Breezes Beach Club occupies a lovely stretch of beach along the Michamvi Peninsula.
Breezes Beach Club: Our full report
Breezes Beach club occupies a lovely stretch of beach along the Michamvi Peninsula. Compared with many other Zanzibar lodges that we feature, it is a large (74 rooms) place, but being family-run it is less commercial than some of the international-style resorts that can be found here. Its size means it has some excellent facilities and a more buzzing atmosphere than you may find at some of the smaller lodges we feature - however the traditional dark Zanzibari furniture used throughout the resort, and high thatched roofs ensure that it doesn't lack in character.
It's a good option for families travelling with younger children, as there are plenty of activities and distractions. These include a floodlit tennis court, movie room, fitness centre, swimming pool, a dive centre and a well-stocked watersports and activities centre where you can hire bikes, snorkels, floating trampolines, volleyballs and kite surfing.
The Rising Sun Dive Centre is one of only 250 National Geographic Dive Centres in the world - and the only one in East Africa. This means it is has top-level safety and conservation records - and with a 65km reef just a mile offshore, diving is the perfect way to pass a morning at Breezes.
Honeymoon couples staying at Breezes Beach Club may appreciate the lively atmosphere of the resort and the excellent Fragipani spa - one of the finest in Zanzibar. The spa has an international team of trained therapists (including Thai massage therapists) and offers a great range of treatments - including facials, massages, hand and foot treatments and meditation. Large changing rooms, pre and post treatment relaxation rooms and a yoga room are just a few of the features you'll find here. Couples will especially like the Sultan's Bath House - where the treatments includes a double massage followed by Jacuzzi bath with essential oils. The atmosphere is one of complete relaxation and the intricate designs are reminiscent of the days of Arab rule in Zanzibar.
There are a large array of common areas to relax in around Breezes Beach Club, not to mention numerous restaurants and bars to choose from. During the day the Pool Bar is a popular spot for enjoying a cool drink in the shade. Breakfast and dinner take place in Salama Restaurant - a large thatched room with a buffet table, which is regularly decorated with different themes and sometimes has live music. Alternatively pop to Breakers Restaurant for a lunch snack.
For a more intimate dining experience the Sultan's Table is a smaller restaurant overlooking the sea. The Indian and Swahili inspired food here is very good, and the Arabian style décor and fabrics create an excellent atmosphere, but please note this restaurant incurs a supplement on half and full board rates.
For a truly romantic meal, Tides Restaurant is an intimate table for two set away from the main dining areas. The open-sided Arabian style room allows an uninterrupted view over the Indian ocean and the excellent service ensures a magical experience. There is always a supplement for this exclusive dining experience.
After dinner, retire to the Safari Bar for a few drinks, or to the Baraza Bar for a cigar and some liqueur (this is the only place where guests are permitted to smoke).
There are four different categories of room - Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Suites. All have the same interior décor and are of a similar size, however, deluxe rooms are closer to the sea than a standard room, and the Suites are situated on the upper level with a large balcony. It is important to note that none of the rooms have a guaranteed sea-view.
Breezes has recently added a large two-floor villa, which contains four deluxe rooms sleeping up to 6 people. The villa has all the facilities of the other rooms, plus TV and DVD player.
If you are looking for somewhere which offers all the facilities of a resort such as Breezes, but with much more exclusivity, then consider Palms, the sister property next door. Or perhaps the new Baraza Resort & Spa which is also just up the beach.
Please note, that during school holidays and Christmas and New Year, advanced booking is strongly advised here.
Our viewFor one of the larger properties we feature in Zanzibar, Breezes maintains a fair amount of Zanzibari character. With plenty of activities and facilities, it's an excellent choice for families and more active couples.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 4 to 5 nights to relax and take advantage of the great facilities.
Directions: It takes around 35 minutes to fly to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam, and then it's a further one hour by car to Breezes Beach Club.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: There are four different dining areas at Breezes Beach Club so there is plenty of variety, though not all of the restaurants can be used on the full board basis. Breakfast is always served in the Salama Restaurant in a buffet style and includes a variety of fresh fruits, cereals and a full English breakfast.
The full board lunch is then served in the relaxed poolside Breakers Restaurant which offers an a la carte menu with most items included. Though guests on half board can also eat here for an extra charge. The Sultan's Table is a more formal restaurant with Indian and Swahili influenced food – this restaurant always commands a supplement, though guests on a full board rate do get a 15% discount.
Afternoon tea is served in the Chai Tea Lounge from 4 - 5:30pm.
For dinner you can head to the Salama Restaurant for a 5-course meal, or for a substantial supplement dine in the Sultan's Table. There is also the Tides Restaurant which is exclusive dining for two right next to the beach in a small gazebo. This also commands a supplement and it should be booked in advance.
When we last visited Breezes Beach Club in November 2011, we did not have a chance to sample the food. However on previous visits it has been very good – with plenty of seafood, fresh salads and vegetables and a real mix of international cuisine. Four nights in a week there is a buffet in Salama Restaurant, and for the other three nights there is a set-menu.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Family holidays: The large, family-run Breezes Beach Club has a big pool, a tennis court, movie room, gym and an outstanding watersports and diving centre, plus cots and high chairs available. It welcomes children of all ages on family beach holidays in Zanzibar.See more ideas for Family holidays in Zanzibar
Beach holidays: Breezes Beach Club sits on a beautiful long stretch of white beach on the Michamvi Peninsula. With plenty of loungers, a very large swimming pool and a great water-sports centre it is the location for a great beach holidays particularly for families.See more ideas for Beach holidays in Zanzibar
Diving & snorkelling: Breezes Beach Club has the excellent Rising Sun Dive Centre on site, where you can join one of the PADI scuba diving courses on offer. If you already have your certification you can head straight out on one of their organized dives to the nearby reefs. They will also take you out snorkeling if diving isn't your cup of tea.See more ideas for Diving & snorkelling in Zanzibar
Wellbeing: Breezes Beach Club has one of the finest spas on Zanzibar – the Fragipani Spa. There is an international team of trained therapists (including Thai massage therapists) offering a variety of treatments such as facials, massages and hand & foot treatments. The spa also offers yoga and meditation for those that really need to unwind – taught by a genuine Indian yogi!See more ideas for Wellbeing in Zanzibar
Attitude towards children: Breezes Beach Club welcome children of all ages
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Breezes Beach Club
Special activities & services: Over Christmas and Easter, Breezes organize special kids clubs however throughout the rest of the year they cannot offer this.
Equipment: Breezes can provide cots and high-chairs on request.
Generally recommended for children: Breezes is a great option for families with children.
Notes: Breezes Beach Club is a large resort with plenty of activities on offer, a large beach and a pool to keep children busy. Though parents should also be aware that children are their responsibility for the duration of their stay.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There are phones in all the rooms. Internet access is available at US$7 for 30 minutes.
TV & radio: There is a TV room that has DSTV (satellite)
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Breezes have a nurse on site, and there is nearby doctor they can use for more serious medical situations.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Breezes Beach Club has a front gate which is normally closed and watched and discrete security guards around the property.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all of the main areas and bungalows, as well as 10 fire hoses dotted throughout Breezes.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: There is a full laundry service fpr an extra Charge – around $3 – 7 depending on the item.
Money: Breezes Beach Club will exchange Dollars, Pounds, Euros and travellers' cheques.
Accepted payment on location: Traveler's cheques, cash, MasterCard, Visa and Euro card are all accepted for settling payments.