Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 789 reviews

The hotel

Imagine watching dhows drift by as you dine above the Indian Ocean on a romantic jetty. Or cooking Swahili dishes with Chef Rose, as she shares recipes passed down through generations. Or experiencing a pampering Maasai Ritual, before sipping sundowners around an old Baobab tree, or along the wooden jetty. This hideaway delivers the real Zanzibar experience. Near the northern tip of the island and Nungwi village, it’s authentic from its lobby (set in the island’s highest makuti thatched hut) to its 48 suites and residences, each with dazzling ocean or garden views (and also a private deck or patio and plush bathroom in each detached suite). It may be utterly genuine, but Essque Zalu Zanzibar also provides those ‘musts’ every international island-hopper is after – like an oversized lagoon pool, a cocktail-driven poolside bar, and water sports like snorkelling and kayaking.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the village of Nungwi, 50 minutes drive from Stone Town. Transfer time from Zanzibar Airport: 1 hour.

Hotel information

40 Suites and 8 Residences. All with private patio/terrace, air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, personalised mini-bar* and safe. Garden Suites enjoy garden views and sleep maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive/All Inclusive Plus options: are available at a supplement.

Full Board includes: breakfast, three-course lunch and 3-course dinner, excluding beverages.

Superior Garden Suites are located on the upper floors and sleep maximum 3 adults. 

Ocean View Suite and Seafront Suites are also available. 

Market Kitchen (restaurant and deli). The Jetty (restaurant and bar). Pool bar. Boabab bar. Lagoon-style pool. Spa*. 24-hour fitness centre. Water sports centre. Yoga. Complimentary WiFi. Room service*.

5 nights between 23 Dec-3 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 789 reviews

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Feb 20, 2019 Munklov Copenhagen, Denmark

Pool is to be renovated this spring, which will make the area perfect! Very spectacular main buildings in local style, and the staff is very helpfull, and serviceminded. A very good place to spend some days relaxing in the sun, enjoing yourself!
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Feb 5, 2019 nswec New York City, New York

We stayed four nights at the Essque Zalu at the end of our honeymoon. The resort is located on the very North Shore of the island, which brings constant winds to help cut the hot Zanzibari sun. There is no beach b/c of the rocks and changing tides, but there is an infinity pool right up to the water. There is also a huge pier with a… Read more
We stayed four nights at the Essque Zalu at the end of our honeymoon. The resort is located on the very North Shore of the island, which brings constant winds to help cut the hot Zanzibari sun. There is no beach b/c of the rocks and changing tides, but there is an infinity pool right up to the water. There is also a huge pier with a bar/restaurant at the end to help change up the scenery. Service at the Essque Zalu was on point. All the staff were friendly and went out of their way to assist. They take pride in their jobs and their delivery is proof of that. The rooms are villas, roomy with a bedroom, sitting room, huge closet, and large bathroom. There were outdoor seating areas for each villa, but we didn't use ours b/c of the heat. We organized a driver to/from the airport through the hotel, which is highly recommended. Our driver knew the bumpy dirt roads and was a friendly welcome. The food was hit or miss, but we found the good selections to order after a day or two. Overall, we had a great trip at the Essque Zalu. Read less
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Feb 3, 2019 1stjust Essex, United Kingdom

What could be more idyllic than sitting on the verandah of our seafront villa overlooking the Indian Ocean idly reading a good book and deciding whether to eat dinner in the main restaurant or out on the jetty in the seafood restaurant. Decisions, decisions!! Great accommodation,good food, wonderful weather and excellent staff all combined to make… Read more
What could be more idyllic than sitting on the verandah of our seafront villa overlooking the Indian Ocean idly reading a good book and deciding whether to eat dinner in the main restaurant or out on the jetty in the seafood restaurant. Decisions, decisions!! Great accommodation,good food, wonderful weather and excellent staff all combined to make our stay truly relaxing and memorable particularly after an arduous week's safari in the Masai Mara. One little gripe - the pool needs attention and is due for a plastic lining in May which will improve the look and cleanliness of the area. Having looked at several other hotels around the northern area of the island during our stay we consider that the Essque Zalu Hotel is undoubtedly amongst the better ones and wholeheartedly recommend it to other travellers. Read less
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Feb 1, 2019 SouthWestHappy south west

Myself and my husband stayed at the essque zalu for around 4 days as part of a short break. The verdict is .... it was fabulous! The staff were exceptional, nothing was ever too big or too small and the service was swift. The jetty restaurant is lovely, in terms of food and surrounding. Our room was really nice and spacious and the bed was… Read more
Myself and my husband stayed at the essque zalu for around 4 days as part of a short break. The verdict is .... it was fabulous! The staff were exceptional, nothing was ever too big or too small and the service was swift. The jetty restaurant is lovely, in terms of food and surrounding. Our room was really nice and spacious and the bed was very comfortable. The facilities were great. Despite it being on the more quiet side in terms of location there are things you can explore. You can’t really use the beach but when the tied is in you can walk on the jetty and it’s very picturesque. In order to see the better beaches in Nungwi it’s only a short walk. And whilst your at it you can take in some of the culture with the beach art etc. We would definitely go back. Thank you Filbert and the Zalu team for all of your help! Read less
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Jan 25, 2019 adventurer570 Cape Town, South Africa

We worked for a year with the Essque Zalu team towards an amazing wedding day. The team was patient and kind, always willing to assist and make recommendations. The stay before and after the wedding was beautiful, with amazing views, food,drink and massages and we truly felt like a favoured couple being doted on. All our guests enjoyed the… Read more
We worked for a year with the Essque Zalu team towards an amazing wedding day. The team was patient and kind, always willing to assist and make recommendations. The stay before and after the wedding was beautiful, with amazing views, food,drink and massages and we truly felt like a favoured couple being doted on. All our guests enjoyed the hotel and the day! Thank you very much Essque Zalu for making it a dream! Read less