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Echo Beach Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Bwejuu
Certificate of Excellence
Northampton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“A mini paradise with exquisite food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have just returned from a fantastic eight night stay at Echo Beach Hotel as part of our honeymoon. This was a very welcome retreat following four days intensive safari in the Selous Game Reserve.

We were immediately made to feel very welcome at this hotel by Sue, the owner, and throughout our stay we really enjoyed the intimate and personal feel of the place. The accommodation was fantastic and very nicely decorated: the room was an excellent size with a good air conditioning and fan system; the shower was wonderful and the terrace outside provided a great relaxation area. The gardens are beautifully manicured every day and we never put shoes on whilst staying there as you are constantly on white sand once you leave your room! The bed was very comfortable and the room provided a small safe for valuables. The doors of the wardrobe never shut properly, but this wasn't an issue for us. We really appreciated how the room looked on our arrival and it was always spotlessly cleaned every day. Beach towels are provided, which is also a bonus.

The beach area is phenomenal and a mini paradise. It is very peaceful and relaxing and sometimes staff come to check if you need drinks. However if the staff are not around it is very easy to walk to the bar to order and these drinks can be bought out to you easily. We particularly enjoyed the suggestion of having lunch on a boat positioned on the beach on our first day. They converted this during our stay to an area for people to enjoy dinner at night. The pool area is also very comfortable and the pool is very clean and a pleasure to swim in. The only negative of the beach front was that it was very breezy at times during our stay, which meant sometimes we had to leave the beach front slightly earlier than we would have liked in the afternoon. I think this was because the time we visited the tide was largely out during the day and of course it is winter in Africa! However it may be worth having some kind of wind breaker to use if this happens regularly.

However the biggest selling point of this hotel is its food. The lunch and dinner menus were changed every day we were there and it was very varied and extensive. We did not have one bad meal there and the chocolate cookie dessert was one of the best I have eaten. The kitchen clearly uses a range of local products and as fish lovers, we enjoyed the variety of fish dishes. Breakfast is delicious and the fresh fruit and juice to start is yummy. The portions are a very good size and we would like to know when Andrew is opening a restaurant in England so we can go in between our visits to Zanzibar! Sue also organised a wonderful meal on our terrace for one night as it was our honeymoon. We received champagne and canapes, which was a lovely treat. There is also a great variety of drinks and we would recommend trying the cocktails. The service of the waiting staff is impeccable. They are incredibly friendly and work very hard.

Andrew is able to organise most activities if asked. He sorted our Blue Safari trip and day out to Stone Town, Spice Farm and Prison Island at a good rate. Also we would definitely recommend having a treatment in the Spa; Lucia's massages are fantastic!!!

We also really liked the dogs, who do play a big part at this hotel; they are real characters and very entertaining.Twice we were woken up with their barking in the early hours, but we forgive them as they are so cute!

We would definitely recommend this hotel for a honeymoon. I don't think this a resort for young families but there seemed to be groups with older teenagers enjoying themselves. This is a place to relax, eat and drink. There is not much in the way of activities in close proximity to the hotel, but if you do feel that you want to see some of the island's culture it would appear this can be easily organised. The hotel has a wonderful personal feeling about it and we were very sad to leave. We would like to thank all the staff at Echo Beach for making our honeymoon so special.

We would also definitely recommend booking your holiday with Safari and Beach as their expertise in the area definitely helped with our choice and trip. They organised all flights and transfers and Charlie in particular was very accommodating in meeting what we wanted. We had a misconnection on our international flight with Qatar Airline and Charlie was wonderful in rearranging our connecting flights in the middle of the night. We felt very supported by Charlie and all at Safari and Beach.

Room Tip: Room 4 is an excellent single storey room in a central location overlooking the pool and beach.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Choosing an hotel is very much a matter of personal taste. If you want lots of activities or service verging on the obsequious then Echo Beach is probably not for you. They can, and do, arrange trips to Stone Town, spice tours, swimming with dolphins and trips on Arab dhows etc, but the real name of the game is to unwind. Great location, your classic palm-fringed white sand beach; terrific accommodation, good size, great showers and the choice of ceiling fan over air con which we prefer; and excellent food, well balanced meals with very fresh ingredients, well prepared and presented. The English owners, Sue and Andrew, make sure they get to know all guests to ensure they are getting the most out of their holiday without being intrusive. For my wife and I it provided the perfect combination of an informal ambience, fine catering and wonderful staff. We loved the dogs too.

Room Tip: All have sea views so choose solely on size.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Having just spent 8 days on safari in Southern Tanzania we went to Echo Beach on Zanzibar for a rest. We could not have chosen better! Turquoise blue sea, miles of white sand, comfortable accommodation and excellent food. The perfect final destination on an unforgettable holiday.

Room Tip: All the rooms are in lodges around a pool.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed here in June 2013 as part of our honeymoon having just come off the back of a 4 day safari on the mainland.

It was exactly what we needed and much more than we expected. The location is stunning, the rooms well sized and the staff could not have done more for us.

A special mention, too, for the food. Every night were it was of a fantastic standard with imaginative menus you'd pay very good money for in London.

A lovely place if you need to relax and switch off. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lee, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed at Echo beach for 7 nights on our honeymoon following a safari in August 2012. We have very much mixed feelings about it, positive and negative.

Positives: Fab location, relaxing, quiet, hotel area was beautiful and colourful. The tide came in twice per day and the water was lovely in the evening when warmed up from the day. The dogs are a delight (if you like dogs). Staff and Zoe, manager were friendly. Perfect for honeymooners. We had our first meal on the beach of lobster and champagne, a real treat. Also had champagne and canapés in our room after arrival (but had to ask for these). Breakfast was great. It gets dark early so everyone tends to go to leave the bar area early (approx 10 - 10.30pm) but this was fine with us and we were up early every day to catch the most of the day. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and have some great memories of Zanzibar.

Negatives: Sue and Andrew were out of the country during our stay and I think this may have impacted on the quality of the personal touch/service that we read about prior to booking. We were taken to the wrong room initially but this was rectified soon after. We booked Echo Beach mostly due to reports that the food was amazing, we love to eat and like good food. We were very disappointed the first 3 nights, the food was very salty and everything was covered in sauce, and bananas were the option for dessert 3 days in a row. The 3rd night the banana was completely unripe to the point of drying our mouths with one bite. The food did improve after this however and we had no complaints for the next 4 nights. The electrics were very dodgy in our room. We got electric shocks from the wall sockets, the tap in the bathroom and through the water from the tap and the shower head. We reported this to the manager and waited for about 2 hours for someone to come to check it out. We were unsure if someone had come (no-one knocked on our door) so we went for dinner. The next day we were assured someone did look at this but I got another electric shock from the shower head. I was terrified about having a shower and did not have one before flying back to Nairobi. When we were leaving in the taxi to go home a joke was made by management about getting a shock on the plane, this was meant as a joke but was in poor taste considering my fear of using the bathroom/shower and the fact that we both got multiple electric shocks. The air conditioning broke on the first day and it never quite worked properly after this despite being 'fixed'. We think it may have been linked to issues with the electrics. Lastly, the rug in our room was quite dirty/stained. Our room was the lower price granted, but we would still expect things to be clean. I left all the above comments in written form before I left therefore none of this should be a surprise for management. I advised Zoe verbally to get the electrics sorted before she let anyone else use this room as I was afraid someone could get seriously hurt. Despite the negatives we would stay at echo beach again.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I have mixed feelings about Echo Beach. First, the place looks absolutely nothing like its web page and is considerably more run down. The quality of the service was not all that good and requests for the rooms were not done unless I chased after it. Management was nowhere to be seen and probably accounts for the reasons requests were not followed up.

When requested, indeed day trips were arranged. However, I would never use their man again--he is not totally honest, confusing in his discussions over costs and certainly not used to residents who know what is going on and seems to believe that all foreigners accept being ripped off.

The food was outstanding and would be the only reason we return.

Other than that, I felt like my kids and I were more of a bother than welcome guests. On the day we left, we were the last guests (after a very quiet Easter weekend) and I would have put a bubble over everyone's head saying ''can't they just leave now?''

Beaches are abundant in Zanzibar. I think there are better places to stay comparable to the cost of Echo and will probably go somewhere else on my next visit to Zanzibar.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

As part of my safari trip the second part was on Zanzibar at Echo beach, this hotel was just what I needed after the safari, getting to relax and unwind. The room, number 3 was great and to a very high standard, I had a lovely afternoon snooze on the veranda bed. The food was superb and as it was my 40th while there we had a lovely last night meal on the beach, with chocolate pudding cooked especially. The different cocktail each even was lovely and refreshing with the fresh fruit. The staff could not have done more when asked and was very polite. Sue & Andrew were great and there dogs were just like being at home. Echo beach is a great place to get away from it all, where you can be active if you want or you can while away your time on the beach or by the pool with a good book

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Echo Beach Hotel
Address: Bwejuu | East Coast, Bwejuu 3109, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#6 Family Hotel in Bwejuu
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
Number of rooms: 9
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 10 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 .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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