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#10 of 58 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)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Game room
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bidet
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Lagoon View
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English, French, Russian, Spanish and 3 more
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Elle G wrote a review Aug 4
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Me & my boyfriend just spent a week at Essque Zalu, I was a tiny bit apprehensive due to some of the reviews but all I can say is do NOT believe the bad reviews, this hotel is heaven. We arrived on day 1 to the most beautiful reception looking out to the ocean, we weren't able to book a sea view suite so booked a garden suite instead but we truly believe now that the garden suite is the better option. The sound of the rain on the trees outside is so therapeutic and something we don't hear often due to living in Dubai. Every part of the hotel is breathtaking, the view of the ocean, the jetty leading into the sea, the pool area, breakfast feels like your in a little jungle. The rooms are very homely and comfy, separate bedroom and living room is definitely a bonus. The shower is big and spacious and the balcony is big with lovely views. The service was the best bit for us, the staff are SO friendly and welcoming and can't do enough for you. They truly do make the hotel even better than it already is. All in all, we had the most amazing special week and will 100% be back! Thank you Essque Zalu xxx
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Garden suite is the way forward!
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Responded 2 days ago
Dear 93elgx, Thank you for your honest review. We highly appreciate your feedback, we are glad that we were able to make your holiday one to remember and we hope that you will visit us again soon during your next visit to Zanzibar. We truly miss having you around. Regards, Essque Zalu Zanzibar.
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Andre Malan wrote a review Feb 2022
60 contributions2 helpful votes
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Its actually our 2nd trip back to Essque Zalu but it never disappoints and keeps getting better!!! Highlight is the buffet breakfast and themed evening dinners. And we never missed the amazing sunrises and sunset from the Jetty. We will be back soon!!!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Kennedy Maina, Owner at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded Feb 17, 2022
Dear AMalan11, It was a pleasure hosting you in our hotel for the second time, we hope that you will continue bringing your family with you during your next trips to Zanzibar. We are looking forward to welcoming you again for another visit filled with more events and more surprises. Regards Essque Zalu Zanzibr Team.
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Samarosh Madhavan wrote a review Jul 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions15 helpful votes
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his was by far the best decision I took for my first vacation travel after 3 years. Essque staff and service are exceptional. I detected a bit of lag in customer service levels in the early weeks and I reduced my stay duration with Essque. Even on a reduced stay time, they took care of us so well that I felt bad for reducing my stay. I would like to say a big thank you to Mohammed, Mary and Cecilia for making our stay so delightful and cheerful. They made us feel right at home and I will never forget it. In fact, I will get my gang of cousins and come stay with you again. We were literally sad to leave. The hotel is beautifully designed with simple architecture to house the sea winds to ventilate the entire hotel. The hotel size is large and well spread. The hotel lobby is large and also has a lot of area to just sit and relax with with a book and drink anywhere at the hotel. The infinity pool is mechanism design that extracts the sea water and replenishes by itself. I would recommend the excursions and activities provided by the hotel itself which actually covers a lot. The cottage and villa walk ways are spectacular and pleasant. Essque hosts evening performances everyday and their dinner buffet spreads are a fusion of international and traditions cuisines. I just couldn't get enough of the wine and dine experiences. The Jetty Resto-Bar is an an exception in itself for the food, drinks and vibe, its right in the middle of the sea. So glad, there weren't any interference from local beach boys. The spa and massages are to kill for. The gyms work 24 hours. I spent most of my time in self reflection, meditation, getting tipsy and feasting my inner food good at Essque. I loved my morning walks in the hotel campus itself. I spent at least 4 to 5 hours reading and watching the ocean. The Ocean Sea Front Suite is absolutely worth every penny. The rooms and bathrooms were ecstatic coupled with beach views. The TVs were android too, hello streaming apps. Pros: - Large hotel campus - If you are a foodie, the bars and restaurant vibes here would continuously excite you - Cottage walkways were heavenly and green - Ocean sea front suite had tidal waves crashing the stones 10 feet from the cottage. It's a beautiful sight. You can use streaming video apps. The bathrooms were so good i slept in it, lol. - Evening performance are energetic - 24/7 security always surveilling - Less disturbance from local beach boys - Hotel lobby is uniquely designed and large - Despite being expensive, its worth every penny - Staff made us feel right at home Cons: - More dust bins in the room needed - Larger and more bottles of water I think you need to put yourselves out more because what you gave me cant be explained with word enough. God bless, do reach out to me if you need professional marketing tips to bring your A-Game. Do try the fishermans grill at Hilton Nungwi. Essque also arranges 4 trips a day to the beach nearby and even to Rock Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Ocean Sea Front Suite is a killer!
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Response from kennedy maina, Marketing at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Samarosh, Thank you for your honest feedback. It was great hosting you and showing you the other side of the Resort service despite the turn around time or response. We hope to welcome you again soon during your next visit to Zanzibar Regards, Essque Zalu Zanzibar.
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Alessia S wrote a review Jun 2022
5 contributions
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Good hotel, very friendly staff. We would like to express special gratitude to Mishan Supervisor Hotel and Restorant for the service and support during our holiday, organizing an unforgettable dinner with quality seafood and providing information about life both in the hotel and outside of it. Restaurant with good quality food, the only thing is that there is no beach where you can swim, but the hotel has a car that takes you to the beach.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear Alessia, Thank you for spending your holiday with us. We hope to see you again during your next trip to Zanzibar for more activities and events. Regard, Essque Zalu Zanzibar
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Voyager734216 wrote a review May 2022
Nairobi, Kenya16 contributions1 helpful vote
Very comfortable and relaxing hotel. Loved the jetty going into the ocean. Quite an experience walking into it when the tide has come in. Hotel is at northern tip of island so one is able to cross through the rural life of the islanders, as you travel to/from the airport.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from kennedy maina, Marketing at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Voyager Thank you for your honest review. It was a pleasure Hosting you at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. We hope to welcome you again soon during your next visit to Zanzibar. The team was happy to engage with you.
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Onl wrote a review Apr 2022
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Have been to places but Essque beat them all, The moment you are picked at the airport , you get puzzled by the courtesy and professionalism, but wait until you enter Essque Zalu Zanzibar, and the staff make you feel like you are the owner of the hotel. They are well trained and they are always at your service, The level of service with where I have been before this place surpasses the best place in the world. Their rooms are attended as frequent as soon as they feel you need more comfort, clean fabric for the bed and the towel always top notch. I was here for more than a week and my greatest fear when I visit places is mosquitoes, I searched for this blood sucker in this facility and I didn’t manage to get it and I congratulate these guys for splendid work . Dinning experience is out of this world , every taste is perfected to detail with natural ingredients, there is away they play with your taste buds that the English language is short of words to explain it. The hotel setup and the view is breathtaking, The rooms will make you oversleep but the memory of yesterday meals will wake you, less you miss out. I have countless pictures in my phone as for my daughter her phone became full to capacity and she encroached to mine. As for my wife my popular vote as skyrocketed she has been speechless with the experience. Dinner at the jetty with high tide is an experience of a lifetime. The sunset will make you stay longer at the jetty as you try to explain it in your mother tongue and I heard the sunrise is mind thrilling, I didn’t experience it as The bed made me oversleep. I was wondering whoever give stars can award it 10 stars instead of the the 5.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Onl072, Thank you for your honest review. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. The team enjoying engaging with you and we already miss having you around. We hope to welcome you again during your next visit to Zanzibar.
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Federica1985 wrote a review Apr 2022
7 contributions4 helpful votes
We arrived at this hotel after having seen positive reviews and after having searched and found it to be one of the best hotels in Zanzibar to spend the holidays, unfortunately it was not. The hotel is in poor condition it needs various renovations and maintenance especially in the swimming pool with pieces destroyed and dangerous for those who swim and in the common areas it is however not worthy of a five star, the food absolutely scandalous, I have never eaten as an Italian a most disgusting seafood pasta in my life despite the chef's effort, basic breakfast only a few choices and repetitive if you arrived at 10 a lot of the buffet was finished, after three days my girlfriend and I had a food infention and profuse diarrhea , there is no beach and it is absolutely not possible to swim due to the tides, they offer a shuttle service to kendwa beach but without any kind of service they leave you there on the beach without umbrellas or sunbeds and you are therefore forced to pay for an extra service when it should already be included, the thing that left us most upset was the death and boredom present there was nothing to do if not swimming in the pool or eating in the restaurant, no entertainment, no theme evening, nothing at all. The rooms are large and clean and another positive thing is the always courteous staff who try to satisfy requests. in definite I do not recommend it especially for the price paid in front of the services received (400 euros per night) absolutely not a five-star. last note, after the first night we asked to leave and have a partial refund request after 3 days denied by the manager, so open your eyes before paying.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Federica, Thank you for your honest review. We've shared the areas you have highlighted with the Chef and the respective teams and we will work on building more experience and excitement. Hope to welcome you again soon after the additional renovation and changes.
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Chitanda_Jr🧐 wrote a review Apr 2022
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👍 Good hotel facilities. 👍High communication skills from staff members. 👍The pool is Amazing. 👍The Hotel Taxi 🚕 is cheap and Safe. 👍The Hotel room is well decorated 👍The Gym is💪💪 👍The SPA is 👏👏 👍Good service from the EXCURSION desk. That's all I experienced HAKUNA MATATA
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Kimpember, Ashante Sana na Karibu Tena during your next visit to Zanzibar.
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Nasma Rajab wrote a review Apr 2022
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania30 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a visit Essque Zalu hotel with my business partner the Grace wedding planner for wedding events client on this year november and had to oversee the hotel as we could get venue for we’re we can decorate the special event,so we had to see the rooms cause our guest half of the group will sleep at this hotel.It was a great FAM trip. Everything went to our satisfaction and Miss Anna and Mr Filbert were of great help. Rooms are amazing,the environment is to the perfection we weren’t disappointed at all. We will definitely have a great venue at your hotel😍 Thank you team looking forward to do business with you.🤝
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Nasmatourguide, It is amazing having you as our business partner and we hope to engage more with you on growth and enhancing the tourism experience for both our guests. We are looking forward to sharing more ideas during our partnership.
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Melindadeparis wrote a review Feb 2022
Meerbusch, Germany22 contributions37 helpful votes
Peaceful hotel, away from busy beaches, great service and food (you have access to the restaurant too when you are half-board, a real plus when you want to take a break from the buffet). Live music and/or dance shows in tje evening, my kids lived it. Breakfirst is very good with omelett station and fresh juice bar, they do nice latte machiato too (included) but don't expect smoked salmon or cold cuts. Very good kids club too, the lady is nice, it has its own swimming pool, video games for older kids, sandbox and the lady can take the kids to the zoo or aquarium that are 5-10 min. walk away just have to pay the 3 or 4 dollars entry fee. Nice big room and bathroom. Sauna, steam room and gym. The Jetty bar has amazing original cocktails. If you book direct you get a 25% off on all drinks, food and water activities. No beach but a 10 minutes walk will get you to a beautiful one. Just a shame that there is no shade for kids at the swimmingpool.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 7, 2022
Dear Melinda, It was a pleasure serving you and your family at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. We have taken note of the insights you have given and we will work towards upgrading our services and equipment for more fun and luxury. We hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Essque Zalu Zanzibar.
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$276 - $416 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandNungwi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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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 Aluna Beach, Aluna Garden Restaurant, and The Jetty Bar & 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 airport transportation?
Yes, Essque Zalu Zanzibar offers airport transportation 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.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Essque Zalu Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hindi, and Swahili.