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“Zanzibaran Luxury” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Bwejuu
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“Zanzibaran Luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Stayed here for 9 nights in June. The property is located about an hour from Stone Town on a gorgeous beach. Rooms are fairly simple but comfy and clean and the air conditioning is very effective. The resort is well laid out - it never felt crowded - and looks well maintained. We found the food offering very tasty and enjoyable, which is just as well, as the resort is quite isolated and there is nowhere else to go without recourse to a fairly long taxi ride. The staff at all levels are marvellous and helpful and we really enjoyed our time there

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Breezes is perfect for those who seek secluded relaxation. If you are in Zanzibar to see the place (stone town etc) then it's a hike ANYwhere out of Breezes. The resort is pretty far from the airport and once you're there, be prepared to NOT get out of the property so you can make the most of the resort area. All the rooms are lovely (only a few are ocean facing, so be sure to ask before you book), interiors are nice, and the food is very good, there's a lot of variety. Of course, as with every seaside resort the drinks are expensive, so be prepared for an additional tab on drinks. And they charge for water so that's an add-on. We went to the Blue Lagoon to snorkel and it was amazing, the underwater wildlife is thriving. We also went to stone town for a half day trip and got some lovely souveniers. The staff is helpful esp Azziz. The wifi is exorbitant, and only available around the reception area.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We stayed here for a week after our busy safari in Tanzania so we were looking forward to have rest and simple relax. This hotel was perfect for this purpose. We had a superior room which was nicely large with a pleasant balcony. The air conditioning was working well,and the housekeeping was super. The meals are excellent, altering between buffet and served for dinners and each evening you receive a different selection of food. The breakfast is always the same buffet, but there is a big choice so you well not get bored with it. The beach and the seashore is breathtaking, beautiful white sand for miles, palms, warm sea and gentle wind all the time. The pool is nicely warm. Although there are quite many people staying there in the same time, you are never disturbed by loudly noise, there is far enough space on the resort to accommodate all guests without feeling overcrowded. The staff is very friendly and nice. Caffe and tea can be prepared in the room for free. The worst thing is that there is no free wifi at all, we had it in all our lodges in Tanzania except this one. You have to pay 10 dollars for 24 hours or 5 dollars for 12 hours, but even this paid wifi is very unstable and sometimes very weak. Also the breakfast is served only till 9:30, which means that you should be there latest by 9:00, which is not very pleasant if you are on vacation and would like to sleep longer. You can go for different activities, it is worth to make a trip to Stonetown and also do snorkelling among the corals. Overall this is a great place and I would highly recommend it for even a week long stay.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Like others we opted to end our fantastic safari experience in TZA with some beach time and R&R. We stayed 3 nights and then one more night in Stone Town and wished we had spent at least one less night here as Stone Town has so much more to offer. The facility is beautiful, immaculate and the beach (at high tide) is soft white sand, and the service impeccable. The room descriptions are somewhat misleading as very few deluxe rooms are ocean front or even have an ocean view. Our "deluxe" room was in the back of the property and faced nicely landscaped paths or other rooms. Having said that, our room was large, comfortable, very well appointed with the requisite mosquito netting (needed) and patio; the bathroom was cramped in comparison. Also beware that if you have anything other than a suite and the hotel is full, you will have someone on top of you and the floors are stone/tile so you will hear every footstep. We also were unpleasantly surprised that just about everything was extra, water, wi fi, snorkel, etc., etc. The food was mainly buffets, varied and good; when the cuisine switched to arabic/indian, it was excellent.
Overall, we could not shake the feeling we were in a somewhat artificial compound. If you want a secluded beautiful beach setting to just relax and retire early, this is the place. If you are looking for more, I would recommend a beachfront hotel in Stone Town.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Breezes-Beach-Club, Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we really appreciate your extremely positive comments about the food, room, cleanliness, decor and beach and most importantly the service of our dedicated staff.

We know that guest feedback is important and we appreciate the opportunity to address the issue of all inclusive

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 charged for and we do not believe that it is expected to be free.

It is very unfortunate that you were under the impression that drinks or water sports would be included during your stay as we are not an all-inclusive hotel.

Nevertheless we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Myself and my partner have just got back after spending 11 nights at this fantastic Hotel. We stayed in a De-luxe room on the firsr floor with a large wrap round balcony facing the Indian Ocean. It is well worth the extra money compared with the smaller standard rooms on the ground floor level. The only mistake we made was going half board when we wished we had gone full board as we eat at the Hotel most lunch times. Dont come here if you want TV, daily Newspapers & using the Internet where ever you go. Come here if you want to relax, have brilliant service, white sands & clear blue sea with lots of interesting fish life at the local coral reefs. It is an excellent place for switching off & forgetting the hustle & bustle of home!
Choice of restaurants is excellent & for a reasonable charge you can use the dining facilities at the two sister hotels, Barazza & The Palms that are close by. Not to be missed is the Private Dining at the Tides Restaurant where we had our own beach side location with a 5 course dinner followed by a romantic private Bonfire on the Beach, a perfect way to spend your 50th Birthday.
For those of you that are more active there is a good gym & diving & water sports centre at the complex or a SPA if you want to be pampered.
Special mention for the management who are visible in a low key way but extremely helpful & hands on, We went peak season when the hotel was full with about 150 people, but the grounds are extremely pretty and well laid out & you dont feel crowded at any time. We always got a sun bed on the beach irrespective of the time of day we rolled up. This is only the second Trip Advisor report i have ever submitted, but i can assure you will not be disappointed if you come to Breezes, if its after an exhausting Safari or just to relax and be spoilt.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We stayed 6 nights after a 2 week safari flying from camp to camp in Tanzania. So we were really looking forward to complete rest and relaxation. In this regard the hotel really delivered. The beach is stunningly beautiful - warm sea, white sand. There is a very low tide when you can walk out on the reef looking at the sea life. At high tide the bathing is wonderful and you can enjoy various watersports - windsurfing, kayaks, pedaloes and kite surfing. The food was varied with a different theme each evening alternating buffets with table service.
The gardens are very well kept. We took two of the larger suites on the upper floor which means that family groups can share the large patio balconies. These spacious rooms have traditional dark wooden furniture and ceiling beams. The bathrooms are large and there's a separate dressing room, and lounge area. We found the staff always friendly and welcoming.

To start with we were a little wary of the beach vendors expecting them to be bothersome and pushy. However we found them to be charming and genuinely friendly. Fisherman Ali guided us on a reef walk and we saw far more sealife with him (at a cost of a few dollars) than we would have seen on our own. NB You need to hire shoes from the hotel before going out on the reef. We also met Mohammed and Azizi from the Rafiki gift shop located just past Baraza and went snorkelling to the Blue Lagoon. We wish we'd had more time left in order to go on a few more of the trips they offer.

I have to agree with a couple of previous reviewers that certain charges seemed over the top e.g. paying for table water at dinner, wifi charged at $10 per day (we'd had free wifi in all the safari lodges in the previous two weeks including the tented camps) $20 to hire a snorkel, a charge to hire plastic reef shoes. The only time we saw a manager was as we were checking out and he asked us to write a review of the hotel.

However, that aspect aside, Breezes was a great hotel for a restful break after a hectic two weeks.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Breezes-Beach-Club, Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
We thank you sincerely for your very positive comments about the rooms, service and food. We appreciate our guest’s comments and understand that it is their feedback that helps us to continuously improve our services. We are proud of the overwhelmingly positive comments from our valued guests and appreciate the opportunity to clarify some of the points raised.

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.

As is specified on our website, water sports activities and equipment including snorkelling equipment and reef shoes are all available at a very minimum charge as a service to our guests. We do feel it is important to stress that as a hotel we cannot take any responsibility for unlicensed or uninsured tours organized outside the hotel that our guests may choose to embark on but can only caution that care must be exercised in this regard.

With regard to the manager upon departure, it is our policy that management come to say goodbye to our guests and even though you might not have seen the General Manager himself around, as it is our peak busy season this time of year and the hotel is very fully booked, we have very big management team who is always on site available for the guests and many of them remember speaking to you during your stay. We are surprised and disappointed that you would interpret him coming to say goodbye to you, in such a negative manner.

Once again thank you for taking the time to review the hotel and we hope to welcome you again in the future.
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Breezes-Beach-Club, Manager at Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, responded to this review, 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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Property: Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
Address: Bwejuu Beach, Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#3 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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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