Essque Zalu Zanzibar bucks the trend of competing resorts who aim to blend in with their local environment. Instead, big and bold form a consistent theme, from the highest makuti thatched roof on the island, to the two roomy restaurants, three well stocked bars, and sprawling lagoon-style pool.
With the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to one side and lush green forest to the other, Essque Zalu combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place.
Essque Zalu features 40 Suites as well as 8 Residences ranging from three to four bedrooms to choose from, all of which boast views of the Indian Ocean or the lush tropical gardens. The Resort itself has been carefully constructed to make the most of these breathtaking views: an idyllic turquoise lagoon, the tranquil ocean, and the expansive flourishing gardens.
Throughout the property, there is an abundant use of the neutral color scheme and traditional artwork, embracing the simplicity and serenity of an island lifestyle.
On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels.
Zanzibar is hotter from September to April, with the average temperature ranging between 26 and 32 °c. The weather is cooler from May to August, as the average temperature averages out between 25 and 28°c.
The suites at Essque Zalu boast a maximum occupancy of 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. This ensures that they are the ideal destination for both couples seeking a romantic getaway, and families who do not wish to compromise on luxury.
Ensconce yourself in these luxuriously-styled spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof.
The Seafront Suites at Essque Zalu are Zanzibar’s most sought-after accommodation. Ocean facing and among the most generously proportioned on the Island, these Suites comprise of private terrace and are surrounded by exotic gardens, adding to the privacy.
During high-tide, you have a front row seat to the wonders of mother nature as you experience the soothing crash of the waves against the coral rock formation. These Suites boast a maximum occupancy of 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
The Ocean Suites are perfect for romantic getaways. With uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean as well as spacious and relaxing patios surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical ocean breeze, our Ocean Suites can accommodate 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
The Garden Suites boast a maximum occupancy of 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. This ensures that they are the ideal destination for both couples seeking a romantic getaway, and families who do not wish to compromise on luxury, whilst enjoying breathtaking views of our manicured gardens.
For a more spacious stay, Essque Zalu offers 8 Residences ranging from 3 to 4 bedrooms all of which feature their very own plunge private pool, dining room, a private spa, spacious living room and fully equipped kitchen. As expected, the Residences also boast either a terrace or balcony, with exquisite views, upon which to laze.
Our Seafront Residences, ranging from 3 to 4 bedrooms are Zanzibar’s permier address. For families or groups of friends, luxury at our Residences is all about time and space. Each bedroom features their own en-suite spacious bathroom, elegant furnishing and uninterrupted views of the Indian ocean.
The extra-large living areas adds an elegant dimension to the Residence. A dedicated butler is available to satisfy your every whim, from assisting with your unpacking, preparing your favorite beverage to planning your desired experiences.
The resort also offers services of a private chef who willl concoct the masterpiece of your fancy for you to enjoy in the privacy and comfort of your own Residence. Relax in your very own plunge pool and leave the rest to us.
Measuring in excess of 350 sq. meters of interior living area, these 3 and 4 bedroom Residences can accommodate between 10 and 12 guests respectively.
EAT & DRINK
Feeling a bit peckish… or celebrating a significant anniversary? Wine connoisseur… or fancy some fun concocting cocktails?
Serving cosmopolitan fare, from a gastronomic spread of crisp salads, cured meats and the freshest seafood, to breads straight from the oven, mouth-watering desserts and cheeses.
THE JETTY BAR & RESTAURANT
The Jetty celebrates the bounty of the seas. Here you can casually kick back with a refreshing cocktail, draw on some sheesha, gaze into the sunset or simply watch the dhows sail by.
Keep cool and beat the heat by sipping cool cocktails, enjoying refreshing fruit shakes and light snacks, all the while lounging by the pool with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean
Enjoy a drink or two under the shade of the magnificent Baobab Tree and let our mixologist impress you with his special cocktail.
24 hours, our Chefs will create the masterpiece of your fancy that will enable you to fulfil any craving, any time.
Hover over the water, dine beneath the stars, dance with the flames or let your fantasies create a new dining reality. With our varied selection of dine-by-design, your culinary adventure knows no bounds.
MAISHA COOKERY STUDIO
Built in the traditional style, with a rustic thatched roof but state-of-the-art cooking facilities, the studio has been dedicated to native chefs. They are now a much in-demand signature fixture, teaching eager students from around the world how to prepare mouthwatering traditional dishes and sample the best that the ‘Spice Island’ has to offer.
THE ZALU SPA
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new holistic spa and well-being offering brought to you by Africology. Specializing in transformative SPA, beauty and wellbeing solutions and pure and premium lifestyle products, Africology is an internationally award-winning brand, and we are confident that we are offering our guests a world-class holistic experience.
Step into a world of well-being at the Africology at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, where you can enjoy everything from traditional African pamper rituals and uniquely memorable sensory experiences to results-driven beauty treatments, comprehensive packages and more.
Whether it’s enjoying a Maasai ritual, treating yourself to our ultimate facial, surrendering to the bliss of a signature massage or repairing and nourishing sun-damaged skin, there’s something for everyone at our Africology haven.
THE POWER OF NATURE
Healing Earth harnesses the powers of nature to bring you bio-identical active ingredients, Fairtrade botanicals and shea butters meticulously chosen for their healing properties.
With a focus of supporting a healthy lifestyle, our Technogym equipped fitness centre is open 24 hours.
Completely traditional in form, Yoga practised at Essque Zalu stems from the roots of Hatha Yoga with adaptations to suit individual needs. Advance notice is required.
THE MAASAI RITUAL
With our Maasai Ritual, our aim is to, quite simply, take you on a renewal journey deeply immersed in the traditions sights and sounds of the Masaai culture in Zanzibar.
Using a fresh coconut and sand scrub, followed by a light foot massage with fresh lime, coconut and lime essential oil. The welcome into the Masaai Ritual, leaving your skin smooth. This treatment helps to immediately release tension by working on reflexology points as well as reduce muscle pains.
SINGO SCRUB & AROMATHERAPY
The Singo Body scrub is a traditional ritual in Zanzibar, usually administered to a young woman before the wedding day. Using African ingredients like Moringa leaves, cinnamon powder, ylang ylang and raw sugar, all blended in a ‘kinu’ traditional blender with rosewater.
Intense rejuvenation. This facial de-stresses, re-balances and hydrates your face with pure natural oils and botanical wonders. Fresh yoghurt cleanse, followed by a cucumber tonic, raw sugar gentle scrub and finishing with a full facial massage with 100% natural moisturizer.
All this sets the scene for a tranquil and fulfilling marriage. Beach weddings are the most popular choice for weddings in Zanzibar, and many a bride at Essque Zalu Zanzibar has repeated her nuptials, barefoot under her elaborate designer gown, overlooking the crystal-blue ocean.
The gorgeous sunset and cooler temperatures are an outstanding feature of these weddings, and photographs taken in this light are nothing less than spectacular.
At Essque, you are free to bring your own music or DJ along if you prefer. Guests can dance the night away on a dance floor created right on the beachfront, surrounded by softly glowing lanterns, before you spend your wedding night in one of our luxurious suites or villas, and embark upon the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Convene in the atmosphere of a private resort, surrounded by green lush gardens and infinite views of the turquoise of the Indian Ocean.
Offering a choice of leisurely pursuits and refined venues, Essque Zalu is perfect for corporate retreats to exclusive events and everything in between. With state-of-the-art business facilities and an array of tailored menus, your every event need is covered.
Amble through Stone Town, or tour the famous spice plantations. Explore the local marine life in a Zanzibar scuba diving or snorkelling trip. Try out the water sport activities on the island, or visit the 2 marine turtle sanctuaries beside the hotel.
THE TINGA CLUB
Our Tinga Club offers complimentary innovative and creative fun activities for your children. Our activities are always combined with education and entertainment. Apart from these daily events, first child under 12 stay free at Essque Zalu.
Your child can be taken care of around the clock by one of our Tinga Club coordinators*. More than mere babysitters, they are specially trained in child care and children entertainment.
Our energetic coordinators will interact with your children and will never fail to surprise them! So let your children be part of the Tinga Club community, while you pamper yourself in the knowledge that your child is in good hands.
Your trip to Zanzibar comes with surprises on every corner of the Island, to experience this heaven of corals and sea life, visit our dive centre by the poolside. Explore a wide range of non-motorized activities like kayaking, pedalo, paddle board and snorkelling sessions.
Deep-sea fishing, water-skiing and other activities are also available. Official PADI dive courses are available for those who look to learn and earn a certificate or just for leisure.
We offer guests the opportunity to partake in activities to experience some of the islands most Spectacular and scenic excursions. In this heaven-like Island, get your backpack and hit the road.
Every day is a new experience and Zanzibar is full of surprises. Our tours and excursions desk is at your disposal to tailor make your adventures for an unforgettable time spent on the Island.
If you visit Zanzibar but only stay on a resort beach, you’re missing a world of adventure! Pirates, merchants, and smugglers from around the world called Zanzibar home, and left their secrets on the island waiting for you to discover.
Zanzibuggy tours offers high-octane excursions along the old smugglers’ routes near Nungwi. Explore places that you could never access by car – hidden gems known only to locals. Their guides will take you off the beaten track to picturesque beaches away from the tourist crowds.
You will also observe traditional farming, boat building, and fishing techniques. Their unique buggies make exploring this beautiful island an epic adventure – Zanzibar is an off-road driving paradise!
Start your thrilling journey with in beautiful Nungwi. After a quick orientation of the buggy, your guide reveals a secret smuggler’s path to a pristine fishing beach. Feel the wind in your face, the sun on your shoulders, and the sand rushing under your buggy as you zip through the stunning Zanzibar landscape.
The buggies pack plenty of punch and add a shot of adrenaline to your day, regardless of your experience level. Your guide customizes your expedition, making sure you feel safe and comfortable at all times.
The adventure whizzes through lush farming and plantation area, under swaying palm trees, and over the best off-road trails of the island, giving you plenty of time to practice your off-road driving skills under the instruction of your knowledgeable guide.
You finish at a local village, where you chat with locals and watch fishermen repairing their traditional dhow boats, before returning to Nungwi.