We were recommended to stay at Echo Beach by Nick from Safari and Beach after he had chatted to us re our requirements and past experiences in East Africa. Suffice to say it was just great: understated and lacking in glitz but that is part of the charm. It actually reminded me of the relaxed atmosphere at the Driftwood Club in Malindi 40 or more years ago with a mix of Lamu thrown in for good measure and as such suited us and our friends just fine. Andrew and Sue could not have been kinder or more welcoming. We were allowed to watch the Six Nations Rugby on their television and they even sent one of the staff in search of fresh prawns for our final lunch. Speaking of food we never had a remotely duff meal and if I stayed there for longer I would be the size of a tank. The menu changed daily and whilst not extensive there was always plenty of choice for us and I am sure the kitchen could accommodate the odd special request if necessary........ Andrew supervised the kitchen and obviously knows what he is doing with quality, presentation and variety. I honestly think we had the best food to be found at very reasoanble prices. All the staff were happy, smiling and helpful without fail and we would recommend Echo Beach to anyone wanting a casual, laid back time. If you want grovelling obsequious attention, false promises and overly-exotic menus then perhaps you should look elsewhere but for hospitality, interesting food, a warm welcome, lovely, clean pool, looooooong beach and cold beers Echo Beach is hard to beat.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Echo Beach Bwejuu
- Hotel Echo Beach
- Echo Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island, Tanzania