Traveller: C. James Dale
Room: One Bedroom Villa
Address: Bwejuu Beach, South East Coast, Zanzibar
Date: October 2019
Best for: Travellers looking for a secluded tropical island vacation that guarantees they’ll have ample down time, while also getting a sense of Zanzibar’s promising future and rich past.
The Signature factor
The feeling of being a guest at a royal retreat. The bliss of floating in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The sheer enjoyment of sipping drinks under bright stars and feasting on cuisine laced with influences from Africa, Arabia, India and Europe.
Baraza Resort and Spa strives to be like a former home of the rulers of the Omani Sultanate, which controlled Zanzibar for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. The white-painted buildings, featuring those iconic keyhole arches that are staples of Islamic architecture, are accented with gold-coloured materials and pieces, ornate metal light shades and ornately carved wooden chests and bureaus. In some corners, you’ll spy large bowls filled with cloves, one of the crops that gave Zanzibar the nickname of ‘spice island’. A long rectangular pool with cabana daybeds and loungers sits in the middle of the property, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. The lush and well-manicured landscaping surrounds 30 one- and two-bedroom villas, all of which come with plunge pools. The resort is a popular rest stop for travellers returning from safaris in Serengeti National Park or elsewhere in Tanzania.