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Essque Zalu Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nungwi, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 hotels in Nungwi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The hotel is amazingly beautiful! The architecture and the greenery around the bungalows is just stunning. We also really enjoyed the delicious food and the super friendly service. One thing that we missed was a proper beach. Unfortunately, the hotel is located directly at a reef. Therefore, there is only a small beach which is underwater during high tide. Entering the sea is only possible from the jetty. Also there is no dive shop attached to the hotel. However, they cooperate with a shop from the next village. A dive trip to Mnemba Island, including 2 dives was 150 USD per person. Much more than I had expected.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear friends from Dubai. Thank you for sharing your Essque Zalu experience on this website. As you will agree, we do not promote our resort as a beach destination, though a lifestyle resort. You are right, the beach is accessible by low tide only. The snorkeling and other activities are organized by fully licensed, well equipped and fully insured third party companies and with a guarantee of total satisfaction. We hear many unpleasant experiences about tourists that book with the "cheap" guides. We would not want our guests to encounter any mishaps that could put a damper on their stay at Essque Zalu or even Zanzibar for that matter. Thank you again for your compliments about the food and the service. Kind regards, Luc
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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

There's simply no better hotel choice you could possibly make for your holiday in paradise! Zalu is truly the most spectacularly good hotel I have ever had the pleasure of staying at! A special thank you to Edgar for taking such good care of us. The only let down was the spa. My fiance and I had massages with two different therapists & were very sore & uncomfortable afterwards. Despite this, we were so blown away by the beautiful rooms, fantastic food and absolutely phenomenal service that we have decided to get married at Essque Zalu next year!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, November 14, 2013
Dear Tash & Marcus. Thank you for your comments and yes, we are already working on your menus, decorations and other preparations for D-Day next year. I will pass on your thanks to Edgar. We did talk to the massage therapist and apologies for the discomfort. As Essque Zalu is already known as honeymoon destination, you will make it your wedding destination, honeymoon destination and hopefully your wedding anniversary destination as well! Like you, we can't wait to the big event! Till then, best personal regards. Luc
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

My newly wedded wife and I were here for our honeymoon in October 2013. It was a wonderful experience that words couldn't do justice to. The staff were excellent, the spa was magnificent, the beach and the pool are conjoined and beautiful. the food was culinary heaven- with a wonderful swahili menu that every person who is there should try. The General Manager (Luke) and the marketing manager (Julia) deserve special mention. They were so friendly and helpful and are on hand to sort out any issues. We will hopefully return there someday soon!

  • Stayed October 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, November 14, 2013
Dear Sam. How can we forget these lovely newly weds! It was a real pleasure meeting Janet and you and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Essque Zalu. Don't forget to come and celebrate your first wedding anniversary with us! Best Regards. Luc
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

One of the best hotels i have ever stayed in, the service was impeccable and the facilities were amazing. It was an ideal location and i could not fault it. You will not be disappointed if you stay here.

  • Stayed November 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, November 14, 2013
Dear Darren. For one living in Dubai and comparing us with one of the best hotels you stayed is truly one of the top compliments we have received. Sincere Thanks. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Essque Zalu Zanzibar (Dubai is not that far). Best regards, Luc
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Evergem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this resort and were truly impressed by its beauty, style, cleanliness, service and quality of food. The gardens are truly lush and whilst we were strolling with our baby, it gave us a feeling of being in paradise. The Villas are amazing. Well appointed and functional. The décor is tasteful and compliments the style of the buildings. Every meal was a feast. The team has an attention to detail and the service is attentive yet not intrusive. The pictures and testimony from previous guests are not exaggerated! Congrats to the entire team. We can’t wait to go back…

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear Frank. thank you for your review and compliments. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay and even happier that you want to come back. Can i make a reservation? best regards and tot ziens. Luc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

After reading the exceptional reviews on here there was a lot of expectation riding on this hotel for myself and my girlfriend when we booked for a week in October... Essque Zalu met these expectations in every single way - it is simply perfection. From the moment we arrived we just felt so special which is exactly what you look for when you stay at a 5 star hotel and these guys have mastered it - the front desk staff were incredible (in particular Edgar) The pool and beach was to die for, the hotel was great at organizing trips and activities (Hugely recommend East Africa Diving for your Scuba fix and recommend using them if you want to go Dolphin Sighting too as the Fisherman Tours Dolphin Trip was not so successful;). Horse riding on the beach and in the sea was quite a highlight thanks to the hotel for organising that. My girlfriend tells me that the spa was superb. The food was excellent and we left the restaurant every night completely satisfied if not a little tipsy from the incredible wine that was on offer. Cocktails, snacks, lunches all absolutely brilliant and always available at any time. The room was perfect and very tastefully furnished. If you are taking your girlfriend on a romantic getaway then look no further than this hotel in Zanzibar, it was simply a perfect holiday. Particularly touched by the heartwarming farewell from all the staff at the end of the stay - again making us feel like celebrities!

Room Tip: We loved our garden view suite on the second floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Jack. thank you for your raving remarks. And for someone who lives in paradise himself (Whistler), you know what you are talking about. It will be my pleasure to pass on your compliments to Edgar as well to our partners of East African Diving. And being the celebrities you are, compare our South African Wines with those of the Okanagan (especially Mission Hill). You will agree: good value for money, not so. Now go and prepare yourself for skiing on Blackcomb or Pemberton cross country. I do remember the apres-ski at Umberto's. or driving for dinner to Le Crocodile. Well sunny greetings from one paradise to another: from sunny and warm Essque Zalu Zanzibar to British Columbia, Canada. Kind Regards,,Luc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We just completed a trip to Tanzania that included staying here for a week.
In short, it was a spectacular hotel, beautifully presented and idyllically located.
We stayed in suite 54, and it was massive, we loved the layout.
The service was amazing, first rate. Nothing was ever too much for the staff. What I think they have done here is manage to maintain the status of a major hotel chain in terms of scope, size and service, whilst adopting the attitude of a boutique hotel in that every customer is important.
Just so people are aware, if you don't tip after each meal, they kind of expect it when you check out, so be prepared.
I found the meals slightly pricy, but nothing that would downgrade the status of this hotel.
The beach connected to the hotel isn't one you really sun bathe on. However, for us, given the layout of the pool and the views from it, I never felt the need. Still, you are in Zanzibar, you won't be short of beautiful beaches.
I have to say, if you go here and don't enjoy it, you're a very hard person to please because I've been lucky enough to travel the world and this hotel is one of the very best. Truly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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, November 1, 2013
Dear James. Thank you for your comments. Allow me to come back on the tipping policy: we "kind of expect tipping" is a correct statement, but only if the guests are truly happy and satisfied about their stay. If the guests feel that our team does not deserve a tip, we of course need to know so that we can improve on the "let-downs". You hit the nail on the head comparing the "big chain scope with boutique hotel attention to details". The owners, designers and management team have traveled the world; some of us worked indeed for large chains; and we have gathered our dreams of the "perfect world" and we are endeavoring day after day to make our dreams come true. your comment and observation indicate that we are on the right track indeed! Warm Greetings from Sunny Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Luc
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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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
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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