Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel


Referred to locally as the Spice Island, there is more to tropical Zanzibar than its rich culinary resources. Essque Zalu is a dreamy pick for those seeking tranquillity, taking shelter in a secluded bay on the archipelago’s rocky northern tip, pocketed with lush native flora. Inspired by the unspoilt island landscape – all verdant jungle meets crystal-clear waters – the resort interiors call on natural materials and Maasai craftsmanship with a minimalist finish. Traditional thatched makuti roofs reach towards endless blue skies while a stacked infinity pool stretches out to meet the Indian Ocean. Taking centre stage, a wooden jetty is the only spot on the island where you can experience both sunrise and sunset – watch dhows sail by, cocktail in hand – and you’ll find bars poolside and under a gigantic baobab tree too. Those looking to upskill can take a Swahili cooking class with local chefs, to create an aromatic octopus coconut curry.

Doubles from £458. 00 255 778 683 960,

Words by Megan Dickson.

This review was taken from the July 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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