Nestled in a natural cove, overlooking the Indian Ocean stands Essque Zalu. The name is as befitting of this exotic resort located in Zanzibar. Essque Zalu is the place to relax and unwind while taking in the picturesque scenery that unfolds before your eyes. This is a luxury hotel that is contemporary in its design. The architecture and furnishings are a combination of local finishes (like ‘makuti’/ thatch) with modern furniture design and finishes, which creates a unique ambiance. The layout of the hotel is vast with villas on one side and suites on the other all scattered on the property amongst the tropical garden.

Essque Zalu is located on the North East Coast of Zanzibar.

Essque Zalu has two types of accommodation:

  • 40 Suites: The suites offer views of the tropical garden or the Indian Ocean depending on the location of the suite. Selection of suites include – Ocean Front, Sea view or Garden view. The furnishings are modern with touches of local art to enhance the décor. All the suites are equipped with a spacious master bedroom, living room, and balcony. Amenities include: en suite bathroom with solar heated water, mini bar, large bed, toiletries, etc.
  • 9 Villas: There are 3 and 4 bedroomed villas which sleep 6 – 8 people respectively. The villas have expansive living rooms, dining room, kitchens, terrace, individual swimming pool, private massage area.

Public Areas
Essque Zalu has various dining and bar options to choose from that offer a la carte dining, a café, and more. Produce is organic from local sources. which include:

  • Market Kitchen: Here the food ranges from salads, cured meats, fresh bread, seafood, cheeses and desserts.
  • A La Carte: Fine dining restaurant. Sample the ‘signature plate.’
  • The Jetty: Dine al fresco while listening to live music. Enjoy shisha, modern Arabic cuisine, mezze and cocktails.
  • Baobab Bar: Enjoy a cocktail under the baobab tree. Our resident mixologist will mix your choice of cocktail for you.
  • 1506 Bar & Terrace: Is a beautifully designed modern bar and terrace. You will find premium and vintage drinks, specialty cigars, or just enjoy a nightcap.

Petit VIP
This facility is for children aged 4 – 12 years. The Petit VIP at Essque Zalu offers daily activities for children. The programmes incorporate  educational and entertaining factors. Baby sitting and child minding facilities are also available.


  • Swimming Pool
  • Art Gallery
  • Africology Spa: Hydro-shower, Sauna and Steam
  • Navigators
  • Petit VIP
  • Weddings/ Honeymoons


  • Water Sports
  • Visit turtle sanctuary