“Romantic and relaxing”
We have just come back from a 5 days stay at the Breezes after 2 weeks of Safari in Tanzania/Uganda.
The Hotel was just what we needed: very calm, no hustle-bustle, great food, nice white sand beach, good spa.
A relaxing holiday
We have stayed in a suite and can therefore only speak for them: they are all on the first floor of little villas, spacious, mosquito-net in very good condition (we didn´t need it), good air-con (which we needed desperately), nice bathroom, a big terrace to relax in the afternoon. Our suite was in the garden area as most of the other villas, only very few have sea view. No TV, no radio, no phone.
The diving center is well equipped, my husband acquired his PADI certificate in 3 days. It´s a very good place for beginners as you can try out diving in the lagoon (10 minutes away) in rather shallow water with lots of colorful fish and corals. The snorkeling in the lagoon is also very nice. The pool is big enough for the dive practice. The beach is clean, very fine white sand. There is one hotel further down the beach, but you hardly see anybody else along the beach. At low tide the sea is nearly gone, then you have to swim in the pool.
Service is excellent. The hotel reminded us very much of a Balinesian style hotel. The spa offers different kind of massages, 60 $ für 50 minutes.
The food is delicious and abundant.
Quiet and peaceful
The guests were mostly couples, 3-4 families with little kids. Wide range of nationalities, mostly post-Safarians. A typical hotel for honeymooners. We haven´t used the internet, nor the tennis court nor the gym, so I can´t say anything about this.
There is nothing outside of the hotel, so you have to stick to it. No shops, no restaurants. Definitely no hotel for someone seeking entertainment or animation during the day. You can rent a surf board and a small sailboat, in the afternoon there was always a good wind blowing for some surfing (if the water is there).
Just what we needed: Quiet and peaceful.
Guest Nationality: German
Reviewed March 16, 2007
Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
“paradise on a basic island”
We have just returned from a two week stay at this hotel. Although the hotel itself is beautiful, one week would have been enough if it had not had its diving centre. The hotel guests usually stay between 4 and 7 days as a rest after one of the many safaris available in nearby Kenya or Tanzania.
Stone town is worth a trip if only to realize how fortunate we in England are. Don’t expect any large stores or upper class cafe bars. This is definitely third world but the people here are very honest and crime is not a problem. Stone town is a 50 minute taxi ride away. The hotel can arrange the taxi but it will cost approx 120 to 130 dollars return. It is much cheaper if you ask one of the staff to get you a taxi from the nearby village. As Zanzibar is such a poor country corruption by officials is very high. If your luggage is overweight on your return journey, 5 dollars will keep the airport staff quiet. Not wearing a seat belt costs 5 dollars direct to policeman et-cetera.
The food in the hotel was very good and at lunchtime the snacks were good and reasonably priced. Tipping is best done at the end of your stay so you are not carrying round change all day. Alcohol is also reasonably priced here compared to equivalent hotels in countries such as U.A.E. and Mauritius.
Other than on the beach there is nowhere to walk to from the hotel therefore the fact that the resort is enclosed by high walls and a double set of gates did not bother us. The rooms themselves were very spacious but tea and coffee making facilities were lacking, as was a phone and tv.
Special thanks to Vicky, Chad and “Laughing Boy” for managing to teach us how to deep sea dive. The dive sites are untouched here and the coral is alive. Shame that this cannot last as like everywhere else it will eventually become over used…
Liked — beach, coral reef, serenity
Disliked — isolation
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed March 20, 2007
“Amazing end to our honeymoon”
After spending 4 days on Safari in Kenya, we wanted the end of our honeymoon to be all about, romance, relaxation and fantastic weather. Breezes supplied all three in abundance!
Romance in abundance
As we were on our honeymoon, we upgraded to a Deluxe room which I would definitely recommend if you can afford the extra pounds. Not much differs in the room itself to the standard rooms, but we had an amazing outside seating area and balcony overlooking the pool and beach, great to relax on during sunset and after dinner.
We were treated to some generous little touches as we were honeymooners, on checking in, we were given an envelope with a number of vouchers for discounts in the spa, free henna tatoos (which we didn’t take up, but saw others who did) and a free sun downer – bottle of sparkling wine and hors d’ouevres served on the balcony at sunset on the evening of our choice.
We also had a surprise arranged for us that we were advised of after our room had been cleaned in the morning. We were left a little note that we would be treated to a “bed under the stars” and that afternoon we watched from the pool area as some very hot and worn out maintenance guys erected a full wooden bed with luxurious bedding and a huge mosquito net on our outside seating area. When we finally retired to our room, they had scattered flowers all over the freshly made bed and left some more sparkling wine. We would have loved to have spent the night outside in our “bed under the stars”, but it was just too hot and we preferred to have the luxury of the fans and air con in our room, although we did spend a couple of hours out there after dinner watching the moon and stars.
The perfect 9
What more can I say about the place after the treatment we had received as honeymooners? Well the food was amazing, especially in the poolside bar – I recommend the swordfish triple decker s’wich, amazing – the service was fab, the beach and sea beautiful, the spa and treatments, so luxurious – it really is a perfect honeymoon location.
If I was pushed to make a negative point, it would be that the swimming pool could have been a bit cooler, as you really would have loved to have dived into a cold pool during the heat of the day, but it was a bit too warm to really cool you down.
Other than that, everything was perfect and I would recommend it to anyone for their honeymoon.
Liked — Location/Beach
Disliked — Pool too warm
Guest Nationality: British
Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
Reviewed March 23, 2007
“Amazing in every way!!!!”
I just returned from 4 nights at Breezes and I am still in awe….It was even better than I had imagined….
Before my stay at Breezes I was volunteering for a week in Tanzania and I stayed with a local family so I definitely needed a little peace and relaxation and that is exactly what I found at Breezes. It was low season so it was not very crowded. I was traveling alone and wanted to stay somewhere that I would feel safe and would not have to leave the resort if I did not choose to. I never once felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
I also was really looking forward to the spa and it was amazing. The staff in every area of the hotel was so friendly, knew me by name, and went out of their way to make sure that I was okay. I could tell they were really looking out for me because they knew that I was by myself.
If you are looking for a more social, entertaining atmosphere than Breezes may not be the place for you because I found that it was mostly families and couples, but if you are looking to be pampered at a spa, enjoy the beautiful pool and ocean, eat amazing food, and get the ultimate in relaxation then Breezes would be ideal for you. I never found myself bored or unhappy at all even being alone.
I would not change one thing about my stay at Breezes and the only thing negative that I have to say is that i wish I could have stayed longer!!
Guest Nationality: Kuwaiti
Stayed April 2007, traveled solo
Reviewed April 16, 2007
Wow, what a place to end your Safari with.
Not for late disco nights, but the best place in the world that I’ve ever been to kick back with a good book and a beer.
The beach is amazing for Windsurfing with nobody around
on powder white sand.
Staff was well accommodating, food was great. Of course things move at a slow pace sometimes, but we just went with it and adjusted our clocks to Vacation tempo.
Make sure to see the dolphins in Kisimkasi, Amazing !!!!!!
Liked — The Beach
Disliked — Not much going on after 11 pm
Guest Nationality: American
Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
Reviewed April 18, 2007