The Zanzibar Collection lies on Bwejuu, and it's voted one of the 30 top island beaches in the world. Dazzling beaches and coral reefs, cobbled streets and a taste of the East. How does one choose a resort on this beautiful island? There are a few options. Here is all about Breezes Beach Club.
Breezes Beach Club is a different type of resort that's part of the Zanzibar Collection. The first thing you'll notice is the more relaxed styling, the children and the general bustle. The pool is large, shaped, warm and always had a few children playing in it - even right up until it closed at 7 pm.
Beach life at Breezes can be an active affair. There are a dive centre and a separate water sports centre within the hotel beach front, offering a wide range of things to keep you busy. There's even a platform floating out in the sea to give you something to aim for, climb onto and jump off should swimming in the warm sea waters not be enough to occupy you.
Because Breezes isn't fully inclusive, there is a big pool restaurant, plus a beach bar that serve food. We arrived around 1.30pm, and there was a steady flow of people and food. It felt lively and fun, the food looked great, and the service was fast and friendly.
Breezes is set within lovely gardens and use the traditional thatch on the main buildings; it's dressed with creams and golds and teamed with traditional dark wood furniture. It's relaxed, beautifully presented and unique enough for a once in a lifetime trip, but also somewhere you'd feel comfortable bringing children.
Having mentioned children several times, they certainly didn't dominate. Breezes cover a large area, and there are plenty of quiet spaces to relax on a lounger in or out of the sun. We never had trouble finding a spot to suit our mood. There is a stunning spa within the grounds offering treatments, a jacuzzi bath, relaxation rooms and yoga classes as well as the ultimate couples treatment - the Sultan's Bath.
While each room has a balcony or terrace, they don't have the amenities of some of the rooms in the more exclusive resorts. People tended, therefore, to spend their day in the communal areas around the pool and beach. Perhaps this, the activities and the children help to make it a sociable and friendly place. Guests seem to be chatting to each other, and there was a lot of laughter in the bar before dinner.
Breezes is half board, and breakfast and dinner are served as a buffet in the main restaurant. There is a wide choice of great food and you can visit the buffet as many times as you like. Drinks are an additional cost, although you do get a large bottle of water per room per day included in your holiday cost.
There are a couple of different bar areas, and while all were full before dinner, most people seem to retire to their rooms shortly after dinner. The bar is open until midnight, but if you're looking for an active nightlife, then this probably isn't the resort for you.
Breezes is a great resort for families, couples or friends.
By Loiuse Briggs