- Kids Club
- Views of Indian Ocean
- Jetty dining experience
- Gorgeous accommodation
Nestled in a natural cove on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, Essque Zalu provides an all-round beach experience. Complete with a famous wharf that stretches out into the Indian Ocean, this is a great place for couples, friends, and families that like to have fun and wind-down in and around the waters.
Accommodation consists of 40 suites and eight spacious villas facing the Indian Ocean. These are comprised of 17 one-bedroom garden suites, 13 one-bedroom superior garden view suites, five one-bedroom ocean-view suites, and five one-bedroom seafront suites, all suitable for three adults and one child; and three garden-view villas with a pool, suitable for six adults and three children, three ocean-view villas with pools, and two seafront villas, with private plunge pool and terrace, both suitable for eight adults and four children. All the villas have private pools and spas, and there is a communal infinity pool.
Guests can choose to dine either in-room, which is a 24/7 service that allows guests to eat in the comfort and privacy of their own suite, or ‘Destination Dining’, which involves a culinary experience on the jetty, over the ocean, accompanied by live music. Cocktails are also commonplace beverages along the jetty. If guests want to be closer to the water, they can head over to the pool bar to enjoy a cold beer and a dip in the heat.
As with most Zanzibar resorts, Essque Zalu offers guests a range of activities centred on the island’s cultural history. Spice plantation tours, excursions to the nearby Stone Town, and walks along the beach are suitable for all ages. With an added world-class spa service, guests are sure to relax in whatever they do. Uniquely, guests can also explore the two marine turtle sanctuaries beside the hotel or take a scuba diving journey beneath the depths of the fish-filled Indian Ocean waters.
Whilst their parents stroll through the local towns, the children can join the Tinga Club, which provides complimentary innovative and creative fun activities for those between the ages of 4 and 12 years. The club holds three special events every day throughout the day, so there is never a moment when the kids are not having a great time. This makes Essque Zalu a fantastic place for families with young children to get away from busy lifestyles, and for children a chance to explore a new world away from their parents. Families with children of all ages are welcome, and there are babysitting services available.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019