Resonating with indigenous techniques and inspired by nature's energy, the unique Zanzibar Spa at Essque Zalu Zanzibar has partnered with the award-winning AFRICOLOGY brand to create a series of locally inspired spa rituals designed to take guests on a unique, multi sensory wellness journey.

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 and 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:

  • Foot ritual, a fresh coconut and sand scrub, recalling the natural scrubs used to clean the feet and smooth the skin in local traditions, followed by a light foot massage with fresh Zanzibar lime, coconut and lime essential oil to relieve tension and reduce muscle pain
  • 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', 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, and the scrub is followed by a relaxing 45 minute aromatherapy massage using coconut oil
  • 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

The African continent produces some of the world's most powerful organic healing ingredients for skin and hair; AFRICOLOGY captures these rejuvenating and healing essences in its products, which help to revitalise skin and prevent damage and premature ageing. Using indigenous plants and oils such as coffee and cinnamon for toning; African ginger for slimming; African Potato for healing and Mongongo Nut for detoxification, all products and treatments are developed to create harmony between skin, body and mind. Other indulgent rituals include the 'Jozani Rain Forest', an African Potato anti-ageing body wrap to soften, soothe and improve skin hydration; a 'Forest Vichy Shower' capturing the energetic essence of plants combined with the benefits of hydrotherapy to stimulate and deep cleanse the body; or a healing journey with the resident Shaman centred on balancing Chakra to remove negative energy caused by stress.

AFRICOLOGY Kids is an exclusive feature at Essque Zalu for younger clients, intending to educate children on using products that are not only kind to their skin, but also the environment. After longhours 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 and the Coconut Cocoon offers a choice of flavourings from strawberry to mixed berry, to butterscotch and vanilla.