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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Mar 21, 2020 166yentld

Fantastic experience for us and our family. Great food, great hotel, fantastic atmosphere, great staff, beautiful beach, geat pool, great service. I guess the biggest compliment I could give is that I am planning on returning next year, while in principle I always chose a new place/hotel, but this one was so good I will return.
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Mar 19, 2020 P H Ellicott City, Maryland

To start, upon arrival, the General Manager, Jonathan Cox sets the pace and welcoming atmosphere and believe me it is reflected in each and every employee regardless of position or level. We were always greeted cheerfully, by the employees. This was our third stay at this resort and I can't say enough good things about this property. We had a… Read more
To start, upon arrival, the General Manager, Jonathan Cox sets the pace and welcoming atmosphere and believe me it is reflected in each and every employee regardless of position or level. We were always greeted cheerfully, by the employees. This was our third stay at this resort and I can't say enough good things about this property. We had a superior room, for 8 nights, all-inclusive package and I must say this was the absolute best value for our dollars. Food was excellent and varied by cuisine, and themes each night. Entertainment was amazing. Our room was large with an ocean view, always cleaned perfectly. Air conditioning was fully functioning. We were given my preferred room and I really liked that. Special kudos to Makuti Restaurant staff, Jimmy, the Manager is awesome. Adonis, Martha, Elizy, Lizy, & Mahmud and numerous others are excellent . The restaurant staff goes above and beyond to create a pleasant dining experience. Aiden, is the most awesome restaurant person as he ensured that everything was perfect and that I stayed well. Kylie, a top tier manager was very keen on us receiving the best service; ensuring our experience was 5 star. Reception area, Benjamin and Concierge Masoud and Masai Thomas were all very helpful and attentive. To our surprise, the Owner was visiting on the day of check out and he kindly introduced himself which was a very nice experience. We will surely visit again if and when travel restricitions are relaxed. The environment is warm, welcoming and beautiful. Read less
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Mar 18, 2020 lahjakas Freiburg, Germany

We stayed in Zanzibar for three weeks in February and March 2020. One week at the Zanzi Resort on the west side of the island, two weeks at the 'Bluebay Beach Resort, which we already knew from last year. We had booked a Junior Suite there. The Junior Suites are highly recommended. In the Wifi distribution list they are not called "Luxury suites"… Read more
We stayed in Zanzibar for three weeks in February and March 2020. One week at the Zanzi Resort on the west side of the island, two weeks at the 'Bluebay Beach Resort, which we already knew from last year. We had booked a Junior Suite there. The Junior Suites are highly recommended. In the Wifi distribution list they are not called "Luxury suites" for nothing. You enter them through a living room that has two doors to the terrace. The terrace is covered and well furnished, the same applies to the living room. Separated from the living room by two steps is the bedroom with a huge bed. From the living room one gets to a dressing room, a kind of walk-in closet. The most beautiful room is the spacious bathroom. Through a window and a French door it is flooded with light in the afternoon. It has two wash basins and a huge triangular bathtub. Separated from it are a shower and the toilet. From the bathroom the French door leads into a (not very useful) private garden, which has two more showers. The sanitary installations of the bathroom are in need of improvement. The washbasins are missing single-handed mixers, even more so in the shower, where an additional hand shower would also be appropriate. The walk-in wardrobe has far too few clothes hangers (you have to ask for additional ones) and no reasonable suitcase rack. Apart from that, the suite is very spacious, quiet, good for working and generally comfortable. The hotel staff is, as generally usual in Zanzibar, very friendly and obliging. A special praise deserves Simona, the Italian vice-manager, an example of practical thinking. The beach service is good (deck chairs, towels, mattresses). The catering is also good, but could be better, especially with regard to the fruits on offer. Wifi is often very weak. The guests come mainly from Poland (they are rather stuffy and not very polite) and Italy (very extroverted); occasionally also from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia. The range of special performances and the musical offer with changing bands is generally good (one band, however, plays every song to death by repetition). But there is no dance floor in the true sense of the word; of course there is enough space in the lobby with a nice smooth floor where you can dance well away from the crowd. The hotel shares a fitness room and a water sports offer with the neighboured hotel Sultan Sands. (However, it is better to avoid the kayaks because of insufficient back support). A place for volleyball is not available. For about 30 $ you can takeone of the outrigger boats towards the reef and snorkel there. The malaria prevention is very good: Around the beds mosquito nets are stretched everywhere, the walls have an anti-mosquito coating which is incredibly efficient. This is also expressed in a strong reduction of bird life. One year before there were two extremely lively colonies of weaver birds that disappeared (another one at the hotel entrance still exists). Now the omnivorous crows dominate among the birds. Read less
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Mar 11, 2020 Sharron M Athabasca

Had a few days to relax in Zanzibar and found this great hotel. Manager went out of his way to ensure we were comfortable. Food was excellent. Nightly entertainment. Hotel was clean. Great Stay. I highly recommend this hotel.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous hotel & staff in stunning location

Mar 8, 2020 NickyS29260 Clevedon, United Kingdom

We've just returned from 8 nights at the Bluebay where I celebrated my 60th birthday. The hotel was lovely, the room large & comfortable, probably the biggest most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! The location is stunning but what really makes this hotel 5 star is the staff. Everyone is friendly, helpful & nothing is too much trouble. It… Read more
We've just returned from 8 nights at the Bluebay where I celebrated my 60th birthday. The hotel was lovely, the room large & comfortable, probably the biggest most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! The location is stunning but what really makes this hotel 5 star is the staff. Everyone is friendly, helpful & nothing is too much trouble. It seems a shame to name just a couple but Joyce in the main bar and Mudric in the restaurant were outstanding. The management also deserve a mention. The managers in the restaurant were always available & again nothing was roo much trouble. The general manager, Jonathan was also highly visible, always around making sure the guests are happy and the staff are on the ball. The smooth running of this hotel is no doubt down to him. A huge thank you to all the staff for making my birthday memorable. Read less