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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Breezes-Beach-Club, Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Thank you so much for your extremely positive review about Breezes – we greatly appreciate your fantastic comments and valuable feedback helps us to continuously improve our services. We are so pleased that you appreciated so many aspects of the hotel such as the food, service, décor and rooms and say that you would return again.

With regard to the people outside the gate, to be honest, we have never heard such a comment in all our years of operation so it has taken us by surprise. The people you are referring to are in fact staff members who are on shift change and are leaving the hotel or otherwise they are local village vendors whom we continuously support in our hotel operations eg fisherman or local farmers who come to sell their goods. They are certainly not beggars and the management would have been happy to clarify this if you had approached them for a clarification.

We also have staff that cleans the beach every single morning as a general daily procedure but sometimes, due to the tidal fluctuations, there can be some debris from the ocean brought into shore.

Regarding the prices of our drinks, we hope that you can understand that it is not possible to compare prices of soft drinks served in a five star hotel with waiter service, ice and lemon seated at a beautifully decorated bar to those bought warm from a small kiosk in a plastic bag. The comparison is simply not realistic as it would not be in any hotel in the world. It is important to say that our prices are in fact much lower compared to other hotels on the Island, which is always our aim.

Thank you again for taking the time to post a review and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Great service and amenities, the environment was calm, serene. Food was great. Everything was tidy, clean, and maintained well. The staff were friendly, did I mention the food was great!? We opted for full board, and were more than satisfied. Looking back, half board could've been sufficient.

Room Tip: We had a standard room near the entrance and spa. It was helpful with two toddlers, to be nearby the amenities.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We spent 7 nights here after a week's safari. Our family of four (2 parents, 2 adult children) really switched off in the most idyllic part of Zanzibar on a stretch of white sand and turquoise water. This is a perfect place to relax but with plenty of activities for the more restless members of the family. The food was delicious with a different theme every night and the service was good, although a little patience is needed sometimes, but hey we're on holiday! The rooms were clean, nicely decorated with a nice patio to sit out on.

My only complaint is the same as a previous reviewer - you do get the feeling that they're there to take your money.

- I still don't understand why you're charged for erratic wifi at $10 per day!
- They charged you for water with meals.
- Book taxis yourself as the hotel charges $120 round trip to Stone Town!!
- All excursions are very expensive - we paid $200 to go see the dolphins. We left the hotel at 7.30, drove about 30 minutes to the beach where we were taken out on a small fiberglass boat and when dolphins were spotted we jumped into the sea to swim with them, which was super. This lasted about an hour and then we returned to the hotel at 10.30. I don't feel this was worth the price charged.
- I do think that snorkelling equipment could be offered if you want to go out on the reef. We paid $80 to hire the snorkels and do the snorkelling safari where you get on the boat for 10 minutes with the PADI divers and swim for roughly an hour. The boat goes out anyway so the hotel could offer trips for the guests.

On our last day, my daughter was really thirsty just before we got into the taxi to go to the airport. The manager was there to make sure we'd paid our bill! and to say goodbye. I asked if we could have a bottle of water and he asked if I had $2 which I gave, he then sent somebody to fetch it and said, "oh do you have another $2?" which I handed over, stunned! He waved us goodbye with $4 dollars firmly clutched in his hand!!!

This really left a sour taste when I think how much we had spent over the week. It's a shame as we really loved everything else about the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank cristofle
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Breezes-Beach-Club, Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Thank you for your very good comments about the accommodation, service of our staff and the cuisine at the hotel. It is very rewarding to hear such overwhelmingly positive comments from our valued guests and appreciate the opportunity to clarify some of the points raised.

Regarding the dolphin safari, we feel it is important to clarify regarding your comment. The price of the trip is actually US$ 52 per person and this includes the to and from transport of 80 km, snorkelling equipment rental, boat rental and dolphin bay fees, a packed lunch and a bottle of water, so in actual fact the trip is extremely good value for money as is the feedback we get from the vast majority of our guests.

I am sorry that you felt the internet was not up to standard. Breezes is not an all-inclusive hotel and hence drinks or water sports equipment are not included during your stay, and this is in line with policy of hotels all over the world.

We can appreciate that table water would be expected to be included in Europe or America where tap water is potable. However, in this instance, we are talking about chilled, bottled water sourced from mainland Tanzania or Stone Town Zanzibar. As in any restaurant or hotel that is not all inclusive, bottled water is indeed charged for and we do not believe that it is expected to be free.

Nevertheless we once again thank you for your positive comments and hope to welcome you again.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

A really fabulous hotel, which we'd happily recommend to everyone. Our family of five (parents late 40s, daughter 16, boys 14 & 11) spent four very happy and comfortable nights here, and glorious relaxing days. Lots of fun tennis, sea- and pool-swimming, long walks on the beach, lots of sun-bathing. Food is fabulous and changes every day, so lots of variety. Good evening entertainment: bonfire on beach, local singing etc. But more than anything else, it was the friendliness of the local staff that made our stay such fun - huge smiles, lots of banter as we tried to speak Swahili, very attentive and helpful. We had a great stay, and recommend The Breezes to everyone.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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GMBaraza, General Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Dear Francis B,

We were all so pleased to read your positive review and comments about your recent stay with us.

We are committed to offering all our guests excellent personalized service and the best of Zanzibari hospitality and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

Looking forward to having you stay with us again soon,

Best wishes,

Jaume Vilardell i Margarit

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

At the end of a safari trip to Tanzania, we stopped off for three days to relax by the ocean in Zanzibar. The hotel looks nice, and has a strip of pure white sand at the beachfront for those who like to while away their days at the beach. The rooms are comfortable without being overly decorated, with fairly small shower rooms. Plenty of storage and hanging space. The downside ? Everything, and I mean everything, costs in this place - if you were taking the whole family, you'd need to work out an all-inclusive package, or take plenty of folding money with you. Nothing was reasonably priced, and everything, apart from breakfast and dinner, came at extra cost. Wi-fi was US$10 per day for an erratic service and even water with meals was charged. Meals are invariably buffet-style, so you're up and down at mealtimes queueing for food, and breakfast was very samey. Staff were notable by their absence at the end of meals to serve tea or coffee (included in the meal price) and, on one occasion, my tracking of a member of staff with the tea and coffee in his hand was interrupted when he saw a couple on the other side of the restaurant leaving a small tip - at which point he ignored me totally, ran to grab the money, and then played touch rugby all the way back to the kitchen with the rest of the staff trying to intercept him. Oh, and book cabs yourself if you want to get around, as the hotel seems to put about 50-60% extra on the cost. So, great location, lovely beach, but I wouldn't go back there.

Room Tip: Don't bother paying for the expensive rooms nearer the beach - they're also near the function areas of the hotel, so can be noisy at night with entertainments and bar noise. They're no bigger or better appointed, but cost a fair bit more for a limited sea view.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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