Family-friendly amenities, including Tinga Kids Club and live music at dinner
Market Kitchen deli counter, fully stocked with imported meats and cheeses
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
Parking on site
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Family-friendly resort with thatch-roofed suites and a vast infinity pool overlooking Zanzibar’s coral-fringed coast
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.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
How to Get There
Flights are available to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private transfers are available to/from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar, about 37 miles away (an hour’s drive), for approximately $120 for up to four passengers, each way, or approximately $240, round-trip; these can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from ZNZ are available for approximately $80, each way. For those renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is available on-site at no additional cost.