• Essque Zalu, Zanzibar, Tanzania

About Essque Zalu, Indian Ocean

About Essque Zalu, Indian Ocean

The Essque Zalu resort is a stunning resort situated in a natural cove on the coast of the Indian Ocean; each of the suites and villas has astonishing views of your beautiful surroundings. The facilities in this resort will keep everyone entertained. With a spa, art gallery, range of bars and restaurants as well as programmes specifically designed to keep the children entertained. 

Lodge Details


A luxurious resort, with plenty amenities and remarkable service from attentive staff.


Situated in a natural cove in the North West coast of Zanzibar, the panoramas are spectacular. Essque Zalu is just a 50 minute drive from Stone Town.

Accommodation & Facilities

All of the 40 suites have breath-taking panoramas; there is the option of Ocean Front, Sea View or Garden View. With space for either three adults or two adults and two children, the suites are comprised of a master bedroom, lounge area and an outdoor terrace or balcony. All of the suites are made from locally sourced materials and are decorated with local artwork. The nine expansive villas are more spacious and perfect for families; there is the option of a three or four bedroom villa, each with their own private pool. The villas are inclusive of in room dining, kitchen facilities and your own private staff.

There is a range of facilities within the resort including The Spa which offer a wide range of treatments and experiences, a new feature is that The Spa is offering specialised treatments for children as well. There is also an art gallery which showcases a wide variety of artwork such as paintings, sculptures and photographs- with its main focus upon local, undiscovered talent of Zanzibar.


There are three on-site restaurants to choose from at Essque Zalu all with their own distinctive style. The Market Kitchen offers home cooked dishes all made from locally sourced organic ingredients. The A La Carte serves beautiful fine-dining cuisine with a huge range of wines and premium cocktails. Finally there is The Jetty, appropriately named after its location at the end of the elongated jetty on the Indian Ocean; the menu has a distinctive Arabic twist to it. It is also the perfect spot to relax after your day of exploring with a sundowner.


Depending on whether you want to have a busy day exploring as much as possible of this beautiful island or simply recuperating and relaxing Essque Zalu has something for everyone. There are opportunities to take a tour around the UNESCO heritage site that is Stone Town as well as the famous spice plantations. Surrounding the resort you can snorkel and dive within the beautiful Indian Ocean; there is also two marine turtle sanctuaries close next to the hotel.

Child Policy

All children are welcome at Essque Zalu, there is a ‘Petit VIP’ club which organises activities for children between 4 and 12, and there are also child minders available on request 24 hours a day.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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