Why we love it

The multiple-award-winning boutique hotel is set along the east coast of Zanzibar on the idyllic Bwejuu beach — the perfect spot for a luxe barefoot retreat. The resort was styled on the palaces of Omani sultans, and the Middle-Eastern regal feel is woven into all aspects of the resort.


Jaume Vilardell i Margarit, general manager,, +25 472 053 8148


Presidential Villa
Size 2,734 sq ft
Nightly rate $4,459
With a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, the Presidential Villa’s exotic decor will have you feeling suitably sultan-esque. Make the most of the serene landscape of Zanzibar thanks to the villa’s beachfront location, large plunge pool and outdoor dining area.


Frangipani Spa
After navigating the roads of the African Bush, a post-massage soak in the sultan’s bath is a must. Emulating lavish old bathhouses of Zanzibar, this mosaic-tiled pool is surrounded by sumptuous decor.


The Sultan’s Dining Room
With a specially designed menu that uses fresh produce from the island, every evening is as different as the influences. Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavors all make an appearance.


Baraza is home to the only Padi five-star Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Center in Zanzibar. The center caters to all ages and abilities, including novices.