“A most magical and enchanting hotel”

We have just returned from a 10 night holiday in Breezes Beach Club. On arrival at the airport in Zanzibar it was quite chaotic but hey this is an uncommercial country. You can obtain a visa on arrival for $50 per person if you haven’t obtained one before travelling. It isn’t difficult. The Hotel is approximately 1 hr 10 mins from the airport and the final stretch is a 30 minute “safari” road – extremely dirty/bumpy but as they say in Zanzibar it is a free “massage”!

We stayed in a deluxe room which was fine (no 15), quite close to the beach but no sea view unfortunately. The lower the number the closer to the front. Don’t expect a bath, there is merely a shower. Overall the room was more than comfortable.

The main restaurant for breakfast and evening meals is very clean, the staff are extremely friendly, courteous and polite and we will remember Dorah, Crispin, Thomas, Lucas and Ebdi with affection. Jerome, the restaurant manager, is an absolute star. Nothing is a trouble to him. The food was very good, with a mixture of table d’hote and buffet evenings. There was usually a theme and the restaurant was decorated accordingly with lavish fabrics and linens. The evening entertainment was certainly different but enjoyable none the less.

Try Tides at least once (or perhaps only once when you have seen the size of the lobster). Be aware there is a lot of food served and you will need to book almost certainly on the first day of arrival or you won’t be able to get in. A restaurant for two with most personalised service.

Sultans table was also a pleasure, there are only about five or six tables within the restaurant and serves Indian/Swahili food.

We didn’t use the facilities of the Spa although we were informed by numerous guests that the treatments were fantastic.

Not a lot do do sportswise. The gym isn’t awfully equipped. Just weights/bike/stepper. Be careful on the reef, there are lots of sea urchins but you can hire reef shoes at the marine centre for minimum cost and it is definitely worthwhile. They can be kept for 24 hours, but obviously there are only certain times in the day when you can walk out on the reef. The tide timings were a little out according to the board outside the marine centre but you can gauge when to walk across the reef.

You can walk for miles left or right of the hotel and hardly be bothered by anyone. Although there is always the odd local trying to sell you something, even out on the reef! But they are extremely polite.

All in all we had a fabulous stay. Food, weather were glorious.

The only down side to our holiday was the 30 hour journey home as we were delayed in Nairobi airport for 13 hours and it has to be said Kenyan Airways were extremely disappointing. Be aware if you are delayed in Nairobi Kenyan Airways will not be supportive or be helpful in any way shape or form.

On departure from Zanzibar you will need to pay a departure tax of $25 per person plus a security fee of $8 per person. Do not expect a cashpoint machine at the airport and they DO NOT accept credit cards/debit cards in payment. You will need the money or you will be unable to leave Zanzibar.

Don’t let that dissuade you from staying at Breezes. Having stayed in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles it is most comparable.

Enjoy your vacation.
*Guest name omitted*
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Guest nationality: British

Reviewed October 6, 2005