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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
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“First choice for busy Nungwi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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 and even came fishing with us. the best food by far out of our 6 hotels in Zanzibar - excellent chef! Lovely pool ( but salt water) and jetty is a great spot for sundowners. Highly recommend but us and we are tour operators who have seen many hotels in Zanzibar

Room Tip: Beach front rooms best
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Jenni,

Many thanks for your lovely comments - it was great to host you and your family. Many thanks for sharing the awesome pictures, I have shared some of them on facebook. Guni loved spending time with the boys.

Our infinity and plunge pools are salt chlorinated, (not from seawater) which is far more economically friendly than using traditional Chlorine products

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind Regards,
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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 food was good but could have been better - that said, the lunch offering on the beautiful jetty is great and really tasty! Rooms are very spacious, well decorated and very clean. Would recommend a stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Kaylie,

Thank you for your flattering comments. We are delighted to read that you had an amazing time and could not thank you enough for choosing Essque for your vacation. I have passed on the great comments to the team.

Warm greetings from Sunny Zanzibar.
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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 Spa was high quality with Africology products. Very warm staff. A very calm place for romance if you are looking for activity atraction is not the best location in Nungwi.

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your comments which is greatly appreciated. Our villas do have bath tubs, in two out of the three rooms at most times. The villas also have a plunge pool situated on the terrace where you can enjoy the sound of the lapping Indian ocean with breathtaking vistas of the turquoise Indian ocean.

We are sorry to hear that you found a minimum choice of food options - we have three restaurants on the property where you could explore the various menus and if you are still not satisfied chef is happy cook something up for you to your preference. Our policy is 'never say no'

The mini bars at Essque Zalu are personalized therefore, we stock up upon guests arrival according to their preferences and requests. The villas also have a personal butler at your service at all times to cater to your needs.

We look forward to hosting you again. Warm greetings from the Essque Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

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 sea too shallow for swimming, you can always swim in the amazing, large pool.

The rooms don't disappoint - the food's pretty good. The spa is just good and the drinks could be better, but the view and the overall experience make up for it.

Special points on the in-room clove soaps, which are made in Zanzibar by a women's coop called Dada (which means Sister in Swahili). Grab them and get more at the Dada shop in Stonetown.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for a great review, it is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, the comments we receive are key to our continued efforts to improve the quality of our services at Essque Zalu. We hope that you can visit us again in the near future. Warm Regards from the Essque Team
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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 downers and friendly interesting staff to spend time with. The spa is well worth a relaxing treat.
Well worth a short walk is a visit to see the turtles being rehabilitated ( great conservation work) and the local village.
Zanzibar as a whole is a great place but really needs to urgently look into its rubbish problem as there are many other tropical islands that don't have rubbish washed up on their beaches and around town.

Room Tip: Ocean from rooms 11-16.
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
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 keep the place clean - this is an ongoing process. Best Regards
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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 fell ill and we had to return to the mainland. We look forward to our return visit and can enthusiastically recommend this place to fellow Trip Advisor readers.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
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.
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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 hotel had a coat of paint. I found the hotel in fantastic condition and was well worthy of a five star resort. Food was great, Zanzibar is a small island with not much on it so the hotel makes everything itself including like bread, jams, and honey. All the food is cooked fresh and we never had any problems. Other good points are the jetty and pool area. The room we stayed in was also fantastic. Staff were very attentive and nice. We had an incident one day, which was no fault of the hotel and it was handled very well by the management, in particular by Hussein, Julia and Joseph .
Bad points about the hotel I would say was maybe some staff at dinner were over attentive, sometimes you would just like to be left to eat you dinner but maybe that's just me.
Also there was no entertainment which we didn't mind but others may, and there isn't anywhere else to go out and eat at night, we didn't leave the resort but that's not the hotels fault, I would say it's the same for all of the island other than stone town and even then I didn't fancy eating there either.
I loved Zalu and was the perfect rest after a gruelling safari and I would recommend staying there to any one visiting Zanzibar but I was disappointed with the island it's self.
Thanks guys for a wonderful holiday.

Room Tip: If you can afford it go for a room on the sea, this made our holiday
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
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
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Romantic 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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