“I would go back anytime!!!”
We got married at Breezes end of June, and all I can say is: what a fantastic wedding we got!
The service throughout all 9 days we spent there was nothing but best, the rooms were beautiful and in excellent condition, the food was fantastic.
The atmosphere was set for complete relaxation, nothing can ever disturb or annoy you, as picky as you might be.
I’ve been to the spa several times, and it was fantastic.
For loving couples I can warmly recommend the Sultan’s Bath.
All I can say is that Breezes was the best romantic and relaxing holiday I’ve ever got, I would go back anytime!!!
Liked — Private small villas, lost in lush vegetation… superb
Disliked — A bit noisy fridge in the room, but once you found the switch 😉
Guest Nationality: Swiss
Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed August 9, 2007
“Lovely place – good to chill”
We spent 9 nights at Breezes for part of our honeymoon. We really liked it. It was packed with honeymooners, and is not really suitable for kids as they are not really tolerated by other guests (because they are all on honeymoon!) and there is not really anything for them to do.
The food was lovely (and I am so fussy) and the staff were friendly and helpful. We went on a excursion – the spice tour – which I would highly recommend.
The rooms were large and nice (we loved the fact that there is a no TV policy) although the bathrooms really need updating.
All in all it was a very pleasant stay, which was reasonably priced, although I wouldn’t recommend staying any longer than 7 nights.
Liked — Great food and lovely pool
Disliked — Dated bathrooms
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed August 2, 2007
Really enjoyed our 5 night stay at Breezes in July 2007. Like many people, we went for a rest after a safari, so we weren’t looking for “high-octane” entertainment, more a pleasant place to crash and lay in the sun; and Breezes fitted the bill perfectly.
Main building furnishings were attractive. Service was excellent; food was generally good (sometimes table service, sometimes buffet). Pool area was well-maintained and relaxing. The lovely beach was practically deserted; no-one sunbathed on it, it was mainly used for strolling or (occasionally) a game of volleyball. [A small number of locals did walk the beach and speak to guests, but I didn’t feel “pestered” or “threatened” at all; any attempt to “sell” was a friendly conversation, that’s all].
We did have a few problems with the water supply to our room, but nothing which lasted more than an hour. Didn’t use the spa, gym or tennis courts, so can’t comment on them. Took a snorkeling trip out from the hotel (which was great – the Dive / Water sports Centre staff were good), and a trip to Stone Town, about 45/60 mins drive away (resorts in this area appear to be in quite a remote location). Security at Breezes was high – e.g. taxis/transfer vehicles were kept waiting outside the gates until the guest was ready – so it felt like a really safe place to stay.
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed July 2007
Reviewed July 29, 2007
I had a wonderful honeymoon with my new husband at Breezes. We really could not have chosen a better place…we were looking for a peaceful, beautiful spot after our wedding and safari…and were not disappointed. The location is divine…the color of the sea is incredible as is the sand that literally has the consistency of flour. The entertainment and night life here is very low key which was nice for us…but if anyone wants some more action this is not the place. We splurged on the Sultans Bath which was wonderful-your very own massage for 2 in a gorgeous room with a big Zanzibar carved bed and jacuzzi. This is a very romantic hotel, the food was very good overall-buffets were interesting and varied although I preferred the sit down dinner which we had every alternating day which although had less selection than a buffet was more elegant. Overall an excellent hotel in a truly spectacular location.
Liked — The Location
Disliked — The Zanzibar Airport
Guest Nationality: American
Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed July 5, 2007
“Breezes is Fab!”
We stayed at Breezes in October 2005. I had read the reviews on TripAdvisor before I booked it and that convinced me. It’s a beautiful place and one I would recommend for honeymooners.
It’s not run by a large chain so doesn’t feel clinical or impersonal. The hotel is done out in typical Zanzibar style. the staff are wonderful and can’t do enough to help.
The rooms are spacious and in small blocks of about 6-8 rooms. The food is excellent and varies from 4 course gala dinner to 3 course meal (with a choice of starter and main course) to a buffet style.
The beach is amazing (and you don’t get any hassle from beach sellers). I had a couple of treatments in the spa which was reasonably priced an worth every penny!
We can recommend the private dining experience. Well worth the money for a special occasion.
It’s one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to (especially after a safari!).
Liked — It was beautifully done out and the service was first class.
Disliked — Can’t fault it!
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed October 2005, traveled as a couple
Reviewed July 20, 2007
We have just arrived back from our honeymoon and spent a week at Breezes after a week on safari. If you want to relax I cannot recommend this resort any more – it was fabulous. The setting is beautiful and staff fantastic – it’s a really friendly resort. We had a suite and it was great – I’ve never seen a bigger balcony!
You cannot walk further than a few meters within the resort without seeing a bed to lie down and relax on. The pool bar and food is great and very reasonable – I’d recommend the banana milkshakes! The food in the restaurant in the evenings is really good and although we did go to the Sultans Table for dinner one night which was lovely there really was no need as the food in the restaurant is really varied each evening.
We were tired after our wedding and safari so this place was perfect for us but if you are after nightlife you probably should go elsewhere – it was mainly honeymoon couples and the bar was often empty by 10.30.
The spa was great – I had just about every treatment going – I’d definitely recommend the hot stone massage!
Guest nationality: British
Stayed June 2007
Reviewed June 18, 2007
“Oh my gosh! HOW stunning!?”
My husband and I stayed here for 14 nights on honeymoon-a welcome bit of R & R after a hectic 18 months!
Following the initial hellish journey with Kenya Airways via Nairobi we arrived at Breezes tired and irritable, however the welcoming drink of refreshing papaya juice in the stunning open seating area, swathed in beautiful Indian silk fabrics with comfy cushions and day beds helped ease us into local life.
A porter dressed in a local galabeia style outfit took our cases and lead us through the stunning gardens towards the back of the resort to our room. We had booked a standard room but I had emailed the hotel in advance, explaining that I am a former travel consultant and that as we are on honeymoon could we esquire about obtaining a complimentary room upgrade. I received a lovely response from reception telling us that the resort was always busy with honeymooners and that they could not accommodate our request but we accepted that and looked forward to our stay regardless. However, as we were lead through the gardens I realized that our room was situated in ‘The Villa’ which is a very large block which has several rooms, all interconnected via locking doors. Our room, although not an upgrade as such was stunning! We had a full sized lounge and dining room with tv (all rooms at Breezes have no tv!) which was very welcoming particularly with the heavy and continuous rain we had the first week! Plus a separate spacious bedroom with further seating area, enormous bed with mozzie nets and about 12 beautiful Zanzibari chests scattered around for our belongings!
The bathroom smelt terrible. This smell came from the toilet and the drains, but with the door closed the smell was contained and surprisingly we got used to it after an hour or so! That’s just one of those things I suppose. The bathroom is basic but clean and you have large towels which are changed daily and plenty of space for toiletries etc.
The beach is stunning! Seaweed aside, the sand is like talcum powder, the tall palms give the beach its exoticism and although the tide recedes it still looks beautiful and provides hours of entertaining walks among the rock pools, searching for crabs, baby rock lobster and fish. Take a walk past the Palms (neighboring sister hotel-super luxury) to the gift shops/paint store up the beach towards the Club Vacanze resort for a bit of haggling with the locals. We bought a beautiful painting on canvas for around £16 here.
The food is beautiful, although we were not too impressed with the buffet nights. Table service is wonderful-the ambiance and quality is amazing here. The buffets were quite limited and mainly very oily or coconut based dishes typical of the area which unfortunately do not agree with myself or my husband and were left with salads and a desert to eat and maybe a bit of rice. On buffet nights we would book for the Tides or Sultans table restaurants which we luckily had all to ourselves on each occasion. Worth the supplement you pay for sure. The food is a mixture of African, Moroccan and Indian and sometimes very oily or salty so do ask before ordering to keep salt and oil to a minimum.
Entertainment varied between the local acrobatics team putting on a half hour show during dinner to an amazing Afro-Indian band with violins, drums, double bass and singers warbling romantic Swahili verses to you and sending shivers down your spine.
Drinks are pricey so stick to the local beer or cocktail menu (around £4 a pop) if you can. Wine varies we tried the white wine which came out around £15 a bottle.
The pool is lovely and clean but also very hot with very little shade or breeze from the sea. We preferred to go down to the beach where there are thatched umbrellas and cosy padded sun loungers, although it is a bit of a trek if you want the toilet/a drink/food (well, when you’re on holiday and its stiflingly hot a 3 min walk can seem like too much work!) The staff are wonderful-always smiling, very friendly and they always appreciate it if you try to speak Swahili to them. There is a Swahili phrases page in your room on arrival with basic translations such as ‘Hello’ (Jambo) and ‘No Problem’ (Hakuna Matata) to learn.
Please please please don’t go to Zanzibar and not see Stone Town or embark on a Spice Tour. These are just so interesting and great way of seeing local life and providing the locals with much needed funds.
We spent £20 on fresh spices and perfumed oils at a spice farm and in return fresh fruit was picked from the trees for us fresh. The best passion fruit we’ve ever tasted! Stone Town is amazing! You just have to see! Take a local guide and save time wandering aimlessly through the often dull alleyways and see the real Stone Town and its amazing buildings and culture!
Ideal for honeymooners (the place is littered with them!) and couples in luuurve. Keep kids away-its boring for them and th last thing they’ll want is to witness loved up couples kissing in the pool and holding hands. The last thing loved up couples will want is bored kids! We did see the old child there during our stay and although we’re not fans of children we did feel a tad sorry for them as the pool has no shallow section, the sea is a bit dangerous with the rapidly receding and incoming tides and there are no activities to keep them occupied. Take them to Kenya instead where its a bit more geared up for kids.
Overall, an amazing natural hotel with a tight grip on romance and nature (the curtain tie backs are made of coconut shells for example!) we didn’t want to leave! We will be back! Feel free to PM me if additional info/pics and enjoy!!!! You lucky, lucky things!
Liked — Its stunning natural beauty, romantic touches and understated luxury.
Disliked — The smelly drains!
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed June 17, 2007
We stayed for 1 week in the breezes and is was really a great experience. Rooms were large (we had a deluxe room) and there was a good and, very importantly, silent air-con !
The food was very delicious., Every night there was another theme. Even the whole decoration of the restaurant changed every day. Our last evening there was an African BBQ with great steaks and lobster. Really good !!!!
only 1 bad thing : the tennis court was not in good condition
If someone asked me to go back tomorrow i’ll start packing right away.
Thank you Breezes for the great week !
Liked — the great food
Disliked — leaving
Guest Nationality: Belgian
Stayed November 2004, traveled as a couple
Reviewed May 12, 2007