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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
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Coulsdon. Surrey
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33 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Great stay!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Just back from 5 nights at the 'Bluebay'. Good room, a little tired but huge bed and who spends much time in the bedroom. Food excellent, nightly entertainment, some nights dinners on the beach, perfect! Spa and pool excellent, all the staff from Management (who always seem to be available), bar staff, waiters and waitresses to the housekeepers friendly and do their best to make sure you have a great stay. Recommended....

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is an excellent resort, the meals were very good and there was entertainment every evening!
On the down side, drinks are very expensive compared to resorts close by! $5.00 for a small beer, I could uderstand the wine prices which were fair.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Stayed for five nights, late August 2013. Initial impressions were disappointing: this is not a five-star establishment, even by Tanzanian standards (check out Serena in Stone Town for a comparator). Rooms were nothing special, beds firm and ok, but pillows awful and bed linen tired.

Staff were almost all very friendly (reception staff were a bit sullen) and very helpful and made our stay relaxing.

Food was generally excellent, tasty and varied, with good live music most nights. Breakfasts were disappointing, similar to other Dar hotel buffets.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Simon C
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Moshi, Tanzania
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33 reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is by far the best resort I ever stayed at in Tanzania. I have been here 10 -12 times and I am always happy to be back. You feel welcome from the time you check in till you check out.
Management and staff are making sure you feel welcome and they are all doing their best to ensure that you have a wonderful stay.
The rooms are great with everything you need (large canopy bed, mini bar, A/C, fan, TV with satellite channels etc.).
All meals are great and in the evening there is a special theme dinner at different locations at the resort. For weddings, birthdays etc. they make special arrangements (birthday cake carried into the restaurant by staff singing for you etc.).
If you want to be by yourself for dinner at the beach - they will fix that you for you with flowers, candlelight etc.
There are two great pools plus one for children and they are always kept clean.
There is a special room with toys, games etc. and staff to entertain and play with your kids.
There is a well equipped gym, pool and table tennis tables, water polo etc.
Occasionally you are invited for drinks etc. with the management.
The white beach is excellent and always kept clean and the maasai warriors make sure you are safe.
This is a great place to go for holiday or just a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I spend a week with my girlfriend at this beautiful establishment. The rooms looked great and the different themed dinners tasted delicious. The kind and helpful staff, the large pool and stunning white beach made our stay unforgettable.
We also tried kite surfing for the first time, which quickly became our newest hobby.

Special thanks to the management and staff for helping make our stay perfect!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel combines a wonderful beach location on the quieter east coast of the main Zanzibar island with good food, excellent, friendly service across all functions, hard working staff, cleanliness and security. Comfortable, large beds, aircon wherever needed - really can't fault the place. We took the opportunity of doing a little travelling around the island (Stone Town, Spice Tour and the south end) - while these are much to be recommended, we would have been perfectly happy staying in the hotel for the whole week. Well done to all concerned and thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We attended a wedding at Bluebay in June. We could not have asked for a more beautiful location. The staff were extremely obliging and could not do enough to help with looking after my 18 month old. The whole team especially the food and beverage manager, hospitality manager, waiting staff, domestic staff were great at organising all the events. We did not have much to do with the General Manager but he was not particularly endearing.
The food was delicious and they had gone to the trouble of ensuring there were enough vegetarian options for our party by hiring a chef from a different hotel in Zanzibar town.
I had my doubts about going to Bluebay after reading some of the reviews but can wholeheartedly recommend the resort for couples, families, groups as there is something for everyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa
Address: | North Coast, Kiwengwa 3276, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#4 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury beachfront resort with traditional Swahili charm, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on the finest white beach on the east coast of Zanzibar. The resort is one of the island’s most prestigious properties offering the ultimate in beach comfort: excellent accommodation; fine wining and dining; a host of sports and leisure facilities; the famous Oasis Spa; and our award-winning service. Bluebay’s rooms and suites are set within 30-acres of tropical gardens with over 1,000 palm trees, some right at the ocean’s edge. All rooms are spacious, bright and beautifully decorated in Zanzibari style. Dining at Bluebay showcases Zanzibar’s celebrated local ingredients with an emphasis on fresh seafood and contemporary cuisine. As well as being a magical destination for holidaymakers wishing to soak up the sun and absorb the enchanting culture of Zanzibar, the resort offers excellent facilities for meetings, conferences and group incentives. And our weddings and events team can help you plan a private party, a wedding and, of course, a honeymoon! Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is Bluebay’s premier brand. The resort shares a 500m stretch of beach with its sister property – Sultan Sands Island Resort. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bluebay Beach Hotel Kiwengwa
Bluebay Beach Resort And Spa Zanzibar Island/Kiwengwa

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