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Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Nungwi 3151 Tanzania
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#11 of 44 hotels in Nungwi
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Take a deep breath of fresh Indian ocean air, relax and unwind. Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove in the north east coast of Unguja (alias Zanzibar). Essque Zalu Zanzibar combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place. This boutique hotel has the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean to one side and lush green forest to the other, and there is just a hint of spice in the warm and fragrant tropical air. At Essque Zalu Zanzibar, create your own personal paradise, your own kind of luxury, an experience of a lifetime. Choose from 40 individual suites and 8 villas all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. Our suites offer a luxurious-styled space crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched makuti roof. From farm to table, we take great pride in our sumptuous cooking. Satisfy your taste buds with a choice of two unique restaurants, three well stocked bars and a variety of destination dining experiences. Unashamedly indulgent, the Spa comprises of two couples treatment rooms, four single rooms, vichy shower, a sauna and steam room - a haven of restorative and rejuvenating perfection. Using only 100% truly organic and natural ingredients, our focus is on capturing the intelligence of nature in the restorative process. We know that the essence of nature can synergistically interact with the energy system, and this knowledge forms the basis of our Africology creations, all orchestrated to help you lead a more holistic lifestyle. Essque Zalu is your outpost into the first steps of the wildness and tranquility of Zanzibar. Reconnect with nature and experience a land rich in life and uninhabited space. We offer guests the opportunity to partake in activities to experience some of the islands most Spectacular and scenic excursions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room service
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Lagoon View
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Lívia S wrote a review Oct 5
11 contributions
the hotel has a wonderful structure, lots of trees, spacious, very cool. the employees are very kind, considerate and polite. The view that the hotel offers to the sea is incredible, with the bluest sea that my eyes have ever seen. we spent unforgettable moments here. we just have to thank all the receptivity, attention and affection with us.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Edna Deya, Guest Services / Front Office at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 6 days ago
Jambo! Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for choosing to stay with us. We are delighted to have made your vacation memorable and hope to welcome you back to our resort again in the near future. Kind Regards, Edna
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Mamba240830 wrote a review Sep 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This resort is a must visit, my family had a great time there, it was 4 of us and we had a whole villa to ourselves. The food is excellent and they have the best ocean view, best pool. Everything is above the top. Thank you Essque for giving us the best time in Zanzibar. Thank you Rahul (food manager) and Fatima (front desk), you made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. You fulfilled all our request including the band, grilled sea food dinner in the pool, and even made chapatis for us. We appreciate. I will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Edna Deya, Guest Services / Front Office at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Mamba, Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for giving an honest feedback. We are delighted to know that we made your time with us memorable and hope to welcome you back to our resort anytime you are in the vicinity. Kind Regards,
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Nisrin wrote a review Sep 2021
The Netherlands17 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed in this hotel for 6 days! What a beautiful hotel! with the sweetest hardworking employees. Delicious food, lots of variety, nice pool, nice rooms, nice view. It really is a big 10 for me!!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Edna Deya, Guest Services / Front Office at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 3 weeks ago
Greetings from Essque Zalu! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review and for choosing to stay with us. It is always our aim to exceed our guests expectations and your review is all the motivation we need to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. Thank you once more and see you again soon! Kind Regards, Edna
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Jamal A wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Today after 1 day staying @ Essque Zalu we left the hotel with still 4days remaining, we are on our honeymoon and we where in love with the pictures and awards we have seen on the site. DO NOT fall for this. The hotel is nice to walk in rooms are clean to be as honest as can be to write this review and that is said. The beach is very very bad ( they have a shuttle going to kendwa beach but it is horrible to do this everyday but okay they find a solution to fix it. Swimmingpool is dead, no one there no fun things to do music streaming on bad wifi, it destroys your vibes to just relax and enjoy remember this is our special moment(honeymoon). A big big no go was the food and drinks, like a normal cola is $4. Not a problem if it is worth it like we have seen bigger hotels in Zanzibar and if you are at a place of ambiance its normaal to pay that. Not if you are in this extreme overrated hotel. Lets talk about the descission maker for us to leave as soon as the morning breaks. The Diner. Watch this, diner was included in the “price” so we had the a la carte menu because there were not a lot guests. Perfect, we thougt.. me and my wife had starter main course and dessert. The expensive things (lamb and Lobster) was not available. Honestly i understand because there are not a lot of guest it is to expensive to have but on the other side we paid in full for this. The soup me and my wife had the same soup. It was different even the cups where different. Main course mixed grill and red snapper. I dont know but the main food here in zanzibar is fish, The fish looked as beef wasnt fresh at alll even did not taste like fish, my wife her mixed grill was cold like common, only 8 guest and even that was wrong. That been said dear people be aware i gave this hotel 1,5 starts because the only thing that was okay was the room. The workers try to their job good but if you are a “5star” you expect something for your money. We asked a refund back and the general manager i did not even got to chance to speak with him even not at the phone. Even that they know it is our honeymoon. Even if it is only de half of our money we would agree even that we only stayed 1 night. So thank you for taking our money and not even pay the half back. Keep in mind we paid €918 for 5nights. Room 57
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Edna Deya, Guest Services / Front Office at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Jamal, Greetings from Essque Zalu! Thank you for taking time to post a review on our hotel, and we are glad that you liked your accomodation as our ultimate goal is to satisfy all our guests. We have read with regret your description of our some of our facilities and know for a fact this cannot be true. We however respect your opinion and hope you enjoy your stay on the Island. Kind Regards, Edna
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kamal h wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
One the best hotels in the area, the staff is extremely friendly, specially Mishan the restaurant supervisor, he was the top, made our stay marvelous and pleasent.. He is one of the kind that wil make us come back to this hotel generally and to this experience specially...
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Edna Deya, Guest Services / Front Office at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded Sep 9, 2021
Dear Kamal, Greetings from Essque Zalu! Thank you for such a wonderful review and for choosing to stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and Mishan appreciates your recognition. We hope to welcome you back to enjoy our hospitality again and again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Which popular attractions are close to Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond (0.3 miles), Zanzibar Kilosas Conservation (0.1 miles), and Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gerry's Bar, The Jetty, and Aluna Garden Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Essque Zalu Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Essque Zalu Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Essque Zalu Zanzibar offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (3.5 miles).