Breezes boasts a divine prime location; a fantastic lagoon that you can easily discover walking at low tide (with reef shoes – to add to your suitcase or be prepared to pay rental). The virgin white sand beach changes colour with the tides, so it is very enjoyable indeed! Sea swimming is possible at high tide, otherwise the good size swimming pool offers a good alternative.
The food is excellent with alternative of set menus and buffet, although lunch time service is very slow and does not have a large amount of choices. The restaurant’s staff tries very hard to make every meal a special occasion and changes daily every detail of restaurant decoration. It is worth noting that everything is a matter of squeezing some dollars out of the customer: being booked on full board it surprised us that we still had to pay for our drinking water (like all other captive customers of the hotel; $2/bottle).
Tours can be organised (and are very interesting – but not cheap £30 average by person by tour), but again tourists are expected to “give” money to whoever they go on tour with. We visited the local village’s school and nursery as well as medical centre (tour called Swahili day). Our guide started the tour by “you are expected to give money to people because you are rich (sic!) and that’s what local people are waiting you to do”. The hotel told us that the money we paid for this tour ($10/person) will go to the local people directly, which does not seem to be enough.
The hotel has a clinic (nurse) that keeps a good stock of useful medicine which proved very helpful to me (I caught a nasty ear infection). A receipt for insurance purposes was promised to be given to me at the end of our stay. Unfortunately, when setting our bill (15 min before our airport transfer), I did not manage to convince the reception manager, (let alone the cashier!!) that a simple signed receipt with mention medical expenses will do. We had to leave the hotel without the document, as trying to get it done within minutes proved to be impossible. (Same unhelpful behaviour a few days earlier after losing a pair of glasses; the hotel refused to help by writing a letter on headed paper – we had to go to the local police at our own expense!)
In conclusion, we loved the hotel and the friendly staff (sometimes exaggerating their politeness!) – with the exception of the beach boys (and girl!) who are rude and unhelpful. Breezes is perfect for beach goer. Our view is Breezes’ standard should be rated 4 stars, not 5. The European concept of time and administration such as travel insurance is completely alien to the Zanzibaris, unfortunately it includes the management! So, be aware of it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Hotel Bwejuu
- Breezes Beach Club And Spa, Zanzibar
- Breezes Beach Hotel Zanzibar
- Breezes Beach Resort Zanzibar
- Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar
- Breezes Zanzibar
- Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Bwejuu