Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar amongst the top 101 best hotels in the world, by tatler in the southwest, Baraza (see our 101 best hotels) might be mistaken for a whitewashed sultans palace, with shimmering mosaic interiors, lots of creamy, carved marble and battered brass lanterns. It is wonderfully grand and arabic in style, alluding to the past but totally up to the minute on both comfort and design. The oil lamps are so large that any genie must be a giant. There are big wooden drying pans of pungent, perfumed cloves and guinea fowl scuttle past the long and languorous pool, amid lanky palms and a blaze of bougainvilleas...its this decadence â€“ the private plunge pools, the lush gardens “ blended with swahili style that hits just the right pitch, perfectly walking the tightrope between local authenticity and high-end flair...this is the new Zanzibar â€“ young, sexy, superbly private.
Hotel recommendation of: British Harpers Bazaar November 2009 "the world's most breathtaking beaches"baraza, a cool hotel in Zanzibar (southeast coast) "best [beach option] for escapists," raves harper's bazaar about baraza, a new resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania comprising 30 luxury villas on a long stretch of powdery sand on bwejuu beach. "at low tide, you can walk for miles in specially provided sandals, almost up to the edge of the reef; at high tide, dive straight up into silky waters outside your front door." good, romantic spot to chill.
There are 14 one bedroom villas and 15 two bedroom villas, as well as one Presidential two bedroom villa. All the accommodation villas are designed to characterize classic Swahili architecture featuring dramatic arches, cement Baraza benches and intricate hand carved cement decorations. The spacious villas feature luxury interiors, beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns, large bathrooms with luxury fittings as well as a spacious terrace and private plunge pool.
There are four different villa categories at Baraza and one Presidential Villa:
BAHARI ONE BEDROOM VILLA - OCEAN FRONT - 148 sq meters 7 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers, and plunge pool.
BAHARI ONE BEDROOM VILLA - OCEAN VIEW - 148 sq meters 7 Villas Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers and plung
Our Library features a wonderful selection of historical and educational books on Zanzibar and is a comprehensive resource on the History of Zanzibar and East Africa.
We also have a great selection on books with information on animals, trees, spices and fish relative to the Island and East Africa.
We organize classes "under the Palm trees" featuring Mwalimu (teacher) giving Swahili classes and lessons on the History of Zanzibar.
Guests can learn Palm weaving on the beach
Cooking classes are organized regularly where guests learn to prepare some classical Swahili dishes with our excellent chefs who talk about the local spices and their use and importance.
Aside from the Tours and Excursions that are offered at our Guest Relations Desk, Baraza features a selection of activities designed to explore our area and interact with the community
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