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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Traditional Zanzibari charm

Ideally situated on Zanzibar's finest sweep of white sandy beach, the Blue Bay Beach Resort is spread through tropical landscaped gardens shaded by lofty palms. All rooms are decorated in traditional Zanzibari style with four poster beds and have beautiful views of the gardens and Indian Ocean beyond. Relax in the swimming pool, enjoy a treatment at the spa, or opt to partake in some tennis or other sports at this luxurious resort. When it comes to dining, the hotel offers a choice of themed buffets in the Makuti Restaurant or a la carte dining in the Bahari Grill and Beach bar.

Ideal for families, as well as couples with its kid’s club and children’s swimming pool, Blue Bay Beach Resort offers barefoot luxury in paradise. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Away from it all
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Tripadvisor rating 1259 Reviews
Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Oasis Spa
  • Sustainable hotel
  • PADI dive center
  • Kids club

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 112 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. one hour from Zanzibar Airport.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Watersports

Accommodation Type

  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board

For Families

  • Kid's Club
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. one hour from Zanzibar Airport.
  • On the beach
1259 Reviews 77% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 675
  • Very Good 377
  • Average 116
  • Poor 53
  • Terrible 38

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Nov 20, 2019

Bluebay 2019

Manchester, United Kingdom

I stayed at the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa from 28th October for two weeks. On arrival I was given a free upgrade to a superior room with sea views, oh my amazing !! The bed was super, super kingsize. Thank you. I had researched Zanzibar and hotels prior to booking and I was so pleased that I had booked Bluebay, I was not disappointed. A beautiful hotel and grounds with a stunning beach. The staff where very friendly, polite and always smiling. Nothing was ever too much. Especially Joyce in the main bar who was just charming. The all inclusive did not include the beach bar grill and Blue Merlin restaurants these had an extra charge and so did the coffee shop. You where limited to the main restaurant which was nice and the food was very good and variety but it would have been nice if the others where included even if it was one visit per week per stay which is what other hotels I have stayed in have offered. It is nice to experience different dining and cuisine. I would stay at the Bluebay again and I highly recommend it.
Nov 19, 2019

Lovely Relaxing Time

Thatcham

Lovely hotel set in beautiful gardens overlooking a gorgeous beach and amazing coloured sea. Accommodation blocks are well spaced out and the rooms are big and well stocked with everything you need - toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities, and are very clean. Some of the windows do look directly into the next block, which was a bit strange - luckily no-one was in the room opposite me for most of my stay, so didn't need to keep the curtains drawn all the time. Food was very fresh and appetising with lost of choice. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and courteous at all times. Overall a joy to stay here.
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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Facilities

Sports Facilities

The Bluebay Resorts features the state of the art fitness centre with all the modern equipment. The resort also features the following sports facilities:Flood Lit Tennis court with equipment available for hireBeach VolleyballBicycle hireTable tennisSnooker and Billiards

a large pool of water

Swimming Pool

Enjoy a leisurely swim in either one of the two swimming pools. The resort also has a children's pool and a Jacuzzi.

Oasis Spa

The Oasis Spa has a wooden deck and a thatched roof with pine trees growing up through the middle of it and an abundance of exotic plants creating a calming atmosphere that will help rejuvenate your body and relax your mind. The Oasis Spa is also well known for the professional massages giving you a sense of wellbeing. The skincare products are especially selected for their pure and natural ingredients. You can also try out the health food options created by the resorts connoisseur chefs using ingredients grown in the hotels gardens.

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Room Types

Superior Room

Superior Rooms come with 50 square metres of living space and consist of cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, the sparkling white beach and the azure seas beyond. All the rooms in this category have sea views and feature Wi-Fi available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
a dining room table

Garden Room

Garden Rooms come with 45 square metres of living space and are located behind the Junior Suites in beautiful landscaped gardens. The Garden rooms share their own private pool.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Junior Suite

Junior Suites come with 90 square metres of living space and consist of three bungalows, each with two suites in a private area and are closer to the Ocean (hardly 30metres from the beach). All feature sea views, a lounge area, an extensive external Verandah and a very unique, external garden shower (in back of room and enclosed in private compound). Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Sultan Suite

For more than 200 years, the islands of Unguja and Pemba along with much of the coast of Eastern Africa was ruled by the mighty Sultans of Zanzibar. They lived in splendor in their magnificent palaces where large, spacious rooms contained every creature comfort imaginable. At Bluebay Beach Resort, there are two "super-deluxe" suites where we feel sure that the Sultans themselves would have wanted to stay.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Butler Service
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone

Club Room

Club Rooms come with 45 square metres of living space and are located behind the Junior Suites in beautiful landscaped gardens. The Club rooms share their own private pool.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Food & Drink

Beach

The Beach Bar and Restaurant

The Beach Bar and Restaurant is a fabulous place for guests to sip cold drinks or have a seafood speciality, as well as pizza and other light fare - all served in an informal toes-in-the-sand setting with the ocean right in front! The Beach Bar and Restaurant has an impressive Makuti roofed structure to protect guests from the mid day sun while sipping cocktails. The restaurant serves a la carte lunch for resort guests and it also has popular themed lunch fairs, on top of the wide selection available on the menu.

Games Room

Enjoy a game of billiards in the games room.

Makuti Restaurant

Makuti Restaurant enjoys magnificent views over the modern deck-level swimming pool to the ocean beyond. It is the main dining setting serving breakfast and dinner - and is included in the Half Board meal plan arrangement for all the guests at the Resort.Lunch for the supplement Full Board option is also served here. Breakfasts are buffet with live cooking.Dinners are themed with cyclic menus with 10 different themes. The themed evenings inlude Indian, Italian, Swahili, Set Menu, BBQ Nyama Choma, Oriental, Trip around the World, Zanzibar, Seafood Kiwengwa and Gala Dinner night.Besides a Resident Band, each themed evening has its own after-dinner entertainment, ranging from Swahili dancers, Taarab Music, Acrobats, to live performances by a variety of local Zanzibari Bands.Opening Times:Breakfast: 07:00-10:00amLunch: 12:30-15:00pmDinner: 19:00-22:00pm Dress code: Smart casual, no shorts or sleevless shirts for men. A dress is recommended for ladies.

Bahari Grill

The Bahari Grill serves the best seafood and steaks on the island. It is a specialist diner restaurant and offers an exclusive dining experience. It is open in the evenings only and bookings are necessary! Guests need to make reservations at the Guest Relations Office for a table. Honeymooners staying for a minimum of 7 nights are entitled to a free sea food dinner at this Restaurant! Dress code: Strictly smart casual for the gents - collared shirts and no shorts or sleeveless shirts. For the ladies a dress is recommended!

Poolside Dining

The Pool Bar

The Pool Bar is located by the swimming pool and serves a full range of wines, spirits, minerals and fresh juices as well as specialised coffees.The Pool Bar provides pre and after dinner cocktails for guests and has a well cultivated ambience for relaxation of guests as they enjoy the various entertainment provided in the evenings.There is also live band performances for most evenings, until closing time.

Board Basis Options

Half Board
Full Board

Enjoy breakfast,lunch and dinner on the Full Board Package,

FOOD: Buffet breakfast, lunch and themed dinners in themain restaurant. Dinner can be takenin the Grill restaurant at a supplement. DRINKS: Soft drinks, tea & coffee, juices, house wines by the glass, beer, cocktails with local and international (non premium) spirits and whiskeys served 10.00-24.00.

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Family Friendly Facilities

Children's Club

For children aged between 3 and 13 years, the hotel provides a children's club. The day is filled with various fun activities both outdoors and indoors from pool, beach to indoor games which change on a weekly basis to provide variety. The children are also provided with educational opportunities and interactions with the swahili culture. Highly trained children's animator staff are responsible for the care and wellbeing of the children. The children's club runs from 10am until the end of the day with an optional children's dinner at 18:30hrs complete with a special children's menu.

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Special Offers

Free nights

Stay 7 pay 5

Free nights

Stay 7 pay 5

Non combinable with any other offer.

Free nights

Stay 7 pay 6 and 14 pay 12

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on accommodation

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Free nights

Stay 7 pay 5

Offer non combinable with any other offer

Free nights

Stay 14 pay 10

Offer is non combinable with any other offer

Early booking discount

Save up to 25% on accommodation

This offer is non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 25% on accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Board basis upgrade

Complimentary Upgrade To All Inclusive

Board basis upgrade

Complimentary Upgrade To All Inclusive

Free nights

Stay 7 Pay 6

Combinable with All Inclusive Upgrade - All inclusive supplement to be paid for the free night.

Free nights

Stay 7 Pay 5

Combinable with All Inclusive Upgrade - All inclusive supplement to be paid for the free nights.

Free nights

Stay 4 Pay 3 or Stay 7 Pay 5

Non combinable with any other offer.

Minor offer catch all

Save up to 15% on accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Free nights

Stay 7 Pay 5

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on accommodation

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Free nights

Stay 4 Pay 3 or Stay 7 Pay 5

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Minor offer catch all

Honeymoon Offer

Honeymooners receive flowers and a bottle of wine.
Stays over 7 nights receive one free special Seafood Dinner.

The bride also receives a 25% discount when staying in a Superior Room.

Non combinable with any other offer.

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