September 2011

Posts Tagged ‘ Echo Beach

J Claydon

As you know we have just returned from our trip, and a big thank you for all the suggestions and recommendations, they were all superb. We had a fantastic and memorable time, in no small way because your recommendations.
Our 25 anniversary at the impala was spectacular, table on our own by the fire, cake! and song from the staff, what more could you ask for.
We loved lake Manse, Richard reminds me of an old school master!! quite formal in his ways but very interested in what you have done etc, which is great especially as he must hear the same things day in day out! Organised people on the first day to ensure he mixed everyone up. Elephants on form including a morning raid for bananas.
Modonya, was as we expected, only points I would make is the distance from the river and therefore the game, through areas which held little game as they are so far from water. Camp was a little rudderless as the manager had the weekend off and the relief who was very Italian, was only to be seen at mealtimes!
Echo beach was great, we had room 9, which I understand you always try and get. Only thing I would say is the lighting in the room is very poor and with the overhead light and both bedside lights on it is still very difficult to read in bed. Other than that it was a lovely place, the food was great, although we both got “the true African experience” for the last couple of days and missed out on alot of great looking food.
Your organisation was faultless and we would be happy to recommend Tanzania odyssey to anyone, so please use any of this any way you want, or give our e mail to anyone who wants to ask an “independent” about your company.
Kind regards

J Claydon 2009

P Pearce

Just to thank you, now the dust has settled after our return, for the really memorable holiday which you arranged for us. All the arrangements worked perfectly, and we felt your care to reflect our preferences in the trip you designed for us was not only very professional but resulted in the holiday being everything we had hoped it would be, and indeed more.  It is rare to have your expectations exceeded; that was absolutely what happened. Thank you! We have been singing your praises and directing others to you, so will expect a monster discount next time we come (only joking).

I think you asked for feedback and we can only really award 11/10 in all respects. Manze and Impala were both fabulous. Richard, the manager of Manze, impressed us particularly. Impala may well be in the river next year unless (as we heard is planned) they rebuild it before the rains, further back from the rapidly receding bank – but that is another matter! The guides were exceptional. Lazy Lagoon was perfect for us; as I think we discussed, the laidback “bush chic” style might not suit the spa brigade, but we loved it.  The journey out is of course a bit of an experience.

Echo Beach- perhaps our initial impression was coloured by the paradise we had just left which could not really be matched, but although we warmed to it, it was not quite at the level we had expected, particularly from the website on the bathrooms.  The one in our room (no7) was below par; dim grungy lighting, sometimes a smell of drains, scarily slippery marble floor when wet which it was all the time as the shower didn’t properly drain, some marble tiles cracked and the soapholder  missing; salt water meant you could not properly lather up in the shower. All details, but of course details matter. Sue and Andrew could not have been more friendly and attentive and dealt immediately with points raised, but the whole place somehow felt it could go up a notch. Nevertheless we had a great and relaxing time there.  We were told one of you had stayed there not long ago so this may all be familiar. The answer to all this may be “this is Africa”, of course.

Anyway, I don’t want to end on a slightly qualified note; it was a fantastic holiday, we loved it, and hope to return.
Best wishes

P Pearce 2009

J Macdougall

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic

What a brilliant time we had. All your arrangements were perfect and given so many flights etc, astonishing there was not one single delay

Both camps were stunning, we saw loads met great people and must say the two camp managers, particularly Molly, at Jongomero, were a credit to their companies and themselves personally. The guiding was superb,tents, food, services astounding. We truly had a fantastic time.
Zanzibar was excellent too, particularly Echo Beach…superb owners and staff, made it very special..food simply outstanding, boy does Andrew( the owner) know how to cook!! You really should try to set up a referral scheme with them, everything you could want is there.
Could, and perhaps, should have stayed one more night at echo beach, one less in Stonetown, as I think one day would have been enough. Not the most attractive place on the planet, and the hotel was fine but no more than that. Anyway that didn’t spoil anything as we only used it to sleep in anyway.

So many thanks for all your patience and hard work and we certainly shall be recommending you to anyone who listens.

cheers

J Macdougall 2009

G Frank

Hi Julian

Just wanted to let you know we had the most fantastic time in Zanzibar. All the transfers and connections were really efficient, and Echo Beach was paradise! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking to just switch off and chill out.
Thanks for arranging it all for us.

All the best
G Frank 2009

H Button

Julian

Just a note to say many thanks for producing such a wonderful itinerary for our trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Everything was perfect and we had a fantastic time. The wildlife was spectacular and the hotels were all good in their own right. We did not get the Sherali Suite in Zanzibar but the Dumai with its roof top bathroom was quite a novelty despite the number of stairs!

Glad we stayed at Echo Beach (single cottage) after seeing Breezes and Sue and Andrew were good hosts. The sea food was out of this world!

The best part for us, aside from  Crater Lodge, was the Nomad camp. Great guide, great food and great viewing. So all in all 10/10.

Kind regards

H Button 2009

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