Bluebay Beach Resort

Bluebay Beach Resort: Our full report

112 rooms
Traveller's rating
Average (60%) From 1 review
All year

Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the east coast of Zanzibar, in the middle of a long, palm-fringed beach of soft white sand. It was one of the first resorts to built here, and an idyllic 30-acre site was chosen.

None of the Expert Africa team has recently visited the Blue Bay Beach Resort, but this is what we know about it:

The resort has been established for about 10 years and was one of the first to open on the east coast. In 2008, the resort closed for 3 months to perform a complete overhaul of the Makuti thatch roofs of the suites, and to replace the electrical appliances.

At the same time, all the soft furnishings were renewed and redesigned.

It is large (by Zanzibari standards) and has loads of activities and facilities to cater for all needs: from families to honeymooners to business conferences.


Location: East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar

Ideal length of stay: 4 nights or more for those who love lazing on a beautiful beach.

Directions: It takes around 35 minutes to fly to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam, and then it is a further one hour by car to Bluebay Beach Resort.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: Bluebay Beach Resort has an array of dining areas that all offer good international cuisine.

The Makuti Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner within the meal plan. Breakfast is usually a buffet of fruits, cereals and an English breakfast and then dinner is then a three course affair.

The Beach Bar and Restaurant has an a la carte menu with standard international favourites such as burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.

For a special evening, there is also fine dining in the Bahari Grill. This restaurant is only open in the evenings and needs to be booked in advance.

For aperitifs and relaxing after dinner, there is a Pool Bar, which has live music most nights.

Guests staying in the Club24 rooms also enjoy the exclusive restaurant by their pool. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor Dining

Drinks included: Drinks are not included

Further dining info: No


Attitude towards children: Bluebay Beach Resort welcomes children

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Bluebay Beach Resort

Special activities & services: A recent addition to the facilities is a Children's Club, where children can be entertained from 10:00 till the end of the day. They will enjoy the special menu, and the attention of ex-kindergarten teachers. There is also a child-minding/Ayah service for a nominal charge.

Equipment: Cots and highchairs are available on request


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: There are phones in all of the rooms – you can call the hotel operator to get an outside line. There is a fully-equipped business centre, with email, fax, copying and secretarial facilities.

TV & radio: Satellite TV is in every room.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: All staff in the Children's Club are trained in first aid. There is a nurse on-site six days a week as well as a pharmacy and there is a dispensary on-site. For more serious cases there is a doctor available on 24-hour call-out.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Fire safety: There are smoke detectors in every room.


Disabled access: In Place

Laundry facilities: Laundry is an extra charge.

Money: You can exchange all foreign currencies as well as travellers' cheques (though the rate of exchange for this is not very good)

Accepted payment on location: You can pay for any extras in all major currencies cash, you can also pay using Visa, Amex and Mastercard.