Stay at Echo Beach Hotel
We've had excellent feedback from our clients for Echo Beach Hotel. It's very Zanzibari, so don't expect a totally slick operation - it's all part of the hotel's charm.
Echo Beach Hotel, Zanzibar ArchipelagoOur rating: Medium
Echo Beach Hotel sits amongst five acres of gardens on Bwejuu, one of the prettiest beaches on Zanzibar. The lodge is owned and run by Sue and Andrew Page, an English couple who spent 14 years running a hotel in France, before being seduced by the hot weather and white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Andrew is a trained chef, and as a result Echo Beach has one of the best reputations on the island for food.
The 12 rooms at Echo Beach are scattered amongst several cottages built amongst the coconut palms. The cottages are all traditionally designed with tropical colours on the walls, traditional Zanzibari hand-made furniture and makuti thatched roofs. Outside each bedroom is a shady verandah or balcony where guests can enjoy a cool drink and watch the world go by. Inside, the rooms all have en suite bathrooms and are decorated with bright, jewel-coloured drapes and a mixture of antique and locally made wooden furniture. There are five single storey Beach Villas each with one room, and two double storey Beach Villas, with one room upstairs, and another downstairs. Each has a separate entrance, and the bedrooms are slightly larger than the single storey villas. The two Garden Cottages are set further back from the beach and have a small outdoor garden. Finally, the Beach House has two en suite rooms, and works perfectly either for families, or for honeymooners, with one of the rooms used as a private sitting area.
Andrew oversees the kitchen, where meals are cooked according to the fishermen's daily catch and whatever food is freshest in the market. They also have a dhow on the beach which has been cleverly converted into a bar as well as a wood-burning stove which produces delicious pizzas and fresh-baked bread. Most people come to the lodge to relax beside the swimming pool or beach, but for the active, excursions including dhow trips and spice tours can easily be organised. There is also a small spa therapy room in the pretty gardens and the hotel works with a dive centre further up the beach to arrange snorkelling and diving trips.
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