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Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
Accra, Ghana
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3 reviews
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“There's simply no better choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

There's simply no better hotel choice you could possibly make for your holiday in paradise! Zalu is truly the most spectacularly good hotel I have ever had the pleasure of staying at! A special thank you to Edgar for taking such good care of us. The only let down was the spa. My fiance and I had massages with two different therapists & were very sore & uncomfortable afterwards. Despite this, we were so blown away by the beautiful rooms, fantastic food and absolutely phenomenal service that we have decided to get married at Essque Zalu next year!

Room Tip: If at all possible, choose a villa! The privacy, space, private pool and butler service are worth it...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank travellingtash428
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Tash & Marcus. Thank you for your comments and yes, we are already working on your menus, decorations and other preparations for D-Day next year. I will pass on your thanks to Edgar. We did talk to the massage therapist and apologies for the discomfort. As Essque Zalu is already known as honeymoon destination, you will make it your wedding destination, honeymoon destination and hopefully your wedding anniversary destination as well! Like you, we can't wait to the big event! Till then, best personal regards. Luc
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

My newly wedded wife and I were here for our honeymoon in October 2013. It was a wonderful experience that words couldn't do justice to. The staff were excellent, the spa was magnificent, the beach and the pool are conjoined and beautiful. the food was culinary heaven- with a wonderful swahili menu that every person who is there should try. The General Manager (Luke) and the marketing manager (Julia) deserve special mention. They were so friendly and helpful and are on hand to sort out any issues. We will hopefully return there someday soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Sam. How can we forget these lovely newly weds! It was a real pleasure meeting Janet and you and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Essque Zalu. Don't forget to come and celebrate your first wedding anniversary with us! Best Regards. Luc
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

One of the best hotels i have ever stayed in, the service was impeccable and the facilities were amazing. It was an ideal location and i could not fault it. You will not be disappointed if you stay here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Darren. For one living in Dubai and comparing us with one of the best hotels you stayed is truly one of the top compliments we have received. Sincere Thanks. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Essque Zalu Zanzibar (Dubai is not that far). Best regards, Luc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this resort and were truly impressed by its beauty, style, cleanliness, service and quality of food. The gardens are truly lush and whilst we were strolling with our baby, it gave us a feeling of being in paradise. The Villas are amazing. Well appointed and functional. The décor is tasteful and compliments the style of the buildings. Every meal was a feast. The team has an attention to detail and the service is attentive yet not intrusive. The pictures and testimony from previous guests are not exaggerated! Congrats to the entire team. We can’t wait to go back…

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Frank. thank you for your review and compliments. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay and even happier that you want to come back. Can i make a reservation? best regards and tot ziens. Luc
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

After reading the exceptional reviews on here there was a lot of expectation riding on this hotel for myself and my girlfriend when we booked for a week in October... Essque Zalu met these expectations in every single way - it is simply perfection. From the moment we arrived we just felt so special which is exactly what you look for when you stay at a 5 star hotel and these guys have mastered it - the front desk staff were incredible (in particular Edgar) The pool and beach was to die for, the hotel was great at organizing trips and activities (Hugely recommend East Africa Diving for your Scuba fix and recommend using them if you want to go Dolphin Sighting too as the Fisherman Tours Dolphin Trip was not so successful;). Horse riding on the beach and in the sea was quite a highlight thanks to the hotel for organising that. My girlfriend tells me that the spa was superb. The food was excellent and we left the restaurant every night completely satisfied if not a little tipsy from the incredible wine that was on offer. Cocktails, snacks, lunches all absolutely brilliant and always available at any time. The room was perfect and very tastefully furnished. If you are taking your girlfriend on a romantic getaway then look no further than this hotel in Zanzibar, it was simply a perfect holiday. Particularly touched by the heartwarming farewell from all the staff at the end of the stay - again making us feel like celebrities!

Room Tip: We loved our garden view suite on the second floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Jack. thank you for your raving remarks. And for someone who lives in paradise himself (Whistler), you know what you are talking about. It will be my pleasure to pass on your compliments to Edgar as well to our partners of East African Diving. And being the celebrities you are, compare our South African Wines with those of the Okanagan (especially Mission Hill). You will agree: good value for money, not so. Now go and prepare yourself for skiing on Blackcomb or Pemberton cross country. I do remember the apres-ski at Umberto's. or driving for dinner to Le Crocodile. Well sunny greetings from one paradise to another: from sunny and warm Essque Zalu Zanzibar to British Columbia, Canada. Kind Regards,,Luc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We just completed a trip to Tanzania that included staying here for a week.
In short, it was a spectacular hotel, beautifully presented and idyllically located.
We stayed in suite 54, and it was massive, we loved the layout.
The service was amazing, first rate. Nothing was ever too much for the staff. What I think they have done here is manage to maintain the status of a major hotel chain in terms of scope, size and service, whilst adopting the attitude of a boutique hotel in that every customer is important.
Just so people are aware, if you don't tip after each meal, they kind of expect it when you check out, so be prepared.
I found the meals slightly pricy, but nothing that would downgrade the status of this hotel.
The beach connected to the hotel isn't one you really sun bathe on. However, for us, given the layout of the pool and the views from it, I never felt the need. Still, you are in Zanzibar, you won't be short of beautiful beaches.
I have to say, if you go here and don't enjoy it, you're a very hard person to please because I've been lucky enough to travel the world and this hotel is one of the very best. Truly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear James. Thank you for your comments. Allow me to come back on the tipping policy: we "kind of expect tipping" is a correct statement, but only if the guests are truly happy and satisfied about their stay. If the guests feel that our team does not deserve a tip, we of course need to know so that we can improve on the "let-downs". You hit the nail on the head comparing the "big chain scope with boutique hotel attention to details". The owners, designers and management team have traveled the world; some of us worked indeed for large chains; and we have gathered our dreams of the "perfect world" and we are endeavoring day after day to make our dreams come true. your comment and observation indicate that we are on the right track indeed! Warm Greetings from Sunny Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Luc
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Good food, excellent service and a breath taking property!! Very relaxing as well as comfortable hotel and the jetty is just amazing! We had a great time at the Essque Zalu and will definitely be going there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM-Essque_Zalu, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Brineau. Thank you for your comments, very much to the point! And may i be as "to the point": Sunny and Warm Zanzibar is waiting for you, so when are you coming back? I am sure that the grey skies of London is increasing the urge. Well, we can't wait to welcoming you back! Till Then, Sunny greetings from Essque Zalu Zanzibar; Luc
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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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