Stayed here slightly more then a week after a weeks safari in Kenya.
I have put a very good mark on this hotel. This has been done considering facts on a small Island like this. Not Everything is perfect..... But some of those things is not the hotels fault or it is hard to fix in this place.
Generaly I liked the place very much and if I ever go back to Zanzibar which is not very likely as I been to many other and better "paradise islands" then I will stay here again.
Breezes give you a warm and hearty welcome with a guide that explains all the things about the resport and finally Escorts you to your room. Our room was a semi divided cottage in sort of polynesian style (very far from east africa)... It was Clean and tidy, we had a cool Little table with a glass top with Little boxes of different Spices below the table to view. Very nice Zanzibar touch.
The bathroom met our needs but the shower was not really up to par for a 5-star.
Nevertheless, we liked it and felt like home.
The pool area was nice, not crowded and had a relaxing feel to the area.
There was a small snack bar near the resturant. It was ok for drinks.
During some afternoon hours they opened a tea house for fika. It was a very relaxing and nice place to be.
Resturant was awesome. The breakfast buffet was extremely good and I am surprised how they could get all this food choises to a remote place like this. For dinner the ´personnel changed Everything every night. New colors on table, cloth, chairs and the uniforms of the personnel. Many nights had a theme, often we did not have 3-cource dinner but 4, 5 and even 6 cources. The service was exceptionally friendly and secure. Came to notice after a few Days and asked. Most personnel were expat Kenyans, not Tanzanians - as they are more service minded. I tend to agree.
Another very cool spot was a Little cigarr house they had made. It was a small cubical place just west of the pool area where one can buy a cigarr from the humidore and some conjak or whiskey to enjoy. Finally a place that dont condemn smokers but give them their own Little place to enjoy.
Breezes seem to take care of their local Community and there is a part of the profit that goes to supporting local initiaties.
I can ramble on with the good things, there is a lot more and as earlier said. If I ever go back to Zanzibar I would stay here.
There were some things we did not like, and some things to improve on.
A 5-star, evern 4-star should have unlimited room wifi. Now I dont go to a place like this to play online RPGs or work on my mail but a Daily mail check should be possible. Even a 3-star hotel should have free lobby wifi but Wifi did not exist.
We were not allowed to pay but on check-out. This made it very difficult to keep track on what we ordered and how big or small our final bill was to become which made us restrictant in our puchases. When approaching the front desk to find out after 5 Days how big our bill was the receptionist was not very friendly and more or less told us we will find out on last only - no flexibility there.
The people serving at the resturant asked us every night to show the vine list even though we every evening explained we were Scandinavians and rather drink beer then wine. We Think that after hearing this more then a week they would learn.
The beach looks nice on their Pictures but that is only the looks about 3h every day. The ups and downs of the tide is quite high and at low tide the lagoon look like a garbage hole. You can walk the way out to the reef, but wear shoes as some reef coral is very Sharp and I cut myself. There is also a lot of garbage floating ashore from the Indian ocean and I Think that even though the beach is public they should spend a few hours every day to Clean up the beach near the hotel.
The boys in the beach house were friendly but often more friendly with single Dutch ladies... a bit too friendly.
When entering and exiting the resort on gate side there were a lot of people outside begging. I dont know if they were there to apply for any possible open positions or just to beg but they were so many one as a White Tourist could feel a bit unsafe.
Some prices were ok but some were way too high for Zanzibar. Just to buy a large PET bottle of water or Coke was very expensive. Instead we walked the beach North about 2-300 meters is a small cabin that sells paintings. Ask the guy the day Before and he will bring your bottles next day and they are less then half price of Breezes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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