Bridget March gets seduced by Sultan-era chic in a luxurious boutique resort on the majestic island of Zanzibar.
Where: Island beach, Bwejuu, on the south east coast of Zanzibar in East Africa is quite magical. An unspoilt stretch of crunchy white sand, framed by sashaying palm trees on one side and the inviting blue hues of the Indian Ocean on the other. Its secluded status has the feel of a remote retreat, where you share the scene only with a few hand-holding couples and gracious, smiley locals. Just an hour – yet a million miles – away from the exotic island’s heady capital, Stone Town, this serene spot is the ultimate antidote to life in the fast lane.
What: Boutique 30-villa resort, Baraza transports you to the extravagant era of the Sultans. Reflecting Zanzibar’s rich heritage of Swahili, Indian and Arabic influences, the design is deliciously decadent with dramatic archways, hand-carved furniture and brass trimmings throughout. With all the fabulous facilities a girl could wish for, including a jaw-dropping spa, plus all-inclusive restaurants and bars serving-up supreme fusion flavours, you’ll feel like a princess invited to the palace.
Why: A visit to Zanzibar is a special treat for the senses. The picturesque ‘Spice Island’ offers warm weather, warm water and super-warm welcomes with its unique Indian Ocean culture. Baraza captures the island’s magic, not only with its spectacular setting but its own luxe looks and slick service delivered with personalised touches. If you’re looking for a romantic retreat with lashings of glamour you won’t get better than Baraza.
Cosmo loves: Well, there’s the private plunge pools for every villa… the royally romantic offer of private dining on the beach… the walk-in dressing rooms… the adults-only pool in the divinely designed Frangipani Spa… the ever-changing but consistently creative dining menus… the rum and coconut cocktails at sun-down… the antique furniture we’d love in our house… picturing our wedding taking place at the property (failing that, the honeymoon)… Shall we go on?
Breezes Beach Club & Spa is part of the Zanzibar Collection