Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Set on a natural cove overlooking a turquoise lagoon, Essque Zalu Zanzibar can be a romantic idyll as well as a family-friendly haven. Whether you are dreaming of candlelit dinners or adventurous outings with your whole family, peace is easily found at this picture-perfect retreat, from lazing by the pool to strolling along hibiscus-lined pathways at sunset. Inventive Zanzibari cuisine at hotel’s beloved eateries and locally inspired treatments at The Zalu Spa only add to the magic. Decide if one of the 40 thatched-roof suites is your ideal setup, or maybe you would make better use of one of the 8 villas, each with a private pool.
- See what the comprehensive menu of the "All You Can Spa" offering can do for you
- Let your kids be at their freest with The Tinga Club's arts and crafts, gaming stations, and play areas
- Indulge in a bespoke body yoga massage as part of poolside wellness
- Explore every corner of the ocean by paddleboarding, snorkeling, and learning to scuba dive at the on-site center
- Experience the Maasai Ritual, a two-hour ceremony of bodily and sensory pampering
Fresh seafood and delicious local cuisine are one of the tremendous highlights of Essque Zalu Zanzibar. You can sample both at the hotel’s two restaurants, and then learn how to whip up a three-course feast by way of a cooking class in the state-of-the-art culinary studio with Tanzanian chef Rose Mosha.
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Under traditional pitched makuti roofs, Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s 40 suites and eight residences are havens of calm — cream walls contrast with dark wood furnishings, while muslin-draped, four-poster beds feature crisp Egyptian cotton bedding. Welcome picturesque views of the lush gardens or the lagoon from your balcony or terrace, and enjoy the daily basket of tropical fruit and turndown service.
For something special, stay in a villa residence, featuring three or four bedrooms with lush garden or Indian ocean views. Each residence comes with a private butler, twice-daily visits by housekeeping, and a chef to prepare private gourmet meals in your fully equipped kitchen.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar also offers 24-hour room service, as well as the ability to hire child care services if you are keen on spending some quality alone time with your partner.
Get the very best features of a luxury hotel within the comforts of a residential setting.
Famous for its centuries-old spice trade, Zanzibar offers cuisine known for being a heady blend of Swahili, Persian, Portuguese, Arab, and Indian influences. Sample the flavors of the island at Market Kitchen and The Jetty, while also sipping smoothies at Pool Bar and sunset cocktails at Baobab Bar.
Market Kitchen – Head to airy all-day dining eatery Market Kitchen for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine — prawn and avocado mille-feuille, seafood linguine, and the like — or local Swahili fare — such as chicken coconut masala or spiced rice with fish — along with crisp salads, cured meats, international cheeses, and mouthwatering desserts.
The Jetty – Set alfresco on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean, The Jetty celebrates the bounty of the sea and offers one of the most ideal spots for sundowners. Dine on popular sensational dishes like red snapper ceviche, grilled lobster, and baby squid with chorizo while sipping signature cocktails and fragrant shisha.
Pool Bar – In between dips in the pool, refresh yourself further with Pool Bar’s fresh smoothies, mocktails, and classic cocktails such as daiquiris and piña coladas. Snack on gourmet sandwiches, focaccia, and wraps filled with ingredients like lobster tails and marinated eggplant.
Baobab Bar – Sink into a chair on the open-air terrace beneath the magniﬁcent baobab tree and sample innovative cocktails from the resort’s diligent mixologists. Try the Zanzibar Sour, sweetened with homemade hibiscus syrup, or a Bloody Mary concocted with local spices.
Opt for soothing massages by the pool, moisturizing facials in the rustic-chic Zalu Spa, and traditional body rituals while cocooned in a lantern-lit Maasai tent. Stay in shape at the 24-hour gym that comes stocked with Technogym machines, or sign up for a gentle Hatha yoga class overlooking the ocean. Enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling, or go scuba diving through magical waters. For kids, there are supervised activities, arts and crafts, and gaming consoles at the complimentary kids club.
Head out on a deep-sea fishing trip in search of marlin and yellowfin tuna. Take a cycling tour through the village of Nungwi, famous for its fishing and dhow-building industries, or visit the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond near the lighthouse. Take a day trip to Stone Town, and explore the maze of alleys and clove-scented bazaars of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed quarter. Also, be sure to tour the famous spice plantations of nearby Kidichi Spice Farms, where you can taste different spices and tropical fruits.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
A stone’s throw from the village of Nungwi on the northern tip of Unguja island, Essque Zalu Zanzibar is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the island’s vibrant green forest. The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel and it only takes a ferry ride to reach mainland Tanzania.
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is 40 mi / 64 km from the hotel.
A two-hour Kilimanjaro Ferry ride is available from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, followed by an 80-minute drive to the hotel.