We stayed at Sea Cliff Resort for three days after a ten day safari. The facility is just lovely - beautifully landscaped, spacious, and very scenic. The staff was very friendly as well as attentive. The room was excellent and included an in-room safe as well as bottled water everyday for teeth brushing and drinking. Many of the rooms were ocean view as was our room. There are a number of activities that are included in the room fee - basically anything without a motor such as kayak, paddle boat, air hockey, paddle ball, tennis, bicycling, etc. There is also a free shuttle each morning and afternoon into Stonetown if you are interested in going to town to sightsee. You do need to reserve it a day in advance. Addionally, you can walk about a block through the well maintained grounds to a private beach which has chairs, umbrellas, and an attendant to help you with towels or sell cold drinks.
Our room price included half pension which was breakfast and dinner. Each was served buffet style with the dinners having a theme each evening (Asian, etc.) There is something for every taste on the huge buffets and the food is very fresh. Some dishes are made while you wait after you order (various egg dishes, pho soup bowls, etc.) While we thought some of the food was too salty, overall we had no problem finding healthful options. The servers were very friendly and would talk to you about Zanzibar if they weren't too busy. Since we were at the hotel for lunch each day (tours and shuttle either return before lunch or leave after lunch) this meant we had to eat at the hotel. One day we ate down by the pool and the service was very slow since the server had to go up a level to place the orders, pick up the food, and possibly even wait on some tables in the bar area. So, the next day we decided to eat in the regular dining room. You can select the lunch buffet (which was too much food for our appetites) or order from a menu, which we did. The selections were mostly unhealthy style faster foods but we did find a couple of items we could eat that were just OK. There were very few options for fresh vegetables or fruits at lunch unless you purhcased the buffet.
We did take a walking tour of Stonetown which we signed up for at the concierge. The guide was very knowledgeable, arrived on time, and answered all of our questions with no holds barred. We even had a friendly discussion on religion comparing Muslims to Christians and Jews.
Nothing in Tanzania is reasonably priced if you are American. For example, regular post cards were $1, $2, $4, or $5 EACH depending on where you purchased them. We did find a place where we could buy some at 2 cards for $1 - still not great when you think about buying postcards in San Francisco, CA, for around 4 or 5 cards for $1. However, this is not specific to this resort as all hotels and restaurants seem to have the same kinds of prices.
We enjoyed our stay spending time kayaking, swimming in the pools and playing a couple of games of Scrabble. They have a library of games you can check out. One disadvantage of this hotel is when you leave the grounds you are on a longish dirt road that leads to the main road. There is nothing else in the neighborhood except private homes so, if the hotel doesn't have something you need, you will need to take the shuttle into town to get it.
- 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