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“Beautiful Hotel and Great Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Essque Zalu Zanzibar

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Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hotel and Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

We came to this hotel after a week on safari. It was incredibly relaxing to be somewhere where every need was catered for. If you want to relax after safari, this is the place to do it.

The food was absolutely fantastic, especially the delicious breads served with every meal. Memorable amongst the dishes we had was the smoked swordfish, the swahili soup served with dinner and the fresh juices at breakfast. Based on reviews here I had expected good food, but I was surprised at how good it was. The service was great and the wait staff were lovely to talk to. The cocktails from the bar were also very good.

We were not willing to pay $100 return fare to Stonetown through the hotel, so we went out of the hotel, turned left and asked the vendor opposite the aquarium to organise transport for us. They gave us $80 return trip to Stonetown. They were on time with pick up and drop off, and the vehicle was comfortable and air conditioned. It's always a risk booking through a local vendor but everything worked out fine for us and we saved $120.

I used that $120 saved at the spa. I had an aromotherapy massage from Jessica and it was fantastic and well worth the money.

The lack of beach was not a problem. The pool was so beautiful and close to the ocean, it was nice to swim there anyway.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at Essque Hotel during low season (April 2013) and enjoyed the fact that we were sharing hotel facilities, swimming pool, jetty etc. with very few other guests. This added an extra value to the holiday. Common spaces and rooms are elegantly decorated, staff very professional but the top rank of this hotel is the Cuisine. Breakfast is delicious, a la carte menu with a number of options - on top of that home made confitures, pastries, yogurt, smoothies etc. Lunch can be served at the Jetty restaurant, mostly middle-easter mezzeh and grilled fish/meat. Location is unique in the middle of the ocean. Dinner is the best part - quality of the food is top quality and presentation superb. Restaurant staff extremely professional but with a personal touch. We stayed at Essque with a 2 year old son who was pampered by all staff. Restaurant accomodated any last minute request for a child menu. Definitely recommended - we would say in low season even more, when less guests are around.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

I have been meaning to write this review for some time. We stayed at the hotel with friends in September last year, after climbing Kilimanjaro, and were all agreed that the hotel was simply wonderful. Our room (suite with ocean view) was stunning, the food excellent (particularly in the upstairs restaurant), the location superb, and the service faultless. In my experience the hotel compares favorably with the best anywhere. Unusually, I cannot find anything to fault.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We were looking for a place to completely refresh and recharge ourselves and that is exactly what we got. From the moment you step inside until the moment you leave you feel cocooned in luxury and style.

The hotel is simply beautiful, a combination of contemporary, art deco and traditional African but in a very cool and minimalistic way and we were in one of the bungalows near to the ocean which followed the main hotel theme. The bed was huge and so comfortable – almost too good to leave some mornings!

Although we had been on a three day Safari at the start of our trip we had expected to explore the island at least a little, however, we found we had everything we could possibly ask for at the hotel and, apart from a couple of days diving and some long beach strolls, did not leave for the remaining 11 days. I must just say here that this is not usually like us as we are always out and about exploring wherever we may be, but we did not want to leave – we had no need to.

We were on a half board basis and after a late breakfast of outstanding choice and quality, did not have the room to sample lunch at the pier restaurant (where the lobster looked amazing). Dinner was 4 courses and could almost be described as ‘fine dining’.

The drinks were all very reasonably priced and, in the evenings, were always accompanied by delicious canapés – be sure to leave room for dinner though.

The staff cannot do enough for you and seem really happy to be there – we had particular soft spots for both Amani (a lovely very sweet and brilliant barman) and Fortunata (our breakfast waitress with a big personality and cheeky smile who obviously loved making us feel special).

The managers were very hands on and made sure all was to our liking and, in particular, Nicolas the general manager, really went the extra mile to make sure we were made to feel special.

To sum up, this hotel is truly a five star and in our opinion is excellent value for money. If you want to feel bathed in cool, calm luxury you will not find much better than this regardless of where you are in the world.

Andrea & Harvey

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Spent a good 6 nights at Zalu. Food was amazing, however the serving time is very laid back. Dinner can take up to 2 hrs to arrive but they compensate that with excellent tasting menu.
Rooms are spacious and each suite has 2 aircons keeping you cool 24/7.
Staff are very accommodating and will go out of their way to get things done.
We went out fishing and came back with a catch and they chef was more than pleased to prepare the fish to our liking.
Amazing place to just relax and unwind. Def recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zaine K
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a beautiful hotel, the manager is excellent and the staff are very accommodating and friendly. The infinity pool is Gorgeous and the SPA is excellent. But all that comes at a price of course. If you want to tan on a beach or swim in the ocean, this isn't the place for you. If you want to swim in a beautiful pool and enjoy an ocean view, then this is your place. Make sure that the hotel itself books airport pickup Bc it's not easy to find. Our driver got lost BIG TIME and if you're like most people that go to Zanzibar after climbing Kilimanjaro, getting lost is the last thing you need.
Also, most people that stay at the hotel are either families or old people Bc it is expensive. If you're looking for a hip young place, you'll need to leave the resort.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank nawwarah
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful place, great ambience, excellent staff, an experience in extreme Luxury! We spent time with friends hosting their son's reception. The cottages and suites are tastefully done, great food, live band and a beautiful infinity pool!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Address: Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 49
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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