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.

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Sep 1, 2020 outlinert

This hotel was amazing!! Management made room for us at the last minute after we found out that our original hotel was closed due to COVID-19. The hotel staff were extremely attentive and went out of their way to make sure we felt welcomed and safe given COVID-19. The food was excellent, management friendly, and views amazing. Make sure you ask… Read more
This hotel was amazing!! Management made room for us at the last minute after we found out that our original hotel was closed due to COVID-19. The hotel staff were extremely attentive and went out of their way to make sure we felt welcomed and safe given COVID-19. The food was excellent, management friendly, and views amazing. Make sure you ask for the seafood special at least one night during your stay. It's an extra $50 but definitely worth it!! Read less
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Mar 23, 2020 tmak123950 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My friend and I went to this resort for 3 nights after volunteering for a week and we did not want to leave! We are both in our mid-20s. The resort was incredibly beautiful, well set up. The food was very good and they overfed you. We managed to have a black friday deal, since we went during low season (early march), and we got free breakfast and… Read more
My friend and I went to this resort for 3 nights after volunteering for a week and we did not want to leave! We are both in our mid-20s. The resort was incredibly beautiful, well set up. The food was very good and they overfed you. We managed to have a black friday deal, since we went during low season (early march), and we got free breakfast and dinner with our reservation. We had to pay for drinks approxmiately 8-10USD, but we expected that upon arrival to the resort. The food was very good, so we did not mind paying for lunch, if we ordered. I cannot speak for this resort during high season, but we had the pool basically to ourselves, it didn't really rain much at all. The dock is very beutiful with a restraunt and bar at the end of the dock. You can jump in too! However, i can see where this resort could get loud/crowded during high season when the resort is full. But this resort made our Zanzibar trip. The rooms were exceptionally clean and large. Read less
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Mar 10, 2020 AlwaysPointNorth Tysons Corner, Virginia

Loved this hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the hotel staff with a welcome drink. Everything was at our individual pace. "Hakuna Matata" was a phrase we heard very often. The rooms and beautiful and spacious. We had a garden room. And the infinity pool is gorgeous. Breakfast lunch and dinner can be delivered to your room at no extra charge.… Read more
Loved this hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the hotel staff with a welcome drink. Everything was at our individual pace. "Hakuna Matata" was a phrase we heard very often. The rooms and beautiful and spacious. We had a garden room. And the infinity pool is gorgeous. Breakfast lunch and dinner can be delivered to your room at no extra charge. The hotel staff is SUPER friendly and acommodating. There is a shuttle that takes you to Kendawa Beach, where you can soak up the sun, do some shopping and find extra activities. Even though the resort has beach access, it's not fir for swimming most of the time. I do wish there was better beach access right from the resort. The spa was so relaxing. And the Nungwi shops were a short walk/ bike ride away. Read less
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Mar 1, 2020 mikeyazzarello

Hotel was a few days in paradise (: If you're in Nungwi or are looking for an escape while on the island I'd definitely recommend staying here. Room was large and comfortable with a nice bathroom and the AC kept the place a wonderful temp. Housekeeping was sneaky, frequent, and thorough in their stops in to refresh the room :) Resort itself is… Read more
Hotel was a few days in paradise (: If you're in Nungwi or are looking for an escape while on the island I'd definitely recommend staying here. Room was large and comfortable with a nice bathroom and the AC kept the place a wonderful temp. Housekeeping was sneaky, frequent, and thorough in their stops in to refresh the room :) Resort itself is beautiful - pools were lovely and lots of places to sit out and soak up some sun. Beach access to Nungwi was nice and we walked out for dinner/drinks one evening. The huge dock is a really fun and unique part of the place and every bar has their own cocktail menu so be sure to explore. The three of us that went also went to the spa which I would certainly recommend as well. An awesome spot! Read less
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Feb 27, 2020 Simitraveller62 Nitra, Slovakia

We stayed in a hotel for 1week, was amazing, literally, everything was good, clean room, cleaning twice a day, restaurant, swimming pool, services. Top! We will come again :o) Staff very helpful, always smiling and helpful.