Resorts & Retreats Awards 2020 Page 37 LUX 2020 Resorts and Retreats Awards An hour drive from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in the coastal and picturesque village of Nungwi lies the intimate and boutique Essque Zalu Zanzibar. With clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to one side and lush green forest to the other, Essque Zalu Zanzibar effortlessly combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place, to create such a luxurious resort. Essque Zalu Zanzibar features 40 suites and eight residences with three to four bedrooms to choose from, treated with an extraordinary view of either the Indian Ocean or the lush tropical garden surrounding the hotel. As for the resort itself, Essque Zalu Zanzibar has been carefully constructed to make the most of the breathtaking views which surround the hotel. From the idyllic turquoise lagoon, the tranquil ocean, and the expansive flourishing gardens – guests are treated to these striking views wherever they go at the Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Throughout the property, there is an abundant use of the neutral colour scheme and traditional artwork, embracing the simplicity and serenity of an island lifestyle It is not the views or heavenly rooms which provide a sense of tranquillity to guests, but there is also the Zalu Spa where guests are invited to elevate their wellbeing with Healing Earth. Once you enter the world of wellbeing at the Zalu Spa, your troubles melt away as guests are treated to everything from traditional African pamper rituals and uniquely Nestled away in a natural cove on the North East Coast of Unguja, lies the idyllic Essque Zalu Zanzibar. This heavenly resort is redefining the word luxury as it boasts breathtaking views, stunning rooms and delightful dishes. Having recently been recognised in LUXlife’s Resorts and Retreats Awards, we decided to take a closer look at this extraordinary resort to learn how it became the best seaview hotel in Zanzibar today. Essque Zalu Zanzibar Best Seaview Hotel - Zanzibar memorable sensory experiences to results- driven beauty treatments, comprehensive packages and more. Whether it is a Maasai ritual, treating yourself to the ultimate facial, surrendering to the bliss of a signature massage or repairing and nourishing sun- damaged skin, there’s something for everyone at the Zalu Spa. For those who are a little bit more adventurous, there is also a vast selection of activities for guests to partake in: From an ambling stroll through Stone Town, a tour of the famous spice plantations, exploring the local marine life in a Zanzibar scuba diving, snorkelling trip or even visit the two marine turtle sanctuaries beside the hotel - the list of activities available during a stay at the Essque Zalu Zanzibar is endless. Looking ahead to what the future holds, Essque Zalu Zanzibar will continue to provide each guest that stays at the hotel with an unforgettable experience, helping to switch off from the world and fully embrace the tranquillity and natural beauty this hidden gem has to offer. Contact: Cyrus Mutuota Company: Essque Zalu Zanzibar Web Address: @essquezanzibarofficial @essquezalu.zanzibar @EssqueZalu