We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A fantastic set-up” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

Save Saved
You added Sea Cliff Resort & Spa to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Sea Cliff Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Mangapwani, PO Box 1763, Tanzania   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #45 of 141 Hotels in Zanzibar
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“A fantastic set-up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We spent a 3 days unwinding week-end at Sea Cliff Zanzibar. The set-up of the hotel is fantastic and the activity program is wonderful. Do not miss the horse riding or the hotel beach just outside the hotel perimeter. The rooms are very nice and with good view on the ocean. The dinner buffet is ok with good choices everyday but nothing stunning and certainly not desserts (while fruits are as usual very tasty). So spend your day on bikes, palying tennis, squash, table tennis, kayaking or even go for sailing on the small laser boat at the beach or just relax by the pool with some of the fantastic juice you order fresh from the bar. Your kids will love it that is sure.

Room Tip: ALl rooms have good view on the ocean but if you choose for a superior room, try to get 113, it is r...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SeaCliffManagement, Front Office Manager at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about our hotel.

I hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future and WOW you with our food.

Karibu Tena!

Kerry Stokes
FRONT OFFICE MANAGER
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

401 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    261
    97
    24
    11
    8
See reviews for
71
207
21
15
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (127)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Rome, Italy
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This place is perfect if you are looking to just relax and get away from it all. You will hardly remember that you are in Tanzania in fact. The resort is so self-contained with activities and restaurants on site that you really have to make an effort to engage in anything resembling local culture. The resort offered day snorkelling trips but the prices were a complete rip off (ex. $80 transportation fee that would cost $10 by local taxi). If you are the type of traveller that is looking to interact more with the local culture, food and events then I would not recommend this place. However if you are simply looking for a place to lie by the pool with a cold drink and occassionally play sports, this would be a good option. Don't bother booking the hotel shuttle to pick you up from the airport for $42 one way - you can easily find a local taxi and bargain down to a much lower price. The service in the restaurant is not great - we always had to hunt down a waiter to take our order, and they would often forget to bring items that we had asked for. I would say that poor restaurant service is one quality that would keep my rating as a 4 instead of 5. Otherwise, physically its a beautiful place. It seems to be geared to couples, honeymooners etc. Not really a great option for single travellers.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SeaCliffManagement, Front Office Manager at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay with us.

Although overall it seems like a good experience was had by you, we apologise for poor service you experienced in the restaurant. We really appreciate the feedback you have provided as it allows us to focus on our shortcomings and improve the overall quality of our guests experience.

I hope to welcome you back to Sea Cliff Resort & Spa in the future.

Karibu Tena!

Kerry Stokes
FRONT OFFICE MANAGER
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

My husband and I came to stay at Sea Cliff for 7 nights and it was one of the best trips ever. We would definitely recommend sea cliff, the food was amazing, service of a very high standard and the views are magical. The rooms are also wonderful and we even had a sea view! One (small) criticism is tje lack of a noce beach at the resort, bit we went on daily excursions where we swam at lovely beaches.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SeaCliffManagement, Front Office Manager at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay with us.

Its always wonderful to hear such good feedback from our guests.

Unfortunately, because of our location on the West Coast of the island, the tide does affect us. A plus side to our location is that we are in good proximity to both Stone Town and the North Coast which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

I hope to welcome you back in the future to Sea Cliff Resort & Spa.

KARIBU TENA.

Kerry Stokes
FRONT OFFICE MANAGER
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I spent 4 nights at this beautiful resort and I didn't want to leave... From the moment I arrived I felt I had been there for weeks, the staff were so welcoming and friendly, the resort is spotless, the views amazing and the infinity pool the longest I have seen..... My room was spacious with a view of the ocean and even though the hotel was quite full while I was staying there I didn't hear any noise from other guests and I had a great night sleep every night.
I had the half board package, the breakfast buffet was excellent, lots of fresh fruits to chose from and in the evenings a different buffet from around the world complete with entertainment.
Drinks were not expensive and a must is to sip a cocktail (or two) at the jetty bar and watch the sunset.
The staff were amazing, always ready with a smile and nothing was too much trouble.
I left with wonderful memories, a great tan and a promise to return. A big thumbs ups.

Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable, ask for a sea view room as the view is breath taking
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SeaCliffManagement, General Manager at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about Sea Cliff Resort and Spa.

It’s always encouraging to receive such positive feedback and my TEAM and I are very glad to know that you enjoyed our hotel so much.

We hope to welcome you BACK to our small piece of paradise in the near future.

Take care,

Abre Esterhuizen
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Service at its best...an absolutely wonderful stay! Dean, Maggie and the rest of the guys went out of their way to make our stay most comfortable. Compliments to the chef (Mario & Sogi) and his team for providing an exceptional menu especially for us while catering for our special needs! Thanks guys

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SeaCliffManagement, General Manager at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post about your recent stay with us.

It is always a wonderful thing to see that our guests have enjoyed their stay with us and they consider the resort their home away from home. I will be sure to pass your compliments on to the TEAM!

WE hope to welcome you back in the near future.

KARIBU TENA!

Abre Esterhuizen
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lagos, Nigeria
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

Ive always wanted to visit Zanzibar and then my friend decided she was getting married there! The 40 minute ride from the airport at 3am was a bit scary but when we entered the gates, I concluded we were in heaven! Beautiful grounds, clean rooms, helpful staff! And the wedding on the jetty was ....well, heavenly! Only downside to me was they could use a little more creativity in the kitchen! And the mosquitoes could be hell! Loved this hotel

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Large full service resort a decent distance out of Zanzibar with large grounds and a private beach! Very relaxing rooms and amenities after a long safari. The pool is beautiful and overlooks the beach and turquoise waters of the Zanzibar channel.

Caution - the hotel is a 45 minute ride from the airport and a good 30 minutes from Stone Town with any traffic. It's a great resort, but if your primary interest is Stone Town, stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Most have views of the water although some can be quite a hike from the common areas. Select/reques...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Sea Cliff Resort & Spa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, HotelsClick, Agoda, Odigeo and Venere so you can book your Sea Cliff Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Sea Cliff Hotel Zanzibar
Sea Cliff Resort And Spa

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.