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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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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


4.5 Very Good 728 Reviews
Loved Essque!
Reviewed 1 day ago

I loved Essque. The rooms were big and spacious and the air conditioning allowed us to sleep comfortably even when it was hot and humid. The jetty and bar and dining spaces on the jetty were lovely and we really enjoyed the time spent on the jetty. The pool area is beautiful and allowed for many lazy hours at the pool. We particularly enjoyed the Swahili cooking experience and look forward to making samoosas at home. We also enjoyed the snorkeling excursion. We stayed at Essque for three nights but would recommend a longer stay.

awesome summer holiday
Reviewed 5 days ago

went for holiday with my daughter and niece to celebrate there 18 bday. it was on great week. the resort have a view to die for. ppl are great and friendly. food was great experimented with so much different types of food. The room is beautiful. service perfect. massages great steam room awesome. the manager in the restaurant and his team thank you so much for making the birthday dinner special for the girls they can't stop talking about it. The waiters and waitresses wow you guys rock you really do pay attention to your customers you knew how we take our drinks after 1 serve we didn't even have to remind you no ice or anything. The sun downer ladies who prepare the bed for sleeping great stuff you ladies take pride in your work. the dancing team for the birthday cake you rock we love you. the cocktails delicious. I have to apologize I discovered last night I accidentally took one of the gowns from the room sorry about it, if i have to pay no problem just sent me details and will sent the money. thank you thank hope to see you next time with the family Spice town we love you too.Great experience and friendly team. Mr Hussein you and your taxi driver thank you very much. Mr Magame thank very much to you and your driver. Vanessa from Quantum travel thank you also this would not have been possible. Anybody needs holiday packages in Tanzania Vanessa and Anne can sort you out from airticket to Accommodation. Sorry I never had a chance to meet you Vanessa. May god bless you all.

Stunning Property
Reviewed 1 week ago

The property is amazing. There is a huge jetty from which you can watch both Sunsets and Sunrises. We got to meet the General Manager, Shawn, who was extremely professional and polite.
I will definitely return.

Loved everything about this place!!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you Julia and her amazing team!! The staff really went out of their way to make our stay so memorable. The food was so delicious. The spa and massage is a definite must when you stay here, Try the Masai spa too!! Thank you for the private dinner at the MOSHA!! Beds are so comfortable. Thank you Anurag for always checking to see if we were ok, We will be back soon!!!

Grand architecture and friendly service meet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared for a long and bumpy drive to this luxury accommodation, but the end product is certainly worth it.
The hotel is beautifully designed with lush, perfectly manicured gardens and spacious, clean and comfortable rooms. The ocean view rooms have lovely views while the seafront rooms have a spectacular, uninterrupted view of the ocean.... so close, that in fact your balcony meets the rocky shoreline.
The staff are incredibly friendly but communicication can be an issue, with the English level of most staff quite limited. You will need to be patient with orders, specific requests and laundering. The staff do want to keep you happy!
The restaurants are lovely. We enjoyed meals in the main restaurant and on the jetty. Again be patient with special orders. Generally, the meals are not hot, warm or (at times cold) but are reasonable quality.
We travelled as a family of 10 and selected this venue as our rest location to break up of safaris. The kids loved the pool, day and night. It is certainly a lovely place to relax and unwind. A bit far from anywhere else though as excursions into tourist areas average an hour drive.... nowhere close by for a stroll. The hotel will provide transport for you if you are interested in venturing out to investigate the island a bit more.