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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Sep 14, 2020 Munira M Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We just stayed at Bluebay for two nights (we all wished it could've been longer) and had the most incredible time. The grounds are extensive and beautiful, the beach is sublime and the rooms are luxurious, all without losing that special Zanzibari essence. We ate from a set menu and all the food was delicious. The thing I loved the most was the… Read more
We just stayed at Bluebay for two nights (we all wished it could've been longer) and had the most incredible time. The grounds are extensive and beautiful, the beach is sublime and the rooms are luxurious, all without losing that special Zanzibari essence. We ate from a set menu and all the food was delicious. The thing I loved the most was the service we received. The management and staff worked hard to make our stay seemless and were always there with a smile for when we needed something. Thank you Bluebay! Read less
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Aug 29, 2020 105josephm Frigiliana, Spain

This is my first review, and will update at the end of my stay, We are here for 3 weeks. For the first time in my life I am lost for words on what to say about this place. Other than absolutely excellent. We arrived yesterday and was meet on arrival with most beautiful arrival. Checking in was seemless, despite the current covid19 situation all… Read more
This is my first review, and will update at the end of my stay, We are here for 3 weeks. For the first time in my life I am lost for words on what to say about this place. Other than absolutely excellent. We arrived yesterday and was meet on arrival with most beautiful arrival. Checking in was seemless, despite the current covid19 situation all the staff observe the rules. The superior room we were allocated is probably the best room I have ever stayed in. Its so comfortable, very clean, roomy with a lovely terrace over looking the Indian ocean and well maintained gardens. Food: We have had dinner and breakfast so far, and let me tell you. The food is of excellent quality and choice for all inclusive. The service is very professional. Staff: All the staff including the gardener are of the highest quality and professionalism, they are always happy with a great smile and they go out of there way to assist you. The manager runs this place so we'll. I am so glad we have chosen this hotel, the place is so relaxing and in a great location. I am so looking forward of giving this hotel a great review when I leave, Lord Joseph Mills. Read less
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Aug 26, 2020 Albin_1508 Switzerland

One of a very few luxury hotels open during the Coronavirus problem on the island of Zanzibar. A big thank you goes to Jonathan and Dass, the two managers who kept this hotel running and who did everything possible to look after their guests to make them feel welcome and to keep the standard of the hotel with all its amenities very high. All the… Read more
One of a very few luxury hotels open during the Coronavirus problem on the island of Zanzibar. A big thank you goes to Jonathan and Dass, the two managers who kept this hotel running and who did everything possible to look after their guests to make them feel welcome and to keep the standard of the hotel with all its amenities very high. All the facilities are constantly kept very clean and all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful at all times. There is a lovely long beach with its white sand allowing some nice swimming or just strolling along for a few hundred metres. A swimming pool enables guests of all ages to have a few strokes. Although only one of their restaurants was open at the time, there was always a good choice of different menus available, and the cooks as well as the staff did an excellent job. The food was superb and there was plenty of it for all tastes. A large bar was managed by Joyce who made sure that nobody was sitting around without any drinks. To complete our relaxing time we enjoyed the excellent massages of Yaya at the Spa Centre. She is a jewel! Any queries, Thomas and Matui were always available at the reception with a big smile. All in all, we had a lovely two weeks of relaxation and we would defintely love to come back again. Read less
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Aug 24, 2020 Ivka Z Prague, Czech Republic

BlueBay is truly amazing hotel located in Kiwengwa. Its good central location to go for a trips around the island. Rooms are big and clean, located in stunning tropical garden. Best part of the hotel is the most attentive staff, trying to help you with everything you need. Especially most thanks to the Joyce, Jonathan and Victor. Hotel is… Read more
BlueBay is truly amazing hotel located in Kiwengwa. Its good central location to go for a trips around the island. Rooms are big and clean, located in stunning tropical garden. Best part of the hotel is the most attentive staff, trying to help you with everything you need. Especially most thanks to the Joyce, Jonathan and Victor. Hotel is great for families and honeymoon, it is not good for young people as there is no party around. Read less
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Aug 13, 2020 249idann haifa

We were hosted in the hotel for 6 days. We are so glad we choose this place! The staff are amazing - they never stop smiling, tried to help us with any small thing. In addition they are real Proffesional at their job (waitresses, clean staff, reception and everyone). Beside that, the resort is beautiful: green and trees everywhere, beautiful see… Read more
We were hosted in the hotel for 6 days. We are so glad we choose this place! The staff are amazing - they never stop smiling, tried to help us with any small thing. In addition they are real Proffesional at their job (waitresses, clean staff, reception and everyone). Beside that, the resort is beautiful: green and trees everywhere, beautiful see shore, pool, and all accessories are in good shape. The rooms are cleaned, space and well designed. We couldn't expected a better space, here in Zanzibar. Our vacation was legendary there, and we are very very recommended on this hotel! Read less