Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (689)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very Nice hotel!

Jul 22, 2021 Rabab1214

Very Nice hotel, our room was perfect and we had every thing we needed. The beach was not so nice to swim in but very beautiful. The hotel have a pool that are very nice. Lovely staff and atmosphere👍🏻👍🏻
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Jul 22, 2021 Zamankbn Rødovre

Very Nice stay So kind staff Best rooms ive seen in zanzibar The food is great Housekeeping twice a day and Nice area arround the rooms Large Nice pool, with the Sun shining perfectly at the whole area
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing stay

Jul 22, 2021 icecool81 Oslo, Norway

Had a great and super relaxing stay at this resort. Great location, pool, service and overall experience. This was a last minute booking and it turned out to be a good one. This is a resort on the north end tip of Nungwi but still just a 10min taxi ride from the more lively area of Nungwi (Z-Hotel area for instance). Breakfast was ok and dinner… Read more
Had a great and super relaxing stay at this resort. Great location, pool, service and overall experience. This was a last minute booking and it turned out to be a good one. This is a resort on the north end tip of Nungwi but still just a 10min taxi ride from the more lively area of Nungwi (Z-Hotel area for instance). Breakfast was ok and dinner was great (buffet). We had a great time and the only negative was that we did not have time to stay longer. Read less
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Jul 21, 2021 _Z2500NV

We wanted to say a big thank you to the hotel staff who received us in a beautiful and respectful way. Mr. Rahul is the dining room manager for caring and concern in addition to Mr. Suleiman the dining room supervisor for courteous and professional service who always cared for us. And to Mashian, the restaurant supervises caring professional… Read more
We wanted to say a big thank you to the hotel staff who received us in a beautiful and respectful way. Mr. Rahul is the dining room manager for caring and concern in addition to Mr. Suleiman the dining room supervisor for courteous and professional service who always cared for us. And to Mashian, the restaurant supervises caring professional courtesy and care for all our needs, and thanks for a nice welcome. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel..definitely recommend it to everyone

Jul 15, 2021 aaimeee Stone Town, Tanzania

We loved the hotel ! We had a very positive experience staying in this hotel due to the kindness and generosity of the staff ! The manager Rahul was accommodating to all our needs. We were a family of 8 including 2 kids a 4 year old and 8m old.. The manager Rahul was kind enough to offer us if we would like the chef to prepare specific meals for… Read more
We loved the hotel ! We had a very positive experience staying in this hotel due to the kindness and generosity of the staff ! The manager Rahul was accommodating to all our needs. We were a family of 8 including 2 kids a 4 year old and 8m old.. The manager Rahul was kind enough to offer us if we would like the chef to prepare specific meals for my children. Apart from that the restaurant supervisor Mishani was also super accommodating to our food needs. Overall the hotel generated such a positive vibe that we would definitely come again and recommend this hotel to our family & friends. All the staffs at this lodge are super friendly ! The food also is amazing at this hotel. We had some amazing steaks pizzas and burgers.. the hotel was also kind enough to surprise us with a dinner by the pool. We had a really lovely stay that we weren’t ready to leave. We stayed for 2 nights and would come again. Forgot to mention about the rooms. We had an ocean view suite and the view from there was amazing. The room was lit well due to the many windows so the view when you wake up was truly a sight. And the ocean water is crystal clear ! Read less