us what we wanted and what we received was spot on.
The Breezez is a fantastic Hotel with the most amazing location, the beach was superb, and we could walk to the reef and see things in the sea which was fantastic. The rooms were lovely with complimentary good quality toiletries. And was kept spotlessly clean by Lucy. The food here was excellent with a buffet and A La Carte on alternative nights. The staff at this place are truly wonderfull too many to mention but Hussein the bar lad was so attentive polite and very kind, and Celestine who again was so attentive and quite frankly could not do enough to please us. We had a Sultans bath and spa which although very good but quite pricey was also a special treat.It was also my husbands 60th birthday and the staff put his balloons and sang happy birthday at breakfast to him.
We would reccomend this hotel to anyone and will definately one day like to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Spent two nights here before heading to one of the sister resorts. The suites are just OK. The fitness center is outdated. Nothing is included not even water. The a la carte restaurant was really special tho. The service and food there was great. The hookah bar was also fun. There were some nice surprises for being honeymooners and the grounds were well kept, but overall this is a you get what you pay for kind of place and you are better off spending your money on one of the nicer affiliated hotels next door. You are on top of the other guests while at the beach and the entertainment at night was as cheesy as the Jimmy Buffet inspired mantra that appears in the bathrooms.

Room Tip: Suite 18 had a nice view of the beach from the balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harrow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We are a family with a young son and we stayed here for 4 nights in early June. We found the staff to be very friendly and the management were highly accommodating. I had requested an ocean view room in my original booking, and when I pointed this out to the manager, he immediately moved us. The new room was definitely a plus, being closer to all the amenities and seemed to receive more light than the original. The food was amazing. The swimming pool and beach when we were there (low season) were never crowded. The pool is large and lovely, and most of it is shallow enough to swim in with young children.

If you're thinking of staying here though, there are some pointers which you should consider, especially if you like us have a young child (these are not complaints - just preferences):
1. The beach, whilst great, is subject to the tide. During the day the tide is out (it is 1.7km to where the waves break on the reef) and it is not possible to swim in the sea. Even when the tide is in, there is a lot of (sharp) coral underfoot and actually the "sea" is better for reef walking than for swimming in (get reef shoes from the hotel). Also, there is a lot of seaweed around, both in the sea and on the beach.
2. Although we were full board, drinks and all other extras are not included. This was expected, but note that the hotel will ask you to settle the bill at the end of your stay and works on a tab-based system. This is good because service is quick and hassle-free when you want anything, but it also makes it more difficult to monitor your outgoings.
3. The food is truly amazing (even for a vegetarian like me) and there is nightly entertainment. It is however a set menu/buffet every night; a la carte is more expensive and at a different restaurant. The setting over dinner is very relaxed and posh, which is great if you're a couple but my 2 year old found it really difficult to sit still for a 4 course dinner every night. There is entertainment, but this doesn't start till about 9pm, by which time he wanted to go to sleep. This shouldn't be a problem for families with older children, but those with younger children might want to bring a tablet pc to keep their little ones busy.
4. This brings me to wi-fi. This is pricey and limited to public areas only. We actually relished the thought of being disconnected from all our emails etc for a while, but those who need an online connection (or if you need to stream videos to your tablet pc to keep your little one entertained) might struggle.

In summary this is a lovely hotel, where everyone goes out of their way to help you, but it is probably better suited to a honeymooning couple or a family with older children. There is a babysitting service for a small price, but it depends whether you (or your child) would feel comfortable with that. Also there is a kids' room which is open in the high season (only) but this again would be better suited to older children than young ones (pool table, video games, etc).

Purely for families with young children like us - it is difficult to find an infant-friendly Zanzibari beach resort, but other options we considered were the Sea Cliff, Gemma del'Est and the Melia.

For everyone else - Breezes would be difficult to beat.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for an ocean view room. Also note that most rooms in the hotel are labelled as "...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Breezes was a wonderful resort for a slow pace and relaxation. It has a great dining room with nice variety and good wine. The spa was excellent and the service throughout was consistently great. Very friendly staff and management. The pool and beach were never crowded during our stay. There were nice activities such as kite surfing and diving as well as less strenuous reef walks. It was a wonderful resort after a busy few weeks on safari!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

My husband and I stayed here after a 10 day safari with Access 2 Tanzania. Everything about this place was perfect!! Beautiful, secluded location. Very nice, accomodating staff. Beautiful facilities. The food was incredible: dinners were different every night and the coffee milkshakes were amazing! Also the alcoholic drinks - like the frozen mojito, was so delicious, I'm still dreaming about them. My husband and I got a couple's massage at the Spa and it was seriously one of the best massages I have ever gotten!

The beach was gorgeous although right where Breezes is is a reef, so you can't really swim there. However, you can rent shoes and walk the reef which is awesome as well! I also updated my Scuba Diving certification at the Rising Sun Dive Center, which is onsite, and the dives were amazing!! Ashley was my instructor and she was great!

Overall a great place, beautiful beach and so much fun!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I've always wanted to go to Zanzibar & i really hoped that my imagination of a magical place wouldn't be ruined by an awful hotel experience or similar...

Fast forward to April 2013, and i finally went to Zanzibar. And yes,it never disappointed! I stayed in the most perfect hotel ever! We stayed one 2nights at Breezes and one night at the next door Baraza Resort & Spa

The rooms at Breezes are great,not new,but the proprietors have really tried to maintain good rooms and great ambiance. I also liked the fact that the rooms are very spacious,with a spacious bath & toilet, a huge changing room, a lounge area on the balcony and we luckily got a room that overlooked the ocean!(Please check when booking as not all rooms overlook the Ocean)

Zanzibar can get very hot,almost uncomfortably hot,but all the rooms at Breezes have a working AC which makes things bearable

The food was awesome! Sooo fresh you could almost taste the real fruit in the juice & the fresh sea in the fish. If there;s anything i remember perfectly about Breezes,it's the fresh food! The staff are also amazingly friendly and they make you feel totally at home. Our waiter at Breezes(Josphat) was amazingly nice & always made sure we were okay,checked on us often,and took time to review the food! we felt attended to. The restaurant/dining area is an open area & overlooks the ocean and it is amazing!

There's also a spa,small but very nice!

The beach on this side of Zanzibar is also not populated and you can go for long beach walks without being pestered by anyone(beach boys) or seeing many people. I particularly enjoyed the long beach walks and the Morning swim!

I also liked the fact that there's a lot to do on this side,not far from the hotel. We visited the Jozani forest to look for the endemic red colobus monkey, and also the 'Rock' restaurant which is close to Breezes. It's an interesting restaurant seating on a rock on the Ocean. We didn't manage to go to Kizimkazi to see the dolphins but we were told it was close by so maybe we'll do it next time

We had an amazing time at Breezes and would highly recommend it!

NB: Be prepared for the long ride from the hotel to the maintown/airport. It takes around 1hr(the hotel is 50km from the mainland/airport)

Room Tip: The best are the rooms which are upstairs and sea facing..
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  • Stayed April 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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55 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

As a family we stayed at Breezes in the beginning of June at the advice of our travel agent as a place to unwind form our safari. This advice was spot on. The resort is very well maintained. Rooms are very comfortable and large. As Zanzibar is around 95% Muslim, there is hardly any touristic infrastructure , outside of Zanziba Town in the form of bars, restaurants and shops. Consequently for night time entertainment one has to rely on the resort. Here Breezes shines. The food is absolutely great and varies over the days. Plus the resort arranges some form of entertainment for every night. Staff is very friendly and if there is any problem or additional wish, they are dealt with promptly. There is a nice pool and a enormous beach. There were always more than enough chairs with shade available although it should be noted that we were there during low season. Overall we all of us enjoyed the 6 day stay a great deal and it is the ideal supplement to a safari. Management should be commended for running such a wonderful operation.

  • Stayed June 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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Address: Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#4 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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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