4.5
Very Good 772 Reviews
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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

4.5 Very Good 772 Reviews
perfect hideaway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place at the quiet end of Nungwi. brilliant infinity pool, very nice staff and wonderful accomodation makes this a perfect hideaway. Excellent breakfast served between 7 and 11 am. Spa Treatments a bit on the pricy side (120 $ / h massage) and you are best advised to shop around for activity deals if you want to save on Budget. still highly recommend it.

Half term
Reviewed 1 month ago

We came in half term in October and booked a sea front suite we were upgraded to a villa an dir was amazing, the hotel was tranquil, fantastic views , very un pretentious and we had the most relaxing holiday. Staff were amazing and food and drink great, I travel a lot and this was up in my top 5 hotels would,definitely recommend it.
We went to the nearly beaches omg they were packed it wa spike being in Benidorm couldn't wait to get back to the Essque Zala and the beautiful scenery and quiet location

Esaque Zalu Bar-Rip off
Reviewed 1 month ago

Be honest maybe the hotel is ok,but the bar outside have a amazing view spectrum one but the bar on the top is completely Rip off money,cocktail are asking crazy prices but when they bring you it's looks like someone spit on it,cocktail for a 11$ and tast disaster not even looks nice and when I politely ask what's wrong they tell.me this is the way... not talking about coconut tart lads first check how tarts looks like
Be honest I will never again go to this bar I'm very disappointed..
Hotel fabulous but the bar outside on the molo is Rip of money

Amazing honeymoon resort
Reviewed 1 month ago

We had the best 3 days there. Magnificant villa facing the ocean with the view of the pier. We got up every morning to see sunrise and it was just perfect. Food at the resort was top notch and my husband still kept talking about how good it was. Breakfast was a great spread of all different choices. Couldnt ask for a better place and we didnt want to leave.

Fantastic view
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed in a lovely bungalow for 7 days we didn’t have a ocean view but but didn’t feel we needed it the hotel has a fantastic pier and a drop dead Gorgeous view all staff were very friendly , it would have been nice to have had a change of menu the breakfasts I didn’t feel were 5* and I felt the bathroom area needed a good clean around the toilet area other than that I thought the room was great,when you go onto the beach people want to sell you a trip but always friendly