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

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Mar 26, 2021 JenK597 Washington DC, District of Columbia

The Essque Zalu is a beautiful property and makes for a very relaxing stay. However, I found it to be very lacking for a hotel of its supposed caliber. The staff are very friendly but the service is slow/inconsistent — for example, at breakfast most mornings we were not asked if we wanted tea or coffee and instead had to find a waiter to request… Read more
The Essque Zalu is a beautiful property and makes for a very relaxing stay. However, I found it to be very lacking for a hotel of its supposed caliber. The staff are very friendly but the service is slow/inconsistent — for example, at breakfast most mornings we were not asked if we wanted tea or coffee and instead had to find a waiter to request it. Even then it often was not brought to us after the first request. The bigger problem was the fact that the WiFi in our room didn’t work for three out of the five days we stayed. We raised this concern with reception straightaway and followed up on it daily after being told repeatedly it would be fixed. In fact it was never fixed and had a very negative impact on us being able to enjoy our stay. When the reception asked how our stay was upon checkout, I pointed out that our internet was never fixed despite the constant promises that it was being handled, and reception offered no apology or gesture to try to make up for this serious inconvenience. As someone who practically lives in hotels, I found their sense of customer service to really be lacking and would not return to this property in the future after our experience. Read less
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Mar 16, 2021 Tiks_Md Tarkwa, Ghana

Enjoy my stay ambient environment Friendly staff too , It was my fiancée’s 30th birthday we are 7 days apart all I had to do was to phone the manager prior arrival and they organized an unforgettable experience for us Its value for money
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Mar 14, 2021 Dreamer795628

The best part of my stay here is the hotel is beautiful , the rooms are spacious and nice , the views are amazing . The pool is nice . The staff is helpful and pleasant. I wanted more culture for dining and I got it with Swahili night only, which was nice. The food for me was mediocre . The drinks are also overpriced , watered down. It s family… Read more
The best part of my stay here is the hotel is beautiful , the rooms are spacious and nice , the views are amazing . The pool is nice . The staff is helpful and pleasant. I wanted more culture for dining and I got it with Swahili night only, which was nice. The food for me was mediocre . The drinks are also overpriced , watered down. It s family friendly so there are kids running and splashing ( if your the adult only type , like me ) Also note that your not able to sit on the beach and it is 1.5 hr drive from airport. Read less
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Mar 4, 2021 ZanzibarCruise Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Overlooking the Indian Ocean and located next to a lush forest, Essque Zalu Zanzibar in Nungwi features a large outdoor pool and a spa. It offers direct access to the beach. Combining contemporary and Swahili design, the spacious suites are housed …
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Mar 1, 2021 natalipushkova Krasnoyarsk, Russia

This is my first trip to Africa and Zanzibar is my first location here. I chose the hotel intuitively, most important things for me it’s a aesthetics, comfort and service! When I saw the pictures of Zalu, I fell in love the first time and said to myself, if I go to Zanzibar, then only in this hotel. And how I’m happy now that I have chosen… Read more
This is my first trip to Africa and Zanzibar is my first location here. I chose the hotel intuitively, most important things for me it’s a aesthetics, comfort and service! When I saw the pictures of Zalu, I fell in love the first time and said to myself, if I go to Zanzibar, then only in this hotel. And how I’m happy now that I have chosen Zalu! :) this is the place where I rest my body and soul. Amazing service everywhere, professional and friendly staff doing everything for your comfort! Reception, housekeeping, restaurant - everything is high level! As always delicious breakfast and dinner. At the Pool Bar Helalu makes drinks for all tastes. Starts from natural organic shakes for the immune system and finish as special signature cocktails. I don't know how this guy does it but he just guesses your style and taste. This is very makes happy! Thank you so much Essque Zalu for great vacation! I so appreciate you. Do I Will come back here again? Definitely at least 5 more times but maybe more :) for me this is heaven on earth. I Already planning my next trip Essque Zalu #onelove Read less