Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania

From $2300 per person per week in low season
From $4400 per person per week in high season

based on 7 nights

per person based on 2 sharing in a garden suite for 7 nights on a half board basis, and includes air taxes and transfers.

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At a Glance

  • Stunning view over the lagoon

  • Enormous jetty stretching into the sea

  • Delicious Mediterranean food

  • Stylish and chic sunbathing areas

  • Close to Ras Nungwi for bars and nightlife

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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are two rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Insider's View

The roof of the main area is the highest roof in Zanzibar and is a very impressive entranceway but also means that even on the hottest of days, the main area still stays cool

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Essque Zalu Zanzibar


Located on the North east coast of Zanzibar, in a natural cove lies the luxurious Essque Zalu Zanzibar. The hotel is made up of suites and three to four bedroom villas making it an ideal property for couples, friends or families.

The newest addition to Zanzibar is this cleverly constructed hotel which takes advantage of the most stunning of views over an idyllic turquoise lagoon with an enormous jetty stretching out into the sea.

Each suite is made from traditional materials with thatched Makuti roofs and decorated with native artwork. The suites all have an outdoor deck area from where you can enjoy either a view of the lush tropical gardens or the beautiful ocean.

Groups of friends or families can enjoy the privacy of a villa which has its own kitchen, terrace and swimming pool.

Choose from three restaurants and two bars all of which serve a variety of delicious fresh food and expertly mixed cocktails. Enjoy home-cooked food in the Market Kitchen, fine-dining in the A La Carte restaurant or have a delicious Arabian feast over the water at The Jetty.

The 'Simply Spa' specializes in Spafari treatments using local African products and VinAqua treatments using innovative hydrotherapy as well as offering much more.

The hotel has its own Petit VIP club for children aged between four and twelve years old, keeping them busy with activities such as treasure hunts, cooking lessons, perfume making and cultural adventures.

The hotel has its own onsite art gallery featuring a selection of local artists, a gift shop and for those looking for some activities can organize spice tours, guided tours of Stone Town, scuba diving, kite-surfing and many watersports.

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All the suites open to balconies or patios with either garden views, ocean views or sea front views and feature LCD televisions with premium satellite channels. Other amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and sofa beds if traveling with children. The rooms are individually furnished using local materials and can be made up as either a double or a twin and they have a separate lounge area.

Essque Suites

The suites all have either ocean, garden or sea front views and can accomate one extra adult or two children on a sofa bed.

Essque Villa

All three bedrooms in the Essque villas have large double beds. The villas themselves have a private pool, a small kitchenette and a terrace or balcony.

Essque Four Bedroom Villa

All four bedrooms in the Essque villas have large double beds. The villas themselves have a private pool, a small kitchenette and a terrace or balcony.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. The Petit VIP organizes complimentary child friendly activities to entertain them and enhance their learning. There are three events throughout the course of the day. You can also arrange for a child minder to care for your children or for babysitting during the evenings if required.


There is a variety of activities you can partake in during your stay. If you are seeking culture, you can explore the Stone Town, the Spice Plantations and take a wander around the hotel's art gallery. For the adventurous, why not try some diving or snorkeling? There also a marine turtles sanctuary that is interesting to visit. If you would like some pampering time, there is a world class spa at your disposal. Arrange a massage or two to completely unwind.



Anna Hearn (Staff)

Admittedly the road to Essque Zalu is uninspiring, bumping its way through villages and plots of land, but on arrival the resort more than makes up for this. Essques main area is no less than utterly awe-inspiring a forty-meter high thatched roof, vast and cavernous, enclosing the two restaurants, the bar and the Art collection, which is impressive. We could not stop looking up!

The construction is incredible and the whole area feels like a cathedral although is very quiet. Heading out onto the deck there is a large swimming pool with loungers and an incredible, long jetty leading to a beach bar and restaurant, perfect for lunch. Off this pier are two smaller areas perfect for couples wishing to eat away from the main area. You can swim straight off this jetty no matter whether it's low or high tide - rare in Zanzibar where the beaches are very tidal and definitely a big selling point!

The rooms, divided into beach front, garden and three-and four-bedroom villas, are immaculately designed, with the beach front rooms having a view over the rocks which border the beach. The garden rooms are situated in lush tropical gardens and are cool and soothing. The villas are enormous, each with either three or four bedrooms, and each has a massage room!

The overall feel of Essque is real quality nothing has been overlooked and the service is of a very high standard.


Camilla Whitworth (Staff)

The view out to sea from Essque is one of the best in Zanzibar - it is truly stunning. The hotel has this incredible jetty jutting out to sea, and when you are standing at the end you feel like you are suspended over the lagoon, with the turquoise seas stretching out for miles. The jetty gives the hotel a very chic, exclusive feel, with funky sun loungers and white cushioned seating areas. The added advantage of the jetty is that you can swim at all times of the day, which is rare as Zanzibar is tidal so from the beach swimming is not always possible. The Mediterranean restaurant at the end of the jetty really makes you feel like you could be in a swanky Ibiza bar whereas the Market Kitchen, located in the main area is much more relaxed. There is also a third restaurant offering a gourmet a la carte menu, and a variety of bars so somewhere to suit everyone. The hotel is located near Nungwi, ideal for those wanting to explore life outside the hotel, be it by day or night. For groups or families the villas are brilliant, each with their own pools and plenty of space for eating both inside and outside yet being still part of the hotel you get the best of both worlds.


  • Explore Jozani Forest

    Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.

  • Spice Tour

    With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.

Location & directions

Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is on the island of Zanzibar. Nestled in a natural cove on the island's north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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