Essque Zalu Zanzibar beach resort

Zanzibar's top beach resort on the Nungwi Peninsula

Enjoy the thrills of a Zanzibar Island holiday by spending some time diving into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean or just lounging on the soft white beach at the classy Essque Zalu Zanzibar beach resort. For Voyage2Africa, this is one of our top coastal destinations in Zanzibar on the marvellous Nungwi Peninsula and we recommend the luxury and stylish accommodation at the impressive Essque Zalu. 

We know that you will love the unmatched jetty restaurant and bar and fascinating village tours. Visit a turtle centre or simply improve your cooking skills with a cookery course in the kitchen with a qualified sous chef. Book your stay in one of 40 main suites or 9 spacious villas under Makuti thatch and marvel at the huge, thatched roof of the main guest areas as you enjoy the buzz of a chic holiday hotel. 

Each glamorous villa invites you in to spread out in large lounges, lay back in your personal massage area, make your own snacks in your private kitchen, and dip into your plunge pool on a stunning terrace with garden and ocean views. Solar-heated ensuite showers, minibars, Wi-Fi, king-size four-poster beds and more! 

Family suites offer space for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children at this family-friendly Zanzibar hotel right on the beach near Nungwi. Groups of friends can also book the 3 and 4-bedroomed villas for 6 to 8 adults and enjoy an unforgettable holiday away in paradise. 

As if this is not enough, guests can also choose to eat out at three fabulous restaurants, a fantastic café and two awesome bars. But, if you prefer your own suite, the cocktail expert will arrive at your door and mix your unique drink right there for you! 

Voyage2Africa loves the Market Kitchen-styled restaurant serving diverse international foods including locally caught fresh fish and homegrown organic produce. The high-class Zanzibar Spa offers wellness therapies for all, including a range of massages and skin treatments.



The social hub of Essque Zalu Zanzibar is encompassed in an enormous A-frame structure that is covered by what must be one of the largest Makuti roofs in Africa! This awesome Zanzibar beach hotel offers a dazzling choice of 3 fab restaurants and 3 cool bars. 

Appreciate the vast blue rim flow swimming pool and its multi-coloured underwater lights and whirlpool. There is also a contemporary spa with 6 treatment rooms offering an extensive range of treatments and therapies. The spa boasts an aromatherapy steam room, a sauna as well as a fitness centre. Add to this family-friendly facilities and a kids club where the little ones can meet new friends and play in the great outdoors all day. 

Enjoy the thrills of a Zanzibar holiday by spending some time diving into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean or just lounging on the beach here at the popular Essque Zalu Zanzibar beach resort. Village tours fascinate and the turtle centre is a must-do activity. Brush up on your African and Zanzibari cooking skills with a cookery course in the hotel kitchen with a qualified sous chef. 

It’s time to book your summer holiday in magnificent boutique hotel accommodation comprising 40 main suites or 9 glamourous villas with either 3 or 4 bedrooms in each. Shaded under Makuti thatch these rooms are superbly furnished with local woods and neutral colour schemes for a more soothing atmosphere. Enjoy awe-inspiring sea or garden vistas, and amazing modern amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, electronic safes, minibars, TVs and more. 

The fine, elegant 9 villas are a lot more spacious with private blue swimming pools, kitchen facilities and in-room massage areas, gorgeous terraces and plenty of room for families or large groups travelling together, with space for up to 8 adults. 

Your children can join the kids’ club, Petit VIP, which embraces children aged between 4 and 12 years old and keeps them entertained with a wide range of activities. Browse the boutique shop or head further afield to Stone Town and explore this quaint historical town. Every moment spent at the magnificent Essque Zalu is a delight so don’t wait any longer, book that holiday today!

Essque Zalu is your first stop in a tour of Zanzibar so make time to reconnect with the beach, ocean and tropical forests before we set up your next bush beach safari that includes an unforgettable safari in Selous National Park or the great Serengeti in Tanzania! 


  • Africology treatments at Essque Zalu Zanzibar Spa
  • Children’s Tinga Club activities 
  • Ocean sports
  • Village tours, Stone Town excursions


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast


  • 40 suites and 8 villas
  • Boutique
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Kids Club
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars


  • Lifestyle resort with breathtaking ambience and décor, impressive restaurants and bars.
  • Slightly elevated on a coral cliff overlooking the turquoise ocean on white sandy beaches and lush tropical gardens. 
  • Local cuisine cooking lessons for honeymooners and excellent spa facilities for all ages. 
  • Long jetty extending out into the sea, amazing swimming pool, kids’ club and space to play all day.

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