The best escape reasons to this Zanzibar spa holiday

“Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind on a perfect Zanzibar spa holiday” ~ Tanzania Tourism


In the hands of visionary young general manager Duarte Correia – who began his career in hospitality at London’s landmark Brown’s Hotel – guests can expect impeccable but relaxed service. In addition to ‘Personal Navigators’ on hand to assist with any requests. Essque Zalu Zanzibar has its own natural cove, and is framed by lush green forest with turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort also offers a mixture of contemporary villa and suite accommodation crafted from local materials.

The spa which has eight treatment rooms, is world class with a distinctively local influence. Plus the unique Zanzibar Spa has partnered with the award-winning AFRICOLOGY brand. Together they have created a series of locally inspired spa rituals designed to take guests on a unique, multi sensory wellness journey. The signature indigenous AFRICOLOGY treatments use 100% organic and natural ingredients, while the recently launched Maasai Ritual is a multi-sensory delight.

The Maasai of East Africa have a long tradition of healing rooted in the powerful natural surroundings of the land. Resonating with indigenous techniques and inspired by nature’s energy.

It is an immersive experience created to transport guests to another place, offering a complete break from reality. Treatments are carried out in a specially designed Maasai ‘Village’ by Zanzibarian and Tanzanian therapists with an in-depth knowledge of the culture. Guests are cocooned in traditional tents, with variants of the instantly recognisable red and black woven fabrics synonymous with the tribe and intricate wood carvings creating beautiful Maasai-inspired ambience. Bathed in the soft glow of suspended lanterns and the heady scent of locally sourced essential oils, the two hour ritual takes place during or after sunset. This is intended to take guests on a journey of renewal steeped in the sights, sounds and sensations of Maasai customs.

The following experiences are included at this Zanzibar spa holiday experience:

1. Foot ritual, a fresh coconut and sand scrub, recalling the natural scrubs used to clean the feet and smooth the skin in local traditions. This is followed by a light foot massage with fresh Zanzibar lime, coconut and lime essential oil to relieve tension and reduce muscle pain.

2. A traditional ‘singo’ or scrub and aromatherapy massage, a treatment traditionally administered to brides-to-be a week before their wedding to ensure their skin is soft and glowing. The body is scrubbed in a traditional ritual which uses the leaves of the Moringa, also known as the ‘Miracle Tree’. It has been used around the African continent throughout history for its anti-ageing properties. The leaves are mixed with cinnamon powder, ylang ylang and raw sugar to leave skin exfoliated, glowing and smooth. Next the scrub is followed by a relaxing 45 minute aromatherapy massage using coconut oil.

3. African facial, an intense rejuvenation treatment which de-stresses and rehydrates with pure natural oils such as avocado oil, Marula oil and Moringa oil. This involves a fresh yogurt cleanse, followed by a cucumber tonic, raw sugar scrub and facial massage, inspired by a traditional treatment in which sugar is caramelised over a fire and combined with oils to create a powerful scent.


After long hours playing out in the sun rehydrate the skin with a Honeybee After Sun Cocoon using a blend of pure honey and Aloe or a Little Bee Facial using a Rooibos tea and mask with a natural SPF. For something a little more indulgent the Choco-Boo Massage includes a soft chocolate exfoliation and coconut massage for hands and feet. The Coconut Cocoon offers a choice of flavourings from strawberry to mixed berry, to butterscotch and vanilla.

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Essque Zalu Zanzibar currently has a 4.5 out of 5 star Tripadvisor review rating from 700 reviews.

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    If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel magazine platform for cost effective, luxury, unusual and extraordinary but mostly immersive travel ideas around the globe. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine). Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment comes from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. So thank you for inspiring me, and for joining our journey!


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