We spent a lovely week in Zanzibar at the Seacliff, and were thoroughly relaxed at the end of the stay. The facilities are lovely, rooms are clean with excellent airconditioning. 2 beautiful pools (plus one smaller one) overlook the sea, offering superb sunsets. Also a small beach +- 500m walk from hotel. Staff are plentiful and accommodating, though can be invasive if you prefer to be left alone! Management and front desk service is very good and always helpful. Restaurant offers good meals with wide variety for all tastes - the fish is outstanding. Evening entertainment is not every night, which is better, and was tasteful. My friend enjoyed the scuba diving (offered by third party) which was easily arranged through the concierge. On-site spa is superb, and worth a visit.
I would recommend spending a full day in Stonetown (we got a free shuttle to Stonetown for every 3 nights spent in the hotel) - our guide was Harry Belafonte, who was very informative. Just be careful of being ripped off in the markets if you want spices! We also spent time in the Cinnamon Spa just around the corner from the shuttle collection point - very welcome after a hot day!
All in all, I would go back to the Seacliff easily - it lives up to what the brochures claim 100%.
A note on cash: The hotel (and most other tourist establishments (markets aside)) accept credit cards, but put a 5% surcharge on all transactions. If you're going to take dollars (which are accepted as freely as the local shillings), take some cash with you - don't rely on traveller cheque cards, as you will only be able to draw the cash at one of the very few ATMs in Stonetown...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sea Cliff Resort And Spa
- Sea Cliff Hotel Zanzibar