“Friendly staff, beautiful gardens & beach and great dive training”

I used to live in Uganda but never managed to visit Zanzibar so on a return trip my husband and I booked a 2 week stay at Breezes.

We stopped off in Stone Town for the first night and god knows what the person who reviews about this as being ‘too Muslim for her liking’ is thinking about when she was visiting a predominantly Muslim city! Perhaps she would have been happier in Centre Parks? Stone Town is great fun; we stayed in The Tembo Hotel with a huge ornate room overlooking the sea. It was about £70 for the night for a room which resembled a suite with 2 balconies, a fabulous mosaic tiled bathroom and really courteous staff.

We ate seafood at Blues Restaurant jutting into the harbour on stilts and watched the sunset. Had a great guided tour of the city with a local guide we met outside the front of the hotel. Then down to Breezes which we booked purely as a relaxing destination not wanting to sight-see or expecting to see much Tanzanian culture as we knew in advance that Breezes was a beach resort.

It was stunning. Pink flower petals scattered across the immaculate stone floors, brightly coloured silk day beds, fantastic staff and really friendly locals who looked after the beautiful gardens.

Our room was a small bungalow affair, big bedroom, sitting area, small terrace area outside and a lovely bathroom. It was all carefully furnished and very welcoming and pretty with fans which really cooled the room when you needed it. The beds were made up every day with ornate folding and origami styled towels, swans, flowers, you name it they folded it! The food at Breezes was excellent and the service was also very good. The odd nights of entertainment were good fun.

The lads who ran the dive centre were brilliant, my husband passed his PADI diving course whilst there and had a lot of fun doing it. We met lots of other people and really enjoyed ourselves and ate lots of fresh lobster – we booked all inclusive so didn’t have to worry about extra costs.

The general atmosphere of the whole place was very welcoming and everyone I met there (and it was almost fully booked) was having a great time. It is a hot spot for honeymooners but you never feel crowded as the bungalow rooms are well spaced out with lots of winding paths through lovely flowering gardens.

The main reception and chill out rooms were great, all local dark woods and woven bamboo, grass roofs, totally authentic and no plastic in sight.

If you want to chill out, relax in the sun, enjoy empty beautiful white beaches, a lovely pool, good diving and be well looked after – I highly recommend Breezes. If you want to visit Tanzania for its wonderful culture, warm, hospitable people and wild animals, go to Morogoro, Tabora, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam….. and don’t book a beach resort, it’s not what they cater for obviously.

Guest comments: British

Reviewed August 3, 2006