Essque Zalu Zanzibar

“A boutique hotel with ocean views and authentic island experiences”
Budget level: High-End
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Zanzibar & Mafia Island
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the northeast coast of Unguja. 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. 

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Experience & Activities   

Essque Zalu Zanzibar bucks the trend of competing resorts that 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.      

Essque Zalu Zanzibar combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place. This boutique hotel has the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to one side and lush green forest to the other, with just the hint of spice in the warm and fragrant tropical air. 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 neutral colours and traditional artwork, embracing the simplicity and serenity of an island lifestyle. 

Maisha Cookery Studio is built in a traditional style, with a rustic thatched roof but state-of-the-art cooking facilities. The studio has been dedicated to native chefs, and 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. 

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 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. 

The Zalu Spa offers guests a tranquil day spa experience surrounded by the beauty of Zanzibar. There are also village tours, wildlife experiences, historical tours and visits to spice farms. Don’t miss the Kizimazi Dolphin Tour and the chance to meet a 180-year-old tortoise. 

Tinga Club offers complimentary innovative and creative fun activities for children, with activities combined with education and entertainment. Apart from these daily events, the first child under 12 stays for 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’s entertainment. 


Choose from 40 individual suites and eight villas, all with picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. 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 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 couples seeking a romantic getaway and families who do not wish to compromise on luxury. These luxuriously-styled spaces feature local materials and native artwork.

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. 

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