- Unique dining
- Remote beach setting
- Good water-based activities
Set along the beaches of Zanzibar, Echo Beach Hotel is a great place for people who want to taste African living whilst also relaxing by the sea. With 5 acres of remote and unspoilt beach exclusive to guests, this resort provides a good resting spot during a safari tour.
Guest accommodation consists of nine two-storey palm-thatched villas along the coast. The interior design is modern and slick, but unpretentious and homely. All the rooms are large and include en-suites and private verandas overlooking either the sea or the landscaped gardens. The hotel has good facilities to ensure that guests relax, such as a communal swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and bar, where the owners and staff can often be found teaching local games and telling stories in the evening.
Water-based activities are another attraction of Echo Beach Hotel. The beach stretches out onto a coral reef that can be explored by foot during low-tide, or by snorkel during high-tide at their own leisure. The resort also houses its own SCUBA diving instructor with whom guests can explore the Indian Ocean further. Excursions to the Jozani Forest and nearby spice plantations can also be arranged.
Like its architecture, dining at the resort combines many cultural influences to create a unique experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the hotel’s main restaurant, and always consist of high-quality and locally-sourced food. Most hotels in the region offer buffets, so Echo Beach Hotel’s three course evening menu a la carte is one of the more exciting dining experiences in the area.
The resort works for couples and families alike. There is no minimum age, so families with children of all ages are welcome. A family villa consists of a double connected to a twin or triple bedroom, both with en-suite bathrooms. Whilst there are no activities specifically designed for children, they seem to find their own fun in the pool and on the beach.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019