Tucked into a natural cove overlooking the dazzling Indian Ocean, Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a relaxing and spacious resort on the north-east coast of Zanzibar and is as ideal for honeymooners as it is for families.

The emphasis at Essque Zalu is on delivering a personalised experience and the staff - or "navigators" as they like to be called - will happily assist you in arranging your days whether it's a daytrip to Stone Town, a kite-surfing or scuba diving adventure or a romantic sunset dhow cruise.

Recent accolades & press

  •  World Travel Awards - Zanzibar's Leading Hotel 2012, 2015


  • Beautiful layout - modern suites in garden setting
  • Personalised - private guides & butlers tailor your stay
  • Phenomenal cuisine - 3 fantastic restaurants 
  • Spa, yoga & gym
  • Gallery displaying local artwork
  • Children's programmes & entertainers
  • Complimentary transfers to nearby beaches

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As a member of the Preferred Boutique group the resort's personal "navigators" help you to organise an experience of a lifetime.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a perfect destination for families as it has a fantastic programme called Petit VIP - a child-centred experience. Your kids will enjoy an array of extraordinary activities ranging from magic tricks to jewellery, candle and chocolate making. They will also be introduced to the local cultures and traditions of Zanzibar.

While the kids are occupied, take a morning yoga class or lounge by the large infinity pool.

You may want to wander through the art gallery that features works from local and regional artists.

Rejuvenate your senses at the Spa and be sure to try the resort's signature treatment - the Kneipp Walk - or hit the gym if you are feeling active.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Babysitting service available
    Children's Club


Each offering a memorable dining experience, the three fantastic restaurants at Essque Zalu ensure that all tastes are catered for.

The Market Kitchen is a modern restaurant that serves a wide variety of fresh, local and organic fare like crisp salads, cured meats, fresh seafood, cheeses and scrumptious desserts.

The A la Carte restaurant is a fine-dining eatery; try the chef's creative 'Signature Plate' or a char-grilled prime South African beef steak.

At The Jetty you will enjoy unique alfresco dining at the restaurant positioned on the shore of the Indian Ocean. Watch the sun set in the distance over the crystal blue water and listen to soothing music while tucking into a plate of modern Arabic-themed cuisine.

After dinner, enjoy a delicious premium cognac and cigar or your favourite night cap at the 1506 Bar and Terrace. And for something different, experience the 'Dial a Chef' option one evening: a resident chef will come to your villa to cook up a decadent masterpiece for you to enjoy in the privacy of your terrace or balcony.

Garden Suite

There are 40 one-bedroom suites at the Essque Zalu Zanzibar, each with an en-suite bathroom, lounge area and outside terrace with either beach, ocean or garden views.

Garden Suite AMENITIES

    Mini bar
    Outdoor area
    Air conditioning
    En-suite bathroom
    Safe in room
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

For families or larger groups, the nine Villas at Essque Zalu have three or four bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, a private plunge pool, self-catering kitchen facilities and a terrace with wonderful views. There are also opportunities for in-house dining and massage treatments in the privacy of your own villa.


  • Cultural tours
  • Hiking
  • Day tours
  • Full-day safaris
  • Historical tours

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a very enjoyable stay. Everything was superb including service and food. The location is great, very exclusive.

    Sarah Wu, June 2012
  • Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a very nice hotel with a wonderful manager ( Victoria ) but we in general did not really like Zanzibar. So there is no fault here, it's just the country environment, beach etc which was very under our expectations.

    Hulya Taneri, November 2011

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

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"This resort provides a unique, contemporary and innovative experience - definitely not something I have seen in Zanzibar before; their Petit VIP Kids Club for example is a first for Zanzibar, and children can enjoy a range of extraordinary activities tailor-made for their age and interests. Ezzque Zala's superior rooms are very nice and spacious but it was their amazing 2 and 3-bedroom villas that took my breath away. Each one is like a large house, complete with private pool, lounge, dining room and even a private massage room!"

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We had a very enjoyable stay. Everything was superb including service and food. The location is great, very exclusive.

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