Breezes was the second part to our 2 week Honeymoon – the first week had been spent on Safari.
Don’t let the impression you get from the airport influence your judgement of Zanzibar – it truly is the strangest little airport we’ve ever been to! The hotel is lovely, and appears in the middle of no-where about 40 minutes from the airport.
First impressions of the hotel were very good, we were greeted on arrival, told roughly where things were and taken to our room.
We paid extra for a superior room, however the only difference between these rooms and the ordinary rooms is the distance to the reception/ beach and about £200, if you’re not bothered about walking a small distance to get to the main part of the hotel I would say its not really worth paying the extra money.
Each night upon arrival there is a welcome meeting for everyone to be introduced to the hotel staff and to be given an explanation as to exactly where things are and what activities are on offer.
We were at the Hotel on our honeymoon, and it really is a lovely relaxing place to stay, the service is generally very good, and food on an eveing is also of a high standard.
Something that we thought was nice was that the evening food alternated between an a la carte set menu and a buffet style meal, so you didn’t get fed up of getting up to fetch your own food all the time. Whilst we were there we also used the Sultans restaurant which was lovely if you like Indian style food, it seats up to 12 but luckily for us the night we used it only 4 people including us were using it. We didn’t get to use the tides restaurant, it was fully booked the whole time we were there, a tip would be that if you know you want to use it, book it before you arrive as it was booked up for about 2-3 wks in advance.
Whilst we were there was some minor maintenance work taking place around the pool on a night time, during the day the pool was open as usual with no sign of work. We were unaffected by the noise from the digging, however those couples who stayed in rooms around the pool had some difficulties getting sleep on a few nights. The pool was lovely and very quiet, we found most people preferred to use the beach as you get more of a breeze to keep cool in the very hot weather. The sea is not always practical to swim in as, while we were there, it was always low tide during the day. At this time we were able to borrow reef shoes from the hotel (at a small cost) and walk out to the coral reef – watch out for urchins though!
The room was very spacious and airy with air con and ceiling fans, the decor of the room was lovely, very traditional with a contemporary twist. The bed was very large too, with a mosquito net around it. The mini -bar was well stocked and reasonably priced. The room was cleaned daily, and the bed was turned back everynight – towels are changed as and when you decide.
Our one minor gripe was that we didn’t get any extras or special touches for being on honeymoon – not even a welcome note in the room on arrival. In fact, there was no acknowledgement for it being a special occasion at all.
We went on the Dolphin safari while we were there, unfortunately the weather wasn’t so good on the day we chose and the hotel did offer us advice about whether we should even bother going – but we went regardless, and while the sea was a little rough, it was well worth it, we saw lots of dolphins and got within a metre or so when we got in the water. It was a wonderful experience as the dolphins are wild, it’s definately not the same as swimming with them in a tank or a controlled environment. It was quite cheap also, costing about £27-30 each.
We also used the Frangipani spa – specifically the Sultans bath, it was fab. Very relaxing and very romantic. It worked out at about £85-90 for the two of us but the treatment lasted about 2 hours and was well worth it.
We would definately recommend Breezes to anyone, our stay there was lovely, the staff are very friendly – especially a waitress called Dorah – and the setting is very romantic. It is a very quiet hotel, the latest bar is open until 1am but there was rarely anyone still about after mid-night. There are plenty of excursions on offer, and there is also a dive centre attached – saying that if you wish to do nothing it is the ideal place.
Liked — The setting and the ambiance
Disliked — No special touches/ treatment for couple on honeymoon
Tips/Secrets — Book Tides Restaurant before arriving
Guest nationality: English
Reviewed September 16, 2006