Bluebay Beach Resort

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

Set on almost 500 metres of stunning white sand beach, the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is a wonderful place to relax with comfortable rooms and suites set within whitewashed, palm thatched cottages. Surrounded by 30 acres of lush tropical gardens attracting exotic bird life, the hotel boasts a beautiful garden spa as well as glorious blue swimming pool. There are also plenty of activities both in and out of the water with the coral reef offering warm, safe swimming and a range of water sports are available. If you prefer dry land, perhaps a game of tennis or even volleyball to help build an appetite for dinner!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Windsurfing

Where is it

On one of Zanzibar’s finest powder white beaches in Kiwengwa area, on the eastern coast of Zanzibar. Transfer time from airport: 1 hour.

Hotel information

86 rooms and suites. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV with in-house films, telephone, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer and 4-poster beds. Garden Rooms overlook the resort’s landscaped gardens with 1 double bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Full Board Option: Available at a supplement, includes breakfast lunch and dinner.

Superior Rooms occupy an elevated position and face the sea with partial sea views and 1 double bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

2 restaurants including the Makuti Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and themed evening meals). 2 bars including late night lounge bar 'Casablanca' at Sultan Sands. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi. Oasis Spa*. Fitness centre. Floodlit tennis court, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, windsurfing and canoeing. Bicycling*, sailing*and scuba-diving* are available. Regular evening entertainment. Boutique.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

* Denotes local charge. 

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Jan 21, 2021 808agatag Katowice, Poland

We felt special from the beginning to the end. Reception was very helpful and generous with their time and advice. The room was beautiful, lovely, super clean with most comfortable bed I have ever slept on! We need to mention also very kind, friendly and professional manager Jonathan - real gentleman! ;-) But the greatest star of Zanzibar is… Read more
We felt special from the beginning to the end. Reception was very helpful and generous with their time and advice. The room was beautiful, lovely, super clean with most comfortable bed I have ever slept on! We need to mention also very kind, friendly and professional manager Jonathan - real gentleman! ;-) But the greatest star of Zanzibar is JOICE - helpful, friendly and amazing girl who go above and beyond to make sure you have the best time. Joice is the advertisment of the Bluebay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great beach resort, a bit remote

Dec 26, 2020 Dipayan_Chakraborty Bengaluru, India

We stayed 4 nights in Bluebay, and had a good experience overall. The property is vast, with 3 restaurants, a great pool and a pvt beachfront. It is a bit out of the way and far from stone town and other attractions. If you truly want to experience Zanzibar, I would recommend you live in stone town. Rooms: decently large, with a nice sitout. You… Read more
We stayed 4 nights in Bluebay, and had a good experience overall. The property is vast, with 3 restaurants, a great pool and a pvt beachfront. It is a bit out of the way and far from stone town and other attractions. If you truly want to experience Zanzibar, I would recommend you live in stone town. Rooms: decently large, with a nice sitout. You cannot use the sitout after evening due to mosquitoes. There was no AC in our room, so we had to ask for a pedestal fan. The weather is very hot and sticky, so ensure you get an AC room. The bathrooms are very small for the quality of the hotel and definitely should be larger. Food : very good spread at the breakfast and dinner buffets. The dinner buffets have a theme which differs every night, and there is enough variety for all tastes. The breakfast buffet is also vast and good quality. Service is very good, and the staff is especially attentive to the needs of small children. Facilities : the pool is great, as is the beachfront. They have a plethora of watersports available, as well as organised tours. I would advise you to organise your own tours through local contacts, as they will probably be 50% of the price compared to the travel desk. Overall, really good as a beach property, however the real taste of Zanzibar is in Stone Town. Read less
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Nov 17, 2020 Egnerek Warsaw, Poland

Wonderful place, great service, it definitely deserves 5 stars. I have never met before such a friendly staff in a hotel, everybody are helpful, always with a great attitude, literally making your holidays the best time in your life. I was impressed by the beautiful, daily tended garden with lush vegetation. A place rather for people who travel… Read more
Wonderful place, great service, it definitely deserves 5 stars. I have never met before such a friendly staff in a hotel, everybody are helpful, always with a great attitude, literally making your holidays the best time in your life. I was impressed by the beautiful, daily tended garden with lush vegetation. A place rather for people who travel without children, I definitely recommend it for a romantic holiday for two or for a group of friends. Live music in the evenings, table tennis and billiards available. Read less
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Oct 18, 2020 murteira Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

Going to Zanzibar and not staying at Blue Bay would not have been the same experience! It was the best stay I have ever had. When we arrive at the Hotel, they welcome us to paradise. You have to experience this hotel to truly understand why ... Even so, I will try to describe what you will find. The Hotel is beautiful. Located at the best coast… Read more
Going to Zanzibar and not staying at Blue Bay would not have been the same experience! It was the best stay I have ever had. When we arrive at the Hotel, they welcome us to paradise. You have to experience this hotel to truly understand why ... Even so, I will try to describe what you will find. The Hotel is beautiful. Located at the best coast in Zanzibar. The beach is breathtaking. I have to emphasize the commitment and affection of all the hotel staff, their only purpose is to provide the best for their guests. I loved meeting them all. The gastronomic experience that Blue Bay provides is amazing. I staid at the hotel during the COVID19 pandemic, due to the low occupancy during these periods sometimes buffet was not available but a varied menu was available with two options of soups, main courses and deserts to choose from. I was delighted with the food, and that doesn't happen often to me when I travel. In addition to the swimming pool, gym and tennis court, the Hotel provides kayaks, stand up paddle, windsurf and kitesurf boards free of charge. You will also find a ping-pong and pool tables, and a mini multi-language library. As in the vast majority of the beaches on the island you need to take into account the tides (available for consultation on the internet and at the hotel) both for swimming and for water sports. Depending on the tides variation, it may not be possible to swim or practice water sports. Given the quality and variety of complementary services offered by the hotel, this will not be a problem. However, I strongly recommend planning your day taking into account the tides, both at the hotel and outside (tours, etc). Only in the north of the island (Kendwa and Nungwi) can we go swimming all day, but note that they are very tourist areas, which despite being very beautiful and worth visiting have not won our preference for accomodation. There is a diving club at the hotel which is managed separately. Mmemba atoll is just 15 km from the hotel. The rooms are spacious, have a super comfortable bed with a mosquito net and air-conditioning. As the all other areas at the hotel they are very clean. The superior rooms have a fantastic view over the beach. Every night the friendly staff spray anti-mosquito, which combined with the mosquito net keeps mosquitos away. A safe is available on your room at no extra-cost. It should be used as a preventive measure, we considered the hotel very safe. The island is safe too. This hotel works great for both families and couples on half-board and all-inclusive options. The hotel is nicely located with good access to other interesting places in the island. The internet is available throughout the hotel, it is free and of excellent quality. I Highly, highly recommend this hotel. Read less
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Oct 9, 2020 hiranih Nungwi, Tanzania

The hotel was so welcoming & felt homely. I really enjoyed my stay & more importantly the safety measure which were taken by the management for spreading of covid 19 were very impressive. My Special Thanks goes to the wonderful & charming Managers Mr Daas & Mr Jonathan for taking such a good care of me & also to Spa Manager.. The hotel Spa was… Read more
The hotel was so welcoming & felt homely. I really enjoyed my stay & more importantly the safety measure which were taken by the management for spreading of covid 19 were very impressive. My Special Thanks goes to the wonderful & charming Managers Mr Daas & Mr Jonathan for taking such a good care of me & also to Spa Manager.. The hotel Spa was extra ordinary. & staff was very friendly & helpful. Overall I really enjoyed my stay. Asante Sana Read less