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Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 5 September 2015

everything was perfect in this hotel. The staff was very friendly, trying to please us. the view, the salt water swimming pool, the restaurants, the suites. everything was even better than we imagined !

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Duarte C, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your feedback, following your recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. I was happy to read that you have enjoyed your welcome experience and the comfort and location of your Suite as well as our swimming pool. I do hope to have the pleasure of...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

The place is amazing, food is great and very Fresh. We had booked rooms and were upgraded to a villa which was very nice but didn't have hot water. If you are looking for a long stretch of beach than this is not a place for you. Kids are taken care of at the kids club.

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Duarte C, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your feedback, following your recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. I was happy that, for the most part, you have enjoyed your experience with us. Please be assured that I will be discussing your comments with the team, with a view to ensure we...

Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

It's a really great place with a nice private beach and private. Would recommend for those who are looking for something relaxing. The rooms are basically small apartment with really comfortable beds. The food is amazing. The owner of the place is Italian and you can really notice it in the food. You can still get a nice mix between...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Greetings from a sunny Zanzibar! I would like to take a moment to thank you for sharing with us your feedback, following your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu. I was happy to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us and specially, Chef Jussi's culinary delights. I will be sure to share...

Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

On the tail end of our family volunteer trip to Tanzania we visited Zanzibar - a magical place we visited 20 years before. Travelling with my mother-in-law we settled on a higher end resort and Essque Zalu Zanzibar was a very fine choice. Totally relaxing and a great place to decompress. The pier is breathtaking and the pool is magnificent....

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Greetings from a sunny Zanzibar! I would like to take a moment to thank you for sharing with us your feedback, following your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu. I was happy to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us and specially, the Jetty Restaurant. I shall be passing your kind comments...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 31 July 2015

We were 3 couples, each in a waterfront chalet at over US$600 per night per couple, reserved through Booking.com. During our stay in the third week of July, the hotel was somewhere between 30% - 40% capacity (I asked). Location: Magnificent setting: quiet ocean at low tide, when you can walk far out toward the distant coral reef, lovely crashing...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Greetings from a sunny Zanzibar! I would like to take a moment to thank you for sharing with us your feedback, following your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu. I was happy to learn that, for the most part, you have enjoyed your experience with us and I will be sure to share your kind...

Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Ambience, food, rooms and service oh my. Just simply awesome and amazing place. Was there for our honeymoon in 2014 and the experience was simply excellent. The art room is magnificent but the hotel needs to fix the broken piano.

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Greetings from a sunny Zanzibar! Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share with us your feedback, pertaining to your honeymoon at the Resort in 2014. I was happy to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experience during this auspicious occasion and we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon, perhaps...

Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

The Resort has all possible amenities with high security and privacy. The only beach in Zanzibar with no acces to locals due to recif corner position. The villas offers exceleny accomodation with nice ocean view and privat pool. The staff is amongst the best I ever seen in Africa. The Chef is European and has international experience and knowledge. He...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share with us your most valuable feedback, pertaining your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu, Zanzibar. We were very happy to read your review, and are glad that we could contribute to making your trip to Zanzibar a great experience. Thank you once again for...

Oakland
Reviewed 18 July 2015

Loved the location, the service, the food, and the design of this hotel-it ranks VERY high on my list of majestic places! The food at the hotel was so amazing, we weren't tempted to venture too far. It is incredibly luxurious and relaxing. Happy hour cocktails and appetizers are delightful on their beautiful jetty over the Indian Ocean. A great...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us, pertaining your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu, Zanzibar. Your review is so inspiring and am so honored that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us, and specially our food offering. Rest assured I will be sharing your valuable...

Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 July 2015

We were recommended Essque Zalu by our travel operator Yellow Zebra safaris. The hotel does not disappoint. The ocean is the first thing you notice. Turquoise water with gentle surf, the occasional fishing boat. The sand is like powder and stretches around the resort. The hotel pier is a great feature and includes seating and a bar and restaurant. We...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us, pertaining your most recent stay with us here at Essque Zalu, Zanzibar, on the occasion of your honeymoon. I will be sure to thank Yellow Zebra Safaris for the recommendation. I was glad to read that you have enjoyed your experience with us...

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Basal outlet breath taking. So beautiful. Unfortunately I can't comment on water sports, gym as all were closed and under renovations. We stayed in room 141 an upstairs room, which had a pool and sea view - I recommend it. The food and cocktails were never made the same but always tasty. A small menu both at jetty and pool...

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DuarteCorreia, General Manager at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your feedback, pertaining your most recent stay with us at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your experience with us and in particular, the quality of our food offering. Please rest assured that I shall be sharing your most kind comments...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre 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 

Additional Information about Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Address: Nungwi 3151, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Price Range: €250 - €615 (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 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
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