Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Hotel Description

Like it or not, Zanzibar now registers on most tourists’ radar; increased traffic over the years has mostly shifted the genre from “adventure junkies and immersionists only” to “government-sponsored Indian Ocean hotspot.” Get outside Stone Town though, and the mythic character re-emerges, particularly at the extreme northern tip, and even more particularly on the northeast shore of the village of Nungwi. On this gentle stretch of coastline, widely considered among the finest beaches in the world, sits Essque Zalu Zanzibar.

Luxurious seclusion is the order of the day. Not that there’s much to tune out — if anything, the pinch-me turquoise waters and lush flora will keep you mesmerized. The suites and villas are arrayed on either side of the central complex and infinity pool to ensure privacy, and the open layouts mean you won’t feel sequestered in your colonial-style king bed. All come with sumptuously appointed bathrooms and LCD TVs; for the truly royal treatment, book an even larger villa and take advantage of a private plunge pool.

The Jetty is situated, understandably, at the end of an elevated wooden walkway. Here’s where you’ll be doing most of your lolling and socializing, depending on the mood; with handcrafted cocktails, live music, hookah, and al fresco Arabian cuisine, it’s not exactly easy to leave behind. Market Kitchen offers more manageable, rustic plates with a heavy focus on organic produce, while Baobab Bar’s resident mixologist prepares daily cocktail specials under its namesake tree.

Personal concierges come standard-issue with most beach resorts, but here it’s honed to an art form: Navigators, they’re called, nodding to the island’s history as a trade hub, and they’re indispensable. They’ll easily handle anything from an in-depth AFRICOLOGY treatment regime at the spa to the purchasing process for on-site artworks that catch your eye, let alone excursions — volcano tours, guided safaris, reef dives — around the rest of the island. The best part? They’re right at your fingertips when you need them, and invisible when you don’t.

How to get there: Essque Zalu Zanzibar is just over an hour's drive from Zanzibar International Airport via Malawi Road.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 49 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace bar
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

No pets allowed. Rates are based on double occupancy. 1 child stays free of charge, additional children will be charged at USD 50 per person per night.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace bar
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

No pets allowed. Rates are based on double occupancy. 1 child stays free of charge, additional children will be charged at USD 50 per person per night.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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