Reviews of Breezes Beach Club
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Total relaxation in paradise
No request was too small at Breezes and all the staff were hugely friendly and falling over each other to help - this could have been because the resort was only half full, but I don't believe this was the case.
The location is perfect for total relaxation, although there are a number of activities available should you wish to move temporarily from your sun lounger! The rooms (in my case a Deluxe room) and other facilities are very good, although the equipment in the gym was very limited. The therapists in the spa (all from Thailand or Bali) were excellent and there was a good range of treatments at reasonable prices. The food was faultless - wide choice available at breakfast and a number of themed buffet evenings which meant that you could choose whatever you fancied.
As a single, female traveller, this was a perfect resort. It could have been the time of year, but there were no children in sight which is great when you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing break!
If I had to try and search for something negative to say about Breezes, it would be that my room wasn't ready when I arrived. Nevertheless, I only had to wait 90 minutes, so could have been worse. However it would have been nice to have known this in advance, after travelling for 13/14 hours, so that I could have expected the wait.
Breezes Beach Club review
Good hotel but not much to do unless you like diving or sunbathing.
A trip into Stone Town is well worth it but not using the hotel provided service ( we used the people who did our transfer and it cost about 25% of the hotel price). Food is good but buffets 50% of the time.
Plenty of room for guests on the beach and around the pool.
Breezes Beach Club review
You would have to have a serious problem to complain about this hotel.It lived up to all expectations.We looked at a number of other hotels and we had chosen the right one.Food choice and service was of thge highest order.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Beach holiday at Breezes Beach Club
Our one hour journey to Breezes after a hot and sticky tour of Stone Town was improved by the close up view of ten or more of the rare Red Columbus Monkeys as we drove through their reserve. No upgrade at Breezes for us this time, but we discovered that our standard room had exactly the same specification as a superior room, was only single storey - so no one above us, was one of a pair as opposed to a row of four, was no further from the beach and reception areas than the superior room to which we had been upgraded on our earlier visit, and was quieter with better garden views. We would have been very disappointed had we paid extra for some of the superior rooms.
We enjoyed our six day stay at Breezes. Our room was excellent, as was the maid service. The absence of a hospitality tray to make a cup of tea was missed, but that was apparently to be provided shortly. The weather was excellent. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The pool was excellent. The sea was warm – almost bath-hot when the tide came in over the hot sand. There were plenty of bed-chairs under umbrellas.
On the minus side, my attempt to provide a special birthday treat for my wife by arranging 'Private beachfront dining for two with impeccable personalised service and excellent cuisine in The Tides' was an error of judgement, and not just because it was extremely expensive! A bit naff and over the top comes to mind. We (and other people) were badly bitten during the day without being able to identify what was causing the problem. Research at home identified sand flies as the likely culprits and, had we realised they were a threat, could have taken steps to avoid their attention. The cost of things like snorkelling trips and afternoon tea (both of which in many hotels are free) seemed to us extortionate.
Breezes Beach Club review
Staff were very friendly and I met some interesting and fun people at Breezes (both staff and guests), as alway happen when one travels alone. The facilities I used (swimming pool, gym, spa) were excellent.
Breezes is not cheap and it is therefore a shame that the hotel feels the need to charge excessively for some services, e.g. Tsh7,000 for half an hour's internet use (this compares with Tsh1,000 for half an hour at the Shangani internet café in Stone Town). Also, the yoga classes were more expensive than in London. I would have liked to have practised yoga in a class but did not do so as it was impossible to pin the yogi down.
Incidentally, Mchanga charged US$5 for 20 minutes' internet use, which also seems unnecessary. Noone goes to Zanzibar to spend time on the internet but there is need to check-in for flights or deal with the occasional email and, providing internet usage is minimal, there really should be no charge.
2 night stop-over at Breezes Beach Club
Good and bad news when we arrived at Breezes at about 12.15 for our initial two-night stay. The good news - our standard room had been upgraded to a superior room - the bad news - it wouldn't be ready until 1pm – which stretched to nearer 1.45pm.
The decision to stay at Breezes for two nights before our safari was a good one. We fully recovered from the overnight flight and were able to leave luggage not required on safari – and were in good order when we got up at 5am for our trek to Selous, complete with packed breakfast provided by the hotel.
pampered paradise at beautiful breezes beach
what a welcome, we felt like royalty, with so many white robed beturbanned young men greeting and welcoming us. The entrance to the club is stunning just like the pictures in the brobhure. I ,loved the the oriental /arab style with the decadent day beds and huge coushions, in vibrant jewel like colours of purple and gold and hot pinks and reds,and that was the lobby, all open sided with magical views of the palms and frangipani trees with the aqua sea sparkling in the background. I just wanted to stay and stop and do nothing.
However our lovely sweet smiling white robed welcome host proceeded to give a very long (far too long) detail by detail description etc of the club. it was all too much althiough we did have our lovely cool drinks and towels. I suggest that you ask them to shorten the welcome so the the exhausted dusty guests can get to their rooms and refresh etc. the explanatons can be saved for another time or in a letter or short welcome brochure.
The chef again came out to greet us a mr. Safari ! and and was at great pains to let us know that that he would make anything we wanted, he had our e. mailed food list in his hand. I have to say the food was fantastic especially the breakfasts and the Buffet suppers. and that was on our limited requirements. Am now trying to lose the extra pounds... gained
Our room was perfectly placed on the sea front, I found the room kind of dark and heavy, the decor is not as I anticipated, and this was a comment i heard from another few people, that for the rating and price of the hotel the rooms need updating to something lighter fresher and cooler in appearnce. The bed was huge the sheets snowy smooth and the mattress perfect so sleep was not a problem.
The A>C. was a bit noisy, but we got used to it. we felt that we would have liked a telephone so we could call for whatever we needed rather having to dress and go in search of a person. This was a comment reiterated by few guests. However the service was excellent and the staff really wanted you to rest and relax as that was what we were there for. The restaurant themed itself almost everynight,according to the nationality and origin of the food, and the decor, tablecloths, chair covers and general atmosphere was themed to match. most nights there was interesting entertainment if a little on the amateurish side, but it was lovely just the same, amd some better than others.
The whole situation of the club is Eden like and tropical,and the fact that the hotel accomodation is divided up in to pretty houses or blocks with I think 4 suites in each gave it a much more individual and luxury feel. also one did not feel the size of the place. the hotel was only half full so for us that was a plus of course. it was never busy anywhere including the fantastic pool.
the weather was very humid and hot and it did take us a few days to become acclimatised.
The fisherman tours representative called Sylvia was there every day and was most helpful. We did one tour, snorkelling and dhow and beach barbecue leaving from Fumba. That was great the staff were friendly and good fun and nothing seemed too much for them, it was well organised lots of drink and fresh coconut and again our chef was consulted on the food for us on the barbeque, and we had tuna and barraqcuda which was DELICIOUS. We really were so thrilled, to be take part in the barb.que. we also enjoyed our precious few hours on the tiny white sanded aqua sea surrounded island, where we imagined that we had walked into that picture perfect place... and to have the picture to remind us..
Breezes Beach Club review
The room, service and food were excellent. Having been to Breezes before the team were made of this and we were treated to some special treats which made a good holiday special.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Breezes Beach Club review
The Breezes in Zanzibar is located on a mostly private beach, a couple of locals but there is security on the beach front of the hotel.
From the moment that you walk in, you felt relaxed and heavenly in the nice furniture and decor of the reception area. The overall decor of the hotel is amazing from the reception area, to the bars, the different dining areas, the beach area, the faboulous Spa & the Sultan Bath. also nearly forgot the swiming pool as well which has a bar beside it if required.
The room that we had was a deluxe one which was one of the nearest to the beach, think this is the only difference from the standard rooms which are just further back from the beach. The room was an adequate size with a sofa, which could have been used as an extra bed. There was a 6ft bed in the room. The room was cleaned daily and towels changed when requested.
the staff in the hotel were very helpful and very friendly in the food/drink areas, very professional.
The food was excellent, you had such a wide choice at breakfast time, even though it was the same buffet everyday, you could have something different every day from american pancakes, waffales, crepes, bacon, susage, beans, hash browns, eggs anyway, french toast, a wide variety of fruits & breads.
The Lunch menu was nice, and they had a seperate special everyday, would recommend the thai chicken noddles.
What was really impressive though was the dinners, every night it was different, they had a swahili night, an indian ocean night, a bbq night, and then differnet set menus as well. The buffet night give you a chance to sample different foods on the same plate. The tables & staff costumes were changed every night which actually felt like that you were in a defferent place each night. We had one night in the private dining area for 2, had to pay extra for this, which was probably not worth the money considering how good the main restaurant was. You could also go to another al a carte restaurant but didn't try this one.
There were a wide varieties of tours and water sports at the Breezes however we didn't try any of them (can't swim).
They also have a sports centre (didn't use it) & also a Spa, which we used twice. Had a go in the Sultans Bath which was amazing, a private bath in a small pool with lovely flower petals and a relaxing double massage afterwards as well (costs extra).
Overall was really impressed with the Breezes and would recommend for anyone looking for rest and relaxation on a honeymoon or even bringing the family to either.
Relax at Breezes
Having paid for a Deluxe room we were very disappointed to find our room was right at the back next to the standard rooms which were in fact not being used!! The management were very unhelpful stating that rooms were allocated at the time of booking and there was nothing they could do.
The restaurant choices were not as stating in the brochure. There was no seafood restaurant which was a major reason that we had accepted this hotel. In fact the only choice was the main dining room and an indian restaurant where the airconditioning had failed.
Expert Africa comments
We are very sorry for the disappointment that these guests suffered regarding their allocated room.
As a result of this feedback we asked Breezes to clarify the differences between the Suites, Deluxe and Standard rooms – as despite taking notes and pictures, we’d clearly misunderstood this last time we visited the hotel on a research trip.
They responded that the suites and deluxe rooms are located in close proximity to the sea (a maximum 2 minute walk from your room) and the standard rooms are located further in the back of the resort. Deluxe rooms do not have a guaranteed sea view – and we got this wrong. Hence we have apologised for this error, and refunded these travellers the difference between the cost of a Standard and Deluxe room.
Future travellers should note that there is no difference between the Standard and Deluxe rooms, apart from their location: the deluxe rooms are slightly nearer to the beach.
We don’t mention ‘seafood’ at Breezes in our brochure – but we do mention that they have several restaurants. The hotel comments that Breakers, their lunch restaurant, usually features lobster, rock lobster, prawns, calamari and catch of the day on the menu; their a la carte restaurant features Swahili and Indian food with seafood dishes; and Tides, which is a private beach-front restaurant, often features a lobster and seafood menu. Breezes also commented that they make a great effort to consistently feature Zanzibar’s seafood in their regular dinner menu and offer fresh catch of the day, rock lobster, prawns, calamari and octopus in the Salama Dining Room.