A small, friendly, owner run hotel on the South East coast of Zanzibar - the hotel is on a 5 acre strech of lovely sandy beaches and tropical palms.
The owners, Sue and Andrew Page, hail from England but spent many years in France running a chambre d'hote with acclaim for their food and hospitality. Echo Beach has been built and furnished by local tradesmen and designers usuing traditional Zanzibari build and artifacts.
There are currently 10 villas (or 'bandas') all privately spaced out with verandah areas overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There is a family beach villa which can be used as a honeymoon suite, and 2 2-storey cottages, which are good for families.
The tide does go out a long way on this stretch of coast, so the large swimming pool is a welcome cooling off spot on a hot day! There is also a jacuzzi for unwinding. On site there is a PADI dive centre and a beauty spa.
The restaurant is run by Andrew with his classic French training and local chefs using the vast array of ingredients featuring lots of lovely fresh seafood bought directly from the fishermen on the beach. The half board rates include a 3 course dinner and meals can be arranged al fresco or privately on your verandah.
Diving, snorkelling and other local excursions can be booked from the hotel.
Open: Echo Beach Hotel is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on a 5-acre beach in Bwejuu on Zanzibar’s southeast coast. It is about an hour’s drive from the airport and Stone Town.
Rooms: There are 11 villas built in traditional style with thick stone walls and thatched roofs. Each has a bedroom, bathroom and private covered terrace of around 20 square metres. They are decorated in different colour themes with silk drapes and cushions, and locally-made furniture. Bathrooms are modern and feature Italian tiles and high quality fixtures and fittings. Each terrace has chairs and dining table, plus a daybeds. 2 of the villas have 2 en-suite bedrooms each and can accommodate families, and there's a large beach cottage for families or groups of friends. There is 24 hour mains electricity and each villas has battery charging points.
Activities: The bay is protected by a coral reef and the calm waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving, and the hotel has its own PADI dive centre, so beginners can learn to dive and divers of all level of experience are catered for. Staff can arrange guided tours to areas of interest across Zanzibar, as well as fishing trips and swimming with dolphins.
Facilities: The hotel has a thatched roof, open-sided restaurant by the beach, a bar and lounge, plus a beach bar. There’s a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. The spa offers pampering beauty treatments and massages, and the gift shop sells locally made crafts, clothes and jewellery.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though there are no special facilities or activities for children. There are 3 larger villas for families.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is mobile phone coverage and free Wi-Fi internet access.
Notes: There are no TVs or radios at Echo Beach Hotel.
"Echo Beach was wonderful but very tired. Lots of things needed some attention and money spent (ripped bedspreads, some sunbeds were beginning to break, cushions and covers in poor state, outside beach bar ruined in a storm and not repaired so not in use which was a shame, pool light wires not attached to any lights, beach defences collapsed etc) but we loved it there. Food was exceptional and the highlight. Loved the beach and water sports in neighbouring Breezes were great. "