Zanzibar is a coral island and one of over 50 islands in the area sitting within the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania. Zanibar offers the ultimate holiday experience, with fascinating history, magnificent beaches and situated on the North West coast is the luxury beach resort of Essque Zalu Zanzibar. It is the first hotel/resort on the island to be part of the prestigious Preferred Collection (Preferred Boutique), and is ideal for the discerning traveller looking for the real authentic barefoot luxury experience.
The accommodation includes 40 suites, set amidst rich tropical gardens all with picture postcard views over lush gardens or over the clear, blue ocean, or a selection of 3 and 4 bedroom villas.
The spacious suites can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, and are built from local materials, featuring local artwork and have a traditional pitched Makuti ( thatched palm fronds) roof. The Suite has a master bedroom, lounge and outside terrace or balcony with a choice of an Ocean Front, Sea view or Garden view suite. For parties of 6 or 8 there are nine superb villas, each with a spacious living room, massage area, kitchen, terrace overlooking the garden and a private swimming pool.
All the accommodation options offer a personalised mini bar, solar heated shower, king sized 4 poster colonial style beds.
Dining at Essque Zalu Zanibar also gives guests a choice of three distinctive restaurants, a café, two well-stocked bars or guests even call the mixologist to shake preferred cocktail and deliver it your suite or villa
Market Kitchen - serving cosmopolitan delights, from a spread of crisp salads, cured meats, fresh seafood, freshly baked bread, wonderful cheeses and desserts, featuring organic produce and fresh, hand-picked ingredients from local growers. Guests can also choose groceries and have them delivered to the villa, or maybe 'Dial a Chef' to create a delicious menu in the villa’s own kitchen.
Al la Carte - an exceptional fine dining experience - taste the innovative 'Signature Plate' or a char-grilled prime South African beef steak.
The Jetty - shoreline outdoor dining whilst gazing at the sunset, casually enjoy a refreshing cocktail, share modern Arabic cuisine, freshly prepared meze and maybe even smoke the shisha pipe – just a great place to relax to the sounds of live music
1506 Bar and Terrace – stylish intimate setting for guests to enjoy premium labels and vintages, a speciality cigar and taste delicious tapas
The resort also has an outdoor gym, grand infinity pool and a Spa. Simply Spa at Zanzibar creates an unforgettable experience with attention to all aspects of personal well-being in a holistic manner and where one-on-one therapeutic procedures, interaction and client care are of paramount importance. Unique signature treatments are available such as Spafari ( means journey) and VinAqua (incorporating hydrotherapy) cater to both men and women offering a different experience. Or the perfected treatment aptly called the 'sinfully scented hot wax wave massage' – not be missed !
The lobby area there is a wonderful gallery featuring paintings, sculptures, glassworks and photographs from the local and regional artistic community, which can also be purchased and shipped home for you should any particular piece take your eye !
From the jetty , as dusk falls take a traditional dhow, sip at sun-downer and sail into the African sunset
A 5 star service awaits younger guests, with a special family check-in and time to join the Petit VIPs
Children can experience new and extraordinary activities, magic tricks, creating their own Swarovski jewellery or perfume, cooking, experimenting in science with Einstein & Frankenstein, crafting a car or boat with solar panels, and learning about local traditions and culture, star-gazing evening with grilled marshmallows, crepes and music, or a movies' night amongst lots more – adults can also join in the fun and games !
The energetic Petit VIP co-ordinators are multicultural, specially trained in child care and children’s entertainment so they are in trusted hands whilst they enjoy activities involving education and entertainment.
There are 3 special complimentary events every day which the children ( aged 4 – 12) can join in with
Morning: 10 am to 12 noon
Afternoon: 2 pm to 4 pm
Evening: 7 pm to 9 pm
In addition to the daily events, children can be taken care of at any time by a Petit VIP coordinators at an extra charge
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a special place to enjoy your own personal paradise “Personal Navigators” (resort staff) are available to guide and assist as required
Getting to Essque Zalu Zanzibar :
Zanzibar may be reached by speedboat from Dar es-Salaam, (about 2 hours), daily departures. There are also several flights every day from Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports.
Taxi from Dar es Salaam city centre to airport: 20 mins to 1 hour
Flight time from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town: 20 mins
Drive from Stone Town to Essque Zalu Zanzibar: 50 mins
Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town: 2 hours
What to do when in Zanzibar :
Follow Dr Livingstone’s trail and discover some of Zanzibar’s great history and the famous spice plantations - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemongrass, or trek Tanzania's volcanic Mount Meru, at 4,566m the fifth highest peak in Africa, kite-surfing or trek the forest seeking out the red Colobus monkeys and the fabled Zanzibar leopard.
Take a visit to Zanzibar town located midway along the West Coast of the island or the old part of the town, known as Stone Town, the cultural heart of Zanzibar dating back over 200 years and has an amazing network of narrow streets and alley ways, bazaars and markets along with mosques and temples to explore and is filled with old stone buildings with ornately decorated entrances and balconies. Maybe also check out the birthplace of the legendary Freddie Mercury! Along the seafront are several hotels, the old Sultan's Palace (House of Wonder), the old fort, restaurants and the docks
Set sail on a traditional wooden dhow to Prison Island, a former detention centre for the African slaves, today it is more for sunbathing or snorkelling with the giant tortoises or spot a bottle-nosed or humpback dolphins. Heading south to explore the fabulous marine life and coral reefs on a deep wall dive