Went to Breezes after a week on safari for our honeymoon. Losing our luggage on the way to Zanzibar was a bit of an issue, but the hotel was absolutely perfect.
The food was very good and massively diverse – I don’t eat seafood ( I was told this might be a problem on Zanzibar as a lot of their food is fish etc), but there were always plenty of alternatives. There are also a few different restaurants. We didn’t try the Tides restaurant (exclusive eating for two by the beach) because the set-menu is entirely fish / shellfish based but it looked spectacular. There is a little bar by the pool which is a lovely relaxed place for either cocktails or lunch. The main bar is very pleasant with a good range of drinks and very friendly bar staff. The ‘Baraza’ bar is a very bohemian open air place for cigars and liqueurs – chilled music in a very chilled atmosphere.
The rooms were huge and the bathrooms were fine. Each room has a little terrace (where you also eat dinner with your bed on the balcony if you’re up for a truly romantic evening!)
The staff were very friendly and attentive but not too much in your face. There were beach activities available, but we had to pay to use their sailing dinghy and kat.
One problem with Zanzibar as a whole is that it is so shallow that low tide is an awfully long way out and sea urchins block your path to the deep sea.
Diving there was not spectacular – we did see turtles and rays but the coral was relatively dull.
If you want to relax in a beautiful hotel with good food, bars, service and atmosphere but don’t want to be on parade then Breezes is definitely for you.
One bit of advice i would give is to fly in from Tanzania. Apparently the safaris in Tanzania are as good as Kenya, but the roads are much better in Tanzania. Also the flight service by Kenya Airways was terrible. Not content with losing our luggage on the way out (it turned up day3), they changed us onto a slightly later flight on our day of departure which was fine until they cancelled that flight. Although it seems Zanzibar isn’t a bad place to be delayed for 24hours. the hotel they put us up in was dire. plus, half the passenger’s luggage had left for Kenya on the earlier flight. So, in summary, definitely go to Breezes, but fly in from Dar-es-Salaam.
Guest nationality: English
Reviewed July 6, 2006