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“On the Road to Zanzibar Oct 2012” 5 of 5 stars
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Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mangapwani, PO Box 1763, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #45 of 141 Hotels in Zanzibar
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“On the Road to Zanzibar Oct 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Sea Cliff Resort & Spa is an incredible resort....so much more than shown in their website. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the property is designed to follow the curve of the sea. It has the feel of a small boutique hotel but as one explores there is a new discovery at ever turn. The common areas have an Arabian flair with the restaurant having indoor as well as outdoor seating.

We are here for five nights with a tour group going on safari. A perfect place for R & R after a long flight and before a safari. I would recommend for families, couples, business meetings...anyone who enjoys a serene setting with plenty of amenities....nice play area for children with small climbing wall and trampoline, horses for riding, bicycles, racket ball or handball court, tennis courts, pool tables, two swimming pools, jacuzzi, state of the art work out area and a spa for massage and other treatments.

The rooms are beautiful, the food is delicious and plentiful and the staff is happy to serve you and very friendly. If you are looking for an exceptional beach resort in Zanzibar...look no further!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We had a really great time, the hospitality the service from both staff and management was indescibable. My BFF had the time of her life it was her 40th birthday and every day was so so special, thanks to the staff. The rooms were lovely but outdoors was great, great dinning facilities great pier and infinity pool, lovely spar, bicycle rides, pool playing, evening entertainment and so much more, you will find yourself completely overwelmed by good service all the time. The service was just too too much we literally had to ask the guys to scale down it was over and obove what we anticipated. Go and have the time of your lives at the Sea Cliff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

A fabulours time was had at SEA CLIFF by me and mine. We were greated at the hotel by very friendly and helpful staff as well as a very cooling mango cocktail.

Our room was spacious and clean with a v relaxing atmosphere. TV has a selection of stations to choose from, as well as WiFi. Thank goodness for aircon in such a warm climate.

A good selection of buffet dishes for brekkies and dinner . Each dinner had a different cuisine base, for which the temptation to eat far to much is great. The kitchen is more than accommodating to satisfy patrons with menu requests other than what is on the menu. Live entertainment during dinner on most nights.

Being in such a humid and hot part of the world, we were surprised at how few flying insects there were. The resort is sprayed for flies each week, and the bedrooms each night.

Cannot fault the activities at the resort. Fab gym, lovely squash court. a few pool tables, so one need not book one. Well mannered and looked after horses and ponies. The kayaks and Hobies are a must. dont forget to go for a cycle through the resort and plantations.

The three swimming pools amazing. Spoilt for choice when it comes to where you sit or lounge around the pools as well as which cocktail to choose while relaxing in the sun. The gardens around the resort are amazingly well kept

It's a must to visit the Islands off Stone Town and out towards Sand Isalnd and Safari Blue. Just spend more time snorkeling rather than working on the tan.

Huge thanks to Riaan, Lucinda and Danielle and the staff at SEA CLIFF for making our stay a pleasurable and rememberable one

Room Tip: No better way to wake up than looking out over the sea watching the tides come in or out. Bonus to...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had a wonderful holiday at Sea Cliff and highly recommend this hotel - the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, from managers to waiters to garden staff. The setting is perfect for stunning sunsets from either the jetty bar or across the beautiful rim top pool. The food is fantastic - buffet dinners with a different theme each evening. It's close to Stone Town and you can take the hotel shuttle into town. It's fairly centrally situated for many of the tours, which helps with the cost of the tours. The inhouse travel rep helped us with booking tours and coordinated setting up groups to reduce costs. We did the Safari Blue tour and highly recommend that, as well as the one to the north of the island to see the turtles and dhow builders. There are lots of activities at the hotel - we played table tennis, billiards, kayaked, swam and there is even a gym to help burn off those rapidly accumulating calories. Had a wonderful back massage at the spa - really good for getting rid of those desk and computer mouse knots! The managers go out of their way to get to know their guests and we were treated to a complimentary bottle of SA wine the one evening - felt very special. We were very sad to leave and would love to go back there. The weather was also perfect - balmy but not too hot with just a few short showers on a couple of the days.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I went with my sports class in march this year, and we spent the last couple of days at Sea Cliff, just relaxing and have a good time. You do a spectacular job, keep up the good work! Amazingly beautiful hotel, and very good service. We really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Where to begin? As we stopped in front of the hotel we knew that this was going to be a great honeymoon. We were greeted by friendly staff members who presented us with delicious welcoming cocktails and gave us a quick tour of the hotel as we were shown to our room. Our room door was decorated beautifully with bougainvillea and palm tree leaves and as we entered our superior room with a sea view we were greeted by a lovely bottle of Brut on ice and a delicious fruit platter. Our stay at the hotel was amazing! The swimming pools wecaws parking and warm. With friendly staff members on hand we were sure to always stay hydrated (delicious cocktails) while working on our tan. The couple of days we didn't go on day trips and stayed at the hotel, we kept ourselves busy by playing pool, tennis, table tennis and squash as they have wonderful facilities for this. Riaan the f&b manager arranged some day trips for us at very good prices, which we really enjoyed! Every evening we were greeted by our friendly waiter, Mambo, who made sure we had the best seat in the restaurant. The food is heavenly and with every night a different theme chances are that you' ll never grow bored as everything is delicious! the breakfast buffet is huge and sure to keep you going till dinner. We had a private seafood dinner on the sand by the water away from everyone else which was amazing. I can truly say that I have nev seen such big crayfish in my life! As I am allergic to crayfish Riaan organized that I get a whole rack of lamb, cooked to perfection.... With a complimentary bottle of good SA wine the evening was perfect. We also had a couples massage which was good but too short in my opinion, nevertheless it was relaxing! Danielle and Lucinda ( assistant F &B and Reservations manager respectively) also added a great deal to our stay as their bubbly personalities were infectious. I won't forget the spring roll pastry crisps Danielle organized to fulfill my craving for something crispy and salty! As well travelled people I can truly say all in all it was one of the best holidays ever. Sunsets, friendly and helpfull staff and a great stay will make sure we return sooner than later!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Probably the best resort on the island. These guys run a tight ship. Cuisine is out of this world! Fresh fruits take some time to get used to. The pools and great view make up for the lack of beach. Staff are friendly and gives the whole experience that personal touch.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Mangapwani, PO Box 1763, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Zanzibar
#23 Spa Hotel in Zanzibar
#27 Luxury Hotel in Zanzibar
#37 On the Beach Hotel in Zanzibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sea Cliff Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Driving into Sea Cliff Resort & Spa you know you have found something special. The 4 km road through a coconut plantation that leads to the hotel is a reminder of the Zanzibar of old. Peace and tranquility, no other hotels or busy roads just open space and palm trees.As you enter the courtyard filled with tropical flowers and palms the view of the ocean stands before you. With our traditional makuti roofs and Arabic towers lit by brass lights you know this is not a typical hotel. Its an hotel built with our location in mind. It is a unique combination of modern facilities mixed with the original exotic architecture of historical Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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