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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quite simply the BEST

Apr 26, 2021 RodneyF301

Our trip to Blubay resort was for two weeks during which we were thoroughly spoilt by all staff from the General Manaer Johnathan Cox to our waiters at dinner !! Having visited many East African coast resorts in Kenya & particularly Moz, I rate our experience as the most comprehensive & the BEST !! Nothing was too much to ask, every request was… Read more
Our trip to Blubay resort was for two weeks during which we were thoroughly spoilt by all staff from the General Manaer Johnathan Cox to our waiters at dinner !! Having visited many East African coast resorts in Kenya & particularly Moz, I rate our experience as the most comprehensive & the BEST !! Nothing was too much to ask, every request was met with a cheerful Karibu (Tou're Welcome !!) The Resort itself is perfect - nothing could be faulted, food delicious and plentiful as were the cocktails !! We shall definitely return to this idyllic spot on Zanzibar's East coast Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It was amazing

Apr 14, 2021 marinan789 Moscow, Russia

I will definitely recommend to stay at this hotel. Many thanks to the General Manager Jonathan Cox. We were pleasantly surprised that despite the busy schedule, Jonathan found time to meet personally every guest during check-in and check-out from the hotel. At the hotel we liked everything without exception. Hope to come back one day. I would … Read more
I will definitely recommend to stay at this hotel. Many thanks to the General Manager Jonathan Cox. We were pleasantly surprised that despite the busy schedule, Jonathan found time to meet personally every guest during check-in and check-out from the hotel. At the hotel we liked everything without exception. Hope to come back one day. I would like to thank separately to Jonathan for helping me organize a happy birthday for my little daughter. Kind regards, Marina Nersesyan. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise

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