Hotel review: Baraza Resort & Spa

Lap up the luxury in opulent Omani surroundings on the magical island of Zanzibar.

Stepping into the lobby, the serenity of Baraza Resort & Spa is instantly palpable. Opulent Omani inspired decor recalls Zanzibar’s past through luxurious canopies, embellished gold tables, and archways that allow the ocean breeze to waft through the tiled corridors.

Accommodation

There are 30 one- and two-bedroom villas dotted along the beachfront or in the immaculately landscaped gardens, offering a tranquil escape with a private plunge pool.

Gold and white tones are complemented by dark wood throughout, with daybeds in almost every corner of the villa encouraging total relaxation.

The standout feature is the beautiful free-standing bath with it’s golden canopy – add bath salts for the deepest and most extravagant bath of your life.

Meetings and events

Although the main focus of the resort is relaxation, Baraza offers a meeting room for up to 14 people and two private smaller rooms.

Modern equipment and private catering guarantee a hassle-free meeting so your delegates can get on with making the most of the stunning surroundings.

Food and beverage

Baraza is all-inclusive, meaning a cold soft drink, speciality cocktail or a fresh coconut hand picked from the surrounding palm trees is just a wave of your hand away.

The buffet lunch and breakfast are hosted in Baraza’s semi-al fresco restaurant, featuring a mixture of local curries, a fabulous salad bar and european food such as a range of pastas. Prepare to taste the best hummus of your life, which is freshly made each day.

At dinner there is the option for a la carte in addition to an extensive buffet. Lobster, tuna and king prawns are just some of the fresh seafood on offer.

Tea enthusiasts will be pleased to discover the resort hosts afternoon tea each day, featuring a selection of teas, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. Zanzibar’s famous masala tea, brewed with milk and a mixture of spices, comes highly recommended.

Location and activities

With its own stretch of private beach, (voted one of the top 30 island beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller), Baraza is a great place to soak up the sun or watch the waves.

If your group wants to focus on wellness, delegates can take part in private hatha yoga lessons on the beach with Sree, the resort’s very own yogi extraordinaire. Or unwind at The Frangipani Spa with a Thai massage.

Despite the island being relatively small, there are lots of exciting incentive opportunities. A tour of Jozani rainforest is an opportunity to spot monkeys in their natural habitat, while a visit to a spice farm combines learning about where your spices come from with a chance to see ‘Mr Butterfly’ shimmying up a palm tree.

The reefs around Zanzibar are the perfect snorkelling spot with colourful tropical fishes, which eat bread straight from your hand. A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow (an Arabic-style sailboat) is the most picturesque way to enjoy the stunning coastline and crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Stonetown, the island's historic capital, is an hour drive away, where you can take a selfie outside Freddie Mercury’s childhood home or learn about Zanzibar's history during a private tour. Visit the fish market for a taste of authentic everyday life and mingle with the locals.

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