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Essqu Zalu Zanzibar - 7 Nights

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Nungwi Village Zanzibar, 3151, Tanzania

  • Check-In: 11:59 AM
  • Check-Out: 11:59 PM
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Name Inclusions Price
Pricing From Johannesburg
  • Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled
  • Direct services of Mango
  • Return resort transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Garden Suite
  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • All taxes levies & surcharges (estimate)

ZAR20,400.00

ZAR20,100.00

 

Overview

WELCOME TO ZANZIBAR

Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that you will hear on arrival when you are welcomed by the warm and inviting locals. Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa. There are many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as 'Zanzibar'), and Pemba Island. As the number one beach location in East Africa, Zanzibar is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.

HISTORY

Zanzibar was inhabited by Portuguese navigators at the end of the 15th century. They were ousted 200 years later by the Omani Arabs and Zanzibar became a major centre for slave trading. The island became an Arab state and was an important centre of trade and politics in the region. European explorers, including Stanley and Livingstone, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar in the late 1800’s. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution and in the same year, Zanzibar and Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

LANGUAGE

The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood. Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!

CULTURE

Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) will hear the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets, especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations of Christians and Hindus.

CLIMATE

Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a very tropical climate. The average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between 20°C and 25°C. Temperature wise – this island is an all-year-round winner. February is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and March to May are the wettest months.

CURRENCY

The local currency is Tanzania Shillings (TSH) but the currency cannot be bought outside of the country. Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change. We strongly recommend that you take USD cash in small denominations for incidental purchases, tips etc.

ELECTRICITY

220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to take along an international adaptor.

MALARIA

As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel.

WHAT TO DO IN ZANZIBAR

Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small islands, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.

  • Diving: With living reefs surrounding the islands, Zanzibar has excellent dive locations. There are plenty of places where the water temperature is warm, visibility is usually excellent, and currents are weak, all of which contributes to an ideal location for first time and novice divers. In addition to the warm and still waters full of colourful fish, there are many challenging dives as well. If you want to surf the current through a ravine, go for deep water, or search for wrecks, there are dive companies that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger resorts on the north and east coasts have professionally-run dive shops as well. Qualified divers must produce certification and a log book.
  • Shopping: Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Stone Town is a great place for fun shopping and bargain hunting. You will find the inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in the market for a tasteful souvenir.
  • Stone Town: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Stone Town is a mishmash of cultures, languages and architecture. Over the centuries, Stone Town has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving town with an extraordinary history. Walking around Stone Town, you can see the influence of the different cultures that make up Zanzibar. Coral and stone houses show offimposing Zanzibar doors with brass studs as a defence against charging elephants and carvings with scriptures from the Quran. A tour of the town is highly recommended.
  • Excursions: There are loads of excursions available to help you explore this unique island. It is wise to stick to a reputable operator and not be lured by beach boys and vendors who prey on tourists promising cheap prices. There are two excursions that are not to be missed in our opinion. A visit to a spice farm village on the Spice Tour will allow you to walk through the farm with your guide – touching, smelling and tasting different spices and fruits. It will give you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.

 

Setting sail on a traditional dhow will be one of the highlights of your trip. Safari Blue is a full day excursion which takes you out into Menai Bay – a haven of beautiful uninhabited islands where the waters are frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The anchor is dropped on a sandbank which makes for some spectacular snorkelling. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari and chicken. Make sure this one is on your itinerary.

 

 

WHAT TO PACK

  • As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class.
  • Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
  • Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
  • The dress-code for dinner is usually smart casual and gents may be required to wear long trousers
  • Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January to March to June
  • When in town, men & women should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to locals
  • Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
  • Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
  • Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
  • Swimming shoes and goggles
  • Mosquito repellent
  • A sun hat or cap

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
  • Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
  • No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
  • Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
  • Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
  • Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
  • It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
  • Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Due to its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal days and nights (12-hours each)
  • The shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
  • Zanzibar is popularly known as the Spice Islands.
  • Zanzibar has the largest number of carved doors in Africa
  • Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was actually Farouk Bulsara.
Facilities
  • Personalised mini bar
  • Solar heated shower
  • In room safe
  • Flat screen satellite TV/DVD player
  • King size beds swathed in 100% luxurious linens
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Twice daily housekeeping service
 
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Details

ESSQUE ZALU ZANZIBAR


Why we like it

If you are not impressed by the entrance, dominated by the highest roof in Zanzibar, wait until you see the enormous jetty stretching out into the sea.

Framed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in a natural cove on the north east coast of Zanzibar this cleverly constructed hotel takes advantage of the most stunning views over an idyllic turquoise lagoon. 40 Suites, 9 three and four bedroom villas, 3 restaurants and 3 bars, a superb Spa, a dedicated kids club and access to Ras Nungwi village on foot at low tide – Essque Zalu has something for everyone.

Here are just some of the things guests can expect at no extra charge, check-in and out from anywhere in the resort, private vehicle transfers if requested, complimentary resort-wide WiFi and in-villa dining.

At Essque, even the smallest things come with a BIG dose of personalization and all guests enjoy an assigned ‘Navigator’ to see to their every wish, however big or small.
If attention to detail is your ‘thing’, you will be wowed here.

Description

 

LOCATION
North East Coast near the traditional village of Nungwi

ACCOMMODATION

Suites
The 40 Suites include 30 with garden views, 5 with sea views and 5 with ocean front views.All have a separate bedroom and lounge, plus patio or balcony. For extra space to spread out there are 8 expansive villas with 3 or 4 bedrooms 

Three and Four Bedroom Residences
The 8 residences have garden, ocean or seafront locations. All have separate bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, living areas, kitchen, a dedicated butler service and private plunge pools 

ROOM FACILITIES

  •  Personalised mini bar
  •  Solar heated shower
  •  In room safe
  •  Flat screen satellite TV/DVD player
  •  King size beds swathed in 100% luxurious linens.
  •  Hair dryer
  •  Complimentary toiletries
  •  Tea and coffee facilities
  •  Twice daily housekeeping service

DINING

Meal Plans

The resort operates on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis plus there are 2 optional All Inclusive meal plans available

Standard All Inclusive includes

  • Meals at Market Kitchen and Jetty Restaurant
  • All beverages including house wine, local beers, a selection of spirits, water and soft drinks from 12 noon to midnight

Premium All Inclusive includes

  • Meals at Market Kitchen and Jetty Restaurant
  • All beverages including premium brands, selected wines, cocktails and selected liqueurs from 12 noon to midnight

Market Kitchen
Deli styled restaurant serving cosmopolitan fare, a gastronomic spread of crisp salads, cured meats, fresh seafood, bread straight from the oven, mouth-watering cheeses and desserts. The restaurant features organic produce and fresh, hand- picked ingredients from local growers.

The Jetty

Set al fresco on the shoreline of the ocean offers succulent morsels of modern Arabic cuisine and freshly prepared mezze. A place to kick back with friends, share some shisha and relax to the sound of live music.

 

In-room dining and Destination Dining is also available.

 

Mosha Cookery School
Dedicated to the resort sous-chef Rose Mosha the studio will introduce guests to the best of traditional Swahili cuisine

 

The Pool Bar
Stunning ocean views directly at the magnificent pool

Baobab Bar
This space is essentially the outdoor area for the resort – a meeting place teeming with activity from sunup until early evening. Contemporary, modern and multifunctional under the shade of the magnificent baobab tree

SPA
The Zalu Spa is a natural holistic sanctuary designed to restore physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium

Wi-Fi
Complimentary wired and wireless broadband internet access throughout the resort.

 

FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES

  • Jetty - Starting where the ocean meets the sand and stretching out into the sea the jetty is home to a bar and restaurant
  • Gym - 50m² of fully equipped space
  • Yoga
  • Business facilities available for up to 50 delegates
  • Pool
  • Watersports and diving can be arranged off site
  • Bicycles
  • Kids Club from 07h00 to 21h00 for ages 4 - 12
 

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