The resort is located on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach. Considered to be one of the best beaches on Zanzibar, you can walk for miles along the seafront.
The 30 villas are all spread around a beautifully manicured garden filled with bright bougainvillea flowers. The Ocean front villas are set at the front of the property overlooking the beach, with the Ocean view villas behind and the garden villas at the back of the property. With only 30 villas, no one villa is very far though from the beach or the main areas.
There is also a Presidential Villa which comprises two bedrooms with a private garden and larger plunge pool as well as an extra, small bedroom for a nanny or member of staff.
Each of the spacious villas comprises a living area with day-bed, large bathroom, private terrace and plunge pool. The two-bedroom villas are perfect for a family of four and there is also a well-equipped children's club, large outdoor swimming pool, large spa with lap pool and yoga room, a gym and two tennis courts.
All the Zanzibari furniture in Baraza is hand made by local artisans who have perfected the art of wood carving, for which Zanzibar is so famous. Architecturally, Baraza itself is a journey through the grand, beautiful designs of the style of Sultans Palaces of Zanzibar.
Although newly opened in 2009, Baraza is owned and run by the Raguz family, who have many years of experience in running hotels on the Zanzibari coast. Fantastic service and food are of great importance to the hotel, with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood served daily.
The Water Club is a fantastic water sports centre located approximately 300 meters from Baraza on the beach front. Featuring a great selection of new equipment and offering instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing. At the Rising Sun Dive School guests from complete beginners up to professional level can enjoy dives in the beautiful Indian Ocean - with a massive variety of diving guaranteeing something for everyone. Small groups of a maximum of 6 divers per guide offers guests the chance to escape the large crowds and get the most from diving.
Traditional Swahili dancers and singers are a feature and the resident Taarab band plays music that would have been heard in the Court of Sultan bin Said in 1880. This is an effort to support and celebrate the cultural identity of Zanzibar and preserve this iconic art form.
There are 14 one-bedroom villas and 15 two-bedroom villas, as well as one Presidential two-bedroom villa. All the accommodation villas are designed to characterize classic Swahili architecture featuring dramatic arches, cement Baraza benches and intricate hand carved cement decorations. The spacious villas feature luxury interiors, beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns, large bathrooms with luxury fittings as well as a spacious terrace and private plunge pool.
|Bahari one bedroom villa - Ocean Front|
148 sq meters – 7 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan\'s Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers, and plunge pool.
|Bahari one bedroom villa - Ocean View|
148 sq meters – 7 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan\'s Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers and plunge pool.
|Sultans two bedroom villa - Sultan View|
193 sq meters – 5 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, second bedroom with en suite bathroom (with shower) , living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan\'s Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilitie
|Sultans two bedroom villa - Garden View|
193 sq meters – 10 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, second bedroom with en suite bathroom (with shower), living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan\'s Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities
|Presidential 2 Bedroom Villa - Ocean Font|
254 sq meters Two master bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room and terrace. A central living room with spectacular sea front view, large plunge pool, outdoor daybed lounging area and terrace with sun loungers.
Children are very welcome and younger guests can enjoy the Baraza Kids Club. Offering a great venue, a variety of activities, and supervised care during specific hours of the day, parents can rest assured that young ones will have plenty to keep them occupied during their stay at the hotel. Food and meal times are tailored to suit the younger guests and babysitting is also available on request.
The Baraza Kids Club keeps the young ones entertained, Baraza has many facilities to keep everyone happy including a well stocked library featuring a selection of books, reading materials, games and card table. A medical care clinic, and an in-house guest shop is well stocked with a selection of African arts and crafts. The Business Center offers photocopying, internet, telephone and fax services. There is also a Conference Room which is ideal for groups of up to 20 people.
Activities are endless, The Water Club offers instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing as well as snorkling and diving. The Frangipani Spa offers a range of relaxing massages and treatments. Baraza has a fitness center with fully equipped gym with instructors on hand to guide you. The tennis court is available for use all day and evening - all equipment provided.
The Tours and Excursions Desk is open daily and offers a selection of books, maps and general information about the island. Please ask the Guest relations manager for assistance in planning a tour of the Island which features historical, natural and cultural attractions which are known the world over.
When to travel
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
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Location and directions
Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania
Baraza Resort & Spa is located on Bwejuu Beach, on the South East of Zanzibar Island next to its sister hotels, Palms and Breezes. The Island is located about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast.
How to get there
The easiest and most direct way to reach Zanzibar is to fly via Dar es Salaam, on Tanzania's coast (9.5hr international flight). The connecting flight from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town Airport on Zanzibar takes 20 minutes. Baraza is a 1 hour drive from Stone Town.