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A Sultan’s Palace? No, Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar

Had we accidentally walked into a sultan’s palace?

The gleaming white entrance lobby – embellished with marble floors, gold silk divans and battered brass lanterns – sure made us think so.

Staff padded about wearing flowing white gowns.

And through a row of key-hole shaped doorways, we could see the dazzling turquoise Indian Ocean beyond.

Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar
Is this a sultan’s palace? Or the exotic lobby of a 5-star Zanzibar hotel?

But no, this was Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar.

And Baraza Resort and Spa – and the island of Zanzibar – was the perfect place for chilling after our safari and canoeing adventures at Chiawa Camp in Zambia.

Baraza Resort is a wonderful luxury resort on Zanzibar.
Baraza Resort was a wonderful resort on Zanzibar to decompress after our African safari

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Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar

All “rooms” are private villas at Baraza

On Zanzibar, we had already enjoyed the incredibly romantic atmosphere of The Palms (one of Baraza’s sister resorts in the Zanzibar Collection) and the barefoot luxury of andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge.

Baraza Resort and Spa – located on the white sands of Bwejuu Beach – was our last resort stay on Zanzibar.

Sugar white Bwejuu Beach
Sugar white Bwejuu Beach in front of Baraza Resort

All-inclusive Zanzibar hotel

Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar
Baraza Resort is one of the best resorts in Zanzibar

Baraza is one of four Zanzibar beach resorts in the Zanzibar Collection.

It has 30 luxurious one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools.

Each Baraza villa boasts its own private pool
Each Baraza villa boasts its own private pool

Baraza villas

Each Baraza Resort villa has a separate living room with an alcove for a daybed
Our Baraza Resort villa had a separate living room, with an alcove for a daybed

When we entered our one-bedroom villa, our jaws dropped.

It was a full 1,600 square feet, with its own plunge pool and alfresco lounging area – huge enough to have a party.

And we loved the clove-scented soaps and bath products in the bathroom.

Our villa bathroom at Baraza Resort & Spa. Don't you love the egg-shaped bathtub!
Our villa bathroom – don’t you love the egg-shaped bathtub!

The pool

Baraza also has a common swimming pool for laps and lounging – should you want a change of scene from the beach or your own private pool.

The main swimming pool at Baraza - it was wonderful to swim here!
The main swimming pool at Baraza – it was wonderful to swim here!

Dining at Baraza

The food and drinks at Baraza Resort and Spa are lovely
The food and drinks at Baraza are lovely

All meals and drinks (cocktails and wines) are included in the rates.

And with four restaurants and two bars to choose from, you never lack for choice!

Bottom line?

We found Baraza Resort and Spa to be a resort fit indeed for a sultan (and his princess).

Baraza Resort and Spa
A nice place to dream…

Baraza, a luxury all-inclusive Zanzibar resort


Rates are all-inclusive at this luxury Zanzibar resort.

The Zanzibar Collection: 

For more information about Baraza’s sister hotels in the Zanzibar Collection, see here.

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Photo credits: 4, 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other photos Baraza Resort and Spa

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Monday 31st of March 2014

Looks like a paradise. How much does this paradise cost? :)

Janice and George

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

All-inclusive rates for a 1-bedroom villa start at about $900 per night per couple.

Noel Morata

Friday 28th of March 2014

Raises hand - Ah yes please. this is dreamy and what a real exotic destination....I want to learn more!


Friday 28th of March 2014

Wow! Janice. Stunning...Looks like the perfect place to de-stress and have a romantic getaway.

Janice and George

Friday 28th of March 2014

At the end of our safaris in Africa, it was perfect...

Irene S. Levine

Thursday 27th of March 2014

Looks simply exquisite! How did you ever get yourself to leave?

Janice and George

Thursday 27th of March 2014

Let us tell you, leaving was difficult!