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Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach, Nungwi 3151 Tanzania
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#11 of 41 hotels in Nungwi
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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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
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
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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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ruby P wrote a review Jun 15
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My fiancé and I stayed here for around 4 nights during April, it was the end of our trip and the starting of Ramadan. The hotel was quiet with some other couples and a few families. Guests were respectful. We had a half board stay where dinner was provided and different every night, the food and never manager was so kind and spoke to us every night personally about our dinner, he took on our advice and opinions and immediately made some changes! The head chef even made us a special local dinner one evening and it amazing! Such kind staff!!! The room had ample space, it was cleaned daily and there was an evening turn down service - a very comfortable room with a balcony and large bathroom and living room. When Ramadan came the hotel went out of their way to provide iftar at sunset and made a special breakfast each morning at 4 am so that my fiancé could fast with ease. When it was our time to leave my flight was unexpectedly canceled and we had to stay another night, Mary on the front desk kindly requested that we could stay in our room Until we left for the flight late the next evening free of charge. I am totally humbled by this hotels thoughtfulness and would return again and again. Thank you to all the happy staff, amazing breakfasts, views, sunsets, cleaning service, the food and beverage manager and Mary especially ♥️ Oh!! The pool was PERFECT ! Ruby
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Terri O wrote a review Jun 7
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
We have recently returned from a trip to Zaznibar which is a must visit for sure and highly exceeded my expectations. Essque was great but there are improvements that can be made for sure which is why i have only rated it as average. We stayed in Villa 1 (3 adults, 2 children) and the villa was fantastic. Sea facing, private pool, great space and we couldn't have asked for more from a room perspective. Service lets the hotel down. The guest relations manager is far from polite borderline rude actually. The bicycles which they offer couldn't be used as either had flat tires or were broken which was really disappointing. The hotel was very empty so you would have assumed service would have been top notch. Food at the pool sometimes took close on 2 hours. Food was VERY limited for the kids who ended up basically with 2 choices the whole time. Food generally was very average which is sad considering the local fish and fruit were absolutely fantastic and could have been utilized better. Our best meal was out of the hotel on a little sandbank in the middle of the sea with fresh fish and chips. The private pool at the villa emptied/leaked consistently so we had to request it to be filled twice daily. The restaurant, bar, housekeeping staff were incredibly friendly. The massages out next to the pool were next level amazing! We did some incredible day trips which i would highly recommend. Was nice to have a bit of normality in a strange time. Not wearing masks was great. Would highly recommend Zanzibar but not the Essque.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Villa 1 is a winner
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Response from kennedy maina, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 5 days ago
Dear T O, we are grateful that you chose to spend your holiday with us. We have taken note of the areas you have highlighted and will share them with the respective departments. Thank you.
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Ali A wrote a review May 2021
Doha, Qatar3 contributions
Such a nice hotel for honeymooners . They are welcoming and so smiley all the time and the service is so excellent, of course not to forget the magnificent chef who makes the best food ever . The weather,the pool, and the stunting view . Couldn’t ask for more
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from kennedy maina, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 5 days ago
Hello, we are glad we made your honeymoon experience memorable. We hope to see you soon to celebrate more events and occasions together. Cheers!! :)
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Michael J wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution
Unique bar and restaurant on a jetty. Friendly staff, great food and overall beautiful surroundings. A few minutes walk away from nightlife and active beachfront. Reasonable rates. Rooms were clean and spacious. Very large swimming pool also with a pool bar. Sauna available
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: A restful break away from noisy beaches
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Response from kennedy maina, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Michael J, Thank you for choosing to stay with us during your holiday. We are grateful for your honest review and hope to see you again soon. Cheers!
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kara r wrote a review May 2021
10 contributions
We had a very fantastic stay in the property. The hotel views is astonishing and staff's are helpful. The cleanliness is nice. The buffet was delicious like wise to breakfast. Also the property is cool with lavish swimming pool!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from kennedy maina, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Mr. Kara, We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your honest review and we hope to see you, your family, and friends again soon.
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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 (0.03 miles), Zanzibar Kilosas Conservation (0.2 miles), and Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi (0.1 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 Fisherman's Seafood & Grill, Gerry's Bar, 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 (3.7 miles).