“Paradise”

We stayed at Baraza for 4 days after a safari, at the beginning of December. It was low season and the Hotel was very empty which on the one hand meant that we had the most fantastic attention from the staff but on the other did mean that there was very little atmosphere in the hotel which, to be honest, suited us perfectly.
We had a villa right on the beach which was magical. You have plenty of lounging space in front of your villa, a reserved umbrella and beds on the beach itself (all of 20 metres away) and then if you fancy a swim, you adjourn easily to the magnificent swimming pool. The villa is beautifully appointed and spacious (very poor shower though – low pressure and could never get the temperature quite right)
Everything was perfect. Great food, beautifully served and presented at a different location for each meal. You can even ask them to make you lunch on a raft in the middle of the sea if you are so inclined!
The hotel is all inclusive – and that package was very generous. We could barely sit down without someone asking us to try out their latest cocktail, or assuming that I might just like a cold beer. Only premium spirits and wines are extra and to be honest the house wines and the regular spirits were more than adequate for us, Irritatingly, internet access is at a daily charge of $15 – why so many places make a charge for something that effectively costs them nothing, whilst at the same time plying you with alcohol all day long for free – is a complete mystery to me.
Staff were really friendly and delightful although many were being trained for the Xmas rush whlist we were there and still had some way to go!
All in all for the European traveler, I was wowed. I thought this as good as most of the Caribbean places I have been to, without the need for jet lag.Go now before everyone else discovers it.
Room Tip: There isn’t a bad room in the Hotel but i think the beach ones are fantastic

Guest nationality: English

Reviewed December 7, 2011