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Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mangapwani, PO Box 1763, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #46 of 141 hotels in Zanzibar
Jena, Thüringen, Germany
2 reviews
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“active vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This place had a lot of things to do. I like to keep a little bit active during my vacation to account for lounging around and overeating. There was a pretty decent fitness centre and I was able to rent a bike pretty cheap. I had some nice little excursions my bike and it was nice to come back and chill out in the pool.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I stayed at the Sea Cliff for just 24 hours at the end of a work trip and really, really, really wanted to stay longer. It was the first time I'd opted for an all-inclusive package and it was a great experience. Delicious fresh fruit juices and good selection at the buffet. The hotel seemed full - but there weren't any lines for food. The wine we had at dinner was from South Africa and was really nice.

Rooms were spacious and clean. The spa was excellent. Plenty of loungers around the pools - the infinity pool is pretty spectacular! And the bar built out over the water is a very relaxing spot to have a sundowner. Staff were pleasant and smiling.

I'd like to go back!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

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...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is a decent resort about 20 minutes away from Zanzibar city. You will find most amenities and services that you find in most resorts across the globe: buffer breakfast, lunch and dinner and an array of sports activities and equipment. If you are interested, this resort even has tennis and squash courts. One other positive point is its small capacity (only 120 rooms) and yet its relatively large size so you never feel you are in an overcrowded place. There are two pools in the resorts. They are large and the water was amazingly clean and refreshing while we were there. If you are interested to use the beach for water sports, you should note that although the beach is beautiful, as with most Zanzibar beaches, it is difficult to use it for water sports activities due to large tides and shallow depth of water.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is an amazing hotel with great service. The spa is also excellent. Food could be better and was not happy seeing so many bees joining us for breakfast! Rooms are amazing. I would definitely recommend anyone to stay in this beautiful resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful time at the Sea Cliff Resort. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food were excellent! Special thanks to Dean, Maggie and Danielle, they went out of their way to make every moment special. We'll definitely go back and take our children with us.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Three days ago we had our wedding at Sea Cliff Resort in Zanzibar and are very-very pleased.

We came in with minimal planning and wanted a stress-free little ceremony. The management team - Abre, Maggie, Mario, and Dean - were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. They worked creatively with our loose guidance, stayed pleasantly within our budget without any hidden charges and allowed us to spend quality time with our friends by the pool. Looking back, from the first day of our stay to the last, the resort easily exceeded our expectations and delivered a picture perfect wedding.

The rooms were very nice and we received complimentary couples massages as well as champagne in our suite. I was actually sick with a cold upon arrival at the resort and Maggie had a doctor come to meet me and give me medicine within minutes.

Our wedding took place on the lawn (some 100 meters from the guest rooms) - arch made of purple flowers interwoven with banana leaves, white chairs overlooking the sea and sunset.

For dinner we moved to the Jetty - round tables, white tablecloths, lots of candles. We requested bold and spicy food for our wedding dinner, and Chef Mario tailored the menu for us nicely from two preset menus (King Neptune's table and best of Zanzibar spices) using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Several of the wedding guests were food professionals and they thought the food was scrumptious.

After dinner we went to the beach where we had a lovely setup of blankets, torches, some snacks and a local tarab band. This midnight barefoot dance in sand on a secluded (and guarded) beach is something I would recommend particularly wholeheartedly to anyone considering a wedding at Sea Cliff.

Room Tip: Recommend room 424 honeymoon suite. Quiet room with best view of the sea.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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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 ( WiFi ) 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
#22 Spa Hotel in Zanzibar
#29 Luxury Hotel in Zanzibar
#35 On the Beach Hotel in Zanzibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sea Cliff Resort & Spa 5*
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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