Zanzibar Island camps - Baraza


Baraza is Zanzibar’s first small luxury hotel to be geared almost entirely to families. It's a sister hotel to Breezes and The Palms, all situated on Bweju beach, 20 kms of the classic palm trees & golden sand look, easy access to the reef and a zillion opportunities for activities or excursions of any sort. There is a slight danger of being smothered in too much 'faux swahili design" but the quality is good and this place is very clear about what it's offering - and definitely delivers it.

The design is that of a Sultan’s Palace, rich gold coloured furnishings, ornately carved wood and silk covered barazas (traditional Zanzibar seating) in every possible area give a feeling of formality as well as rather unreal "Ali Baba" opulence. There are 30 villas divided into 14 one bed sea front villas and 15 two bed villas which range in two rows behind. Each Moorish styled individual room has a plunge pool, large terrace with sunbeds and a private beach ‘tent’. Rooms are equipped with tvs, dvds, air conditioning, minibars and what must be the largest beds in Zanzibar at 2.3 metres wide.

As you would expect from a family hotel, children are extremely well catered for. 4 to 12 year olds have their own club with pool behind the restaurant area where they are relentlessly entertained and which can use as a base throughout the day or in the evenings for early dinners etc. In room, baby sitting services can also be provided, at a small extra cost.

A new state of the art watersports centre is being built for use by guests from all three hotels, whilst Baraza has its own tennis courts, full spa with lap pool and a putting range. Slightly alarmingly a 'mini Stone Town' has even been created, with little shops huddled around a central square but at least that means you don't have to drift too far from the beach or swimming pool for a bit of retail. This is an ideal hotel if one is looking for lots of comfort, pampering and generally an easy life and are happy to be cocooned from the real Zanzibar which lies right outside the door.

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