Reviews of Breezes Beach Club
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On the beach - Breezes
We chose to stay in the larger, less personal Breezes Beach Club, rather than one of the more intimate properties. We figured that the beach is the same, no matter where you are and this was pretty much true.
We had a large ocean view room with excellent A/C which we needed because Zanzibar was just about the hottest place I have ever experienced. The property was large, beautifully landscaped, with everything you'd expect in a resort - beach bar and restaurant, elegant evening dining, large beach with thatched lanais, nice pool. Very pleasant and perfect for three days.
The beach throughout the east coast of Zanzibar has huge tidal swings - up to 1km at low tide - which prevents the ocean breeze from cooling you off on the beach and makes it impossible to swim for most of the day. The reef walk at low tide is fascinating and you must have water shoes. As the tide comes in, so does the seaweed, and the water remains bathtub hot all the time. While it is a stunning light blue, the combination of heat, water temp, seaweed and low tide was just not appealing. This has nothing to do with the resort - it's an island feature.
Otherwise, resort dinners were excellent with great service, and the staff in general was very friendly and pleasant. The grounds were spotless and constantly swept. And the spa was delightful - clean, intimate, local character.
Breezes Beach Club review
The set menu was limited for evening meals and it would have been nice to have had a choice of starters and more choices of main courses available - whilst appreciating the difficulties of catering for so many people even if the lunch time menu was offered in the evening it would have been a good alternative thus giving more choice. The theme nights menus were good with a good selection of starters, salads and main courses. Overall the standard of food and service was good.
Pool was lovely and warm enough to get straight in to.
Lovely Beach location for relaxation
This is a very nice hotel, the staff are really friendly and the food is great. It is well organised with beach front service to your sun lounger. There are also activities during the day and evening to join in. Perfect sun, sand and sea. It can live up to it's name as it its breezy there at timesRead more about the whole beach holiday
Relaxing chill-out at Breezes
Excellent room but again, insufficient light for reading in the bedroom. I had to use my head torch here as well. No TV. Bathroom was a little tired and not the standard I would expect in this category room. Lighting poor again in bathroom. Air con was incredibly noisy and kept me awake at night. Lovely balcony but unfortunately the better rooms have no view of the beach or sea although the gardens are pleasant. Difficult to navigate back to our room at night as rooms not very well signed and very dark!
Gym could do with refurbishment as one machine moved across the room while you were walking on it and another had broken controls. No light barbells.
Internet is charged which is a pity as it should be free. Only available right in the centre of the hotel and a little patchy.
Food excellent and service good especially Catherine. Dining room dark and sometimes too warm if you couldn't sit outside - and we never could!
Mostly German and French guests and everyone went to bed very early so entertainments played to very few guests although we enjoyed them. Absolutely dead in this resort after 10pm and most people disappeared after dinner.
Massive beach at low tide. Sea urchins here so protective shoes needed if you try to walk out to the reef. These shoes and a walking stick can be hired from water sports.
A perfect place to relax
Places like Breezes are always difficult to critique fairly because after the excitements of safari your needs are very different and expectations lower. We have tried several 'post safari' places like this in Mozambique, Malawi and most disastrously in Mauritius, but I think for all of us Breezes has come out as our best. The staff were, without exception, delightful. Our room was vast and extremely comfortable. The food was overwhelming in choice and quantity at times but of such high standard. Best curry ever!
Lovely pool, empty beach. We played tennis every day on a good quality court but if I had one slight niggle I would moan about the quality of the fencing around it - just a low wall on one side and some ill fitting wire on the other - which meant you felt beholden to the very obliging man to constantly retrieve your balls.
Should also mention Fishermen Tours here who were always punctual and efficient. We arranged a Jozani Forest trip to see the colobus (had no idea quite how close they would be) which I'm very pleased we did but they charged 50 dollars each for what amounted to a half hour taxi there and back. By the time you tipped the guide it was an expensive few hours.
Luxury relaxation at Breezes beach Club
Our standard room was spacious and comfortable and we appreciated the tea & coffee making facility. The standard rooms are a bit of a walk from the dining room and pool but we didn't mind the exercise after the big meals!
Staff were very welcoming and the service was good. You didn't even need to move from your lounger as the bar staff would come & take your order.
We liked the alternation between theme buffet nights and served set dinners and the way the waiting staff's outfits and tablecloths/seat backs changed to the theme of the evening - it just made it a little more special. The food was varied, hot and well presented. We also tried the al la carte restaurant and lunch restaurant by the beach and enjoyed both.
There was entertainment on most nights - sometimes just a group playing music but also some exciting dancers, a bigger band and acrobatic group - and this started at a reasonable time of the evening. (We've been to other resort hotels where the entertainment doesn't start until 10 pm and half the guests have gone to bed.)
We would definitely recommend the spa - lovely surroundings and very well trained practioners of the various treatments available.
The lounges, reception etc. were beautifully decorated in particular Arab & African styles.
Breezes Beach Club review
Prior to our trip we had read some negative comments regarding Breezes so were a bit apprehensive. This was not justified, we had booked a suite, the room was very large, well equipment with a dressing room and very nice bathroom with an excellent balcony with sunbeds, sofa, chairs, table for when you wanted to be on your own.
The food was good, although sometimes the service in the restaurants was slow.
It satisfied what we wanted for the end of our holiday, from a cold and damp mountain, to early mornings on safari, this gave us the relaxation that we needed for our five night stay.
Breezes Beach Club review
We have mixed views about Breezes Beach Club. The rooms were very good and the hotel is set in a beautiful location. Service was varied - good sometimes but very slow (particularly in the bar next to the restaurant) at other times. The food was good and varied every evening eg Buffet, Barbecue evening, Spice evening, set menu.
The Water Club were very helpful (particularly Sara, the Danish girl) but a lot of the actiivites are very dependent on wind and tide conditions. My son had 1 kite surfing lesson but was unable to get onto the water because there wasn't enough wind. The children were also not able to windsurf because of lack of wind. The snorkelling trip was good but expensive.
The Padi Dive Centre were not very helpful and my husband was very disappointed because he wanted to dive on the Monday we were there but because he didn't have a buddy they wouldn't take him out. They did take him the following day at a cost of 190 dollars.
An additional tip - beware if you decide to do the reef walk at low tide. We were all wearing reef shoes but on the return walk it was very hard to see where you were walking in the sunlight. You have to avoid treading on coral and sea urchins - 3 of our party had to visit the nurse to remove sea urchin spikes!
Breezes Beach Club review
The rooms and general facilities at Breezes were exceptional and we were very impressed with them. The food was fantastic - there were a huge number of choices covering a wide range of different tastes and absolutely everyone in a party of 10 was happy with every meal.
Our main disappointment was the fact that so few of the water sports were available to us. Unfortunately, because of the location with the reef immedieately in front of the hotel, the tide was out when the wind got up on the few days we were there which meant that windsurfing, sailing and, particularly, kite surfing had to be abandoned.
Additionally, one of the major factors in choosing Breezes had been the dive school. For a number of reasons, only one of our party was able to dive in the end and because he didn't have a "buddy" to dive with it seemed he was not going to be able to dive for the entire time we were there. Fortunately on the last day he was invited to join a group and was able to get a dive.
One other fact I would mention is that the water sports centre advertises a "reef walk" when the tide is out. This is downright dangerous. You struggle out there trying to avoid stepping on sea urchins and scratching yourself with coral and have to return "blind" with the sun and ripples on the surface of the water. We all arrived back with several coral cuts and sea urchins needing to be removed. Fortunately there is a nurse on site who was able to administer antiseptic and remove urchin spines!
Otherwise our trip was very much enjoyed. Fishermans Tours were excellent - far more helpful than the hotel's own staff when we asked about tours. They arranged everything exceptionally well and we spent a very enjoyable day in Stone Town and visiting a spice farm with an excellent guide, Ramadan.
Breezes Beach Club review
Breezes was lovely - clean, pretty, well run, fabulous food, lovely accommodation.
It does need an all 'inclusive option' though; it is tedious having to sign for everything and their exchange rate when settling the bill wasn't good. We would have paid in Tanzanian schillings if we had known