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#2 of 53 hotels in Nungwi
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.6
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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
Special diet menus
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
Shops
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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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 3 more
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Essque Zalu Zanzibar emerges as a haven of tranquility and beauty, earning high marks from guests for its immaculate cleanliness and proactive service. Nestled in a prime location, the hotel offers stunning sea views and is conveniently close to local attractions. Visitors revel in the spacious, well-appointed rooms and the vibrant evening entertainment. The amenities, particularly the pool and spa, receive applause, while the value is deemed impressive, with reasonable dining costs. Guests are particularly enchanted by the serene atmosphere and the lush garden views.
Location
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Atmosphere
Inviting
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Reasonable
Cleanliness
Spotless
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Outstanding
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Kamal A wrote a review Today
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The Essque Zalu in Zanzibar is the place where everyone should go. The staff is amazing and extremely welcoming! Hotel in itself is a tourist attractions. Beach and pool is amazing. Food and drinks were beyond good. Service was excellent. They customized the food as per our requirements. They prepared Jain food too. Mr. Aditya, GM is very welcoming, a charming professional, always available to help to ensure all guests have great stay. I am very impressed with this hotel and staff.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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dandansong90 wrote a review Yesterday
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First day arrive, we found flies in our food, cockroach in the bedroom. Due to limited guests during these days, the half board food was limited. The swimming facility was really bad maintained. Two serious accidents happened in one day, I slipped and got my feed cut. Another guest fall down end up with 8 stitches!!! on the leg. The hotel try to comfort me with refund 2 nights hotel fee but made me sign to waive the hotel’s responsibility for my injury. I came back from Zanzibar and go to emergency to get tetanus injection paid all by myself(invoice attached). The worst part!!! is the last day upon check out, we found out $300 cash missing. And no CCTV around your room!!! Coz last morning we went to kids club to spent some time for my kid due to my injury we cannot do anything. The hotel asked me to report to police on my present by knowing I have 2 hours left to catch my flight back. Till today, the hotel still didn’t reply my message about the missing dollors. If you don’t want to experience anything similar. Be careful if you choose this hotel.
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Javaid Hussein wrote a review Apr 13
11 contributions5 helpful votes
Mr Aditya the GM was very very welcoming, professional and charming. Always available, ensured all guests were having a great stay. Top management, highly recommended, the grilled calamari was the best i had in Zanzibar. A must visit when in Zanzibar
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Husker-heel wrote a review Apr 13
Milford, Connecticut145 contributions84 helpful votes
This was an incredible stay in large part due to the kind and attentive staff headed by Mr Aditya (GM). It’s clear that he is genuinely passionate about each guest’s needs and goes out of his way to make your experience at Zalu just what *you need it be! From the welcome drink, tour, gorgeous infinity pool view, and lots of nooks and crannies to curl up in to enjoy the sunset or just get lost in the ocean view - would definitely recommend it! The dinner buffet was tasty, with an option to try the a la carte restaurant at the end of the jetty with magnificent views. I also did enjoy the spa treatment “Jovani forest” experience — as a spa frequenter all across the world, this treatment stood out as unique, calming and refreshing; definitely highly recommend the spa! Finally, my ocean suite waterfront room was incredible - private patio overlooking the water was something special. And all fairly priced. If you’re considering hotels in Zanzibar, and Nungwi beach, you’ll be warmed and welcomed at Zalu! Thank you all!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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sabikha k wrote a review Apr 13
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the service was amazing ,the food was amazing everything was great the staffs were very kind and nice the place is incredible with breathtaking environment juma ,steve ,gift and richard they all gave me the best hospitality ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from OMARY SULEIMAN, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Responded 2 days ago
Dear sabikhak, Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Essque Zalu Zanzibar on your vacation in Zanzibar. Thank you for your kind comments and review. BEAST HOSPITALITY EVER is the word and with the great team that we are blessed to have been the one which is ready to go extra mile so that to exceed guest expectation. This is your home away from home and we are looking forward to welcoming you again in our resort next time you visit the island of Zanzibar. Asante. Regards TEAM ESSQUE ZALU
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Grace K wrote a review Apr 13
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Atmosphere is excellent food is amazing the staff are very friendly and overall the Gm Mr.Adita is on point !! I love the hotel being one of the best in Nungwi north of the coast of Zanzibar for anyone who has not visited this should be the next experience!!!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from OMARY SULEIMAN, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
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Dear gracekN9589UW, Thank you for choosing Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Yes, excellent is the word. We are so blessed so have that excellent team that are ready to go extra mile in making sure that we exceed our guest expectations and with a great leadership. Thank you for your kind comments and review. I'll pass the massage to the team. We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our resort. Asante. Regards TEAM ESSQUE ZALU
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ben W wrote a review Apr 10
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We purchased a day pass while touring Zanzibar with a disabled family member and the people were so very accommodating and we were able to eat a great meal on the boardwalk restaurant while taking in the wonderful views. It was a great experience and very reasonable considering the service and amenities.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from OMARY SULEIMAN, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
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Dear WinWinSalesman, It was a great honor hosting you at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Thank you for your kind comments and review. We are so blessed to have a great team that makes Essque Zalu Zanzibar the beast and we the leadership. We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our resort. Asante. Regards TEAM ESSQUE ZALU
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Ma3 wrote a review Apr 9
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Essque Zalu seems to be the spot In Nungwi that everyone goes to. Stayed there for my birthday and now I understand why… The staff is amazing and extremely welcoming! Rehema in reservation..the sweetest person ever!!! If you’re planning anything while you’re there, please reach out to Rehema. Her attention to detail is 10/10. Sophia and Agrey very good at customer service 10/10. The hotel is beautiful and the salt water pool amazing but it does need to be repainted. Besides that, I would stay there again and again! The food there is on point same with the drinks! My group got free handmade bracelets from the general manager Mr Mata at checkout, that was awesome! Please book your stay! You will not regret it!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Response from OMARY SULEIMAN, Other at Essque Zalu Zanzibar
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Dear 1mmilf87, Thank you for choosing Essque Zalu Zanzibar on your vacation in the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Our Essque Zalu team is the greatest strength that make us achieve guest expectation. They are ready to go extra mile so that to make sure that our guest has the beast experience staying with us. I'll pass the massage to the team regarding your comments, reviews and thanks. This is your home away from home and we are looking forward to welcoming you again at our resort. Asante sana. Regards TEAM ESSQUE ZALU
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Kay stephany wrote a review Apr 9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates33 contributions4 helpful votes
Superb. Went there for a margarita , but ended having dinner. The sunset views are magnificent the minute you get there you don’t want to leave. When you’re In Zanzibar try Zalu. I was here years ago and I loved it . The food and drinks were beyond good, the service was excellent. The interaction with the servers, their explanations, their complete immersion, and what they were doing it really was spectacular. And the Mr. Aditya the General manager he’ll lighten up anyones day 😁
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Dear Kay_stephany, It was a great honor hosting you at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Thank you for your kind comments and review. We are so blessed to have a great team that makes Essque Zalu Zanzibar the beast and we the leadership. We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our resort. Asante. Regards TEAM ESSQUE ZALU
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Angella F wrote a review Apr 4
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I was thoroughly impressed by the immaculate condition and stunning aesthetics of the hotel. The staff were absolutely exceptional in their service and made our 6-day stay for our friend’s wedding truly memorable. I am already looking forward to returning in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear 131angellaf, It was a great honor to have that opportunity of hosting the wedding. Thank you for your kind comments and review. We are blessed to have such a wonderful team that is willing to go extra miles to meet and exceed guest expectation. This is your home away from home and we can't wait to welcome you again at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Thank you. Regards TEAM ESQQUE ZALU
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$191 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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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 (0.2 miles), and Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi (0.3 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 Maisha Nungwi Beach Bar, Maisha Nungwi Garden Restaurant, and Fish Market Local 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.