Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is as Sir Richard Branson describes it, a “cocoa-fringed shore of purest white, and the sea blue as a slab of lapis lazuli”. When you sit with your toes in the sand while you put your head back and look up into the African night sky, it is as if the time has stood still for thousands of years. But Zanzibar has much more to offer than just sunkissed beaches. Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. You can spend many hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, most people get lost once of twice, only to discover a new around the corner.

Sample Itinerary

Ecorating: 3,5

Season: All year
Airport: Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ).
The price includes: Full board accommodation, inhouse alcoholic drinkts, drinks and mineral water, beer inhouse wine and cocktails, afternoon tea, internet 
The price does not include:  Spa treatments, water activities, capuccino, espresso, laundary, baby sitting, phone calls, travel insurances.

Bwejuu Clinic

Through the commitment to training and employment within the hospitality sector, as well as working with and supporting the local community, The Zanzibar Collection is committed to assisting where they can. It is with great pleasure and pride that they have supported & sponsored the dedicated maternity clinic in the village of Bwejuu, which they believe will be of great benefit to the families of this community.

The new maternity and children’s clinic in Bwejuu Zanzibar was officially opened on 17th May 2014 in an event graced by Seif Ali Iddi, the Vice President of Zanzibar, on behalf of the president of Zanzibar Dr Ali Mohamed Shein. It was a very memorable occasion attended by the regional officials from South and Central Districts, the Ministry of Health, as well as the local village chief and elders, among others. The occasion was also marked by the attendance of so many children, who will undoubtedly benefit from the services of this new clinic. Baraza is dedicated to making a difference in the local community and with the hotels as a platform that enables them to reach out to and encourage other donors to contribute in a similar venture, they are happy to say that through the generosity of the charity organization New Hope, Sweden, Bwejuu now has a brand new children’s clinic.

The Zanzibar Collection has been delighted to work with New Hope in developing this project and their generous support. Having broken ground with our first hotel over 20 years ago as one of the first investors on the Island, we are proud of the contribution that they have made and continue to make to an entire generation of Zanzibaris and Tanzanians over the years, through their hotels and several charity projects which includes the Bwejuu school.

For those guests wishing to support the local community, here is a list of recommended items that are always needed in the clinic. Baraza greatly appreciate any support that is extended to this very important project.

The Environment

They have taken great pains to build our hotel in an environmentally responsible way.

– All Villas have solar power

– We have a state of the art waste disposal & recycling system

– An in house garden growing local produce.

– They have an environmentally responsible desalination plant where all our water is produced locally and not taken from the village source.

– They always prioritize purchasing any materials or supplies from the local village wherever possible and regularly get visits from local fishermen who sell them their catch of the day in effort to support the local community.

They have made a decision when they opened Baraza to support the local hotel school as a result virtually 90% of all our staff are graduates. They have undergone intensive training programs, English classes (from a professional instructor of English) and have acquired a lifetime skill which will benefit them and the hospitality industry of Zanzibar in general for an entire generation.

They built the hotel with a local workforce

The charity Baraza for Bwejuu (linked with the sister hotels Breezes and Palms) has been responsible for a huge improvement in the quality of life of the village. Since its inception, this charity has built a mosque, repainted the Bwejuu clinic and supplied them with fresh water and medicines (during the most recent power black out) we have donated beds and mattresses, clothes, school supplies, and books.

Once a year, together with another charity, the Baraza management and staff go to the village and clean the beaches and villages, paint the clinic and celebrate another year of working together with the local community. The most recent event which was done together with the sister property (Breezes for Bwejuu) was a Mchamvi vs. Bwejuu football match; they donated 40 footballs to the pitch along with a trophy for the winner. The winning team received Tanzanian Shillings 800,000 and the other team received 450,000. These moneys are going to be used by the teams respectively to buy uniforms, train, and will assist in providing the youth of the two villages with constructive activities.

The guests consistently send gifts, donations and helpful material to the charity which is a wonderful indicator of the success of the program and the importance of bringing them to visit and experience village life.

Travel ethics: Show respect for the religion and culture of Zanzibar, we recommend that you cover shoulders and knees when visiting Stone Town. When you are at the beach or on a boat bikini and swimsuit excellent works fine.
Visa:  Visa to Zanzibar/Tanzania
Time zone: GMT + 3
Vaccinations:  Vaccinations for Tanzania
Packing: Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen and a small flashlight.
Local Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Weather Zanzibar:  Weather Zanzibar
Mobile networks and email: Email and internet access is available at the resort. Mobile networks is good. 
Water: Buy bottled water, make sure that the bottles end up in the waste sorting.
Safety: Zanzibar is considered as a safe place for tourists.
More information at:  Travel tips Tanzania

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