Baraza Resort & Spa

Reviews of Baraza Resort & Spa

Excellent(97%) From 13 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 13 of our travellers who have visited Baraza Resort & Spa, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
J&B from Wirral
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Beautiful Resort - but could be even better

Make no mistake, Baraza is a beautiful resort, but we felt it could have been even better with a little more attention to detail.

What we liked: We had a Garden view room (#28) which was fabulous and private. We used the plunge pool a lot. The hotel grounds and pool are beautiful, with lovely views of the beach and reef, and moon rise! The food was good and quite varied, although quality suffered when meals were served buffet style (see later). Wines and cocktails were very good. The staff around the resort and in the bars and restaurants were excellent – going out of there way to help and always with a smile on their face and genuine warmth. We enjoyed excellent service from them.

The reef walk was very good and it was great to be able to use the facilities if the sister resort Zawadi. This was located about 40 minutes walk away along the beautiful beach, and had great snorkelling right from the resort. We had lunch there one day and a swim in the pool and a cold beer on another day. The beach was very quiet when we were there with few hawkers. We were not hassled at all to buy stuff.
Special mention for Yolanda the Baraza Manager, who is very good and highly visible around the resort, and she often joined us for a chat.

Now to the things that could be better – keeping in context that the Baraza is marketed as a top 5 star all-inclusive resort.
• At the start of our stay we were asked about dietary requirements, the only one of which is that my wife does not like shellfish and prefers not to eat fish. There was follow-up on this and there were occasions when there was no choice other than fish or shellfish
• We were assigned a Villa Host on arrival who showed us to our villa. We didn’t get her name (abit of information overload after a long travel – a card would be helpful – and we didn’t see her again until checkout. That was fine by us, but not sure what her role is.
• Extras that shouldn’t be in an all inclusive 5 star resort: Expresso, Cappucino plus the list if “included” spirits was really quite short – no single malts, Johnny Walker Black Label or Drambuie. We (and other guests) found this policy to be petty and would recommend Baraza look again at this.
• There was a little too much buffet dining for our liking. Unlike my wife I love fish and would have preferred to have had it cooked to order. Buffet style the wonderful fish – Snapper, Kingfish, Dorado etc – were a little dry.
• No conditioner provided. A combined shampoo and conditioner which was a poor substitute for separate shampoo and conditioner
• Safety – The plunge pool in our villa was great but it was difficult to get into and out of due to 1 big step. The tiles around the plunge pool also had sharp.

All of the above may be considered minor details in the overall scheme of things, but for us they did detract from our experience and hope the feedback is useful and will be acted upon by Baraza. It’s the difference between a 7/10 and a 10/10.

We had a very relaxing time at the Baraza after a few days on safari, and we’re glad we chose to stay there.

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Expert Africa comments

We are really glad to hear that overall these travellers really enjoyed their time at Baraza and value their opinion with regards to where the hotel could improve. We've passed on their comments and observations to the hotel and we are confident that they will take their suggestions onboard. Baraza strives to be a high end, luxurious beach hotel and provide a high standard of food and service to all guests.

Mr & Mrs M from Mexico
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Excellent
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Beautiful Palace; great food; beach not good

This is an Arabian Palace of serenity and luxury with an ever attentive and delightful staff in all departments.

The food and wine are excellent and the service outstanding. The beach is not usable for swimming because of the very shallow water and the rocks. However, it is fascinating to walk out towards the reef when the tide goes out and see the myriad forms of sea life.

It is quite a way from Stone Town but this is nota problem as one only want to visit there for a day. There is not much in the way of entertainment in the evening and it is dead by 10 pm, which suits us as all we wanted to do was to relax after our safari.

The spa is magnificent; another Palace in its own right.

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The V family from Surrey
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Luxury at Baraza

A luxurious resort with a very serene feel. When we were there it was pretty much half couples, half families, but the overall atmosphere was quiet, perfect for relaxing.

Plus points :
Beautiful interior design throughout in white and gold, with pretty well maintained gardens. Our very spacious two bedroom garden villa was extremely stylish.

A huge pool, very clean. Staff very attentive bringing drinks to sun loungers.

Very good lunch (always a buffet) and delicious dinners alternating between buffet and table service each night which worked well.

Not so good was the long, not very lovely, drive from the airport (well over an hour) Also meant it was a long journey to Stonetown which we would have liked to visit one day, but couldn't face the journey.

The beach looks pretty when the tide is in but not too inviting for swimming because it is so tidal . We did walk out to the reef once which was fairly interesting, looking for sea anemone etc but we had no desire to do it again!

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Mr & Mrs C from London
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
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Baraza Resort & Spa review

The Baraza meets all expectations of a beautiful & all inclusive resort on a spectacular white sandy beach.

The rooms are very spacious & the constant provision of food & drink ensure that you are never hungry or thirsty. All the staff are extremely attentive but without being overly so.

Despite the resort being at maximum occupancy when we were there, the options of excursions, the beach, the pool area & the private garden / plunge pool facility that comes with each villa, meant that there was never any stress finding your spot to relax at any time of day.

We used the Dive Centre at Breezes where the dive masters were exceptional in their enthusiasm & commitment to getting our children qualified as scuba divers. However, if you want to swim in the sea without diving, it's limited to snorkelling safaris off a boat or high tide swimming due to the coral & sea urchins that are part of the local habitat.

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Mr H&S from Dublin
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Service:
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Luxury feel but perhaps more staff?

Very nice, almost colonial feel. Big Long Beach, not crowded

Resort is stretched out along the beach so sometimes hard to get a waiter, maybe a bit more staff needed to cover the pool and the beach (luxury problem..)

The buffet nights wasn't as impressive as the set menu nights, in fact it felt a bit cheap. Food was good quality though for the most part. 45 min to prep your lunch options was a bit ridiculous though.

About 1hr drive from Stonetown, 45min from airport

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The H family from London
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Amazing

Wow, this place is truly special. The architecture is stunning and beautifully thought out, lots of space.

Everything is kept absolutely immaculate and the friendly staff are so well trained they think of what you need before you do!

The food is just fantastic.

If you get a chance to stay here do so!

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The D family from Essex
Arrived on: 10-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
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Food:
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Baraza Resort & Spa review

We had a wonderful experience at The Baraza Resort apart from issues on our first day re buffet dining.

I had specified at booking that we did not want to stay anywhere that served buffet food for dinner. I was assured that dinner at Baraza was "a la carte" but found to our disappointment it was not. However once we spoke to the agent he alerted the manager to our concerns and it was sorted.

Our accommodation was excellent and immaculate.

The service throughout was first class, every whim was met with a smile and no effort was spared on us.

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L family from Texas
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Great Family Vacation

Our family had a fantastic time at Baraza.

The villa was spectacular and such a nice place to come back to after a day in the sun. We found the service to be excellent, the location was stunning, the amenities and activities were very good.

There were plenty of opportunities for water activities and we really enjoyed the snorkeling excursion.

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Mr & Mrs D from Caymans
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Service:
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Food:
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Baraza Resort and Spa

Baraza is located on the west side of Zanzibar, which is a part of Tanzania. It is a very lovely, lush hotel on the Indian Ocean with a white sand beach, one of the 30 best beaches in the world.

The food is varied and served in different areas. It has a very definite Arab/Indian flavor, and it is delicious. The staff are excellent and very attentive. Most of the people we met were going to Zanzibar at the finish of their safari, and you know why when you arrive. It is the perfect place to relax and let the world go by. I would say that Baraza is one of their finest hotels.

It is a place to visit again.

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P family from Sheffield
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Baraza Resort & Spa review

An amazing resort hotel. Very pretty and colourful gardens. Villas very well designed and furnished. Food and facilities world class. Very nice to see male and female staff who were all very well-trained, helpful and polite. Lovely beach setting.

Two minor criticisms - the second bedroom in the two bedroom villas was small and whilst suitable for two young children, was too small to be used as a triple. Secondly, I presume the grounds were irrigated with recycled water as there was a very unpleasant odour every evening around the hotel.

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