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“Excellent Vacation Spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Essque Zalu Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nungwi, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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“Excellent Vacation Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an excellent vacation spot for any crowd. The resort is beautiful and well-kept and the friendly, enthusiastic staff only adds to the ambiance of the whole place. Upon an exhausting arrival to the resort I was greeted by the handsomely attired staff with big smiles and cold towels. Unlike some resorts, the check in was a relatively fast and smooth process. After only 5 minutes up front we were escorted to our room and the navigator handled all of our paperwork from there. The grounds are gorgeous with plenty of greenery and nature. The jetty and view of the Indian Ocean from across the infinity pool leaves once speechless, particularly at night. The resort is very cozy and is a great place to relax and unwind on a long, peaceful holiday. I had the pleasure of enjoying one of their deep tissue massages which left me feeling very relaxed and renewed. Highly recommended! There were some cons such as the bugs that find their way into the room, minor electricity issues, and the charge for bottled water; but all and all this was a great vacation and I highly recommend it for the savvy traveler. Also my commendations on the selection of the staff. All of the young men and women there are full of advice on things to do in the area and are happy to help. Without great employees you could not have a great resort so continue to treat those jewels well!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We are a Norwegian family of four (two teen-age girls) who came to relax after safari in Serengeti. The Essque Zalu lived up to all our expectations, and we had a wonderful time enjoying spacious and comfortable suites, beautiful gardens, and a very well planned pool area. The food was excellent. We loved the service concept of "navigators"; attentive staff throughout the resort dedicated to make our holiday unforgettable.Thanks to Nicolas and his team for making our stay a truly wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Santa Monica
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Essque Zalu is a fantastic place to recharge, especially after a very rugged and busy safari on the mainland. Manager Nicholas is outstanding and even managed to arrange a last-minute charter flight for our group of 11 so we could spend an extra day at this very special hotel. The Jetty is heaven and the food is outstanding.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We organized our wedding there this past month of December and everything was PERFECT! The food, the drinks, the service...The staff was very flexible and accommodating, they made sure to welcome every one of our guests with a lot of attention. Events were magical and were run very smoothly... During the day we hung out by the pool were you have a gorgeous view of the Ocean and the staff was taking care of our every single need.
The rooms are spacious and beautiful, even garden view rooms are super luxurious.
Must location if you are planning a wedding in Zanzibar, a romantic escapade or a family trip!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The staff are all really friendly, breakfast is very substantial. We were on half board and although the menu does not vary much for the 5 nights we were there is was not too monotonous. the room and bathroom are very nice, we were in a detached garden view suite 32 which was very private and quiet. there are other suites that are one up one down, probably the sea view is up, but i think there is less privacy. There were a few things that I felt could be improved. Tea and coffee making in the room would have been good, a sofa which is comfortable rather than an uncomfortable sofa bed, not charging for water if half/full board was included, additional TV in the bedroom. The resort does not have a beach, the infinity pool somewhat makes up for this. The resort has a very romantic setting which is spoiled by the number of children running around the pool, it evidently caters to large families givven the number of self catering villas that are on site. it doesn't cut it for a romantic getaway, it does for a family holiday.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ezz11, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Bon jour and compliments of the season from Essque Zalu Zanzibar,

We are thankful for your email and delighted to know you had a great time with us albeit the little concerns you have raised. We appreciate your constructive feedback and allow me to assure you that we will surely look into them and endeavour to sort them out ASAP. Thank you for letting us know on this.

The beach indeed is not swimmable as it is only accessible at low tide when all the sea water goes a long way out however, at high tide, it is one of the best spots to take a dip from the jetty area and all our guests have had a great time swimming from there. Not having a beach in the first place is a deliberate action from our owners as our aim is to run an efficient lifestyle hotel where guests come to enjoy the tranquil and scintillating moments they miss in their daily lives and to thoroughly enjoy the zen like ambience Essque Zalu Zanzibar offers.

The resort since its opening in June 2011 has increasingly become well known for Honeymooners looking to enjoy their precious moments of being together with their loved better halves, however on the other hand, we have also become well known to be a family resort where kids can be kids and also enjoy their holidays like their parents, and to ensure that they do not disturb other guests, we have an established kids club that plans the kids daily activities, keeping them occupied and entertained for the course ofthe day. Our sincere regrets for the inconvenience the kids playing and running may have caused you.

With thanks and warm regards,

Nicolas Konig
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We went there to celebrate a friend s weddind this december.
The resort is amazing, it s even better then the pictures we saw before coming.
On our first night we had diner at the jetty, it was an amazing experience and food was good.
Diving centers are 15mins away from the resort and you can also swim there ( zanzibar water sports), honestly the beach is nicer there because You can t really swim in the beach of essque since you have to wait for the tide all the time but the pool is amazing and very relaxing.
Staff was very kind.
Our room had a garden view, it was very clean and pleasant but it needs more light.
I highly recommend this boutique hotel for couples and families.
We had a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ezz11, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Bonjour from Unguja (Zanzibar)

We are sincerely grateful that you enjoyed your stay at Essque Zalu as part of the Rouba-Kadri wedding group. Your encouraging remarks are of great importance to all of us as it pushes us to deliver more and meet our guest's expectations.

As for the beach, it is only available at low tide when the water goes quite a way out leaving a flat sandy area for people to walk around and enjoy, while at high tide, our guests can take full advantage of swimming from the jetty where the sea level is above 3.5 metres and alternatively, we have a spacious salt-chlorinated infinity pool allowing guests to enjoy the sea water like ambience from the comfort of the pool or the jacuzzi built inside the pool.

Thank you once again and wishing you the very best for 2013!

Warmly

Nicolas Konig
General Manager
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Beirut, Lebanon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

A piece of heaven on earth. An amazing setup, comfortable spacious rooms, impeccable service and a variety of restaurants and pub surely to meet your requirements and preference. Lovely evening live music to help you relax and unwind.

Spacious swimming pool with a relaxing Jacuzzi, lovely sand beach ideal for a nice jog during the period of low tide, a small gym and SPA where an active day could be ended with a nice relaxing massage.

The staff is professional, extremely hospitable, friendly and always serving with a smile.

Ideal for a detached, disconnected and relaxing holiday, group events and even a great place for a business seminar or conference.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Address: Nungwi, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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