Arches, intricate cement décor, antiques, glistening cream mosaics and ornate brass lanterns: inspired by opulence of Sultan’s palaces, Baraza like no other hotel embraces Zanzibar’s rich heritage—in a unique fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design.
Opened in December 2008 Baraza was the first truly “five star” hotel in Zanzibar and is the most lavish on the island. Grandeur, elegance and historical heritage are the themes that run throughout the hotel experience. Even the atmosphere is a little bit more formal than at many other local resorts.
The evocation of Zanzibar’s heritage does not imply any compromises to the modern comforts: the rooms have plasma televisions hidden behind antique wardrobes and there is a DVD library, full business facilities—and even an underwater music in the pool.
About thirty solar-powered villas are filled with beautiful fabrics, hand-carved furniture and brass lanterns, and feature large bathrooms with luxury fittings, a spacious terrace and private plunge pool.
Local community at heart
The word baraza means “bench”, and benches in Zanzibar are typically the focal point of community life. The hotel draws from this concept with the plethora of places to relax, Swahili-inspired activities and efforts promoting local culture.
The water sports centre is excellent, and much equipment is included. Kite surfing lessons can be organized at the hotel, and scuba diving/snorkeling at the next door Breezes. On-site is a tennis court and fitness centre, as well as the sumptuous Frangipani Spa.
Every week the hotel runs a Swahili day, promoting the local culture through the food and the excellent evening entertainment.
Barefoot Luxury, Beach, Honeymoon, Island, Luxury, Private Villa, Quiet, Relaxing, Romance, Spa, Tropical,
Number of rooms & suites: 30
Rate per night: From EUR 860
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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