An absolutely incredible hotel. The entire facility is so well thought through. Everything fits together and the guest very important for all the staff, always.
We stayed eight days at Baraza in a two-bedroom villa of 193 sqm. The villa has everything you can imagine. The beds are amazing so we wondered why one needed a day bed? However, actually used this place to read, chill and have a glass of wine after the beach (in the air conditioning). I really have nothing to complain about, but ... as a woman using makeup, I have to say that there is no cosmetic mirror and no good light in the bathrooms. Five-star bathrooms look like the ones at Baraza, but have a secret button that gives a light that you can see your face in.
The food leaves nothing to wish fore. Every other evening a five-course luxury menu is served and every other evening it is a wonderful buffet (Asian, Indian …). Perfect variety. The wines included are absolutely drinkable. Not top class, but okay. One can buy, but we only did it once, because it was not needed. The food is good healthy food, there is a lot of variety and if you do not want to eat fatty foods there are many vegetables and fish (shellfish) to choose from. If you want to have just a little sweets, there is a wonderful banana cake for breakfast.
On New Year's Eve and one other evening in the week there was a part on the beach, with bar and DJ. Terrific but unfortunately very few guests attending. The hotel is a bit of a hideaway. No party place and no perfect hotel if you are looking for new contacts/friends.
The staff is one of the best I've met. A strict but charming restaurant manager who had full control. Only nice waiters. Wonderful bartender who quickly learned our wishes. The SPA manager is very helpful and pleasant. Reception staff as well. Everyone was outstanding.
Zanzibar as island is worth a visit. The beach at Baraza with coral sand is very nice and the influence of tides is large. You can not swim or snorkel directly outside the hotel. Maybe dip in the warm water, but more inviting for a swim is the pool. We went on an excursion to Stone town. I think you should do it, but it's not a beautiful experience. Zanzibar is very poor and Stone town is worn and dirty. The food market is purely disgusting. However, I think you should see something outside Baraza to understand where you are. The Islamic religion and culture make society so different if compared to the mainland. You can dress normally but should avoid the shortest shorts and small shirts.
So my advice - go here !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with beautiful arches, hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, hand made furniture and intricate brass lanterns, Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar. Baraza has set a unique standard of luxury accommodation on the island ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baraza Hotel Bwejuu
- Baraza Resort And Spa
- Baraza Resort & Spa Zanzibar Island/Bwejuu