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Vestby, Norway
Reviewed 13 November 2014

Well I must say, the first impressions are eye-popping, mainly because the place is so much nicer than the pictures indicate on their own website. Everything (almost) is absolutely perfect from the amazing rooms (luxury huts) to the food to the friendliness of the staff. The resort is huge yet there are always quiet places to find; my partner and...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, We are thoroughly pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we had the honor of making your honeymoon memorable. Will be sure to share your enthusiastic and positive comments with the rest of the team. Makes all our efforts worth the while and just further motivates us to strive for the best customer services....

Reviewed 7 November 2014

I chose Zalu for its stellar TripAdvisor reviews and I can only add mine to the pile - this is a sensational place to stay. The location and views are eye-popping. The architecture and accommodation are beautiful. The food is top-notch, and the staff are simply some of nicest people you will ever meet. It's not a cheap place, but...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Thank you for your positive review. Highlighting the best qualities of our hotel and services. Should you find your way back to Zanzibar, it would be a pleasure to host you again. Kind Regards, Julia Spry

Reviewed 28 October 2014

My wife and I stayed at Essque Zalu for 10 nights after a 5 day safari. We had completed 5 flights of varying lengths over the last 6 days and were ready to relax. On arrival at Zanzibar airport, we were greeted promptly by our driver who took us to the hotel. The journey was 1h10mins from the airport to...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, From our location, to spacious rooms, friendly service, good food, personal catering to our guests preference and our Spa. We thank you for noting all of these in your review and we would like nothing else than to have you come back. We truly appreciate it. We are very proud of all our hoteliers, who take it...

Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 27 October 2014

This is just something taken out of a brochure (the pictures are true) The architecture is spectacular and rooms are very spacious 3 restaurants and 3 bars available (from the Jetty with swim ware to the fine dinning) Walk to the town of Nungwi and discover as well the fisher men/women going to sea to catch yellow fin tuna etc...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for your review and ratings regarding your recent stay at Essque Zalu. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to the possibility of welcoming you next time your travels bring you to Zanzibar. Best Regards, Julia Spry & The Essque Team

Bolton
Reviewed 27 October 2014

The hotel stands tall on the north coast of zanzibar, a beautiful yet grand wooden framed sail shaped structure. The rooms we're beautiful, spacious and had views right across the ocean. We stayed in an ocean view bungalow - just set back on the second row. The food was out of this world and the service and friendliness of the...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Essque Zalu Spa & Resort - We are thrilled that you enjoyed the property and services offered. Correct - it is always advisable to book excursion from the excursion desk using reliable registered ground handlers. However, walking along side is not unsafe - you would get the local crowds trying to sell...

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Reviewed 26 October 2014

We stayed 5 nights at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. We based our choice for this accommodation on online reviews and the website of this hotel: we were looking for a nice 5* resort to unwind, with a good pool and a white sandy beach. Everything EZZ promised to be, and more: it would be 'an experience of a lifetime" (quote from...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for expressing your views on our services as we take all comments and suggestions into account. We want to create an environment that appeases our guests as much as possible and so we deeply regret not meeting up with your genuine expectations. We do have a tidal beach where it is possible to swim during...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 21 October 2014

Very good service as i spent my 2nights at this hotel, rooms are clean and staff are friendly. It was my first time to be in Zanzibar and it was very good experience, food is good and good presentation as well as breakfast, the pool is lovely and clean. Cant wait to visit this place again. Siyabonga the whole team.

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your complimenting review with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope we will have the opportunity to host you again for a longer period. Thanks again for taking the time to write a nice review. Greetings from Sunny Zanzibar. Kind Regards, The Essque Team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 October 2014

This hotel is absolutely luxurious- the rooms, the decor, the service is all top notch. We were on our honeymoon and had half board and the restaurant on the pier is seriously good. The staff is so friendly and try their best to remember what you like and offer it to you without ordering. The location, however, is not the...

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thanks for your great comments on TripAdvisor. It is with great pleasure that we got the opportunity to host you at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. We are delighted to read that we were able to make your stay enjoyable and the hospitality reached your expectations. We do have a tidal beach and the best way to manage this...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 October 2014

Let me start by saying that the hotel is stunningly beautiful and on the whole, we had a great experience there. The rooms are excellent and very clean and the gardens are well kept. However, there are some significant flaws that need to be sorted out by the management before it can whole heartedly be recommended: • We were not...

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Reviewed 8 October 2014

Everything about this hotel was amazing. from the rooms to the food to the beaches and the restaurants and the staff. Just returined from our honeymoon, the service was out of this world and we had a great time

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Essque_Zalu, Director of Sales at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that we will get the opportunity to host you again in the near future. Kind Regards, The EZZ Team

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
  • 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: RM1,636 - RM4,437 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 49
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Also Known As:
Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel Nungwi
Essque Zalu Zanzibar Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
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“15 is a Beachfront suite with its own private deck and sunbeds giving unobstructed sea views. All suites were the same inside though”
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