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£1.49m sought for iconic seafront boutique hotel & restaurant in St-Leonards-On-Sea

Specialist property adviser Christie + Co is pleased to bring to the market the highly-acclaimed and quirky Zanzibar International Hotel, situated in St Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex.

Popular among honeymooners and those with a taste for the finer things, the luxury boutique hotel certainly packs the ‘wow’ factor with each of its eight guest bedrooms offering a unique world-travel experience.

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Using opulent furnishings and contemporary designs that evoke the flavour of places like Japan, Antarctica, Morocco, Africa and India, the rooms all feature spa-style bathrooms with power showers which say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. Many of the rooms provide spectacular unbroken ocean views and elegant floor-to-ceiling windows.

The lavish restaurant offers modern Mediterranean dishes in a decadent 50-cover dining room which blends Victorian elegance with stylish beach-chic. The property’s stunning garden also offers a romantic candlelit al-fresco dining experience and the contemporary bar is popular for pre/post dinner cocktails and coffee.

Max O’Rourke, owner and seasoned traveller, established the hotel in 2007 and its highly successful award-winning Pier Nine Restaurant in 2012, he comments; “The Zanzibar may well represent an opportunity for a skilled husband and wife team seeking a lifestyle business in an up-and-coming town by the sea. However, the real potential of the business is in the strength and popularity of the ‘Zanzibar’ brand. As the creator and owner of the business, I envisage the buyer to be an experienced operator with the will and desire to roll out a small chain. With its extensive client list, regular exposure in the national media, its highly effective website optimisation and enviable reputation, The Zanzibar Brand is fully charged to propel the right operator into a much wider Boutique Hotel market.”

Andrew Moore, Director at Christie + Co’s Maidstone office, says: “Zanzibar International Hotel represents an exceptional opportunity for an investor, skilled owner or couple to take over a remarkable asset with an award-winning reputation. Over the last couple of years  the business has won many accolades and plaudits including; ‘Eatery of the Year (2014), Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s list of ‘Top 63 Hotels in the World’ and most recently the hotel was honoured with a ‘César Award’ by The Good Hotel Guide.

“Hastings and St Leonards are on the rise as a tourist destination and a new link road is due for completion in the next 6 months and faster rail links to London are due for completion in the next 18 months.”

Christie + Co is seeking offers of £1.49million for the freehold interest in the property.

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