Essque Zalu Zanzibar

luxury resort on the north coast

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is beautifully located on the far northern coast of Zanzibar, just 10 minutes drive from the buzz of Nungwi.

Essque Zalu is stylish and very chic – and boasts one of the biggest makuti roofs we’ve ever seen!

Property Type
luxury resort
40 suites & villas
kids club
dive centre offsite
spa & gym


30% DISCOUNT off normal rates


  • complimentary upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability at check-in)
  • complimentary flowers and fruit basket on arrival
  • 1 romantic dinner
  • 1 complimentary henna decoration for the bride
  • 1 complimentary 30 minute couple’s massage
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments and products

Minimum stay 5 nights
Valid until 9 months after the date of the wedding/civil partnership

Offer also valid for same sex couples
Not combinable with any other offers
Not valid in festive season

Stay 4 – 6 nights
get a 25% DISCOUNT

Stay 7 nights or more
get a 30% DISCOUNT

not valid in festive season
half board meal plan

Very open plan, spacious and light common areas

Impressive pool and excellent Kids Club, making it a great option for families

Excellent Spa facilities

With 3 excellent restaurants, there is cuisine to suit every taste

Tranquil location, but just 10 minutes away from the buzz of Nungwi

The rooms are very modern and contemporary, but may lack some character

The resort is located on a coral cliff and not a long sandy beach. Its only a short drive away from the endless beaches of Kendwa and there is long pier into the sea.

Choose from 40 suites, all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the turquoise blue ocean. Ensconce yourself in luxurious-styled spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof.

If you need extra space to spread out, then select one of the 9 expansive villas. Stretch out in the spacious living room, unwind in the privacy of your own massage area, rustle up a snack in your own kitchen, laze on the terrace overlooking the garden or just chill in the privacy of your very own swimming pool.

Once you are comfortable at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, make the most of your amenities, pick your favourite drink from your personalised mini bar, freshen up under a solar heated shower, or lie back on the king sized four-poster colonial style beds.


All 40 suites have a spacious master bedroom, as well as a lounge and outside terrace or balcony. One can select from an Ocean Front, Sea View or Garden View Suite – all of which have a maximum occupancy of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.


All 9 villas have their own private pool, in-room dining and massage area, kitchen facilities and terrace or balcony. The maximum occupancy is as follows:

  • 3 Bedroom villas: 6 adults
  • 4 Bedroom villas: 8 adults

All Suites and Villas at Essque Zalu Zanzibar have Wireless Internet, which is included in the rate.

Satisfy your taste buds with a choice of three distinctive restaurants, a scrumptious café, and two well-stocked bars – or dial a mixologist to come right to your suite and shake your very own tailor-made cocktail!

Market Kitchen
The Market Kitchen styled restaurant serves cosmopolitan fare, a gastronomic spread of crisp salads, cured meats, fresh seafood, bread straight from the oven, mouth-watering cheeses and desserts. Create your own culinary journey featuring organic produce and fresh, hand-picked ingredients from local growers.

A La Carte
‘must do’ when visiting Zanzibar, the perfect place for an exceptional fine dining experience. Savour Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s innovative ‘Signature Plate’ or tuck into char-grilled prime South African beef steak.

The Jetty
Set al fresco on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean, where you can casually kick back with a refreshing cocktail, share succulent morsels of modern Arabic cuisine, freshly prepared mezze, draw on some shisha and gaze at the sunset. Experience a different setting every day, created exclusively by the elements and mirroring the flow of the ocean – a place to be seen, or to relax to the sounds of live music with friends.

1506 Bar and Terrace
An up-market and intimate space for you to enjoy the finer things in life. Browse the premium labels and vintages, select a speciality cigar, taste the tapas or just pop by for a post-dinner nightcap.

In Market (Villas only)
Customise your mini-bar and fill up on that favourite lychee martini. If you’re a bit of a chef yourself, ‘In Market’ lets you order and delivers your grocery list to your villa. Or if you prefer the pros to fire up the flames, then ‘Dial a Chef’ will create the masterpiece of your fancy in the privacy of your own villa kitchen.

Need a work out? Head to the outdoor gym and loosen up those travel-weary limbs on the running machine or flex those muscles on the cross-trainer.

Looking for a thrill? Try your hand at any of the following watersport activities offered at Essque Zalu Zanzibar:

  • Parasailing
  • Jet– Ski Rental and Safari
  • Water Skiing
  • Wake boarding
  • Ringos
  • Banana Boat
  • Fly-Fishing

Or go on a deep sea fishing charter boat from Nungwi for a game fishing experience in the waters of Zanzibar. You will be aboard a well equipped fishing boat, with experienced crew. Come aboard and catch your own fish.

Prefer to just chill? Salute the sun with yoga at the ocean’s edge, languish in the grand infinity pool or indulge in a hydrotherapy treatment at the Spa.

Why not inspire your artistic leanings with a stroll through Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s gallery, featuring paintings, sculptures, glassworks and photographs from the local and regional artistic community. When dusk rolls in, step onto the deck of a traditional dhow, sip a sundowner and cruise into the African sunset!

Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s spa provides a peaceful, non-invasive and warm environment that makes it ideal for individuals seeking privacy, peace and quiet.

Wellness has become a way of life and the ‘Zanzibar Spa’ prides itself on being able to create an unforgettable experience – and not just another day at a spa. Spa staff pay attention to all aspects of personal well-being in a holistic manner and believe in one-on-one therapeutic procedures, interaction and client care.

The carefully chosen unique signature treatments, such as Spafari and VinAqua, cater to both men and women and will take you on an expedition of pure indulgence! The exotic Spafari range must be experienced to get the full effect of the true spirit of Africa, and the VinAqua range utilizes some of the best and widest range of hydrotherapy facilities in the country.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s Spa has also perfected a treatment of European origin aptly termed the ‘sinfully scented hot wax wave massage’. This technique is like no other and therapists pride themselves on being one of the first in the country to implement it.

Enjoy and experience new and extraordinary activities “a la carte” such as learning magic tricks, creating your own Swarovski jewellery and your own perfume, creating chocolate and candies, making science experiments with Einstein & Frankenstein, building your own car or boat with solar panels, and discovering the local traditions and culture!

If you want, there are also a lot of fun activities and games you can do with your parents!

You can either have dinner with your parents, or meet your friends and Petit VIP coordinators in one of the restaurants and try the delicious dishes the Chefs create for you. After dinner, gather outside and get ready for a star-gazing evening with grilled marshmallows, crepes and music, or a movie night.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s team invites children to 3 special events every day!

  • Morning: 10 am to 12 noon
  • Afternoon: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Evening: 7 pm to 9 pm

Apart from these daily events, your child can be taken care of around the clock by one of the Petit VIP coordinators, who are specially trained in child care and children entertainment.

Petit VIP offers innovative and creative fun activities for your children. Activities are always combined with education and entertainment.

All daily events for children are complimentary.

The Petit VIP coordinators are available 24/7 upon request for a minimal fee.

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