“In Zanzibar culture, the Baraza or bench has for centuries been a focal point of community life. Benches run around verandas outside traditional Swahili homes or flank the heavy doors of Arab-style Town houses.
The long, narrow streets of Stone Town have Baraza benches built on each side instead of pavements, while in villages a palm leaf shelter, flanked by wooden seats fulfills the same function. Baraza evolved as a way to receive and entertain visitors. Coffee and sweetmeats would be served on the Baraza to anyone who arrived.
The Omani Sultans held public meetings, also known as Baraza, to receive petitioners or give visiting dignitaries a public audience.
Baraza lies on the south eastern coast of the island of Zanzibar, along the award winning Bwejuu beach, recently voted by the prestigious
top travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top 30 island beaches in the world. Approximately a 50 minute drive from the
This beautiful 30 villa boutique resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. 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.
There are 14 one bedroom villas and 15 two bedroom villas, as well as one Presidential two bedroom villa. All the accommodation villas
are designed to characterize classic Swahili architecture featuring dramatic arches, cement Baraza benches and intricate hand carved
Click on any of the links below for detailed information on each of the 42 Boutique Hotels.
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Last Update: 17/04/2013