Breezes Beach Club on Zanzibar’s east coast is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the exotic flavours of Zanzibar. Set admist tropical landscaped gardens on the pristine and peaceful Bwejuu Beach, the family-run boutique hotel has carefully combined a personal intimacy coupled with the standards you would expect of an international resort.
The hotel is well structured such that you always find a quiet place to absorb the sound of the waves be it on the beach, on the Zanzibari beds in the rustic chai bazar or the pool bar that overlooks the beach. If you want to escape from it all, the Frangipani spa offers wonderful massages and beauty treatments; the perfect after treatment if you choose to make the most of Breezes’ extensive water sports.
Breezes’ décor with beautiful carvings, rich fabrics and warm colours creates a casual elegant ambience throughout the interiors of the hotel. The deep purble fabrics, brass finishing’s and low hanging Arabic lanterns make the Baraza Bar the perfect place for an after dinner night cap.
If romance is at the heart of a holiday, then The Tides restaurant for two is perhaps one of the most romantic dining experiences you will ever experience. On the shores of the Indian ocean, an intricately carved hut sits with a small veranda. Your personal waitor walks you down a candle lit path through the hut and onto the veranda. There he makes you a “Dawa’ cocktail, whilst you watch the moon rise and then light up the sky that you continue to dine under.
The spread of food over five courses is generous and mouth watering. Starting off with an amouse bouche followed by a green asparagus soup we were left with delicate and light flavours on our palette, which was then cleansed with a lime sorbet to prepare us for the vegetable cheese roulade. We left on a sweet note with a trio of crème brulee served with orange sorbet and tuile biscuit.
If the pool bar or the Breakers Grill is not a private enough lunch option, then the staff at Breezes can organize a private beach lunch for two under a palm and frangipangi canopy, with the waves crashing at your feet.
Whilst you are spoilt for dining options at Breezes, I highly recommend dining at Breezes sister hotel Baraza, which is only a few minutes away. To the standard of a Michelin star restaurant, this was perhaps one of the best meals I have had throughout all my travels in Africa. To start off we were welcomed to Baraza with a tomato and artichoke tartar, followed by a pumpkin and cinnamon cannelloni. In the perfect proportion we were served a saffron potato and leek soup, leaving us enough room to enjoy the primavera risotto. To end a romantic evening in the beautiful grounds of the Baraza hotel we devoured the noughat glaces served with mango ice cream.
Beautiful beaches, fine dining and a warm hospitable environment all at an affordable price: Breezes Beach Club is an incredible hotel and one that we most certainly will be returning too.
Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar, +255 24 224 0102