We spent the last three nights of an incredible 16 day itinerary here. We had bad luck with the weather (i.e., a fair amount of rain each day including some real downpours) but still had a wonderful time.
We arrived to find that we had been upgraded to a oceanfront villa. This home was absolutely stunning with incredible views, a plunge pool, kitchen, living room/dining room and even a massage room. More of a castle than a hotel with modern decorations and local art combined with every comfort you could imagine.
The property is really incredible. The infinity pool is breathtaking and the main building visually stunning. Everywhere you look, there is a sense of beauty and design. The staff is always on the lookout for a need or desire that they can help you fulfill. This is a really spectacular place that combined amazing luxury with a personal touch.
The food was extremely good whether in the main restaurant or on the jetty or upstairs. The seafood, in particular was superb but so was the dik-dik. The staff were clearly trying to insure you had a fantastic experience but could be a little slow or disorganized at times. If you are patient and not high maintenance, you will be fine but if you place a high value on immediate and accurate service. you may be frustrated at times. For us, the setting and care and interest in our experience, trumped a few minutes or a misunderstanding here or there.
We enjoyed a half-day snorkeling trip to Mneba island where the snorkeling was fantastic but the ability to repeatedly swim with dolphins was a once in a lifetime event. We spent most of the time just relaxing at the property or by the pool. The massage/spa experience was serene. We also walked on the beach, enjoyed a tour of a spice farm and some shopping in Stone Town on the way to the airport. Given the distance of the property from the airport, we would definitely recommend the spice tour and shopping visit as an add on to the trip out leaving late morning or after an early lunch for a late evening flight.
The only negative quibble we would highlight is that the water pressure was relatively low so filling the giant bath tub which is so visually stunning and inviting would take over an hour by which time the water would no longer be hot.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel Nungwi
- Essque Zalu Zanzibar Nungwi