Nestled in a natural cove on the northeast coast of the island overlooking the Indian Ocean, the contemporary and luxurious Essque Zalu Zanzibar offers a range of suites and villas. Voted Zanzibar’s Leading Hotel at the 2015 World Travel Awards, the resort features 40 suites and nine villas. Traditionally thatched with picturesque views either over the lush tropical gardens or the ocean, the luxurious-styled spaces are crafted from local materials and furnished with local artwork. The property offers a choice of three distinctive Zanzibar restaurants, a café, and three well-stocked bars. A swimming pool, water sports, Africology spa and art gallery, featuring paintings, sculptures, glassworks and photographs from the local and regional artistic community, complete the facilities and amenities available to guests. At sunset enjoy African sundowners on the deck of a traditional dhow, with a cruise before dinner.