The five-star Blue Bay Beach Resort and Spa stands in 30 acres of tropical gardens, dotted with over 1,000 palm trees and facing a wide, white, sandy beach.
For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike. Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar's perfect beaches.
To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels and resorts, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
Location and season
The Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is located on the east coast of the Zanzibar Island, in an area known as Kiwengwa. The Resort is less than a leisurely hour's drive from Abeid Karume Airport - on an all weather tarmac road. There are daily air connections between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks. There are also regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa.
When to go: Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centr and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
There is a wide selection of rooms to include; Garden Rooms, Superior Rooms, Club 24 Rooms (8 rooms, which enjoy their own club facilities - pool, Jacuzzi, lounge and restaurant), Junior Suites (with private garden showers, lounges and private extensive veranda areas), Sultan Suites (with dedicated butler service). All rooms feature: 1/2 large four poster beds with billowing mosquito nets, separate dressing rooms, en suite bathrooms, Veranda /Balcony, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-bars, hair dryers, telephone, satellite TV, electronic Safes and tea/coffee making facilities.
Dining and bars
The hotel offers a wide range of dining options: the ‘Makuti Restaurant', which looks out over the swimming pool and ocean, offers international and local dishes. It also features a broad range of themed nights and nightly entertainment (Swahili dancers, Taarab music, acrobatic displays, live bands). The ‘Pool Bar' is located by the swimming pool and serves wines, spirits, minerals and fresh juices as well as specialized coffees. The thatched beachside ‘Beach Bar' serves drinks and specializes in light meals, seafood grills and pizzas. The a la carte ‘Bahari Grill' specializes in ‘seafood and steaks'.
Conference and event facilities
The hotel has a conference facility and business centre plus a wide range of group and incentive packages. Ideally situated for Indian Ocean weddings, the hotel also offers a honeymoon suite.
The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly and has a children's club.
What to see and do
The hotel has its own recreational and water sports centre offering a wide range of sports facilities and scuba diving. It also offers a gift shop and medical services. The Oasis Spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages.
The hotel has been officially recognized and commended by the Government of Zanzibar for its outstanding contribution towards the preservation of the environment of the island.
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