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Baraza Resort and Spa

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, Baraza is a luxurious, family-friendly hotel with a variety of one and two bedroom villas set on a beautiful stretch of beach. With only 30 villas in total, each with private pools, the feel is small and exclusive.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic diving and snorkeling

  • Accommodation in individual one or two bedroom villas

  • Private plunge pools for each villa

  • Personal butler service

  • Incredible spa with wide range of treatments

  • All modern conveniences in each room

Beach, Family, Honeymoon, Diving

Insider's View

I would definitely recommend doing a scuba dive, there are some wonderful dive sights with gorgeous corals and fish.

A boat trip to see dolphins is also great fun and particularly enjoyable for families!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Make some time for a massage in the beautiful Frangipani Spa before heading back to your villa for a sunset cocktail.

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Baraza's beach is beautiful - just lovely to sit with a cold drink and watch the world go by

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Baraza is a Swahili word that means a public meeting place or a council of people of wisdom

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Description

Baraza Resort & Spa is located on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach, Bwejuu, on the east coast of the island. Considered to be one of the best beaches on Zanzibar, you can walk for miles along the shore.

The 30 villas are all spread around a beautifully manicured garden filled with bright bougainvillea flowers. Each has a lounge area, terrace, sun loungers and private plunge pool. With only 30 villas, no one villa is very far 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.

Facilities at Baraza are superb, with 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, with nods to the Arabic, Indian and Swahili heritage of the island.

The resort is 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 center 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 PADI 5 star dive center, guests from complete beginners up to professional level can enjoy dives in the beautiful Indian Ocean.

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.

Accommodation

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.

The Bahari one bedroom Ocean Front villas are right on the beachfront, the Bahari one bedroom Ocean View villas are in the row behind, followed by the Sultan's two bedroom Sultan's Villa, with finally the Sultan's two bedroom Garden View villa at the back of the property. The Presidential villa has a prime beachfront position, with a large outdoor terrace for lounging in the sun or dining, a larger pool, and two ensuite bedrooms. There is also a small kitchenette and separate room for a nanny or other staff, if needed.

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.

Childcare

Children are very welcome and younger guests can enjoy the Baraza Kids Club (for children aged 4 - 12 yrs). 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.

Facilities

Baraza has many facilities to keep everyone happy including a beautiful spa with lap pool, tennis court, fitness center, main swimming pool, kids club as well as several bars and restaurants. The watersports center offers a range of activities to enjoy the warm Indian Ocean here. There is a well stocked library featuring a selection of books, reading materials, games and card table. An in-house guest shop is well stocked with a selection of African arts and crafts and the Business Center offers photocopying, internet, telephone and fax services.

Baraza is booked on a fully inclusive basis - so all your meals and most drinks are included in the cost, as well as the kid's club. NB. specialist coffees eg. espresso, cappucino are payable for locally and not included in your rate.

Activities

Activities are endless at Baraza. The Water Club offers instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing as well as snorkeling and diving and dive courses are available from the PADI 5 star dive center. 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.

Services

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.

Location & Directions

Zanzibar, 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.

When to go

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation 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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