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What We Love

  • Family-friendly amenities, including Tinga Kids Club and live music at dinner
  • Market Kitchen deli counter, fully stocked with imported meats and cheeses
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • The resort is in the remote fishing village of Nungwi, a one-hour drive from the Zanzibar airport
  • There isn’t a private beach, but Nungwi Beach is peaceful and can be accessed directly from the hotel

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Family-friendly resort with thatch-roofed suites and a vast infinity pool overlooking Zanzibar’s coral-fringed coast

The Lowdown

Just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an island jewel in the Indian Ocean—all postcard-perfect white sand beaches and coral-fringed coves. The 30-acre resort has a shore-hugging layout complete with soaring makuti thatch roofs and minimalist interiors. An ode to the island’s vibrant art, architecture and culture, Essque Zalu Zanzibar feels more like a private residence than a resort. There’s no front desk, so smart, sherwani-clad “navigators” see to check-in in the comfort of guests’ suites. Choose from 40 individual suites or 8 villas, all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. Those with a penchant for doing little can settle into a lounge chair beside the enormous infinity pool, relax in the spa (treatments incorporate indigenous African herbs and oils), quaff vodka-cranberries in the art gallery, or choose between the three on-site restaurants. Decadent dining is de rigueur here, especially at the 1506 Bar and Terrace, where a maître d’ greets guests by name and chef Jussi Husa adapts European dishes with Arabic, African, and Indian flavors.

In the Area

The Essque Zalu is located in Nungwi, an undeveloped fishing village on Zanzibar’s protected northeast coast. Within an hour’s drive is UNESCO World Heritage Site Stone Town, Zanzibar’s teeny capital, filled with souks, labyrinthine streets, mosques, sultans’ palaces and colonial buildings. While there, visit the Anglican church, a memorial built on the site of one of the world’s last slave markets. The Mnemba Atoll is the jewel in the Zanzibar archipelago. Underwater tropical delights include whale sharks and turtles. The hotel also arranges snorkeling and is licensed by PADI. Charter a private crewed catamaran and sail the coast for a day — dolphin spotting and champagne and oysters on deck at sunset totally optional. The island has become a hot spot for kitesurfing — an extreme water sport that’s big news at the Essque Zalu.

How to Get There

Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Nungwi Village
Nungwi, 3151 Tanzania

Reviews

Gorgeous beach resort
Nigerdave

We only spent a day here, enjoying the beach, the pool, the restaurants. The ocean is a magnificent powder blue. The service is excellent. We had appetizers and drinks. It was a perfect day at a perfect resort on a perfect beach.

Amazing!!!
Shanzy27

Its the type of place you just dont ever want to leave. From the moment we arrived Mr Joseph made us feel sp welcomed and special. Lovely tasty welcome drinks on arrival. The resort is stunning! We spent our days lounging at our ocean front suite or laying around at the pool or pier. They went all out to make me feel very special on my birthday. It was like home away from home. I was so sad to leave and cannot wait to be back. A bit of maldives and bali all wrapped into one. Thanks Joseph.

Best hotel in Zanzibar
Wander65867811656

Essaque Zalu is so far the best hotel in Zanzibar and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to have a fantastic and wonderful experience of a life time...very safe environment for both adults and kid's..the rooms are super comfortable clean and safe too..and what I enjoyed more is that your breakfast and dinner package is included in the hotel rooms charges so while staying in the hotel you don't have to struggle thinking of where you are going to eat or if you're going to afford eating at the hotel and the meals are delicious..and I would really like to thank Madame Sheilah at the reception desk she is amazing