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Essque Zalu Zanzibar

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nungwi, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
BreezeLea London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the second stop of our honeymoon following a 4 day safari and it was certainly a welcome sight. When you walk through from reception the building is just breathtaking and the hotel and grounds are beautifully kept. Essque is a special place and perfect for just relaxing and chilling around the stunning infinity pool. The Jetty is a... More

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nungwi has become a busy part of Zanzibar with hotels cheek to cheek - so Zalu gives you a wonderful sense of privacy and exclusivity away from beach boys, touts and other tourists! We loved the giant roof, and dedicated kid's club organiser Guni is a gem! He took the kids snorkelling with Green Turtles at the rehab centre nearby... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just beautiful, an incredibly grand hotel which seems somehow a little out of place for the quaint island it's sitting on but nonetheless it doesn't disappoint. The pool is in one of the most idyllic positions I've ever had the pleasure of relaxing around, infinity stretching out to the crystal clear waters ahead - it's stunning and incredibly calming. The... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Zalu with my husband and two close friends. It is a magical location. The jetty is very cool. We had a sea front villa, which was spacious. The bathroom is quite big, no tub. Very romantic and calm. The food was not very good, very few choices and the same menu for every meal. No mini bar. The... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Essque Zalu is pretty as a picture, and has, hands down, the best use of its Nungwi location that I've seen. The jetty leading out to the crystalline waters makes Zanzibar's famously inaccessible urchin-strewn beaches totally accessible for much of the day when low tide would usually keep us from the sea. And if the tide is out and the... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Zalu is a beautiful place with luxurious space to chill out and unwind. The pool is spectacular and right on the water front. We had a ocean view room which I would highly recommend.great food and very helpful staff. Great restaurant and bar options with our favorite being the jetty bar and lunchtime restaurant. Prefect for a cocktail for sun... More

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Many thanks for the information you provide me with all the way from New Zealand. It was good to see a feature of us on one your mainstream local newspapers. With regards to the rubbish around the village, we are working alongside with other hotels to... More

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I recently stayed at Zalu with my family, and found the place to be magical with a very cool vibe, great food that focused on quality and presentation rather than quantity, excellent design, and incredibly spacious villas. On a more personal note, I truly appreciated the management allowing us to check out a day early without penalty when are daughter... More

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

It was lovely having you visit and glad that you enjoyed your spacious villa and stay with us. We have kept the same for you and look forward to hosting you again soon. More

London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We arrived on the 1st of June after our serengeti safari. We were the first guests of the season we pretty much had the hotel to ourselves. We were given a fantastic upgrade and we're treated like royalty for our whole stay. The hotel had just had the reception repaired after the storm damage and had the rest of the... More

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Charlie and Nic, it was great having you here as our first guest just after our soft refurbishment. We here at Essque Zalu work hard to make every guests experience personal and memorable and we are glad that you left happy. Look forward to seeing you again, maybe for your anniversary. Best Regards More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

first of all i want to say that ZALU is one of the most magic places on this planet . the location is grate but what really dose it is the manager Luke and his very well trained staff . the service is first class and the food is amazing .the architecture of the main building is so authentic and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My fiancé and I have visited this hotel a few times now, and we adore the restaurant on the jetty! One of our favourite lunch spots in Zanzibar! Exquisite food, outstanding service, glorious setting, and the most amazing views! We are planning to stay for a few nights during the new season!

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Address: Nungwi, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
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Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the island’s north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from 40 suites, all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. Ensconce yourself in luxurious-styled spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof. If you need extra space to spread out, try one of our nine expansive villas; 3 or 4 bedrooms. Stretch out in the spacious living room, rustle up a snack in your own kitchen or just chill in the privacy of your very own plunge pool. ... more   less 
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