There are numerous beach resorts on Zanzibar (and believe us we’ve seen a few), but for a fantastic and utterly reliable option, Breezes is our pick of the bunch. There are just 70 rooms,so while it’s by no means tiny, we certainly didn’t feel overwhelmed by other people, and Breezes is large enough to support one of Zanzibar’s better spas, a decent sized pool for when the tide’s out (crucial on Zanzibar’s tidal beaches), and a well-equipped diving and watersports centre. On top of this, there’re bikes to hire, sailing and snorkelling, kite surfing and kayaking. And, in case we forget to mention, it’s got one of the best beaches on the island…
What’re the rooms at Breezes like?
Rooms are split amongst tiled, Mediterranean-style villas, with deluxe rooms downstairs, and the slightly larger suites upstairs. At the back of the plot are the standard rooms, very similar in style and size to the deluxe rooms, just a little further from the sea. Inside the rooms, you’ll find the blissful cool of air-conditioning, and decor that firmly reflects Zanzibar’s Omani heritage, with sweeping drapes, carved wood and the odd glitter of metallic fabric.
And the rest?
The main bar’s partially outside, and is staffed by an ever smiling team, who’ll constantly tempt you to just one more gin and tonic. After an early evening cocktail, you’ll head into the main restaurant, under a huge expanse of thatch, but otherwise open to the balmy tropical air. Food is a daily changing buffet, from delicious, sizzling prawn barbeques, to mouth watering coconut curries.
Feel good factor at Breezes Beach Club:
Each of the villas at Breezes is powered by solar panels, and to meet its water requirements, the hotel has set up its own desalination plant to avoid depleting the village source. In fact, there’s a real emphasis on supporting the local community, using a local workforce when the hotel was built, buying fish fresh from the local fishermen, and employing staff from the local hotel school. On top of this, Breezes has its own charity “Breezes for Bwejuu” which raises funds to support Bwejuu village. The family who built Breezes are still very much involved in its running, which keeps standards high, service charming, and rooms sparkling.
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