Set on a beach of shimmering white sand amongst swaying palm trees, this is a small, simple but charming hotel managed by the owners and therefore run with real passion. The hotel has been decorated throughout using handpicked furnishings, so each room is individually appointed.
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Owners Sue and Andrew ran a hotel in France for 14 years before making the decision to move to Zanzibar and start their own hotel here. Andrew is a French trained chef whilst Sue concentrates on interior design and sources the fabrics and furnishings used throughout the hotel. As a result, this is a beautiful place to stay and the food is excellent, whilst still having a relaxed and homely atmosphere. The main area and beach are great places to relax, whilst your own room has a private veranda which is perfect for reading a book whilst taking a break from the hot afternoon sun.
The hotel's en suite rooms are housed in several cottages set amongst the coconut palms. The cottages are decorated with colourful fabrics and Zanzibari handmade furniture and have makuti thatched roofs. Outside each room is a shady veranda, which is lined with brightly coloured drapes and furnished with a day bed to which you can retreat on hot days. There are a mix of single and double-storey villas, the latter of which have an upper and lower bedroom, a separate entrance and slightly larger bedrooms than the single-storey rooms. Two garden cottages are set further back from the beach, featuring small private gardens, while the beach house has two en suite rooms and works perfectly for families or honeymooners.
Echo Beach is based on the east coast of Zanzibar and is perfectly positioned for beach relaxation. However, if you're feeling more active, water-based activities such as snorkelling, diving and wind surfing can all be arranged from here. Jozani Forest is only a short drive away and, a little further afield, Stone Town is well placed for day excursions.
Food & Drink
Meals are cooked according to the fisherman’s daily catch and the freshest food at the market. A dhow on the beach has been cleverly converted into a bar, while the wood-burning stove produces delicious pizzas and bread. Cocktails are of a high standard, and although typically cocktails in Zanzibar are not up to Western standards, these are worth a try. Meals are à la carte, with a full English breakfast available in the mornings and three courses served at dinner.
Facilities and Activities
Guests will enjoy the beautiful beach location here, spending time swimming, snorkelling and relaxing by the pool and Jacuzzi. Spa treatments are also available and there's a PADI certified dive centre on site. The lodge can arrange excursions for you, such as wind surfing, tours of Stone Town, Spice Tours or going to see Jozani Forest and the red colobus monkeys. A laundry service is available at an extra cost and complimentary Wi-Fi can be accessed in the main communal area.
Unfortunately Echo Beach is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs due to the sandy paths and steps up to the rooms and the main area.
We’ve had excellent feedback from our clients for Echo Beach Hotel. It’s very Zanzibari, so don’t expect a totally slick operation, but it’s all part of the hotel’s charm! The hotel's rooms are delightful, it's in an ideal location on one of the best beaches on Zanzibar, and the food is some of the best on the island.