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Essque Zalu

Raising the bar as far as standards on the island go!

Essque Zalu - exterior
Essque Zalu - exterior

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Set up on the northern most point on the island, Essque Zalu is a modern and chic addition to the island. Featuring service, food and accommodation of the highest standard, this hotel will definitely be pushing for the crown of best hotel in the next few years. While they don’t really feature a great beach, the main areas, pool and sea jetty more than make up for it. If you are after an international five star hotel then this is definitely it.


Mixed opinions really…probably not the best place to head if you are a beach fan. At low tide there is very little swimming area with plenty of exposed tidal area. At high tide the water is right up to the rocks.


Beautiful, if simple rooms, Essque Zalua uses artwork and neutral colour schemes to makes something comfortable yet not overly flamboyant. As they confess, the idea is not for the room to be the reason to come here but the communal areas, service and dining. They do have everything that you would look for however with a shower, Aspen toiletries, seating area with plasma screen.


Due to the vast makuti there is 2 layouts in the main area, the upstairs and the down stairs both featuring different views and different aspects with a couple of great bars and dining areas. For the rooms, Essque have used clever, mature, planting in order to disguise the layout of the suites which, while not the largest plot, has allowed it to feel like you are totally isolated.


Essque Zalu covers most things, with a well equipped spa, good size pool and a range of restaurants to choose from. The main distinguishing point is the vast makuti thatch as well as the jetty bar and restaurant. On the whole, Essque is a very well thought out hotel.


Great communal areas, comfortable rooms, very good food and service, great sea jetty

Not a great beach, not many sea view rooms

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