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Reviewed June 21, 2014

I recently stayed at Zalu with my family, and found the place to be magical with a very cool vibe, great food that focused on quality and presentation rather than quantity, excellent design, and incredibly spacious villas. On a more personal note, I truly appreciated the management allowing us to check out a day early without penalty when are daughter fell ill and we had to return to the mainland. We look forward to our return visit and can enthusiastically recommend this place to fellow Trip Advisor readers.

Date of stay: June 2014
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Thank SherAlex
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2014

It was lovely having you visit and glad that you enjoyed your spacious villa and stay with us. We have kept the same for you and look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

We arrived on the 1st of June after our serengeti safari. We were the first guests of the season we pretty much had the hotel to ourselves. We were given a fantastic upgrade and we're treated like royalty for our whole stay. The hotel had just had the reception repaired after the storm damage and had the rest of the hotel had a coat of paint. I found the hotel in fantastic condition and was well worthy of a five star resort. Food was great, Zanzibar is a small island with not much on it so the hotel makes everything itself including like bread, jams, and honey. All the food is cooked fresh and we never had any problems. Other good points are the jetty and pool area. The room we stayed in was also fantastic. Staff were very attentive and nice. We had an incident one day, which was no fault of the hotel and it was handled very well by the management, in particular by Hussein, Julia and Joseph .
Bad points about the hotel I would say was maybe some staff at dinner were over attentive, sometimes you would just like to be left to eat you dinner but maybe that's just me.
Also there was no entertainment which we didn't mind but others may, and there isn't anywhere else to go out and eat at night, we didn't leave the resort but that's not the hotels fault, I would say it's the same for all of the island other than stone town and even then I didn't fancy eating there either.
I loved Zalu and was the perfect rest after a gruelling safari and I would recommend staying there to any one visiting Zanzibar but I was disappointed with the island it's self.
Thanks guys for a wonderful holiday.

Room tip: If you can afford it go for a room on the sea, this made our holiday
Date of stay: June 2014
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Thank Charlie_Nic14
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2014

Dear Charlie and Nic, it was great having you here as our first guest just after our soft refurbishment. We here at Essque Zalu work hard to make every guests experience personal and memorable and we are glad that you left happy. Look forward to seeing you again, maybe for your anniversary. Best Regards

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

first of all i want to say that ZALU is one of the most magic places on this planet .
the location is grate but what really dose it is the manager Luke and his very well trained staff .
the service is first class and the food is amazing .the architecture of the main building is so authentic and beautiful !!!! the pool is the best pool ever (ocean water )
we really enjoyed staying in ZALU if you looking for high quality and total relaxation look no more book your stay right now !!!!! rally we recommend it over and over to all the people we know that choose to visit zanzibar !!!
the location is good you can stay @ the hotel and do some chilling or you go across the road(10 min walk or take a taxi ) to the beach for a drink ,sun set ,people watching and have a bit of a party ). ZALU is so chilled and quiet so if you looking for mega party time do not expect it @ the resort . we enjoyed the stillness and high quality service and no one gets in your face !!!!
soooooooo we recommend ZALU totally and go and try it out 100%

Room tip: beach front rooms are fab.if not front row try upstairs rooms better view villas are amazing for more then two people so for families or couples traveling together
Date of stay: October 2013
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1  Thank Reto C
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for expressing your views about our premises and services. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and your recommendations are greatly appreciated.

Especially that our Brand; Barefoot luxury with Afro Chic concept suited your needs. We still are flexible to accommodate our guests as much as possible. Ask and we shall strive to deliver.

Our Infinity Pool that is our extension to the ocean is salt chlorinated (not from sea water) which is far more economically friendly than using traditional chlorine products. So besides having a breath-taking view of the pool and ocean during the day, our pool is multi colour lit at night to provide an almost ethereal effect.

Seeing that you thoroughly had a good time, when will you visit us again? Would be a pleasure to host you again.

Kind Regards,
Julia Spry

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

My fiancé and I have visited this hotel a few times now, and we adore the restaurant on the jetty! One of our favourite lunch spots in Zanzibar! Exquisite food, outstanding service, glorious setting, and the most amazing views!
We are planning to stay for a few nights during the new season!

Date of stay: March 2014
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were lucky enough to stay in Essque Zalu for 7 nights in early January for our honeymoon. From the moment we entered the reception area we were amazed at how the hotel lived up to the pictures on the website. It is very sad to hear that some of the main building was damaged recently as the 'wow' feeling we got when we first walked in and looked out at the pool and the sea will stay with us for ever. We had a garden view room and whilst a sea view would have been nice the villa itself was amazing with a huge bed, lovely big bathroom and plenty of storage space. It did not bother us not having a beach and it is fairly obvious from the website and other reviews on here that there is no beach therefore I don't understand when people give out about that. The salt water pool is lovely although I would have loved to swim off the jetty but the sea was quite rough when we went there. The food was very good in all of the restaurants and in particular the lunch down on the jetty was spectacular. The drinks served in the bar were also very good. It was quiet when were visited and therefore there was not much of an atmosphere in the bar after dinner however with the hotel so quiet it meant we completely relaxed for the whole week. We stayed in the hotel for all our meals as that was what we wanted however you could walk to Nungwi depending on the tides to try some other restaurants. We walked along the beach one of the days and another day visited the turtle conservatory which is well worth a visit. We were very sad to leave Essque Zalu as we know we may never make the trip again as it is so far away. We would definitely recommend it to anyone who is visiting Zanzibar. Pure Bliss

Date of stay: January 2014
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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to your experience with us, we are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and your recommendations are greatly appreciated. We hope that we could again host you as our guest, perhaps for your anniversary... Warm regards from Sunny Zanzibar

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