Awarded the top hotel in Africa 2016 by Trip Advisior
Experience Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar
Located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. Baraza Resort and Spa is a 5 star all inclusive hotel voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, a prestigious world wide travel magazine. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns; Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar.
araza is a painstaking architectural interpretation of Swahili design and features handcrafted details that have been incorporated in the architecture to celebrate skills of the local craftsmen.
The Baraza experience
Reef safari: On low tide walk out to the spectacular Indian ocean reef full of corals and marine life with our qualified guide who will show you the way and point out interesting and unique corals and marine life. Dive the Indian Ocean with the only national Geographic Registered dive center on the island of Zanzibar. Featuring an innovative turtle rescue program which is done with the local fishermen.
Sail a Swahili dhow/ Ngalawa on the Indian Ocean. We have a traditional dhow which is a beauty to sail. Join an experienced Zanzibar seafarer in sailing the dhow to the Mchamvi Mangroves and Peninsula. The same way that has been done for hundreds of years and many generations.
Learn to climb a coconut palm. Let our agile and amazing gardeners show you the way up a coconut palm with nothing more than a rope! Learn to weave palm leaves and make a hat or mat for a memory of Zanzibar.
• Zanzibar Kids Experience
• Learn a traditional Swahili song and dance
• Some key Swahili words and phrases which will take your kids places (in Zanzibar)
• Learn to make Chapatis and other fun Zanzibari treats
• Learn to make Makuti hat
This is our open air restaurant where breakfast is served daily from 7:30 am to 10:00am. Dinner is also served in this venue on certain nights of the week.
Ocean Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Sebule is our lunch restaurant open between 12:30 2:00 pm. offering a wide selection of Chef’s daily specials, traditional light fare, pizza of the day and salads.
The Bar and Lounge are open from 10am to 6pm.
Afternoon tea is served daily from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
The Sultans Dining Room
Our chef has designed a menu which features the very best produce that the island has to offer We are inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavors using the local Spices for which the island is famous as well as our favorite continental offerings. Every evening features a different influence showcasing the islands produce and spices.
All the Zanzibari furniture in Baraza is hand made by local artisans who have perfected the art of wood carving, for which Zanzibar is so famous. Architecturally, Baraza itself is a journey through the grand, beautiful designs of the style of Sultans Palaces of Zanzibar. We feature traditional Swahili dancers and singers and our Taarab band plays music that would have been heard in the Court of Sultan bin Said in 1880. This is our effort to support and celebrate the cultural identity of Zanzibar and preserve this iconic art form.
Our family has its roots in East Africa. We are passionate about Zanzibar and love the Island, the people and its spectacular natural environment. When we came to Zanzibar over 25 years ago, and set foot on our world renowned beach, we decided to use our degrees from the Cornell School of Hotel Management to combine the highest standards in hospitality with the personalization and warmth of a family owned and run business reflecting the beauty, culture, exoticism and the uniqueness of Zanzibar. We are not a chain and we have no formula and.. no, we do not have a fleet of resorts in other Indian Ocean islands. We are here, in every sense of the word.
We did not choose our location by accident. We are located on a beautiful, peaceful beach chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top island beaches in the world. Of course, when we came, hardly any journalists or travel writers had ever visited our beach-we were true explorers, searching for the perfect spot. We are delighted that the most prestigious Travel magazine in the world approved of our choice!
We know, more than anyone how charming and kind the Zanzibari people are and want you to experience the real Zanzibar with a selection of journeys and experiences unique to the Zanzibar collection to see another side of the island that most tourists will miss. At the Zanzibar Collection, you are not a tourist but a visitor in our home.