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“Superb Holiday at Echo Beach hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Echo Beach Hotel
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“Superb Holiday at Echo Beach hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We spent 6 nights at Echo Beach after a 4 night safari in Tanzania. The hotel was being very ably managed by Zoe who had recently come out from the UK as the owners (A british couple) were away. The hotel is set right on a beautiful white sand beach on the Indian Ocean, 10 yards from the pool and the bar/restaurant area.

The beach was virtually empty the whole time. the hotel has its own PADI diving hut, and in addition watersports facilities are available at Breezes Hotel 300 yards walk along the beach, where you can hire hobie cat sailboats, windsurfers, bicycles, kite surfers etc.

The hotel also has good facilities to organise various trips - we did the Stone Town trip combined with a visit to the Giant tortoise colony on Prison Island (whole day); Swimming with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean at Kizimkazi beach (5 hours), champagne at sunset (Michamwi beach - beautiful), and our (18 and 21 yr old) daughters did the reef snorkelling trip. All trips were excellent and well worth doing. The journey to Stone Town takes about 50 minutes but the roads are good and the taxis are comfortable. Costs were not unreasonable.

We changed some dollars into tanzanian Shillings at the airport on entry to Zanzibar, - the main use for these was for tips for taxi drivers etc. The final hotel bill can be paid in T.Shillings, US Dollars or by credit card or any combination. Tips incidentally - (after all this is Africa!) - we tended to give 10,000 shillings (about £4 or US$ 6) to a driver etc, but 20,000 if the person had been with us half a day or more. To be honest, if you dont change dollars to tanzanian shillings its not a problem, but dollars are much more useful than pounds sterling in Zanzibar and tanzania generally.

The staff at the hotel were uniformly excellent and if we were going on a trip which required an early start (eg the dolphin trip left at 06.00,) then a member of staff would see you off an ensure you had enough water etc.

Food at the hotel was excellent - we were on half board and managed well with a good breakfast and then very little was needed till dinner. Excellent food was available if wanted at lunch, and bar drinks were available all day. Bottled water was also available for free the whole time. You should not drink the tap water.

We felt since we had gone a long way to get there we should try and see as much of the country as we could but frankly the hotel would have been fine for blobbing by the pool or on the beach

Guest rooms were truly excellent - small thatched 2-room cottages around the pool - 2 people per room - as we were a family of 4 we had a cottage to ourselves. There was a large open verandah with each room, and inside the rooms were spacious, with a double bed (some had a double and a single), and a large shower room with good supplies of hot water. The rooms were completely cleaned every day, mosquito nets around the beds were readied for you in the evenings as well. I dont remember any of us in the whole time we were there seeing (or hearing!) mosquitoes in the rooms. We did get occasionally bitten but usually while we were on the beach and probably our fault for not putting repellent on in the early evenings.

I believe the hotel has a maximum of 24 guests - we were there in school holidays and there were one or two other families, but the majority of guests were couples, and if you have children who like the company of other children this hotel may be a bit too "boutique" for you!
Though anyone can come into the hotel from the beach, the land access is guarded and gated, and the land side of the hotel is fenced. The local Zanzibari people were all extremely pleasant and friendly and at no time did we or our daughters feel threatened during this holiday while at the hotel or on the beach. If you are going to Stone Town we found a guide very helpful and probably sensible to have!!

The beach was spectacular - green ocean, white sand, blue sky and palm trees , and very few people around. the tide goes out a long way to the reef and this results in interesting pools and sealife to explore - word of warning - take a pair of sandals you can wear in the water or the sea urchins will get you!

We cannot recommend this hotel too highly - and would love to return.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

My wife and i recently came back from spending our honeymoon there and what a good choice it was. We were made to feel welcome the moment we arrived by the very friendly staff who could not do enough for you. Our bungalow was beautifully laid out and was a stones throw from the beach...literally! Whilst there are plenty of trips to be had, organized through Echo, we were happy to relax on the beach and enjoy the sun and slow pace of life that surrounded us. We did manage to ply ourselves from the beach beds and go snorkeling with Abass from the Dive Centre at Echo and had an amazing time. The trip to the reef on a traditional dow was just as exciting as seeing the incredible range of fish that live in and around the coral reef. He was a joy to be with and pointed out all the fish that were there and well as telling us about what island life is for the people who live there.
Not enough can be said about the warm hospitality given out by owners Andrew and Sue and Zoe the manager, they made our honeymoon better than we could have wished for.
And the food.......every night is a dinning experience. A three course meal that you expect to find in top london restaurants. Whilst we never wanted the days to end, we knew that we had great food to look forward to, especially for my wife who as a vegetarian normally struggles to find good food, but not this time.
It was a magical 12 days and we are already planning our return trip next year!!

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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The first words said to us on arrival were "Welcome to our atmosphere". Said it all really. Wow! The first sight of the Indian Ocean is really something. We were here for five nights and had a totally chilled time. There was a little hiccup with our booking and the manager Zoe sorted it quickly and efficiently without any drama. The food was totally amazing. Every meal was just utterly and completely outstanding. And in between eating there was the 21 second walk from the room to the beach! The colour of the sea and the view was just to die for. The sea was warm and calm. The hotel is small, relaxed and personal and set right on the beach with lovely gardens. Service is perfect, and watching the Sunrise over the ocean is not to be missed. Make sure you meet Hassan the local octopus fisherman (He fishes in front of the hotel and I will put a photo of him on here) - for a tip he will give you a tour of the rock pools and show you some pretty cool stuff. Not much more to say really. If you are heading to Zanzibar you'd be missing out if you didn't stay at Echo Beach.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

My partner and I visited Echo Beach for three nights at the end of a fantastic but full on charity project in south west Tanzania in August 2011 (can't seem to tick that box on this ap - hence why says October). I have spent about 8 months in total in Tanzania and Zanzibar in my life and am sometimes a little torn about how luxurious places and whether they can show a country at what it's really like. Zanzibar is an exotic and painting-by-numbers tropical paradise; A place like Echo beach was just pure escapism and a fantastic treat for us after such a hardcore charity project. Three nights probably cost more than our previous 17 days of roughing it in Tanzania but it was worth every penny. The villas are just beautiful - sumptuously decorated and the epitome of style. I sighed audibly as we were shown it. The villas are situated around each other but completely private. Lovely veranda to just lie on and doze/pretend to be reading a book. Great swimming pool or just a couple of steps to the sea.

We really liked the way the owners socialised a little in the evening and went around unobtrusively checking their guests were happy in the main bar and restaurant. They were so friendly - interested and interesting. The food was consistently good but my favourite was definitely breakfast. As we left early for our flight home, we stocked up on a good breakfast so to avoid too much plane food; definitely the best scrambled eggs and porridge ever had anywhere. Slightly bizarre to find that in Zanzibar but in Zanzibar we did.

You could also get really reasonable beauty treatments here. Had a rather unfortunate removal of most an eyebrow which i now find funny ... but the pedicure and body scrub was lovely. Just stay away from waxing :-).

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Spent a week here after safari and it was just perfect. We had planned to do loads of trips but ended up so relaxed that we did very little other than lie in the sun, eat, drink and play in the sea!

They have a new manager Zoe who was so welcoming and very organised - she was only too happy to help with any little questions. The food stood out for us - every dinner we were able to eat a different type of fish and the Saturday buffet (with entertainment!) was a highlight. All of the bar/waitering staff were smiley, friendly and happy and the same could be said for every other employee. The cocktails were fab and the beer very reasonably priced! Maureen in the spa was amazing - a 60 min massage for 40 USD was luxurious and such good value.

We went snorkelling (arranged by the dive man at Echo Beach) and he arranged it so his friend gave us a lift out to the reef on his dhow (complete with fish and machete on the floor!) - a fantastic experience. He snorkelled with us pointing out so much that we would have otherwise missed or not known what it was. We also found a place just down the beach where we hired windsurfs (2 hour lesson for 2 was 70 USD), kayaks (10 USD) and there was plenty more on offer.

This hotel was perfect for us - had we wanted to do some trips then Zoe would have organised them for us when we arrived but time just slipped away from us!

A small word of warning if you don't like dogs this is not the hotel for you!! A huge great dane (very placid) and 2 bassett hound puppies (excitable and wandered into our room once!). No problem for us as they were adorable but if you were scared or allergic this wouldn't be ideal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

When planning our safari we were not impressed with the bigger hotels with all the entertainment and animation, so spent some evening on Tripadvisor.com and found Echo Beach Hotel which we booked directly. All mailcontact with owner Sue was very pleasant, upon arriving it felt like we knew her already. Echo Beach is just, it was all we'd hoped for.
We got a whole bungalow to ourselves, set in a beautiful garden, practically on the beach so with wonderful views. The bungalow had 2 rooms, each with its own - huge - bathroom, and with a lovely terrace with couch and daybed (had some lovely naps there in the afternoon), and our daughter had the room upstairs with as large a terrace. Both rooms were decorated with the most beautiful, wooden carved furniture and beautiful fabrics all in a colourscheme. Beautiful, and very fitting with the Zanzibar/Stonetown location. I've read some reviews about the salty shower; no problem at all we felt. Just slightly salty, but more importantly plenty of hot water. Room was kept spotlessly clean as well.
Pool is lovely. And to give an example of the way owners Sue and Andrew interpret their hospitality: when on our first day my husband and daughter wanted to play in the pool we asked whether there was perhaps a ball or something. There wasn't. Turns out they immediately called Andrew, who was in Stonetown, and upon his return he gave my husband a beautifull ball which he'd gone and bought immediately. Food is simply amazing too! And here also: our daughter is rather a picky eater - no problem, even though it wasn't on the menu they prepared a lovely chicken fillet with some french potatoes. I'm not very into spicy food, after I mentioned this once ( as an excuse for not eating all of it) Andrew made sure my food was less spicy from then on. One morning Sue walked past our bungalow, so I was up already and mDe sure I was brought a lovely cup of tea to start the day with... Typical examples of the very personal service I feel one would not get at the larger hotels. Some excellent staff, Mary and Marcus amonst them. A few of the staff do need some more training we feel: one or two girls really don't speak english and regularly brought us a wrong order. Still, they'll learn and Marcus always kept an eye out and was quick to correct.
Then, the beach is just too beautiful, it's like walking in a travelbrochure. Really soft, white sandy beach ( cleaned every morning by the staff!), blue/green/turkoois sea, palmtrees... can really recommend the massage as well, one of the best I ever had.
Last but very definitely not least do want to mention new hotel manager Zoe. Very kind and efficient, whatever the request it was met within the same day - or even afternoon. Feel sure that the little things that need more attention within Echo Beach (not replacing the complimentary shampoo&shower, lack of hairdryer, slightly threadbare beachtowels) will under her management soon also be up to standard.
We often noticed people on the beach from the larger hotels looking enviously (or so we thought) at us, lying there on the ever so comfy beachbeds, lots of space and peace&quiet.
To sum it up; cannot recommend it enough!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 July 23, 2012

Echo Beach is a wonderfully unique hotel! We flew to Zanzibar after a safari in Kenya at the tail end of our Honeymoon and we were not disappointed when we arrived. Echo Beach has a very relaxed feel and is in such a beautiful setting – right on the beach front. On arrival, Sue the owner greeted us with a complimentary drink and was very welcoming, as was her beautiful Great Dane (shame we couldn’t sneak him back home with us!) We were allocated Bungalow 9, which has stunning views across the pool and onto the beach. The rooms are decorated beautifully, with huge beds, spacious bathrooms and wonderful balconies with day beds. We really kicked back and relaxed whilst we were there, but there were a number of trips you could take to occupy yourself, or just spend time swimming, exploring the sea bed and coral when the tide went out or soaking up the rays. The highlight of this place has to be the food! Each evening we enjoyed cocktails and a bottle of wine over a glorious 3 course meal. The chefs are incredible – the choices each evening were varied and included a vegetarian option, and the food was so fresh and full of flavour – I could not fault a single dish I tried… (and I tried many each breakfast, lunch and dinner!!). There is a family feel here, and you are looked after. Sue and Andrew are very laid back and this helps with the overall feel of the place, unpretentious and good fun. The staff at Echo Beach are extremely friendly, eager to help and chat. The weather was slightly out of sorts a few of the days we were there, but that couldn’t be helped and meant we spent the time reading on our day beds and sampling more of the food on offer! If you are looking for a relaxed, unassuming retreat, Echo Beach will welcome you with open arms!

Room Tip: Bungalow 9 had wonderful views! And a stunning day bed to wile the hours away...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Stonetown, Bwejuu 3109 , Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Slice of ParadiseThe new Echo Beach Hotel resort offers visitors a slice of paradise on the dreamy tropical island of Zanzibar. The very name Zanzibar evokes a sense of mystique and adventure.Sue and Andrew Page, the owners of Echo Beach bought a 5 acre stretch of unspoilt beach to create a unique boutique hotel. There are now 13 individual villas combining unpretentious African architecture with state of the art technology, interior design, fixtures and fittings.Beach Villasin Unspoilt SurroundingsThe individually designed Bandas are constructed from local stone, capped with Makuti roofs and painted in the Little Green Paint Company's iridescent white to reflect the sun.Each dwelling boasts exquisitely hand carved balconies and verandas where guests can enjoy a drink in the shade. The Bandas are completely private and not overlooked, allowing visitors to relish the unspoilt surroundings and uninterrupted views of the beautiful Indian Ocean.Beachside diningDining in the beachside restaurant, decorated with designers guild fabric, in the white and turquoise of the seashore is a highly pleasurable experience, with discreet and efficient service.With a refreshing breeze blowing in from the sea, guests can unwind and relax with a decadent cocktail in the stylish bar area, where designer fabrics are teamed with Zanzibar carved furnishings. Or wander down to the unique bar on the beach, and enjoy refreshments by the sea shore.Local Dishes & International FavouritesFor those who want to get the true taste of Zanzibar there is a wealth of fresh local food on the menu, not to mention some carefully selected International favourites.The ultimate in fresh fare, produce is purchased daily, including lobster, crab, prawns and squid straight from local fisherman who come to the beach.Relax at the Beauty SpaZanzibar is the perfect place for a complete break from the hectic life most people live nowadays. If you want professional, unobtrusive service, peace and privacy to relax, then why not try our professional beauty spa and treat yourself to a complete pampering.Tours and TransfersEcho Beach is happy to arrange transfers to and from the hotel.Whilst on your holiday why not let us arrange for you to explore the magical island taking in the legendary Spice Tour. While spices no longer dominate Zanzibar's economy as they once did, there are still numerous spice plantations in the centre of the island, which make an interesting visit.Friendly and informed guides will escort you on a walking tour of the spice farms, picking bunches of leaves, fruit and twigs from bushes and trees, inviting you to smell or taste them to guess what they are.Swimming with Dolphins is also a magical experience that will not be forgotten and can easily be arranged. The Jozani Forest Tour with the colobus monkeys that are unique to Zanzibar. These are just some of the adventures you can enjoy as well as diving, fishing and snorkelling in one of the most unspoilt areas of the world. ... more   less 
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