“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.

Today, Baraza are still a meeting point for all sections of Zanzibar society. Every urban Baraza is lined with people gossiping, playing games of bao or cards, drinking thick, sweet Arabic coffee or simply idling away the heat of a long afternoon with a nap on the smooth, warm stone.”


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
airport or Stone Town and ten minutes drive from the village of Bwejuu. The Resort is situated on a 240 meter stretch of fine sand beach, with a coral reef facing the beach that runs down the eastern shore of Zanzibar.


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
cement decorations. The spacious villas feature luxury interiors, beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns, large
bathrooms with luxury fittings as well as a spacious terrace and private plunge pool.
There are four different villa categories at Baraza and one Presidential Villa:
Bahari One Bed room Villa - Ocean Front - 148sq meters 7 villas
Bahari One Bedroom Villa - Ocean View - 148 sq meters 7 villas
Sultans Two Bedroom Villa - Sea Facing - 193 sq meters 5 villas
Sultans Two bedroom Villa - Garden View - 193 sq meters 10 villas
Presidential Two Bedroom Villa - Ocean Front - 254 sq meters 1 villa

Click on any of the links below for detailed information on each of the 42 Boutique Hotels.

MasaiMara Tsavo Laikipia Naivasha Mt.Kenya Coast Nairobi Tanzania Zanzibar
Cottars Camp Finch Hattons Borana lodge Kiangazi Mukima Farm Jahazi House House of Wayne Jongomero Palms
Elephant pepper camp Kilalinda Ol Malo House Chui Lodge Elsa's Kopje Kizingoni Palacina Kleins Camp Serenna Inn
Governors' Ilmoran Camp Ol Donyo Wuas Sabuk Loldia House Ol-lentille Kiwayu Village   Ngorongoro Zanzibar Baranza
Leleshwa Tortillis Tented Camp Lewa Wilderness Shompole   The Sands At Nomad   Selous Zanzibar
Mara Explorer Tented Camp   Joy's Camp     Manda Bay   Ngorongoro Manor  
Mara Timbo         Lion in the Sun   Singita Sabora  
Ol Seki Mara Camp         Mzima House   Tanzania  
Richard's Camp         Al Hamra      


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