Quirky boutique by the sea up for sale for £1.49m


Zanzibar International Hotel, the quirky boutique in St Leonards-On-Sea, has gone up for sale with a price tag of £1.49m.

The hugely-successful boutique has been put on the market by owner and founder Max O’Rourke, who established the hotel in 2007 and then its award-winning restaurant Pier Nine in 2012.

The luxury hotel consists of 8 bedrooms and has proved popular with honeymooners given its real ‘wow’ factor.

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Using contemporary designs, the rooms evoke the feel of places like Japan, Antarctica, Morocco, Africa and India, boasting spa-style bathrooms with showers that say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.
Many of the bedrooms provide views over the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Pier Nine restaurant can hold 50 covers and blends a Victorian feel with stylish beach chic.

O’Rourke now believes that Zanzibar brand has the potential to be rolled out across the UK, with the original Zanzibar International Hotel becoming the flagship of a small chain.

O’Rourke also hopes that an experience operator will snap up the property. He said: “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.”