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Baraza Resort and Spa

Zanzibar, Tanzania
£POA (DOA)

Ref: AL005

This beautiful, fully inclusive boutique resort, with thirty villas, evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.  Comprising a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, hand made furniture and intricate brass lanterns, Baraza will offer unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar.

Who can join: All ages
Accommodation: Luxury Villas
Transfer time:
Pick up Point: Transfer not included
Meals: Meals included
Volunteer numbers:

Duration & Fees

Price on Application

Start Dates

Open year round

Payment

30% deposit is required to secure a booking - balance due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Soft drinks and mineral water
  • Beer, in house wines and cocktails
  • Use of tennis court
  • Use of fitness center
  • Use of swimming pools
  • Afternoon tea

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Tours and excursions
  • Spa services and treatments
  • Water sports activities
  • Scuba diving
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Babysitting
  • Telephone and internet connections
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights

This stunning Resort and Spa boasts:-

  • Thirty one-bedroomed and two-bedroomed villas
  • Suitable for families
  • Swahili-style Frangipani Spa and Sultan's Bath
  • Tennis court, fitness centre, swimming pool
  • Pristine and peaceful beach
  • Beautiful, landscaped, tropical gardens
  • Dhahabu Bar (open evenings)
  • Pool-side lunch restaurant and pool bar
  • Main dining room
  • Breakfast restaurant

Facilities

The Library
Open from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm and featuring a selection of books, reading materials, games and card table.

Business Centre & Conference Room
For groups up to 20 people, offering Photocopying, Internet, Telephone and Fax services.

Cashier's Office
Accepts Travellers cheques, cash, MasterCard, Visa and Eurocard.  Currency exchange service available.

Fitness Centre
Open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, located at the Frangipani Spa, the fitness centre offers a fully equipped gym.

Tennis Court
Racket and balls are available from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from the Fitness Centre.  The court is available for use all day and evening.

The Stone Town Bazaar
The in-house guest shop features a selection of African arts and crafts, jewellery, swim wear, postcards, toiletries and much more.

There is also a Kids Cub and Yoga Centre.

Frangipani Spa

The Frangipani Spa in Baraza is an oasis featuring its own lap pool with underwater music, indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms, the Sultan's Bath treatments for two, as well as a yoga centre, fitness centre and tennis court.

In this beautiful setting, reflecting a sophisticated Swahili style enhanced with candlelight and spice scented aromas, visitors can enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies, all aimed at relieving the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle such as stress and exhaustion.

The resident team of professional therapists from Bali, Thailand and India offer a wide range of treatments and techniques. The highest quality natural skin care products are used in all the treatments, as well as a selection of local spiced essential oils. These treatments, together with a wide array of specialised massage techniques, including the Renowned Thai massage, will stimulate the senses and allow you to experience a complete relaxation of body and mind.

Additional facilities

The Water Club
Featuring a great selection of new equipment and offering instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing as well as kayaking, pedal-boating, snorkelling and a variety of beach and biking activities, The Water Club is the perfect place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean (activities payable locally). Approved as the First BEST KITE SCHOOL IN ZANZIBAR, the IKO certified instructor will have you flying in no time.

Scuba Diving Centre
The nearby Rising Sun Dive Centre (PADI 5 star) offers all diving services from beginners to advanced. It is the only National Geographic affiliated Dive Centre in East Africa.  Learn to Dive Courses for a charge can be done with the experienced diving instructors who provide personalized instruction on a one on- one basis. Experienced divers can enjoy one of the most untouched and exciting parts of the Island for diving with a variety of 14 different dive spots

Tours and Excursions Desk

The Tours and Excursions Desk is open daily and offers a selection of books, maps and general information about the island.  Zanzibar is a fascinating Island which features historical, natural and cultural attractions which are known in the world over, such as:.

The Mangrove Forest and Dhow Trip: The day begins with a leisurely cruise around the mangroves in a traditional Swahili Dhow where the guides will show the guests some of the abundant marine and wildlife thriving in these forests. After the visit to the mangroves the guests are instructed on how to hand line fish as it has been done on the island for hundreds of years. The guest’s catch is then brought back to the hotel and after a short meeting with our chef, prepared for their dinner that evening.

A visit to a local village: Guests pay a small fee for the trip with all proceeds going to a local charity engaged in giving back to the village Guests have the opportunity to visit the local school, dispensary, mosque have a soda in the village and take a walk through a typical Zanzibari fishing village.

Reef Safari: At low tide, guests are able to go for a reef safari where you take a walk out to our coral reef and see the spectacular marine life. Guests will be accompanied by a member of staff out on the coral shelf in front of the hotel and will point out many of the juvenile fish that seek refuge in the shallow waters at low tide and  will listen to how the coral itself is vital to the island and its inhabitants as well as information about the sea life they encounter.

World Renowned Diving: The Zanzibar Archipelago features some of the best diving in the world and guests can go diving with the only National Geographic affiliated Diving Center in Zanzibar.

Turtle Rescue Program: Visit a very successful Turtle Rescue program, founded to discourage local capture of turtles where local fishermen are paid to bring live turtles to the beach. They are then and marked and released back in the ocean.

Stone Town : Guests can partake in organized Educational visits to The World Heritage site of Stone Town, viewing of historic Spice Plantations, the slave chambers, Maruhubi baths and Prison Island on the island of Zanzibar.

Jozani Forest: Visit the nearby Jozani Forest: home to the Red Colobus Monkey which is indigenous to Zanzibar and only found on the island.

Cultural and Educational Activities

Guests can partake in organized classes “under the Palm trees” featuring Mwalimu (teachers) giving Swahili classes and lessons on the History of Zanzibar or can learn Palm weaving on the beach.

Cooking classes are organized regularly where guests learn to prepare some classical Swahili dishes with the excellent resident chefs who talk about the local spices and their use and importance.

There is also a Library featuring a wonderful selection of historical and educational books on Zanzibar and is a comprehensive resource on the History of Zanzibar and East Africa.

Getting There

You can fly directly into Zanzibar Airport in Stone Town, Zanzibar, where we can arrange for you to be met and transferred to the hotel.

There are direct flights from Europe, the United States and South Africa to either Nairobi (Kenya) or Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and then easy connections on to Zanzibar Island.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and we can arrange any flight requirements that you have upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Zanzibar, Tanzania, Baraza Resort and Spa

Accommodation

Accommodation consists of 14 one-bedroom villas, 15 two-bedroom villas and one Presidential two-bedroom villa.  All the villas are designed to characterize classic Swahili architecture featuring dramatic arches, cement Baraza benches and intricate hand carved cement decorations. The spacious villas feature luxury interiors, beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns, large bathrooms with luxury fittings as well as a spacious terrace and private plunge pool.

There are four different villa categories at Baraza and one Presidential Villa:

Bahari One Bedroom Villa:  Ocean Front
This villa is 148 sq metres.  It comprises a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers, and plunge pool.

Bahari One Bedroom Villa:  Ocean View
This villa is 148 sq metres.  The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and freestanding bath; plus walk in dressing room, living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers and plunge pool.

Sultan's Two Bedroom Villa:  Sea Facing
This villa is 193 sq metres. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and freestanding bath; plus walk in dressing room, second bedroom with en suite bathroom (with shower) , living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers and plunge pool.

Sultan's Two Bedroom Villa:  Garden View
This villa is 193 sq metres.  The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and freestanding bath; plus walk in dressing room, second bedroom with en suite bathroom (with shower), living room, TV, CD Player, Sultan's Lounge Bed, mini bar area with tea/coffee making facilities, large terrace, two sun loungers and plunge pool.

Presidential Two Bedroom Villa:  Ocean Front
This villa is 254 sq metres. There are two master bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom and freestanding bath, walk in dressing room and terrace.  There is a central living room with spectacular sea front view, large plunge pool, outdoor daybed lounging area, outdoor dining area and terrace with sun loungers. The Presidential Suite also features a small kitchenette and a small separate guest toilet.  There is also separate, self contained accommodation for maid or butler adjacent to the presidential suite.

Meals

The chef has designed a menu which features the very best produce that the island has to offer.  The inspiration for the cuisine derives from Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavors using the local spices for which the island is famous as well as some favourite continental offerings.  Each evening features a different influence showcasing the island's produce and spices.

Livingstone Terrace
Breakfast restaurant open daily from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. This is an open air restaurant where breakfast is served daily.  Occasionally dinner is served in this venue.

Ocean Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Sebule is the lunch restaurant and is open between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. It is a buffet restaurant which offers a wide selection of light fare, a tandoori oven, salad bar and pizza oven as well as a daily menu featuring the Chef's specials.  The bar and lounge are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Afternoon tea is served daily from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Sultan's Dining Room
Open from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the Sultan's Dining Room features the chef's creations for the evening.  There are a variety of tastes and flavours every night offering either buffet or Table d'Hote service.

Dhahabu Bar & Lounge
Open in the evenings from 6:30 pm onwards.  Perfect for an evening cocktail before and after dinner.

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Why visit Tanzania

Tanzania is unsurpassed for its magnificent scenery: from the snow-capped heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the "Crown of Africa", to the exquisite floor of the Ngorongoro Crater; the jewel-like coastal islands of Zanzibar to the awe-inspiring Great Rift Valley, the natural splendours set the stage for the astoundingly diverse wildlife. Within the space of several hours it is possible to go from lazing on idyllic beaches and diving on exquisite coral reefs to exploring the narrow alleys of Arabian influenced Stone Town, from climbing mist-covered slopes in the Southern Highlands to trekking through barren landscapes around Ol Doinyo Lengai, guided by spear-carrying Masai warriors. Turtle season is between December and May, and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches.

Yet, despite its attractions, Tanzania has predominantly managed to remain unassuming and low-key. It has also remained enviably untouched by the tribal rivalries and political upheavals, and this makes it an ideal choice for both first-time visitors and Africa old hands.

Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast uncrowded and unspoilt areas. The magnificent collection of game sanctuaries to the north of the country, near the border with Kenya, is referred to as the Northern Circuit. This is the most popular and accessible wildlife safari route in Tanzania, and is considered as one of the finest game viewing areas anywhere in the world. Arusha, a city of northern Tanzania is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Highlights of Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.
  • Bordered by Africa's three largest lakes - Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria.
  • Zanzibar Island, exploring bustling Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, and idyllic beaches, snorkelling, and picturesque fishing villages on Mnemba Island.
  • Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact caldera in the world, where wildlife are specifically protected.
  • Olduvai Gorge - said to be the birthplace of man.
  • The 20-million-year-old Great Rift Valley.
  • The vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti and hot air balloon safaris.
  • The annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience can be viewed between Tanzania and Kenya.
  • More than twenty-five percent of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas.
  • Possible to view the elusive "Big 10" in Tanzania - elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, zebra and giraffe - plus the famous chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Tanzania boasts over 1,000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to over 400.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer (November -May) 31 °C 20 °C
Winter (June – October) 22 °C 15 °C
Rainfall: March - May (Long Rains “Masika”), November - December (Short Rains  “Vuli”)

Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate year-round, where temperatures rarely fall lower than 20°C.  The coolest months countrywide are from June to October (15–20 °C), when it is also dry, and the warmest from December to March (25–31°C), although there are significant regional variations:-

  • Along the warmer and humid coast, the average daily temperatures hover in the 30°C range, and only go as low as 25°C due to sea breezes from June to September. The climate here is determined in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the “masika” (long rains), from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The lighter “vuli” (short rains) fall during November, December and sometimes into January. July and August have the lowest rainfall.
  • Inland, altitude is a major determinant of conditions. The central plateau is somewhat cooler and arid, while in the mountainous areas of the northeast and southwest, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively, and it can rain at any time of year. In the Kilimanjaro area, temperatures vary from 15°C in May-August period to 22°C over December - March. As one heads to the peaks of Kilimanjaro, temperatures can drop to below freezing, especially at night. The best climbing on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is surprisingly easy, is from August to October and from January to March.

Key Facts

Population – 43.7 million
Capital – Dodoma is the political capital, and Dar Es Salaam is the principal commercial city
Currency – Tanzanian shilling
Language  –  Swahili is the most widely spoken language, although English is the official language
“karibu tena” – welcome again

Peoples and Culture:  there are over 120 tribes in Tanzania.  However, the majority of people on Zanzibar follow the Muslim faith. Dress code to them is of particular importance and it is suggested that women try to dress fairly conservatively in order not to offend the local people. An Arabic influence is also evident in the people, who are a mix of Shirazia (from Persia), Arabs, Comorians (from the Comoros Islands) and Bantu from the mainland. The official language of Zanzibar is Kiswahili. Most residents have a good knowledge of English, Italian and various Arabic dialects.

Zanzibar's most world famous musician is Freddie Mercury! He was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th 1946 in Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, who were Parsees - members of the Zoroastrian faith.

Time difference – GMT +3 hours
Telephone – country code 255

Baraza Resort and Spa

Amanzi travel organised a fantastic honeymoon for us. We were able to see the real Africa and ended our honeymoon in luxurious style . Gemma was incredibly helpful and patient as we changed our itinerary many times. It was worth it in the end as we had the perfect time in Africa, thank you!

Kate and Nav, UK, aged 32 (Kirkman's Kamp, Breezes Beach Club and Spa, Baraza Resort and Spa)

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