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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We spend 3 nights at the Sea view Villa, there isn't a better spot on earth than that one! Amazing food, great service if you travel with a child and excellent location. Definitely a place to come back. 10!!

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Nick. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. We do remember your wife, you and your little princess having fun all around. Do not wait till your daughter has to invite you for your silver wedding anniversary before coming back, Essque Zalu is waiting for you. Kind regards, Luc Verschelden.

new york
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Essque Zalu is impressive--from the soaring triangular roof line of the main building, to the picture perfect jetty jutting out into the turquoise ocean, to the beautifully landscaped grounds. The rooms are like mini villas and are lovely and generously sized, though the furniture and decor could have been a little better for a 5 star property. Bathrooms are huge....

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear James. Thank you for your wonderful comments and yes we agree that not all employees are fluent in English. As well, we were hoping that the guests in the villas would stay by their plunge pool, the peak season caused indeed a problem with the pool beds. we bought some extras so that problem is resolved. We appreciate your...

New York City, New York
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Zalu is a relatively new hotel in Zanzibar in the northern side (about 45min - 1 hour drive from the airport). Been around for last 3 years, owned by an Italian, on the northern beach of Zanzibar. Hotel structure and design, especially around the lobby, bar, and pool is beautiful and breezy, with a modern chic taste and an amazing...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear Happa; Thank you for your comments. We must admit that during the peak season the service around the pool was a bit slow, however you will remember the cocktails are made à la minute and of course this takes a while. We are glad you enjoyed the villa and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Essque...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We moved to Essque after a disastrous booking in a nearby hotel. When we arrived we were overjoyed we had made the move. The staff greeted us warmly and openly, for such a large hotel it has a wonderful family style warmth to it. We were showed to our room which sadly did not have a sea view but we...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear Louise; thank you so much for your very flattering comments. It is true that the treatments in the Wellness Center are great (I am a regular there, but not for a facial though). But you need to come back: Our Chef is composing a new local menu; your husband will gain a few pounds with this one. The lemongrass...

Addis Ababa
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Just imagine - you are taking a sun bath , on the cliff above the Indian Ocean, roaring turquaze waves are sharing miriads of splashes with you. This is Esque. And then you are having an amazing dinner, listening to a soft music of a nice live band. No Buffett here in this hotel. Everything is made for you, tailored...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear Abu Dabi friends; thank you for your wonderful comments; indeed the first days i did not realize that you had come with your kids; i saw them on the third day for the first time having breakfast with you. As for the Tanzanite: i hate it when people are cheated and told "this is the real one". that is...

Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We were staying elsewhere in Nungwi beach but for our last dinner in Zanzibar I wanted something special so I booked dinner at the jetty in Essque Zalu. From the moment we entered, the service was impeccable, with good security and prompt servers. The property itself is the best in Zanzibar with a double level infinity pool, various bars and...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear Jasreen. Thank you very much for your wonderful compliments on our Jetty Restaurant. It's Manager, Chacha, recalls your visit and thanks you as well for your encouragement. Only one question: when are you coming back to stay with us? Happy New Year. Luc Verschelden

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed December 26, 2013

15 years after our first visit to Zanzibar a lot had changed but Essque Zalu is a wonderfully positive addition to the island. Stunning buildings, beautiful interiors and great facilities. The location is to die for and the jetty is a creative addition which makes the most of the amazing water and gives the complex some nice extra space. Breakfast...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Sue. Yes indeed in 15 years lots has changed. And lots of improvements as well. 15 years ago it would have taken you 5 - 6 hours to reach Nungwi, now only one hour. We trust that you will not wait another 15 years before returning to Ungunja, a.k.a. Zanzibar! We have been told that in 2015 we'll have...

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We stayed at this amazing 5star hotel ,after it was recommended by imagine africa ,last September 2012 for 8 nights. We arrived there after 4 days safari in the masai mara.It was truly magical in it s setting,the hospitality of the staff and manager. The manager nikola personally welcomes you .One of the finest hotels we have stayed in. The...

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

dear Penny, dear Terence. I am glad to read that my predecessor is still doing a great job here (Nicolas left in May this year). And your comments about the food: I am very proud to mention that Rose, our sous-chef, has won the Tanzania Chef's Challenge and her colleague, Dora, junior Garde Manger, came in second. Really proud that...

Kinshasa, null, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We decided we were worth indulging ourselves with 2 nights and 3 days in Zanzibar. Essque Zalu is paradise... The design and architecture of the hotel are stunning and had been so well thought! For instance, from any of the pools, you sight was prolonged all the way to the ocean, so it felt like actually being in the sea......

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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Chers Amis Tahitiens. thank you for your wonderful remarks as well as the one detail about the wellness centre, which i already have addressed with the team. Since you will be coming back, we'll make it up to you! En vous souhaitant nos meilleurs voeux de fin d'année. Cordialement, Luc Verschelden

Zug, Switzerland
Reviewed November 25, 2013

It starts with the General Manager Luc who welcomes the guests personally! Fantastic place, great people also those who work predominantly in the background. Great hotel, superb architecture, spacious and clean bungalows, excellent food, very friendly staff. Very good value for money. Great place to chill but also good base for excursions.

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Dear Rita. we are glad you enjoyed your stay here at Essque Zalu. It was indeed an contrast compared to the snowy mountains in Zug, and we hope that you had your dose of vitamin D to last for the winter. But I am sure that a glühwein and a raclette will make the cold weather be more tolerable. Wishing...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

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Address: Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Price Range: $238 - $656 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 48
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Also Known As:
Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel Nungwi
Essque Zalu Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Nungwi
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#1 Spa Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
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“Villa's are large and great for family's rather than 2x suites.”
 of 5 bubbles Jen1964Sydney, 2 days ago | Read review
“All Rooms are nice but Ocean View would be amazing.”
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“We thought it was worth getting a villa with an ocean view if you can swing it.”
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“the ocean view suites have an incredible view”
 of 5 bubbles maaianr, Jan 19, 2017 | Read review
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