Baraza Resort & Spa
Part of The Zanzibar Collection, Baraza is family-owned, and the authentic touches and personalised service add an extra something special to its high standards. Chosen as one of the top 25 hotels in the world at the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, its setting on Bwejuu beach – voted one of the top 30 island beaches in the world by Condé Nast – completes the escapist dream.
There’s an easy tempo here and an eye to detail, blending Arabic, Swahili and Indian design and evoking the opulence of the Sultan era, with brass lanterns, intricate antiques, dramatic arches and beautifully manicured gardens. The resort is also environmentally aware, with solar power, a desalination plant and recycling methods.
Dining focuses on fresh produce and menus inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavours. Breakfast is served at the resort’s open-air restaurant, the Livingstone Terrace. The Ocean Lounge Bar & Restaurant offers buffet-style lunches from its tandoor oven, salad bar, pizza oven or daily chef’s special menu, as well as afternoon tea. Dinner is either al fresco at the Livingstone Terrace or in the stunning Sultan’s Dining Room.
A coral reef faces the shore for snorkelling straight from the beach, and there’s kitesurfing, sailing and paddle boarding amongst the watersports from the excellent Water Club centre on the beachfront. The stunning candle-lit Frangipani Spa is a tranquil sanctuary complete with outdoor relaxation area, Sultan’s bath and lap pool with underwater music. The décor of the villas reflects that found throughout the resort – white walls, luxury fabrics, ornate furnishings and splashes of gold. Each has its own lounging area, plunge pool and spacious terrace, plus a bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower. Villas are available with one or two bedrooms, with garden or ocean views, or at the oceanfront.