Zanzibar Hotels

The Breezes


The Breezes is a four-star resort on the east coast of Zanzibar near the village of Bwejuu.


Accommodation at The Breezes


The hotel offers three types of room. Standard rooms, removed from the ocean in the hotel gardens, deluxe rooms on the ground floor or sea view bungalows. Rooms feature walk in dressing-rooms, private balconies, large bathrooms and private sun lounging terraces. All rooms are furnished with traditional teak Swahili furniture and cotton fabrics. They all have good air-conditioning and en suites as well as refrigerators and electronic safes and hairdryers. All rooms have an extra bed which also functions as a sofa.


Food and Drink at The Breezes


There is a choice of restaurants on offer at the hotel; The Tides; offering private beach-front dining for couples, The Salama Dining Room; serving an extensive buffet breakfast and half-board four course set dinners (choice of two starters, main and dessert), The Sultan’s Table; spiced Indian and Swahili seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean and The Breaker’s Grill; lunch restaurant serving fresh grilled fish with an open grill and Tandoori oven. The food is top-quality and locally sourced. Themed nights for half-boarders ensure the menu remains exciting.


The hotel also offers a number of bars and coffee/tea lounges. The Chai Room serves coffees, teas and cakes daily. The daytime Dhow Bar, centred round a traditional African fishing boat, serves cold drinks. The Safari Bar is an evening spot, often with live jazz music before or after dinner. The Baraza Bar offers cigars and fine whiskeys for those looking for the true ‘colonial’ experience.


What’s on offer at The Breezes?


Staff at The Breezes are both friendly and professional, going out of their way to offer a special and personal service. The hotel is very clean and well cared for. Though service may be relaxed by Western standards, any problems or issues should be addressed swiftly and efficiently.

 

The hotel offers a number of activities and can also help arrange day-trips, tours and excursions such as to the Jozani Forest or Spice Plantations. The hotel has a good sized swimming pool, tennis courts and a frangipani spa (the massage treatments, though costly, come highly recommended). The hotel also offers Yoga and meditation sessions and has its very own bazaar for those looking to buy gifts (prices may higher than in Stone Town’s markets).


The Breezes benefits from its own Water Club and dive centre (shared with sister resorts Baraza and The Palms). The Water Club offers low and high-tide activities including snorkelling, fishing trips, beach volleyball, kite-surfing and wind-surfing. The Water Club will also lend guests reef shoes for exploring the beaches. Though hiring gear and doing excursions can add extra expense to your holiday, most travellers find these trips to be well worth it.


The hotel offers guest internet, telephone and fax service as well as currency exchange. Do be warned, some services and rates may seem poor value. However, this is the case in the majority of Zanzibar’s hotels and resorts.


How to get to The Breezes


The Breezes is approximately one hour’s drive from Stone Town or from Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will happily arrange transfers for a fixed rate. One can also travel by taxi or hire car. Many guests choose to break their journey in the Jozani Forest nature reserve and catch a glimpse of Zanzibar's Colobus monkeys.


Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-down.


Although the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also useful to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels, including the The Breezes and its sister hotels, The Palms and Baraza, are now contributing funds to support locals and environmental projects that are advancing through Zanzibar.



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