Echo Beach we had a great time here, and it was really relaxing. Our lodge was very nice, and the food throughout was excellent. The staff were all really friendly although some of them were quite new and their English wasn't too good. One example of this was that a cocktail of the day was advertised at the bar but when we ordered it the barman didn't know how to make it so gave us something completely different! However whenever there was an issue the owners and management were more than willing to help resolve it.
EchoBeach, Zanzibar. Transfer to Zanzibar was not complicated, just a little delayed due to problems with other flights. We were able to go straight from Ruaha (via a couple of hops in selous) to Zanzibar without changing planes, and we were met with no problems and driven across the island to Echo Beach. This hotel is an absolute gem, with an exquisite beachside location. The food was stunning, with lunch options ranging from $8 - $15. There was always a big enough choice for evening meals and tasty cocktails. The owners were very friendly and interested in what we had been up to.
Echo Beach hotel was fantastic. The owners and all the staff made us feel very welcome and it was the perfect hotel for us. Small, quiet, on the beach, fantastic food, clean rooms and great service. They were extremely helpful in organising trips for us and in particular the diving was very good. We are both keen scuba divers and so having an instructor on-site was really helpful. We did dives from the hotel in their own dive boat as well as a trip to the other side of the island organised and led by the Echo Beach instructor and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The hotel even managed to organise for me to watch England play in the
world cup at a nearby bar!
Echo Beach Hotel -- 4. Amazing beach, with soft white sand, shallow warm water perfect for swimming. The food was wonderful -- a real highlight! The rooms are not quite perfect (doors don't quite close, bathroom floor slippery and doesn't dry) but wonderfully decorated and very comfortable. The owners are very friendly, especially Sue. One comment -- their website hasn't been updated in several years, and incorrectly says that there is a scuba center at the hotel. Fortunately, there is a scuba center at another hotel just down the beach.