Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not a place for swimming in the ocean.
"After a beautiful safari in Tanzania as part of our honeymoon we went to this hotel to rest and swim in t.he ocean for 10 days. Although the villas and food are good and the staff generally helpful if you want to swim in the ocean please note that due to extreme tides and the reef that runs the whole length of this resort it is impossible to swim other than a two or three hour window at high tide. Once the ocean starts to go out you need special shoes to even enter the water. We were so disappointed that we moved hotels. The beach that you sit on is man made and sits above the real beach. The staff will tell you that all places in Zanzibar are the same, they are not, we moved to Kalindi on the north coast and now sit in paradise where you can swim in the ocean all day."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of October 2014
Heavenly! Best resort we've ever visited
"After a busy week on safari we arrived at this most luxurious, spacious and immediately relaxing resort. Sebastian the manager is working with a wonderful team who couldn't be more helpful or friendly. We just loved being there. Our only decisions for the day were taking a plunge in our pool at our villa, relax in the cabana beside the main pool, take a walk or bike ride along the gorgeous beach, or eat more wonderful food. For the more energetic, they have a great dive and water sport shop. We highly recommend Baraza and can't wait to get back there one day."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of November 2009
An idyllic hideaway with the most attentive and courteous staff
"The style of Baraza is understated elegance. Both exteriors and interiors have been beautifully designed,with high quality furnishings. The main buildings and pool area are set around beautifully landscaped gardens. The food was excellent and varied,and the staff were courteous and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
Whilst there are some watersports (notably snorkeling and diving) and excursions available,Baraza is primarily a place to relax and unwind for a few days. There is an excellent spa."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of October 2009
Holiday like a Pasha
"Baraza is absolutely beautiful. While the theme is the time of the sultans, you are treated like a pasha - or whatever the female equivalent is! Our villa accommodation was superb - spacious, serene decor, comfortable and very clean. The resort itself is lovely, with many-coloured bougainvillea blooming everywhere, well kept grounds, cool, calm colours and lovely tasteful touches everywhere.
The service was indescribable. Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - was so friendly, extemely kind and helpful. Thank you all so much: Rose, Kale, Lucas, Julius, Jida, Hamadi, Joseph, our lovely room cleaner and anyone we've missed. You all made our stay unforgettable.
The meals were divine - you couldn't just call it 'food'. Although a vegetarian option was not readily available on the pre-prepared menus, the chefs were very helpful in discussing and preparing lovely veggie meals for my daughter.
Baraza is a newish resort and some travellers may find it too quiet at night. This suited us just fine as we were looking for total relaxation. Judging by the very loud music we could hear from the neighbouring hotels, we felt lucky and glad with our choice."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of October 2009
Luxury in Paradise
"The newly built 5* resort and spa stretches across Zanzibarâs crystal white beach front. You would be forgiven for missing the sultan style palace, if not for the intense blue skies that line its flat roof it blends effortlessly into the environment. Each arch is dressed with luxurious golden drapes that sway in the sea breeze; true luxury in the ideal setting of paradise, a statement that is no exaggeration by anyoneâs standards. The Frangipani Spa has its own lap pool with underwater music, there is no better place than the Island of spice to receive a variety of treatments and therapies enhanced by candlelight and spice scented aromas. There has been real attention to detail here. All villas are placed to give a feeling of privacy, each designed to characterise classic Swahili architecture; dramatic arches, intricate hand carvings, brass lanterns and beautiful fabrics."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of October 2009
"Really enjoyed our stay at Baraza, we were really unsure about staying at an
all-inclusive hotel, as that is really not the sort of resort we would choose,
but it was great, all the meals were excellent, you could have snacks if you
wanted from a menu by the pool or beach. All the lunches were cooked in front
of you, and the evening dinners were either served from a table d'hote with
several choices or a buffet with hot and cold food, all were presented
beautifully and all freshly cooked. The beach was beautiful and the sea warm,
the rooms were really spacious, we stayed in a two bedroom sea facing villa,
well furnished. No mosquite bites, the hotel had just opened but there did'nt
seem to be any teething problems, all the staff were wonderful and mainly locals
which was nice, the hotel could'nt do enough for you. Would definately go back.
Zanzibar was a lovely island"
- Travel date: Sat 25th of April 2009
Is this place Real?
"It is like been in a SULTAN Palace, the whole family enjoy this atmosthere were the most litle detail is cared for. We felt like being in another world were everythink is organise to spoile your senses. Pefect place to be happy!!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 25th of March 2009
A beautiful, high quality hotel
"This is definitely the place to go for a relaxing, luxurious holiday. This hotel is packed full of sheer luxury. All the buildings within are beautifully set out at ground level. The accommodation is particularly luxurious and spacious with enormous four poster beds and equally plush individual bathrooms and wet rooms, separate lounge area, wide screen TV and an outdoor plunge pool set in a large patio. The decor is very tasteful in mainly whites, creams and gold with beautiful brass lights and lanterns and very comfortable wooden furniture.
The cuisine is varied, fresh and of a very high standard with ample choice of food for almost every taste. It is also plentiful and the evening meal usually consists of four to five courses.
The swimming pool is large and kitted out with very comfortable and ample sunbeds. Other amenities include a spa, tennis courts, free use of bicycles and a wide range of water sports many of which are also free.
The service is understated but friendly and we were impressed by the staff's politeness and willingness to please.
The hotel grounds lead directly on to a white sandy beach with turquoise sea where small brightly coloured tropical fish can be found in the shallow waters.
Thanks also go to Nick at Pure Zanzibar for the recommendation."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of March 2009
Amazing holiday for the whole family, gorgeous setting, great food and staff!
"Having stayed and loved staying at Breezes a few years ago, our recent stay at Baraza takes it all to a higher level. We were lucky to be amongst the first guests shortly after the official opening before Christmas 2008, and can only highly recommend Baraza to all, whether you plan a relaxing romantic holiday "Ã deux", or as a family.
The villas (1 or 2 bedroom) are designed close to perfection, each with private terrasse and plunge pool.
Our boys (10 and 12) loved everything about the actual hotel, gorgeous Bwejuu beach and the all the activities offered, including their first dive in the nearby lagoon!
Adults will enjoy the amazing cooking and creations of the in-house chef (one of the best breakfast buffets, lunches on the beach...), the spacious and beautifully decorated rooms, luscious grounds and service, and the most beautiful spa ever, staffed with wonderful professionals (I highly recommend ALL massages offered!).
Baraza is a classy upmarket resort, catering to couples and families alike, while at the same time maintaining the high standards of excellence and experience provided by the Raguz Family.
After a stay at Baraza, you will wish you had booked a couple of extra nights and return home totally ZEN!
If you are planning a trip to Zanzibar, Baraza is a must!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of March 2009
"This was my first trip to Baraza and I have not stopped thinking about it since I left. One has the feeling upon settling in that it has taken decades to build. Everything feels authentic and welcoming - from the vast lounge spaces to the endless gardens.
Although it is not a large hotel and still very private, the hotel offers the greatest luxury of all...space. The villas are large enough to spend a few months in, and each with an individual plunge pool and sultan's bed looking out at the ocean. We dined and were entertained in different spaces for almost every meal and the food in and of itself will make Baraza a destination. The dishes created by the chef are what you'd expect to find in some of the finest restaurants, with intricate presentations.
The staff is friendly but not overly intrusive which is great. This is a big problem I have with 'resort and spa' properties where you're asked to relax but the staff are always trying to sell you something. The all inclusive structure also allows for much more freedom and in general we found the hotel to be very good value for what was delivered. On our last day a couple checked in for 2 nights from another hotel on the island (which I won't mention) and told us horror stories of spending 14 days at what was supposed to be a 'luxury' resort paying 550 euros a night. They commented that they felt their holiday had only just begun when they arrived at Baraza.
The guest service manager was extremely courteous and at ease in managing a wide variety of guests from different backgrounds. I did not get a chance to experience the water sport facilities but it seemed very professional with modern equipment.
Finally the spa, in my opinion, is easily one of the top 10 on the continent. The spa employs specialized therapists from the Far East as well as a yoga master to offer guests every opportunity to relax and feel pampered. There is no comparison anywhere else on the island nor on the East African coast.
Without a doubt, Baraza will impress even the most discerning traveler!"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of March 2009
"At about eleven oâclock, slathered with sunscreen though we were, we decided to move our beach recliners out of the sun and into the shade of one of the little open-air cabanas that line the low bluff along the beach. I was just about to go off in search of something cold to drink when a waiter showed up with two mango and pineapple smoothies on a tray. We sat back in the shade and sipping our smoothies from their frosted glasses and looked out over the clear blue-green waters to the line of breakers on the reef. The New England winter weâd left and our New England sense that too much relaxation and luxury are not good for you slipped away. We gave in. That epitomizes our stay at Baraza.
We stepped out of the comfortable, air conditioned van that delivered us from the airport into what looked and felt like the entrance to a sultanâs palace. We were met with a cool drink, shown to our villa by Rose, who gave us a quick tour, showed us how everything in the villa worked, assured us that she was there to provide whatever we might need, and left us to settle in.
Over the next few days we kept an eye out for the sultan and the sultana but we soon realized that they were us. We were pampered and cared for, all our senses delighted everywhere we went. My early-morning walks along the beach, watching the sun rise in a clear blue sky, were sheer pleasure, and I could have walked forever, except that breakfast was calling. Iâd meet Alice, sit down at the table in the breakfast room and a waiter would arrive immediately with a pot of freshly brewed coffee. Did I say breakfast room? Only if you can call a marble-floored, colonnaded area with billowing curtains, open all around to the tropical breezes, a room.
The food was wonderful, imaginative and well prepared, making use of local fruits and the abundant seafood. The staff was friendly and attentive. The walks along the extensive bougainvillea and palm-bordered flagstone walkways were a treat. We swam in the sea and in the pool. We floated in our private plunge pool. We did everything but watch the tv in our villa. It never occurred to us. We had cocktails on a terrace in the moonlight, watching the moonâs path on the water. We slept the way you sleep when you have no schedule, no responsibilities and can go to bed when you please and get up when you please. Still, we didnât sleep in. Weâd have missed too many of the pleasures of Baraza. Weâll be back."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of January 2009