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at Echo Beach Hotel

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... waves gently breaking on the beach. A really great swimming pool and the sea as warm as your bathtub at home complete the...
... the place could use with a little spruce up, and perhaps a new filter in the pool. All in all though, a lovely place to visit.
... of them do not resemble the property today. For example, the pool area shows an almost-newly paved area that is pristine when,...
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Geoffrey C wrote a review Oct 2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom91 contributions64 helpful votes
We are back in rainy Birmingham after two amazing weeks at this wonderful,quirky hotel that is literally on the beach in Zanzibar.If you want an ultra modern ,chic hotel with the latest 55inch flat screen television then don't come here.
If you want a totally chiiaxing holiday in a comfortable hotel,where the owners and the staff just want to look after you and ensure you have a great holiday then do consider this lovely place.
The hotel and rooms are like your favourite slippers,comfortable and a little worn around the edges.Things do go wrong occasionally,and the electricity does go off from time to time, but don't worry it all gets fixed with the minimum of fuss and is part of the quintessential Echo Beach Hotel timeless charm.As they say in Zanzibar,Hakuna Matata "don't worry "
Food,absolutely amazing and all fresh, most days you see the catch of the day being brought up the beach by the local fisherman,you can't get fresher than that.If you have a favourite tell Andrew or his team and it will magically appear on the menu in the wonderful,atmospheric restaurant/bar with its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and it's soundtrack of waves gently breaking on the beach.
A really great swimming pool and the sea as warm as your bathtub at home complete the picture,although the sea does go out a long way, turning the lagoon into a paradise for wading birds and herons picking their way through the rock pools
So what about the hotel,well its like a mixture of an African tribal art shop you might find in some chic English town and a colonial outpost left over from the days the British were here,infact it feels like the set from the film the African Queen,you half expect Humphrey Bogart and Lauren BcCall to come out from behind the bushes at any moment
As you can see this fantastic piece of paradise has left a real mark on us,and was especially welcome after a hectic,but wonderful weeks Safari in the Northern Serengeti
We have had wonderful holidays in the past,and hopefully will do in the future,but I doubt any will rival our two weeks in the paradise that is the Echo Beach Hotel
Thank you Andrew,Sue and the team for helping us to create memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives
PS Do do the snorkelling trip to the Blue Lagoon , absolutely out of this world and just up the beach from the hotel
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: They are all good rooms overlooking the pool and the beach
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GVAtraveler wrote a review Aug 2017
Geneva, Switzerland41 contributions26 helpful votes
We stayed here in February 2016. The location is nice, the beach is rugged and empty here and the tide goes out far. The food in the restaurant is amazing. As another guest said, the place could use with a little spruce up, and perhaps a new filter in the pool. All in all though, a lovely place to visit.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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DCMIT1 wrote a review Aug 2017
Higham, United Kingdom603 contributions154 helpful votes
Stayed at Echo Beach for 4 nights following 9 day’s safaris in Rwanda and Tanzania where we hoped to get some R&R given we'd stayed at 5 different lodges and hotels and were a little exhausted from being on the move at this pace. In this regard, it fully ticked the box!

The beachfront location is secluded and relaxing with turquoise sea and golden sand and total peace and quiet to unwind. The hotel has 10 properties and we stayed in lodges 1 and 1a, which is a family lodge with a main bedroom with king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. The adjoining room, connected via a corridor off the main bedroom, has two single beds and a similar bathroom layout. The single beds look small but I'm 6ft and 17.5 stone and could lie on them without difficultly - sleeping might be another matter so I would suggest that the room is geared towards younger children rather than fully grown teenagers. Both rooms have a veranda with the main room having a day bed and the smaller room a couple of rickety chairs. The rooms are pleasant and spacious and the team at Echo Beach go to great lengths to ensure they are well presented and clean. Unfortunately, the toilets appear to be a `law unto themselves' and do not appear to be particularly well secured to the floor?! As such, there's some movement with both toilets leaking on arrival and the toilet in the main room leaking so badly that we had to lay towels down on the floor on the first night as a safety measure to avoid slipping. The leak appeared to be from the water pipe and not the soil pipe so I am confident there was no health issue. We reported it the following morning and half the staff in the hotel attended to resolve with haste and apologies. The matter was resolved without issue and did not pose a problem thereafter. Similarly, the bedspread was a little threadbare and having folded it off the bed one night when we were hot the staff must have thought we had an issue and replaced it promptly the following morning with a new bed spread. The mosquitoes are a blight and again we asked for extra spray one evening, as it's not left in the room, and were presented with a giant-size can the following day to use at our discretion. In the scheme of things, a couple of minor gripes that the hotel staff, with Sue's caring oversight, addressed effectively and hastily. Message is, please don't hesitate to ask if you need help as it will be received with a smile!

Of the 10 properties, we believe Sue & Andrew occupy one and another is used by Sue's daughter. That leaves 8 for guest with only one other couple staying for our first two nights and thereafter we were sole residents of the hotel meaning we received personal treatment at lunch and dinner but we left to our own devices during the day to "chillax" on the beach. We took a walk in both directions and generally the beach is clean and secure. It's an interesting coastline with a few beach-side properties clearly having failed and been allowed to slip in to a state of decomposition to be reclaimed by the flora and fauna. You do get hassled a little by locals trying to sell curios on the beach but a firm no sends them on their way. One day, whilst relaxing on our beach loungers, a large group of what looked like police/ army/ security personnel turned up at the hotel with some very official looking people. I thought it was some kind of local government visit, e.g. tourist minister, but we were told they were looking for some locals who'd stolen coconuts off trees along the beach front - bizarre! I still think they were some form of local big-wigs because they walked in to the hotel and were treated like royalty with both high and low-ranking staff offered free drinks etc. The staff appeared very attentive towards them suggesting there were not just some form of local security. My wife and daughter found their presence somewhat disconcerting but when I went in to the bar area to use the Wi-Fi they were all very engaging, polite and smiling.

The food at the hotel is fantastic and I must say it was the best we had during our 13-night stay in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar and that's saying something given we'd generally stayed in 4-5 star lodges. I believe Andrew was the original chef but, whilst he might oversee the menu and operation, responsibility has passed on. The evening menu is peppered with seafood choices as you would expect with lobster, prawns and local fish on offer. Lunch time meals are light and pitched exactly how I like them so that you do not feel like you've eaten a cow as you return to your restful activities. We've been back a month now and I'm struggling to recall exactly what we ate but the culinary experience is a highlight of this hotel and worthy of 5-stars.

All the staff are pleasant, polite and helpful. We decided to visit Stone Town and rather than utilise the agent who collected us at the airport, Fatima (hotel Reception/ General Manager under Sue) negotiated a special price arrangement, which provided for a return taxi in to Stone Town and local tour guide at 50% of what we would have paid on an official trip. Having said this, I wouldn't return as we found Stone Town to be somewhat dirty, smelly and oppressive. It has the potential to be beautiful and as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site it should be but clearly corruption is taking its toll with money for investment being routed elsewhere?! Andrew even commented that outside of being smelly and dirty the town has little to offer! I wanted to see it and take my wife and daughter there to experience an authentic Arabic/ Muslim city. It's advisable to dress accordingly as some international female guest haven't quite grasped the cultural disrespect of walking the streets of a mainly Muslim town in shorts and vest t-shirts!

We had such a relaxing and tranquil stay at Echo Beach with great food, friendly hosts and a boutique hotel virtually to ourselves. The beachfront is lovely but I wouldn't waste your time and money on island excursions as Zanzibar itself is very similar to the Caribbean with the island interior being in stark contrast to the beach resorts. Sue and Andrew couldn't have been any nicer or accommodating. However, and this really is the only gripe, the pictures on the hotel web site and some of the TA guest pictures were clearly taken many years ago, just after the hotel was renovated (I guess when Sue and Andy acquired it), and many of them do not resemble the property today. For example, the pool area shows an almost-newly paved area that is pristine when, in reality, it is now worn and in need of a good jet wash. The rooms all look fantastic in the photos but clearly there are issues that need addressing. Whilst we were very polite and respectful of the minor inconveniences, a leaking toilet is something that simply should not be experienced in a 4 or 5-star hotel. A quick lick of paint, a few days investment by the handyman and a refresh of some of the decor would bring the hotel back to its more glorious days as presented in the hotel brochure. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Echo Beach and it was a lovely stay but could have been a great staff if it were not for the small niggles we experienced.

I hope Sue and Andrew take this review positively, especially given the 4-star review. My review is intended to be constructed as the owners, staff, food, location and ambiance of the resort deserve 5-stars but I always believe reviews should reflect the truth and the small things that have stopped me giving 5-stars matter and could do with addressing.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms 1 & 1A adjoining family - accommodates 4.
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nej722016 wrote a review Jul 2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
We have an extremely pleasant four days at this hotel with our three children (10,12,14).
It is very personal and stylish. The rooms are spacious and clean.
The pool sparkles and is well maintained.
The owners are super and make the place relaxed and homely.
The absolute highlight is the food which is very special (thanks to andrew) The best tuna I have ever tasted and some delicious pasta dishes. The juices were all freshly made and Mohammed made delicious cocktails very professionally with all the best ingredients.
I wouldn't hesitate to rebook.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Helen M wrote a review Nov 2016
Halifax, United Kingdom79 contributions28 helpful votes
I love this hotel and everything about it.
I arranged to have my wedding at Echo beach and Andrew & Sue sorted all the legalities but also sorted out some extras like steaming the creases out of my wedding dress - making us a fabulous wedding cake and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Andrew even asked us for a play list of music we wanted following the ceremony which took place on the beach under a handmade canopy - all these extra touches made our wedding very special... in fact... everyone at Echo beach made our wedding very special.
As for the hotel we were greeted on our first day by the lovely Fatima who ran through the hotel facilities and excursions and then showed us to our rooms which were amazing. Very spacious - very nice decor and wonderful views of the beach which you could enjoy from either inside your room or on the bed on the balcony.
The food was fabulous.. thank you Andrew.
The pool area was a favourite of mine - it has a beautiful view of the beach and was a welcome relief from the heat.
All in all this hotel is a fabulous place to stay, the staff/owners are very friendly plus if you like dogs you'll be greeted by 1 very friendly great dane and 2 very cute basset hounds.
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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