“A comfortable beach resort on Zanzibar’s tranquil southeast coast, with houses spread around palm-lined gardens”
This is a place to holiday rather than to travel. If you’re recovering from an exhausting wedding, or you've got a family in tow, or just fancy some European-style comfort on an African beach, then this is your best bet on Zanzibar.
- The endless, sandy beach is right on your doorstep
- Lots of activities to keep you occupied: diving, tennis, spa
- The large swimming pool keeps the children happy
- Huge buffet spread and variety at mealtimes
- Well-appointed rooms, some with balconies
- The houses are spread around the palm-lined gardens, meaning you won't feel intrusive
- Can be crowded in high season, but this reflects its popularity
- Bedroom décor is not very African
- Some activities cost extra, though there is plenty to keep you entertained that's included in the rates
- It’s larger and more resorty than we'd normally recommend, but very comfortable and well-organised
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Our top tips
It may seem incongruous, but Zanzibar's first fine whisky and cigar bar is next door at The Baraza Bar; there’s also a Chai Lounge for afternoon coffee, tea and cake!”
- Beach Resort
- Restaurants and bars
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
- Dive school
- TV room
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.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Half-board (breakfast and dinner)
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Go diving with the on-site Rising Sun Dive Centre (PADI 5 star) which offers everything from Discover Scuba to Dive Master courses
- Try snorkelling - an easy way to see colourful reef fish without the complications of diving
- Of course swimming and sunbathing on the endless white-sand beach running past the resort is a must (n.b. at low tide you can only swim in the pool)
- Hire bikes and cycle down the beach to Bwejuu village or up to the beautiful northern headland
- The resort has windsurfing boards and sea-kayaks for hire, as well as pedal boats if you’re feeling like a family excursion
- If you’re feeling energetic play a few games of Tennis on the hard courts
- Unwind with some spa treatments at the Frangipani Spa; everything from massages (incl. foot and Thai massage), facials, detox and rehydration therapies, steam room, Jacuzzis with essential oils, and a special 'Apres Safari' package to rejuvenate after the dust and bumpy roads!
- You can also take day, or half-day, trips to Kizimkazi ‘Dolphin Bay’, Jozani monkey sanctuary and the nearby mangrove swamps
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
This is a great place for kids of all ages, with safe gardens, a lovely pool and lots of activities on offer.
Family friendly accommodation:
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.
Kids Activities on site:
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Bikes for hire
- African dancing and steel bands 3 evenings a week
Kids Activities nearby:
- Snorkelling and plenty of other watersports
- Day trips to Dolphin Bay
- Day trip to Jozani Monkey Sanctuary
Families Should Know:
There are some steps and the pool isn't fenced.
- Airport: 90 minutes
- Hospital: 90 minutes