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As well as generous press attention, Essque Zalu Zanzibar is the proud recipient of the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2013. This certificate is awarded by Tripadvisor to establishments who achieve constant excellent reviews from their guests.

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TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2013 Winner badge for Essque Hotels

"Great Property!"

"My wife and I recently stayed at the Essque Zalu in Nungwi with the "all inclusive" package. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting. Our room was very comfortable and large. Sunsets at night on the dock are outstanding. The hotel staff are really friendly and go out of their way to make sure everything about your stay is perfect. Theresia, who works in the restaurant, deserves a special mention as she warmly looked after us beyond expectation. Food is good! Great swimming pool.


The Zalu is a nice place to hang out and just relax. Don't hesitate to book a stay."


Jesson216, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada, Tripadvisor



"Amazing hotel,..."

"'s great to spend time in the swimming pool while looking at the sea. The food is delicious and the views from the restaurant are breathtaking. The staff is very friendly as well."


David Jonatan Poussif De Angelis, Tripadvisor

"Stunning property that offers great views of sunrise and sunset. The pool is outstanding! Service levels are high and the staff is very courteous. There is no fixed check in or check out time and the hotel accommodates you regardless of which time you come in."

Ticking the Bucketlist, Google Reviews

"Staff were lovely, food was generally excellent, pool is beautiful and rooms good."

"Nema (in kids club) was great and our kids loved her. Thank you for doing a great job, we really appreciated"

Michelle Nick R, Tripadvisor


"Everything was on point, absolutely loved the ocean facing swimming pool, the employees are friendly... Perfect place for holiday"

Kuruthum Y, Tripadvisor

"A glimpse of paradise"

"t took me quite a while to make the final decision to spend my holidays in an African country, being so wonderfully spoiled with all my far east experiences. Instead of going a second time to Myanmar which I really liked, we decided to give Zanzibar a try this time. The Essque ZALU hotel caught my attention, because of its unique shaped and beautiful African stylish huge main building, where the reception the hotel lobby, gift shop bars and restaurants are located. The villas are beautifully set in a garden around the main building, which is wonderful maintained and has a huge variety of all sorts of tropical plants and flowers.


We booked a sea view villa, which provided two rooms, a spacious bathroom and a king-size bed with a mosquito net, safe cable tv and a small refrigerator. Everything was working perfectly, and the discrete room service did a great job, that we felt well and comfortable.


All waitresses and waiters spoke decent English and were extremely nice and tried their best, without giving you the impression of being pushy. We booked half board which was more than enough. They have different menus in the two restaurants - one in the main building, the other one is on a wooden construction on the Indian ocean, and to dine there, has its own idyllic charm. The breakfast with its huge variety to choose from has with all the options from the additional buffet international standard, and there is absolutely nothing left to desire. The saltwater infinity pool is with the Jacuzzi and the nicely arranged sunbeds well organized regarding clean dry towel exchange and a wonderful place to relax in sunshine.


All in all, a huge compliment to the well run management. We felt welcomed and very comfortable during our stay at your hotel and can suggest it to everyone, who is in search for a wonderful holiday experience without hesitation."


Karl-Heinz H, Tripadvisor

"Dream vacation in paradise"

"10 days in Essque Zalu Zanzibar are unfortunately flown. Everything was perfect, from beginning to end.  Already the first view from the open lobby over the infinity pool to the sea is breathtaking.  We had a private villa was very spacious and elegantly decorated. The grounds are beautifully manicured and very clean. The very attentive and friendly staff reads every wish from our eyes. The food was every evening a highlight. 


We have rarely felt in a hotel so comfortable and will definitely come again."


Michael E, Munich, Germany, Tripadvisor

"This is a marvelous property... The value was excellent... The management and staff: If you run a resort, you should come here and take notes. This is how it's done. Five stars."

JustOneSFC, San Francisco, California, Tripadvisor

" in the beautiful village of
Nungwi on the northern tip
of Zanzibar, we found
Essque. It is really different,
and truly stunning!"

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Article in Salt & Pepper magazine

"A fantastic place to charge your batteries!"

"One week at Essque Zalu Zanzibar was a fantastic relaxing experience. Everyone at the hotel made their best effort to make our stay a life long experience, and it was just that; memories that will never fade!

The atmosphere, the food, the staff and the location of the hotel is just fabulous!

We went to Zanzibar on our honeymoon, and nothing could have made a this event better than the stay at this fantastic place.

When the sun set, and the hotel was lit up by the very atmospheric lightning, it was so very nice to walk around the area and just enjoy!"

BergTraveller, Oslo, Norway, Tripadvisor

"Wow from the moment we        
walked in to the Lobby"        

Sheena1962, St Peter Port, United Kingdom, Tripadvisor

"What a gorgeous place"        

Denis G, Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda, France, Tripadvisor

Article in Best Hotels magazine

"This sumptuous five-star hotel, set on the edge of a coral reef, is a treasure trove along an untamed coast with kilometres of fine sandy beaches, where mass tourism has not yet made an appearance"

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"Best Hotel Experience
I Could Have Ever Asked For"

I have traveled the world. I have stayed in hundreds of hotels.

This hotel by far exceeded my every expectation. It was a dream. I was absolutely intoxicated by the whole experience.

The ambiance is amazing. It is extremely comfortable just to hang out in the common areas. The staff is second to none and was friendly courteous and extremely genuine. I love that most of the managers are Tanzanian.

The food is unrivaled! Everything I ate was delicious!

I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Couples and Families alike. I would love nothing more that to return and spend more time here.

haugen483, Redlands, Tripadvisor

"Wonderful Place -        
Wonderful Vacation"        

Cesar E, Muscat, Oman, Tripadvisor

"Quite simply - WOW"        

TravelButlers, Weybridge, Tripadvisor

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