“A comfortable beach resort on Zanzibar’s tranquil southeast coast, with houses spread around palm-lined gardens”
Spread amongst the grassy, palm-lined gardens, a short walk from the beach, are various two-storey ‘houses’ and a row of bungalow rooms further inland. With their red-tiled roofs, wraparound balconies and tinted windows, they look distinctly European, which may be a disappointment. But they also come with a European level of comfort - air-con, minibar, shower cubicle - which should make up for it!
Each house is divided into first-floor Suites, each with a private terrace and semi-enclosed sitting area in addition to the bedroom and bathroom; and ground-floor Deluxe Rooms with a smaller and less private terrace. The Standard Rooms are in a bungalow row at the back of the resort, near the tennis court, though actually being further away from the seafront may feel more secluded and tranquil. All the buildings face towards the beach, but, being inland, you can’t really see the sea. That does mean the beachfront remains relatively quiet, and you don’t get the impression of being in a resort at all.
All the rooms are identical in size, décor and facilities. They have a super-wide, netted double bed, a sofa doubling up as a third bed, some easy chairs, a desk or table and a mirror. They are amply large enough for all this. The beamed ceiling and dark wood of the furniture makes a token effort to look African, but the nicest touch are the fresh flowers on your bedspread. There's a fridge, safe, hairdryer, air-con and ceiling fan, but no TV or telephone in the rooms.
The ensuite bathrooms are small and functional, like in any standard European hotel, with curtained shower, handbasin, and sit-down toilet. The tap-water was slightly brackish when we visited, but bottled mineral water is provided.
There are no less than 4 different restaurants within Breezes, not to mention 3 bar areas.
The largest restaurant, seating over 100 in an open-sided space, is called Salama Dining Room where breakfast and some dinners are served. There is a huge buffet spread of meats, fish, salads, breads, fruit, cheese, desserts and so on. There are some Swahili dishes and a huge range of more European fare, so you'll certainly find something for everyone - including the kids. It is all labelled, which made it feel rather institutional, but the grilled barracuda and the olive-banana-tomato-basil salad were unusual and delicious. The desserts are mostly fresh fruit or pastries.
Through the week, there’s cultural entertainment outside - African dancing or steel band or something - rather staged, but quite fun nevertheless.
If you want to be more discerning, there is a stilted restaurant near the beach called The Sultan’s Table, which serves a fusion menu of Indian, Swahili and Asian dishes in an á la carte format.
Or, if you want total privacy, you can book The Tides, a tiny raised cabin for 2, overlooking the beach where you’re served by your own private waiter. Not surprisingly it’s most popular with honeymooners, though you may feel slightly self-conscious.
For lunch there is a beachfront barbecue called The Breakers Grill, or you can order lighter snacks at the poolside. We would recommend leaving your lunch options open and, at least once, trying the authentic Swahili cuisine at Palm Beach Inn a mile down the beach.
This is a great place for kids of all ages, with safe gardens, a lovely pool and lots of activities on offer.
All bedrooms have a sofabed for 2 children 12 or under, or for 1 teen. If you're a larger family, you’ll need 2 rooms - ask for adjacent ones - a cot (free for under 2s) is available in each room; if the room's occupied by just the kids, it comes at a reduced rate. Extra beds incur a supplement on the room rate. All bathrooms have a shower, not a bath.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
With 4 restaurants to choose from, there's something for everyone here, as well as other eateries further down the beach. Parents with babies might find it tricky to heat/store baby food.
There are some steps and the pool isn't fenced.