We arrived at Zanzibar airport 2 hours later than we had advised Echo Beach for our transfer pickup (our earlier flight was cancelled without notice). As it was very late in the evening, we were relieved and delighted to be met by Echo Beach's driver.
We could not speak more highly of Echo Beach, it's a great place to stay if you like a low key, small and intimate environment. Our accommodation was a beautiful garden bungalow facing the beach, tastefully furnished with its own private terrace. The whole property and common areas are beautifully maintained and clean. Nothing is to too much trouble for Alex or Sue (the owner), they always made sure that our requests are attended to immediately.
Both were very helpful with booking our day tour and suggesting where are the best non touristy places to shop. Sue made us feel very welcomed and at home, and sometimes shouted us drinks at the bar, which is very generous of her.
The food was great and the portion was large. The quality and variety of choices would have pleased anyone. Lunch was not included in our rate but the daily choices and prices were excellent. We like the fact that meal times are available over a long period so there was no need to rush to get our meal. The local staff was very friendly and helpful, although communicating in English can be difficult for some but then again why do we always expect natives of other countries to speak English and yet we have problem of learning the basic hello and thank you in their language??
I forgot to mention the well behaved, beautiful, black great Dane and the lovely donkey which Sue had rescued, their presence add charm and warmth to the place.
I would love to go back and stay at Echo Beach again.... in the mean time, to those who are lucky enough to be visiting Zanzibar now, I would highly recommend this little paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Slice of ParadiseThe new Echo Beach Hotel resort offers visitors a slice of paradise on the dreamy tropical island of Zanzibar. The very name Zanzibar evokes a sense of mystique and adventure.Sue and Andrew Page, the owners of Echo Beach bought a 5 acre stretch of unspoilt beach to create a unique boutique hotel. There are now 10 individual villas combining unpretentious African architecture with state of the art technology, interior design, fixtures and fittings.Beach Villasin Unspoilt SurroundingsThe individually designed Bandas are constructed from local stone, capped with Makuti roofs .Each dwelling boasts exquisitely hand carved balconies and verandas where guests can enjoy a drink in the shade. The Bandas are completely private and not overlooked, allowing visitors to relish the unspoilt surroundings and uninterrupted views of the beautiful Indian Ocean.Beachside diningDining in the beachside restaurant, decorated with designers guild fabric, in the white and turquoise of the seashore is a highly pleasurable experience, with discreet and efficient service.With a refreshing breeze blowing in from the sea, guests can unwind and relax with a decadent cocktail in the stylish bar area, where designer fabrics are teamed with Zanzibar carved furnishings. Or wander down to the unique bar on the beach, and enjoy refreshments by the sea shore.Local Dishes & International FavouritesFor those who want to get the true taste of Zanzibar there is a wealth of fresh local food on the menu, not to mention some carefully selected International favourites.The ultimate in fresh fare, produce is purchased daily, including lobster, crab, prawns and squid straight from local fisherman who come to the beach.Relax at the Beauty SpaZanzibar is the perfect place for a complete break from the hectic life most people live nowadays. If you want professional, unobtrusive service, peace and privacy to relax, then why not try our professional beauty spa and treat yourself to a complete pampering.Tours and TransfersEcho Beach is happy to arrange transfers to and from the hotel.Whilst on your holiday why not let us arrange for you to explore the magical island taking in the legendary Spice Tour. While spices no longer dominate Zanzibar's economy as they once did, there are still numerous spice plantations in the centre of the island, which make an interesting visit.Friendly and informed guides will escort you on a walking tour of the spice farms, picking bunches of leaves, fruit and twigs from bushes and trees, inviting you to smell or taste them to guess what they are.Swimming with Dolphins is also a magical experience that will not be forgotten and can easily be arranged. The Jozani Forest Tour with the colobus monkeys that are unique to Zanzibar. These are just some of the adventures you can enjoy as well as diving, fishing and snorkelling in one of the most unspoilt areas of the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Echo Beach Bwejuu
- Hotel Echo Beach
- Echo Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island, Tanzania