Our Stay at Essque Zalu Zanzibar resort
So, a few years ago my sister and I did a thing! We went on an African Holiday to Zanzibar Tanzania. And, it was AH-MAZING!!! We didn’t have the time to do safari so we opted for a stay on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect resort than Essque Zalu Zanzibar and here’s why…
The flight was a long and uneventful one, but our anticipation of seeing the Motherland for the first time kept us alert. On our initial arrival to Ethiopia, we could barely contain our excitement.
First we needed to take a flight from Ethopia to Dar es Salaam. Once there, we had to take a ferry over to the island of Zanzibar. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it was a long, hot wait at the port. Also our checked bags got lost in transit (side-eye). Needless to say we were happy to have some peace and air conditioning when the ferry finally arrived.
Once we arrived on the island there were a ton of taxi drivers looking to assist any tourist who looked thier way. We found quickly found a driver and began the half an hour ride to Essque Zalu Zanzibar unsure of exactly what to expect.
Our driver happily described his city to us on the drive. He explained the colonization and history of Zanzibar and the effect of tourism on the locals. Tourism is a driving force on the economy and largely impacts the wealth and wellbeing of local residents. He was happy to see us there and very welcoming.
After some time we finally began to slow. There, nestled among village huts in an eerily surreal scene, we finally arrived to our destination. In front of us stood Essque Zalu Zanzibar in all its exotic glory. A privacy fence hid it from view of the inexperienced eye but as a seasoned traveler, I knew Greatness lied behind the scenes.
As young 20 somethings traveling across the world for the first time, it was a welcomed sight. Although our baggage was lost, we were hot and tired with no change of clothes (note to self ALWAYS bring a change of clothes and undies in your carry on) we happily roamed the grounds being as touristy and camera happy as we pleased!
The grounds are gorgeous with plenty of greenery and nature. The jetty and view of the Indian Ocean from across the infinity pool left us speechless, particularly at night. The resort is very cozy and is a great place to relax and unwind on a long, peaceful African holiday.
We slept pretty hard that first night at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, and after a nice morning stroll discovered the breathtaking view of Africa with new, more grateful eyes. Our clothes had air dried from the previous night after a brisk wash in the tub.
We counted our blessings and welcomed the opportunity to go to the market and get some local clothing should the need arise. Much to our surprise, and delight, our bags were found the second day and rushed to the island that night. Courtesy of Essque Zalu Zanzibar.
One of the highlights of our time at Essque Zalu Zanzibar was attending a beautiful wedding on the resort. The resort was festively decorated and a great time was had by all. I appreciated the authentic South African band that provided the musical entertainment at the wedding.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s Spa.
I definitely can’t leave out the wonderful spa treatments that Essque Zalu Zanzibar offers. I had a Swedish massage that was quite possibly the best massage I ever had. No stone was un-turned during the service. The ambiance was impeccable, the technician was delightful and the feelings were just right. If you have the chance to stay at the gorgeous Essque Zalu Zanzibar resort, do yourself a favor and invest in a spa treatment. It is definitely the icing on the cake.
All and all, Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an excellent vacation spot for any crowd. The resort is beautiful and well-kept. The friendly, enthusiastic staff only adds to the ambiance of the whole place.
There were a few cons such as the bugs that find their way into the room, minor electricity issues, and the charge for bottled water. I would highly recommend Essque Zalu Zanzibar for anyone visiting Tanzania, Africa.
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