Nungwi, north east coast of Zanzibar
This resort blends Swahili heritage and contemporary design in a secluded setting on the northeast tip of Zanzibar. Lavish suites and villas, a huge infinity pool, inviting spa, watersports centre, jetty bar and tempting cuisine are all part of the Essque Zalu experience.
Essque Zalu is arranged along the northeast coast and has glorious views of the Indian Ocean. On arriving you see a traditional Zanzibari building with a high thatched roof, yet once inside, the atrium is a stunning piece of contemporary styling, which leads to the main restaurant, bar and boutique.
The resort is composed of well-tended gardens to either around the central infinity pool complete with individual sunbathing decks and shaded daybeds, which borders the beach. Beyond this the jetty extends high over the sea and doubles as a swimming platform and a bar, perfect for sundowner drinks.
The Swahili style suites and villas are capacious, all with private outdoor space and attractive air conditioned interiors with mod cons such as TV, minibar, hot drinks maker, and en-suite bathroom. Villas have either 3 or 4 bedrooms, all en-suite, a large living area, kitchen (chef on request), plunge pool and a butler at your beck and call.
While here you can enjoy a range of watersports, explore by bike and take your pick of the many excursions offered. Alternatively indulge your body and senses at the spa, maybe sampling the signature Maasai ritual treatments. The resort welcomes families and has a children’s club with lots of special activities for youngsters.
Times to Go
The hottest months are September to April. There are short rains in November, but these have little overall impact. The main rains occur in April and May.
Essque Zalu highlights
- Superb ocean views
- Choice of watersports
- Luxury suites and villas
- Sundowners on the jetty
- Maasai ritual healing at the spa
- Refined cuisine
- Family friendly
Essque Zalu location
- 40 suites and 8 villas
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Main restaurant
- Jetty bar and restaurant
- Two other bars
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Foreign exchange
- Childern’s club
- Baby sitting (pay locally)
- Diving and PADI courses
- Deep sea fishing
- Turtle sanctuary visits
- Island excursions
- Cooking demonstrations
- Private dining
- Special activities for children
Some activities are payable locally
Each of the 40 suites can sleep up to three adults or two adults and two children. They are grouped in four categories: garden, superior garden, ocean and seafront. All have 85sqm of space and come with TV, tea and coffee maker, minibar, mosquito nets, safe, hairdryer, en-suite bathroom, free toiletries, air conditioning and private terrace or balcony.
The eight villas (or residences) are grouped into three styles: garden with three en-suite bedrooms, and ocean and seafront both with either three or four en-suite bedrooms. All are air conditioned, have mosquito nets, free toiletries, hairdryer, TV, minibar, safe, kitchen, living and dining areas, terraces, plunge pool and butler services. A private chef is available to prepare meals. Garden residences cover over 300sqm and sleep up to ten people, ocean and seafront residences occupy over 350sqm and sleep between ten and 12 people.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.