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“Jambo, jambo; mambo poa?” 5 of 5 stars
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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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“Jambo, jambo; mambo poa?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Having had a really busy work year - this holiday was my reward - and oh boy, I really lucked out:). Yes, it is really as beautiful as the pictures! We stayed for 10 days in November - the weather was absolutely fantastic - so hot that without the sea breeze, it would have been unbearable to sit in the sun.

The resort is built to ensure that you come back really relaxed. The staff are pretty amazing, they get to know your likes (caipirihas and Kili's for me!), generally on the beach or delivered right at the edge of the pool (thanks Kassim, Celestina, Sharida, Beatrice and Hussein). We were even provided with an icebucket for our Kili's to take onto the beach for a spot of stargazing and crab chasing! A really special call out to Dorah, was always ensured that we were looked after, had some great stories and a wonderful smile always! Asante Sana Dorah - I miss you already! The staff also taught us some Swahili - so we used to have some fun and it also came in handy the day we went to Stone Town!

We generally did lunch at the pool bar, mainly as they have amazing sofa's, a great choice of food - especially the daily specials - which over 10 days never had the same thing on the menu. For dinner I was always amazed at the choice of food; and each evening the theme of the restaurant changed, so it never got boring. Dorah and Suileman normally looked after us in the restaurant, service was great, never ever feeling rushed and the food was abundant, of a high standard, we especially looked forward to the Arabian night and acrobats! Ayman, thanks for all the fun you gave us - and for ensuring we were looked - especially appreciated the cold towel while waiting for the transfer out:-)

Our days were mainly spent sailing, reef walking and diving (which was amazing - great dive team with a load of craic on the diving days!)- there is an amazing beach walk that you can do - a real feeling that your on the set of Paradise, the movie. I see that some reviews talked about the tide - yes it's tidal - but we managed to do water-sports so don't let that put you off. We also did some massages at the spa - the spa to amazing - got a frangipani special for 75 mins and felt like a new woman at the end of it!

The grounds, all public areas and rooms were amazing - a total feeling of being in Africa - loved the local carved wooden touches - could easily have stayed for another 2 weeks.

We were lucky enough to be there for the moon rise - first time I have ever seen one - the team did a great moonrise party on the beach - feel very privileged to have seen it. I could write a book on this place - but don't want to spoil your experience & surprises that the team have ready for you!

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  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Breezes recently on our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect!

The beach is amazing when the tide is in, it's hard to beat going for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean or stretch out on a recliner by the beach or pool with a good book! When the tide is out you can spend time exploring the reef.

There is a dive school (where you can get a Padi qualification) and a water sports centre where you can do a snorkelling safari or hire kayaks, stand up paddle boards, do kite surfing, sailing or wind surfing.

The restaurant is top class!! They have a different theme every night and the standard and choice of food is exceptional! (The BBQ and Arabian nights were our favourites) There is also some kind of entertainment every night ranging from acrobats to bands to a bonfire lit beach party!

The real standout thing about Breezes though is the staff, they are the friendliest and most helpful staff I've ever met...some of them were like friends by the end of our stay. In particular I'd like to mention Kassim and Ernest, the best bar men ever! Both of the lads were so friendly and great craic and helped us to learn a good few Swahili phrases...I'd really recommend anybody staying there to try to learn a few basic Swahili phrases form the staff!

All in all I couldn't recommend Breezes more highly, it's really a little bit of paradise by the Indian Ocean with the friendliest staff in the world!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This property is 40 minutes from the airport, with no free shuttles to town. It has a wonderful eastern/caribbean feel. They have a set menu except buffet a couple times a week. Food is good and usually 4-5 courses at night. Dining room open 7:30 -9:30 am and pm. Breakfast buffet has everything an all inclusive does. You are sharing one pool with families. The beach swimming is only available at high tide. The villas are set up nicely at one end and only 6 rooms in each. Nice a quiet to sleep, lots of hot water. Property is a gardeners dream beach you can walk for miles. The spa and yoga sessions are worth checking out. Small, expense gift shop on site and they only take cash!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed at Breezes for 10 days in October following a hectic wedding and safari it was exactly what we needed! The resort itself is great - I hadn't wanted to stay in a large impersonal hotel and Breezes fit the bill. The rooms are great, I would definitely recommend a sea view room as the sea really is beautiful and it was lovely waking up to this each morning. The complimentary champagne and surprise 'sundowners', honeymoon gifts, massages and lunch all added to a great stay! The pool is quite small but there was never a problem getting a bed around with plenty of shade on offer. We favoured the beach as there was a bit more of a breeze and it really was lovely. The food was also fantastic with a wide selection every evening which was usually either a buffet (the BBQ buffet was yummy!) or set menu which was very good quality. We stayed half board and felt that the prices of the cocktails were actually really reasonable (about £4 or £5 a cocktail) and they had an extensive wine and cocktail list to choose from as well. We also took advantage of the dive school which is housed at the hotel and did a discovery scuba dive which was reasonable and absolutely brilliant - the blue lagoon is well worth a visit either snorkeling or diving. My only negative was the fitness centre which was really small and had a lack of equipment. A good gym is really important to us and this did disappoint but this would not stop me going back! It really was a fantastic end to a wonderful honeymoon

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 8, 2013

We stayed at Breezes in Oct for 3 nights after a 10 day safari. I would love to have stayed for another couple of nights - but that would been enough.

Firstly - the staff and management here were amazing. I emailed about 2 months prior to going, saying that i was planning to proposed to my (now) fiancé while staying in Zanzibar - and was looking for the perfect place. The staff really subtle on our arrival - but made our stay extra special in many ways! We had a free upgrade and bottle champagne, and free 'sundowners'. The customer services manager could not of been more helpful!

As for the resort itself. It is very comfortable - the food is really good (lunch is a bit pricy…) and there is a huge variety of breakfast and dinner options. The pool is relatively small - but this is nice and intimate (not full of screaming kids…) and the beach is pristine. There are all kinds of options to eat on the beach or in a private area - but i think that the standard areas are beautiful enough anyway!

The room (a junior suite) was really nice, good air-conditioning, HUGE bed and really large balcony with sofas to look out over the gardens and sea.

We went on a snorkelling trip one day - which was average - and did not do any of the other things that were on offer (Diving, kite surfing, sailing, huge spa etc) - but to be honest you really don't need to. It is simply lovely just relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

I would recommend this to anyone as a part of a honeymoon or luxury holiday!

  • Stayed October 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

On our last trip to Zanzibar we stayed at the refurbished Fairmont and couldn't fault it. On this trip, our travel agent booked us at Breezes. On balance it was ok. Good things included a relaxed atmosphere; spacious accommodation; nice clean beach; friendly staff and accessible activities and watersports. I enjoyed diving and the family got some reasonable snorkeling done. It's also quite reasonable and the family felt comfortable ordering poolside drinks and snacks without any sticker shock.

The hotel is fitted out with many Zanzibari features and is rich in woodwork. But it is now dated and a little dull. The staff are friendly but not trying hard enough. Our package included breakfast and dinner - breakfast was not very varied day after day, and dinner was always a 'set meal' therefore not ideal. The pool was a simple one - not very exciting for the kids.

We paid nearly $900 per night for a family of 5 to stay in the "family villa" which turned out to be the upper part of a villa. Guess it doesn't have the same ring to it if it is called "family apartment".

Overall: would have been acceptable if it wasn't priced at 4 star prices.

Room Tip: The place is run by Italians, so the beachside bar/lunch restaurant serves some incredible pizza.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My family, wife and 12 year old daughter, stayed at Breezes for 7 nights in August and each had a slightly different take. What we all liked:
The room was fantastic. We were on the second floor of the building closest to the ocean and had an amazing view of the beach and ocean. My daughter liked her small day bed and the king bed was very comfortable. There was a very large deck with several sets of lounge chairs. The room was clean and comfortable.

The beach has beautiful soft white sand with quite a bit of seating but most chairs were gone by late morning. They serve basic food and drinks on the beach which is nice if you just want to relax all day. The pool area is also nice with a good number of chairs but again they were usually gone by early afternoon.

The management is very friendly and accommodating. Our travel plans were affected by the Nairobi airport fire and we ended up having to stay 2 extra days. Management made the process much better than it might have been. While most of the staff were friendly we didn't have the same outstanding service we'd had while on safari in Kenya.

The food was anywhere from good to great but not amazing. On the plus side there was almost always a good variety to choose from.

My wife would definitely return as she likes relaxing and laying on the beach above all else. Breezes is the perfect location for that.

My daughter also had a good time but was getting bored by the end of the stay (4 nights would have been perfect for her.)

I would probably not return for the following reason. I tend to be more active and really enjoy water activities. While the beach is gorgeous with powder soft sand your water activities are at the mercy of the tide. When the tide is out it is WAY out. You can walk for several hundred yards out to the reef edge and never have the water higher than your shin. This makes for an interesting reef walk but makes it impossible to snorkel, swim, kayak, wind surf or do any other in water activity. Since the water is either coming or going for half the time it was not an ideal spot for me.

The resort does offer an off site snorkel trip that costs extra that we did. Unfortunately it was one of the worst snorkel experiences I've had. The water was clear and there was plenty to see but the group was far too large, 20 people, and were told to all stay together as we swam at top speed 50 yards from the boat and then back again. The whole time you're swimming past things that would have been interesting to look at if given the time.

I would highly recommend the City and Spice Tour offered through the resort. The city portion was interesting but the spice tour was a very pleasant surprise. You walk through a working plantation and get to taste and smell many fruits and spices. There's some entertainment of sorts as they made a crown, tie and rings out of leaves for the three of us and provide a tree climbing demonstration.

Depending on what you're after in a vacation Breezes may be perfect for you but wasn't ideal for me.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bwejuu Beach, 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:
#4 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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