More about Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar
Other places we stayed
Here’s a brief summary of the other great places we stayed in Tanzania – for more detail please see the individual pages which I’ve linked to.
Ngorongoro Serena Hotel
This was the most luxurious of the places we stayed in Tanzania. It has the most stunning of settings, perched on the crater’s edge with views from all public rooms and bedrooms. And its clever design means that viewed from below it almost disappears into the landscape. At its heart is a large lobby bar with a huge window to make the most of that view, and opening from this is the restaurant where we had a couple of excellent dinners and equally good buffet breakfasts. Our room was very comfortable, with a balcony which shared the same amazing view of the crater. Read on …
Tarangire Safari Lodge
If you’re looking for a “tent with a view” this could be the place for you. It’s a tented camp perched on an escarpment with fantastic views. The tents are strung out along the bluff, and at the heart of the complex is an open-air dining room and bar area, with a terrace overlooking the park below. And staying here doesn’t mean roughing it – these “tents” are fixed, and are more like a room with canvas walls than real tents. They have a solid base, a thatched roof, screened windows and an en-suite stone-walled bathroom. Read on …
Dhow Palace Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar
We spent five nights at the Dhow Palace Hotel in the centre of old Stone Town, a converted 1870s Omani mansion with a very authentic Zanzibari/African feel. Internal balconies on each floor look down on to the central courtyard, and traditional furniture provides comfortable places to sit in a number of lobby areas. Our room was large, and it too was furnished with traditional beds and other pieces. We especially liked the rooftop restaurant where breakfast was served each day – fresh mango and pineapple and a great view of Stone Town was an excellent way to start the day! Read on …
Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar
This was our other “let’s splash out a little” stay of this trip! And although we have stayed in a couple of similar resort-style hotels elsewhere since, this one remains our favourite and our benchmark for such places. Although large compared with the places we normally stay it has the comfortable feel of a smaller hotel, perhaps because the rooms are so well-spaced around the grounds. We loved the open airy feel to the public areas, especially the bar, and our beautiful large room decorated with light fabrics, dark wood and a few local crafts pieces, and on our terrace a hammock and view across the gardens to the sea. Read on …
A little bit of paradise....
Wow, what a wonderful hotel!
Within minutes of arriving at Breezes the stress of travelling to get there just slipped away. It was so peaceful and relaxing right from the start.
The room was lovely. Large and nicely decorated with traditional features (the beds are absolutely huge!), and with a wonderful sea view from the terrace.
The pool is gorgeous, and the beach seems as though it goes on forever. We did arrive in low season, which may be the reason we had no trouble getting sunbeds at the pool/beach, in fact one day we were the only people by the pool, but I would imagine it to be quite annoying if you were arriving in high season and could not get a sunbed as some of the other reviews have said.
The food was great in the most part, but I would certainly recommend getting in early for barbecue night as the food was a little dry on one occasion when we got in a little later. I was expecting a buffet dinner every night as it seemed everyone was on half/full board so was very pleasantly surprised that this was only the case around 3 times a week, with the other days being table service. Swahili night is great, probably the best food we had there.
We ate at the Tides which was also great, but how anyone gets through all the food i will never know! It's in a lovely location right on the beach and is extremely private. I was a little worried that the waiter would be hovering around all night but this wasn't the case, we were left completely alone whilst eating and between each course. The lobster was rather on the large side and when I requested steak rather than lobster I didn't expect to get 2 huge ones! I guess they just want to give you your moneys worth (it's $85 per person) but we felt awful for wasting so much food!
We also had complimentary Sundowners in our room a few days before going home, and were given a free lunch at the Breakers grill, which were really nice touches.
The entertainment was very low key and only lasted maybe an hour each night, and on our first night we were the last people at the bar.....at 10:30! But again this probably had a lot to do with the fact it was very low season.
The staff were brilliant, I absolutely cannot fault them. Nothing was too much trouble, even when we asked for food which wasn't on the menu/changed between the main menu and veggie menu and back again in the same meal , etc. etc.
It is a little more expensive than similar hotels I have been to in Africa, but this is a very minor problem in my opinion, everything else more than makes up for it.
I just cannot rate this hotel enough, it really is beautiful, and as someone who has never been back to the same place twice, I would certainly consider going back next year.
Oh, and the cocktails are pretty good too!!
We had a absolutly fabulous honeymoon at the Breezes, total relaxation....
The hotel is ideal for honeymooners or couples who want to chill out.
The spa is fabulous and we can thoroughly recommend the Sultans Bath - extremely sensual just perfect for honeymooners....
Food is superb - fanatasic selection every evening (even I didn't have a problem and I'm very fussy with food) special mention for the bar-b-q nights with lobster, king prawns and calamari to die for.
Staff are all friendly - Haji, Lucas, Lady Grace, Sulimen just to mention a few, a piece of advise regarding the staff please remember this is a poor country with low wages so tip little but ofter, we usual tipped 1,000 shillings (approx 50p) on signing each bill.
The cost of drinks in the bars are about UK prices, TOP TIP: if you go for the trip to Stone Town buy bottles of water there, we got 6 for the price of 1 in the hotel.
We were there in monsoon season and it did rain on the odd day but we did get excellent tans and the hotel was relatively quiet so we did not encounter any problems with service.
Looking forward to our 5th Wedding Anniversary when hopefully we will go back
Lovely hotel but expensive
We stayed at Breezes for 5 nights following an 8 day safari in Kenya and Tanzania for our honeymoon. The hotel itself is very nice and elegant, service was pleasant, but slow (no one in Zanzibar nor the mainland seems to be in a hurry). We would probably rate it a 4 star, not 5.
A few points to be aware of:
1. Few rooms offer a sea view, so I would recommend you check with your agent when booking.
2. The exchange rates in the hotel are appalling, at least 20-30% below that of the market rate. Ensure you have enough Tanzanian shillings to pay for your stay at the end as their shcoking exchange rate to USD is enforced when paying by credit card. Thus forcing you to lose out from the US conversion, then again to your own local currency.
3. The drinks are London prices.
4. Bring plenty of immodium, although we never got food poisoning, diarrhoea is inevitable (...despite being perfectly fine in Kenya and the Tanzanian mainland).
5. Bring plenty of insect repellent as the mosquitos in the evening can be abundant and vicious (we met a woman who had over 50 on her legs from one evening).
6. Probably best to go the full-board option. Several travel agents mention that there are plenty of places outside the hotel for lunch... only if you want to take the 50 minute taxi journey into Stone Town!
7. There are plenty of sea urchins in the beach, so don't expect to go out there without reef shoes.
Despite other reviews mentioning the dirty beach, they seem to have acted upon this and susbsequently, someone rakes up all the debris each morning.
Sam & Christof
Absolutely Beautiful Breezes!
Oh my Breezes..
This was the nicest place I have found on earth so far.
The suite we had for our honeymoon was large, spacious and had a fantastic view, the food was lovely with a good mix of buffet and set menu's satisfying us for two whole weeks.
Staff were pleasant and very helpful and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable.
Nice touches such as free lunch, sundowners and a night under the stars kept us guessing as to what was coming next..!
I wouldnt bother with stone town unless really bored as we didnt see much there worth looking at at all..
Breezes is somewhere that everyone should see once in their life and we hope we will see it at least once a year!!!
Had 10 nights here in June, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are in our fifties and definately in the minority as the place is full of honeymooners, billing and cooing! Rooms excellent, food good, service a bit slow but all in all a great, relaxing holiday.
Breezes is a bit isolated but there are plenty of opportunities to see other places with organised tours (can work out expensive). Drinks and snacks more expensive than we anticipated and are all paid for at the end of the holiday, you have to sign a receipt every time you have anything and it's totalled up to be paid when you check out.
The pool is lovely, it was easier getting a sunbed there than on the beach as there isn't much shade available.
At low tide it's nice to have a walk out to the coral and see the beautifully coloured fish feeding, watch out for the sea urchins though. You can hire reef shoes but the soles are a bit flimsy and can still be penetrated by the urchins spines, better to take your own or wear old trainers.
Mosquitoes were a problem but take all the usual precautions and you should be OK, I only got bitten twice but a few people were covered in bites.
Would recommend Breezes for honeymooners and couples looking for a relaxing break.
Went to breezes after a week on safari for our honeymoon. Losing our luggage on the way to zanzibar was a bit of an issue, but the hotel was absolutely perfect.
The food was very good and massively diverse - I dont eat seafood ( I was told this might be a problem on zanzibar as a lot of their food is fish etc), but there were always plenty of alternatives. There are also a few different restaurants. We didn't try the Tides restaurant (exclusive eating for two by the beach) because the set-menu is entirely fish / shellfish based but it looked spectacular. There is a little bar by the pool which is a lovely relaxed place for either cocktails or lunch. The main bar is very pleasnat with a good range of drinks and very friendly bar staff. The 'Baraza' bar is a very bohemian open air place for cigars and liqueurs - chilled music in a very chilled atmosphere.
The rooms were huge and the bathrooms were fine. Each room has a little terrace (where you also eat dinner with your bed on the balcony if you're up for a truly romantic evening!)
The staff were very friendly and attentive but not too much in your face. There were beach activities available, but we had to pay to use their sailing dinghy and kat.
One problem with zanzibar as a whole is that it is so shallow that low tide is an awfully long way out and sea urchins block your path to the deep sea.
Diving there was not spectacular - we did see turtles and rays but the coral was relatively dull.
If you want to relax in a beautiful hotel with good food, bars, service and atmosphere but dont want to be on parade then breezes is definitely for you. One bit of advice i would give is to fly in from tanzania. apparently the safaris in tanzania are as good as kenya, but the roads are much better in Tanzania. Also the flight service by Kenya Airways wasa terrible. Not content with losing our luggage on the way out (it turned up day3), they changed us onto a slightly later flight on our day of departure which was fine until they cancelled that flight. Although it seems zanzibar isn't a bad place to be delayed for 24hours. the hotel they put us up in was dire. plus, half the passenger's lugagge had left for kenya on the earlier flight. So, in summary, definitely go to breezes, but fly in from Dar-es-Salaam.
Great Value for Paradise
My girlfriend and I stayed at Breezes back in April after a Kenya safari. I saw some of the reviews about the place being overpriced for what it is and don't agree. I'm American from New York and I've travelled extensively through the Caribbean. You would pay triple the price in St. Barts, the Virgin Islands, etc. for the type of service, rooms and quality of food you get at Breezes. The Ian Schrager, white curtain sultan like design of the resort's bars and seating areas give the resort another worldly feel. A lot of care and design taste went into the resort and you feel like you are staying at a much more expensive place. I thought the food there was the best I had during my entire trip to Africa. The breakfast buffet was very fresh with a great variety of tropical fruits and fresh baked bread. Dinners were amazing as well and were more like full scale productions than plain old buffet dinners. So yes, do the all inclusive while there especially considering you are in the middle of nowhere with few other dining options. The all inclusive made it the great value it is. Stone town wasn't much to see, so I agree that you don't miss being an hour away from town. All in all a great place to relax on the beach after a safari.
Heaven on Earth BUT.......
Beware! I've just spent an hour writing a review and lost it!!! So very briefly -
We went for a relaxing two week break -
Heaven on Earth BUT......
Reception Management extremely inflexible to any requests, complaints or general expectancy of Customer Service. We came to the conclusion that the hotel caters for people visiting for a few days only and they work on the principle that if they wait long enough they won't have to rectify anything because people will have moved on! Bad news for people like us staying 14 days.....
Sea View Rooms are wonderful when you can get one. Despite advance requests direct by e-mail and via Kuoni we still weren't given one on arrival and had to wait one week, even then we had to ask again. Well worth the effort though... but FRUSTRATING!!
Restaurant/Bar Staff very friendly and more than make up for lack of help/friendliness from the Management.. They get paid a pittance, please think of giving them a tip in their hand. They have to pay the hotel for bottled water!!
Spa is excellent - try different massages and the 1:1 Yoga must be the best outside of India... not cheap any of it but value for money.
Swimming Pool is good which makes up for the shallow sea. Infrequent high tides were wonderful, just like being in a bath.....
Think ahead if you want shade from the sun. Almost inevitably, early risers get the shaded beach beds but, despite regular requests to Management for poolside shade, none has yet been provided. ..
Good walking on the beach, locals would like you to buy local crafts but are quite happy to have a chat instead. Turn right and try Andy's Bar if you feel suicidal. Have a chat with her and you'll know what I mean....
Only a handful of children - great!! Otherwise, good mix of age groups and Nationalities..
Food is excellent although for anyone staying more than a week menus are repeated as they're on a seven day rota.....
Ditto entertainment which is superb, particularly the Tarab musicians on Sundays. We were so pleased to be able to see them twice.....
Restaurant service can be slow which is annoying considering that it mostly is First Class so why not all of the time?...
The hotel can organise for you to visit the local village, Bwejuu. Please don't miss it, you will visit the Schools, including the Nursery, and the Clinic. We met the Headmaster and the Doctor/Dentist - it was really interesting, they love it that you've made the effort to go and your money will help them....
You must go to Stone Town - full of fascinating history and culture ......
Don't underestimate the heat and humidity end Feb/March. It's terrific....
Heaven on Earth BUT..... what a shame there's a but and all because of the apathetic Management. If enough people highlight this, perhaps something will actually be done about it.
See you there sometime.......!
Great if all you want is sun, sea and ... sand
Lots of reviews on Breezes so this will just re-iterate that management of the resort is still hopeless. I have never experienced a worse front desk.
For those who do not smoke, none of the rooms are non-smoking. We were told "not many guests smoke" - apart from our three immediate neighbours and clearly the previous guest in our room. Nothing was done. Of course eventually the insect repellent spray masked the issue of smoke in soft furnishings.
Some positives: beautiful, if a bit remote, location. Great restaurant. Not 5* but good food, good service and the only area of the hotel where management is working well. Cheap minibar.
If you have stayed in lots of good hotels around the world you will likely be irritated by the little things that are wrong at Breezes.
Best as a young couples/honeymoon resort.
Pool at Breezes Beach Club
Zanzibar or Lamu
I am going to the Mara in early Aug and then want to do 7 nights at the beach.
I would love to go to Lamu and I have looked at Kizingo Lodge or Peponi?
I will be travelling with 2 children aged 13 and 11 and am a bit concerned as there is no swimming pool at Kizingo and wonder if the sea will be ok for swimming? Will there be enough to do at this time of year for the children?
My other option is Breezes beach club on Zanzibar and realise this will be totally different to Lamu, however would it be more suitable for the children at this time of year?
RE: Zanzibar or Lamu
Advantage of Shelly Beach on Lamu is that it is part of the channel between islands. The water here is shallow and easy swimming conditions - the beach is gently shelved. There are some great local hotels in Lamu Town as well which could also add to the fun of staying on the island.
There's not a great deal to do on Lamu but it is the ideal place to simply chill out and relax - even for young kids who will be happy spending time swimming etc. But it's not just about a beach holiday. Pottering around in the town brings plenty of rewards as well - and having the kids will open doors and conversations with local people.
RE: RE: Zanzibar or Lamu
Peponi is very nice, you will enjoy it much better than Kizingo! Lamu is a small and quiet island and 7 nights is long especially for children that age who always want to have exciting things to do!
In Zanzibar they will have many more activites and excursions that they can do which I think will be a much nicer experience!
RE: RE: Zanzibar or Lamu
I read your message and I understading pretty well. Here is the choice if you real want it. I think it is a good idea to go to zanzibar,because you will have alot fun by yourself and your children too. sometime they can playing with local kids without any problem. I promise you to go to zanzibar you will have to fun and you will learn alot, for 7 nights will be not enough but it is better than none. Breezes is beach club is good hotel but it is a little bit expensive. If you need any help let me know. I live U.S for the time being but I am from zanzibar.MY EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org