luxe - Breezes Beach Club and Spa, Zanzibar
Written by Caroline Lindstrom
It’s impossible to be blasé about the blindingly white expanse of beach at Bwejuu: it is glorious!
This stretch of the southeast coast of Zanzibar was chosen by the founders of Breezes Beach Club and Spa for its remoteness from the throngs of other developments on the most exotic of African islands. At dusk when the light mellows and the seaweed gatherers go home, while fishermen string their nets up to dry on mokuti roofs, you can claim the whole sandy sultanate for yourself, except, perhaps, for the graceful intrusion of homeward bound dhows.
Breezes is a low-key, intimate hotel whose owners have rejected the hectic organisation of many large beach resorts, and yet, discreetly, a convivial variety of activities, bars, and restaurants is on offer. The Frangipani Spa is one of the best in Zanzibar, with a team of therapists offering a range of treatments, including Thai massage and a yoga retreat. It’s also a good option for families, providing a reassuring array of marine distractions (including floating trampolines), while the scuba operation is one of only 250 National Geographic Dive Centres in the world, meaning it has top safety and conservation credentials.
When the sunblock wears off, head inland to Jozani Forest, Zanzibar’s only National Park, for a gentle stroll amongst the butterflies and sunbirds of the park’s leafy nature trails. The area is a haven for several endemic species, including the elusive Aders’ duiker, and endangeredred colobus monkeys, which can be spotted in the lush canopy overhead. Visit early morning or late evening for the best chance of a sighting.