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“Perfect honeymoon location!” 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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“Perfect honeymoon location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

We celebrated our honeymoon at essque and could not be more satisfied! Staff are everywhere and super helpful, room and hotel facilities of very high standard and location is the best on Zanzibar. The honeymoon offer (you have to order via their website) is incredible and includes couple massage, romantic dinner on the roof with private butler, upgrade to full board meal plan++++. Quite expensive, but we will probably never experience a better hotel stay!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Jonas. thank you for your kind review on your experience at Essque Zalu. It is true that we try to pamper our Honeymooners and the dinner on the terrace-roof with private butler is indeed unique. However, we are sure that you will find an occasion to come back: ask your friends to buy this as a gift for your first wedding anniversary! Good idea, no? Sunny greetings from Unguja, a.k.a. Zanzibar. Luc
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  • Rooms
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Its an hour's drive to the north of the island to get here, but once you're there you don't want to leave, well, we didn't. Our 2 night 3 day stay turned into 5 days and 4 nights. The pool looks like it drops into the sea. The Jetty is an incredible place for sundowners, cocktails and lunch. The restaurants contend with the best food we've had anywhere and the spa gave me the best scrub, wrap and massage Ive had anywhere after their steam room and sauna. The GM checked up daily on all of us staying there to check we were happy and the rest of the staff were not only helpful and greatly attentive but made you feel totally at home. After 8 days safari this was the only place in the world we wanted to be. The only drawbacks are that watersports are outrageously expensive here, and of course that its an hour from stonetown, but thats a tour that can easily be arranged to slot in on the way to or from the airport. We cant decide if the next trip will be for a wedding, a honeymoon or to rent a villa and bring our friends! Highly recommend.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Buenas Dias CVR2013; I remember how sad you were having to leave Essque Zalu, even after extending your stay. We would like to point out that our watersports activities are organized by a fully licensed company, East African Diving, hence we are ensured that their equipment is properly ensured, maintained and manned. what cannot be said about the activities one can rent from the Beach Boys. And you are right as well that the visit to Stone Town can be arranged whilst on the way to the airport, but it is a must. Looking forward to seeing you with your friends... Muchos Gracias! Luc
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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Ending our Tanzanian Summer holidays at Zanzibar's Essque Zalu, was the best choice of the year! What an amazing hotel. We had a superbe house / room with a view on the ocean. The astonishing swimming pool was the best 'nanny' for our kids during the 5 days of our stay. Most of the staff were very nice and helpful. Especially a big thank you to our compatriot, Luc, general manager of the hotel. Having a drink at the jetty with view on the sunset is thrilling.... Top!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Dear Fred De Maneblusser!. thank you for your wonderful comments. We'll send your compliments to our "Nanny" as well as to the entire team. We are glad that the kids enjoyed the pool and that your overall stay with us at Essque Zalu was a rewarding end of your summer holidays! Till we meet again! Groetjes uit Zanzibar. Luc Verschelden
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Anzegem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We came to essque zalu to relax after a six day safari together with our two kids (14 and 10 y). We all had a great time. The service is impeccable. The staff did really everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. One day when it was raining, our son got a private cinema and the responsable of the kids club accompanied us to the turtle reserve.
The food is amazing. The kids could even choose something a la carte when they didn't like the menu. Sitting on the jetty and enjoy lunch in such a beautiful setting, having a quick swim in the ocean from the pier, watching the sunsets ... We miss it allready.
Thank you Luc for the most beautiful villa, we enjoyed every minute in it!!!
Hope to see you all again soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Dear Veerle. Thank you for your wonderful comments and rewarding compliments. It is true that the holiday for the parents are only as good as their children enjoyed it. We are glad that your kids did! I am sure that they will have lots to talk about when they go back to school. If you miss it already, just send us a mail and we'll make the reservations for your next visit! Please give my regards to Vichte! and till we meet again. Luc Verschelden.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

one over night stay , and all i can say its just a real worldwide hotel , lovely environment , amenities , food , room size .
Front staff very accommodating , stunning beach view .
enjoyed my stay and will defently spend more nights there .
note : market is an 1 hour away from Zalu Hotel , and honestly there is nothing much outside just amazing beaches and stunning views .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear David. Indeed a shame you could not stay longer. We appreciate your comments. I have forwarded your kind remarks to Alfred. Now, the only thing left to say: when are you coming back for a longer stay with us? best regards to the Gold Coast. Kind Regards, Luc.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I stayed at the Essque Zalu Resort for 7 nights and was impressed by everything they had to offer. The personal charm of the way you are welcomed to the resort is unparalleled. Alfred met me at my taxi and walked me to my room and explained the restaurant options and amenities of the resort. By the time I was finished with check in preliminaries my bags had arrived and I was able to unwind in the room for the evening. The staff are friendly and remember your room number after visiting the first time. It is a small resort which gives a more friendly yet peaceful atmosphere. I was very happy with the location on the Ocean. The water is beautiful and eating at the Jetty Restaurant located in the middle of the Ocean was unreal. The market restaurant is also a great place to sample Swahili dishes as well as international cuisine. The welcome cocktail hour provided by the General Manager, Luc, was very nice. Luc, along with the chef and staff are accommodating of any request. I would recommend this resort to anyone traveling to Zanzibar. It is located about 1.5 hrs away from the main city of Stonetown but well worth the travel. This was my first visit to Zanzibar, but will not be my last.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Friend of Essque Zalu. Your comments are indeed rewarding and with a certain pride, I will pass them on to all team members. Together with all hoteliers, we are doing the utmost in order that all our guests feel special, which indeed you are, very special. Our aim is to give you this personal, yet peaceful, non-intrusive feeling of tranquility surrounded by the beauty of the Indian Ocean. We are so glad that we achieved our goal during your visit. So one question: when are you coming back? Alfred and the entire team are looking forward. Kind regards, Luc.
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Saar, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Our 6 nights at the Essque were relaxing and peaceful. All our needs were immediately addressed and the staff went out of their way to ensure our trip went smoothly. The service at this hotel is notable with the General Manager making regular appearances but I was disappointed that the Tours Manager was not available everyday. The quality of food and variety was really good even with three children who are choosy eaters. Extras, like fresh juices, are quite expensive. Ok the room decor was nothing spectacular, but with a large closet, large bathroom and big balcony, we really didn't mind. At times we felt the hotel to be too quiet, while always beautiful, and were disappointed that the gym was not functional.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
dear Friends from Bahrain. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I do recall your visit clearly as it was remarkable to see 4 ladies getting along so well and enjoying each other's company! We are waiting for the new gym equipment to arrive and being on an island, that is not a small challenge. Too quite: Most of our guests value the peace and calm at Essque Zalu; However, i will meet with our colleague who is handling excursions to be more visible and alert. Once again, thanks for your comments and looking forward to seeing those "four sisters" (best girlfriends) soon back here on Zanzibar. Sunny greetings from Unguja, a.k.a. Zanzibar. Luc
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Luxury 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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