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Reviewed November 16, 2017

Although we weren't staying at this hotel, we had seen it from a dive boat so walked up the beach to investigate what was there. It appeared that the hotel was undergoing renovations at the time, as there were only 3 other people in the grounds. The staff invited us to stay, have some drinks and use the pool. We stayed there all day, chatting to staff, drinking mocktails, using the pool and generally having a fabulously relaxing day. This was a very special find, and is highly recommended.

Stayed: December 2016, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Ddraig_fawr
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

My family and I stayed here for 5 nights in October 2017.

Our sea-front suite room was immaculately clean and had a spectacularly panoramic view of the ocean. The room had strong air conditioning, firm beds, a HD TV, bar fridge and roomy luggage area.

The pier and sea water pool was definitely the most enjoyable part of our stay, especially considering the beach really is not very appealing on this part of the coast. Most of the time, the tide was in and when it was out the beach is infested with sea urchins and not as clean as the sand in other parts of the island, such as Michamvi.

The Hotel has a great location and we found it easy to get to other parts of Nungwi and the rest of Zanzibar.

Being strictly vegetarian, we had a few oddly prepared meals especially on the first day of our stay - off the a la carte menu. However the rest of our meals were generally enjoyable and filling. Most meals took very long to prepare though so we'd have to place orders well in advance.

The spa is highly recommended though slightly over-priced on a few of the treatments such as the pedicure & manicure. However their facilities are second to none and their steam and sauna rooms are very enjoyable.

The staff are professional, friendly and polite and attended to various requests in a timely manner, including one for a very late check-out on our last day.

Having come from staying a couple of nights at a slightly cheaper Resort in Michamvi, we did enjoy our stay though felt that the nightly rate could be lower and that the restaurant could handle their orders quicker.

Nevertheless, a very enjoyable stay with all the amenities that one could ask for.

Don't forget to visit the nearby turtle aquarium - its totally unforgettable!

Stayed: October 2017
1  Thank Gopal T
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

This was the perfect place to end our safari...The hotel is chic, extremely clean, with amazing rooms, service and food.. We spent 4 days around the pool enjoying the sun, great views and awesome service..The only reason I did not give this place 5 stars was because there really wasn't any beach.. It sits up on a small cliff so the view was incredible.. The food at the 2 restaurants was really good, but I particularly enjoyed the BBQ night. There was a buffet full of great BBQ dishes as well as salads, vegetables etc. The band playing that night was great as well and had a lot of us up on our feet dancing.I would like to give a special thank you to the service people by the pool who were the best in the hotel..Attentive and friendly those guys made our vacation...

  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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1  Thank LoriCarMontreal
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

This place is simply marvelous! I have traveled to many beach destinations, and Essque Zalu Zanzibar is by far my favorite of them all!! The setting is magical with the beautiful infinity pool stretching to the crystal turquoise sea, and the amazing Jetty that sits far out into the ocean - you can see the sunrise and sunset there!! The Suites are spacious and beautifully designed, very comfortable and the air conditioning works wonders on a hot day. The service is top of the line and the staff are very friendly. We put the pool barman to work during our stay and the drinks he concocted were refreshing and tasty. The food is really amazing, the menu is ever changing and we enjoyed great fresh seafood as well as steak. The spa is a real treat, the Masai Ritual treatment is worth it - a wonderful holistic experience. They have a great kid's center which is the size of a day care - perfect for kids under 10. The staff really catered to our every desire - we will be returning to this beautiful lodge, loved every second of our stay!

Room Tip: Go for the ocean front suite, or splurge on a villa if you want a private pool!
  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank Trvlround
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Reviewed October 31, 2017

Very nice, big and calm suite, best Service, great meals and cocktails, interesting excursions, fantastic location and architecture. Stuff is extremely kind and did everything to let the guests feel well and wellcome.
To the management: we loved Ali, Sai, Harry and Mishan for their kindness and their very engaged service
I was also fond of the roomservice. As we've forgotten to close the roomsave, the maid waited before our room and told us to check first the save.

Room Tip: Everything was excellent , no tips, how to do it better
  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank BirgitandErwin
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