Bwejuu beach, south east Zanzibar
Baraza is very much a local resort, its style reflects the Swahili heritage of the island, from the graceful villas to the tasty cuisine. The lovely beach and reef-fringed lagoon, Frangipani Spa with its indulgent therapies, and range of cultural activities combined form a uniquely Zanzibari holiday.
This family-owned hotel showcases Swahili design in its architecture and decor. Villas are spacious, with either 1 or 2 bedrooms, all en-suite, a living room and a terrace with loungers and a plunge pool. Throughout there are character features like graceful arches, colourful textiles, antiques and brass lamps.
Enjoy beach life with a choice of watersports including windsurfing and sailing plus scuba diving and snorkelling at the coral reef, all offered at the nearby sister hotel, Breezes. On land you can enjoy a game of tennis or a session in the gym. Equally you can opt simply to relax at the resort, enjoying poolside refreshments, or treat yourself to some pampering at Frangipani Spa. Meals are served in a number of venues, each with its style and atmosphere, and include ingredients from the resort’s garden.
Baraza offers an insight into local life and culture through cooking classes, talks about the history of Zanzibar, Swahili language classes and displays of Swahili song and dance. You can also visit Bwejuu village to experience real Zanzibari life, accompanied by a local guide. Children are welcome at Baraza, and special activities, many based on local life and culture, are offered at peak season to keep them entertained. At other times children are welcome to use the club’s toys, games and shallow pool as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Photographs courtesy The Zanzibar Collection
Times to Go
Baraza is open all year. The main rainy season is in April and May, which sun lovers may want to avoid, but the weather is warm year round.
- Unique Zanzibari style
- One of the island’s best beaches
- Learn about local life and culture
- Safe swimming, snorkelling and diving
- All-inclusive resort
- Children welcome
- Villas with plunge pools
- 30 villas
- Open all year
- Children of all ages welcome
- Restaurant and dining terrace
- Barbecue area
- Lounge bar
- Pool bar and restaurant
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Spa with pool and jacuzzi
- Gift shop
- Free Wi-Fi
- Children’s club (high season) and baby sitting
- Laundry service
- Bwejuu village visit
- Cooking demonstrations
- Cultural activities
- Island excursions
- Yoga classes
The 30 villas are made up of 14 x one-bedroomed, 15 x two-bedroomed villas and the presidential villa. They feature Swahili architectural features like archways, built-in benches and carved decorations. Room service is available.
One Bedroomed Villas
The one-bedroomed villas occupy 148sqm. They have a bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, separate toilet, lounge and a terrace with a seating area, sunloungers and a plunge pool. Facilities include a TV and CD player, minibar, tea and coffee maker, daybed, ample storage and sitting areas.
Two Bedroomed Villas
Each of the two-bedroomed villas covers 193sqm. Both bedrooms are en-suite, one bathroom having a bath and the other with a shower. The facilities are the same as the one-bed villas, but with additional space. The terrace has four sunloungers. Most of these villas have views of the gardens.
The presidential villa has an impressive 254sqm of space, including two en-suite bedrooms, two dressing rooms, a large living room, kitchenette, an open air daybed, outdoor dining area and an ocean-facing terrace with loungers and a plunge pool. There is accommodation for a maid or butler if needed.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Baraza employs local people and trains them in at the local hotel school to further their careers. Through its charity Baraza for Bwejuu, the hotel supports community projects including the building of a maternity and children’s clinic in Bwejuu.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
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