The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

Standing amidst acres of lush, green landscape, embracing the islands African, Omani and European heritage, it is indeed a thing of beauty, offering luxurious villa accommodation in beach or garden settings with private swimming pools and furnished sun decks. The Residence Zanzibar is a wonderful retreat for couples as well as families, all the ingredients are here for the most perfect of holidays, including water sports galore in the warm and inviting ocean and a world-class spa. Each guest is allotted their own bicycle and really, there’s no better way to explore the island. Alternatively, you can join a local excursion, taking in such wonders as the Jozani National Forest Reserve and the ruins of Persian baths and Omani palaces. The village of Kizimkazi is also close by (about 15-20 minutes) and famous for its dolphin safaris. At night, dine under the stars in the privacy of your own villa or enjoy delicious cuisine with a hint of spice at the Ngalawa Restaurant.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

On Zanzibar's southwest coast overlooking a mile-long stretch of beach and just 1 hour from Stone Town. Transfer time from Zanzibar Airport: 55 minutes.

Hotel information

66 villas. All with private swimming pool, furnished sun deck with wicker chairs and day beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, CD/DVD player, telephone, WiFi, mini-bar*, bottled water, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and board. Luxury Garden Pool Villa with large living room and separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

All Inclusive option: includes buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch (credit per person applies) and buffet or set menu dinner at The Dining Room Restaurant. Dinner can also be taken at Pavilion Restaurant. Selection of local beers, spirits, house wines, soft drinks and local still and sparkling water in all bars and restaurants. Mini-bar is included.

Half Board includes: breakfast and buffet or set menu dinner at The Dining Room Restaurant. All beverages including water excluded.

Full Board option: includes breakfast, à la carte lunch (credit per person applies) and buffet or set menu dinner. All beverages including water excluded.

Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa have large living room and separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa set directly on the water’s edge and with views of the ocean from every window with large living room and separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Frangipani Garden Pool Villa with large living room, master en-suite bedroom with 1 king-size bed, additional twin bedroom and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa with large living room, master en-suite bedroom with 1 king-size bed, additional twin bedroom and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

2-Bedroom Presidential Villa steps from the ocean with large living room, dining room, bedroom with 1 king-size bed and sofa beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

Ngalawa Restaurant (International cuisine), The Pavillion Restaurant (Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine), The Dining Room Bar. Beachfront swimming pool. Spa*. Fitness centre. Floodlit tennis courts. Non-motorised water sports including kayaks, pedal boats, Hobie Cat sailing and snorkelling. Weekly yoga class. Bicycles. Excursions on request. Kids' club (3-12 years). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour concierge. Babysitting service* (on request). 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi available across the resort.

3 nights between 19-22 Apr '19.

4 nights between 20 Dec-6 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing and enjoyable holiday

Apr 25, 2019 679karolinap

Hotel is very nice and clean. Friendly staff and great atmosphere. Food is excellent. We enjoyed gym, yoga classes and getting around by the pink bikes in the green garden. Thank you for a relaxing holiday. We will come back ☀️.
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Apr 24, 2019 kadiria0101

We spent 2 weeks at the residence with my 2 kids.. it was amazing we loved that place ....resort is truly 5 star , very clean and we'll maintained The staff is friendly, helpful and fantastic, always smiling and willing to help. . . The kids easter program was good my kids they enjoy they like everthing from kids club . Shout out to sophia… Read more
We spent 2 weeks at the residence with my 2 kids.. it was amazing we loved that place ....resort is truly 5 star , very clean and we'll maintained The staff is friendly, helpful and fantastic, always smiling and willing to help. . . The kids easter program was good my kids they enjoy they like everthing from kids club . Shout out to sophia sadiki at the kids club for always care about my kids and thanks to her for finding expensive necklace for my little baby .. . . My baby dropped the necklace during easter eggs hunting treasure...please Mr Bruce tell sophia we appreciate so much .... . . For real we will come back again ....thanks Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Again & again

Apr 23, 2019 Zanzi0007 Aachen, Germany

We joint this wonderful and special hotel for the 3th time and have been flashed once again. It was an unforgettable holiday again with an encouriged stuff at a calm and chilly spot on this peaceful island like paradise. At least many thanks to Massimo - the hole reception team and Bruce - "Mr. Bond 007"- the head of this resort for all of there… Read more
We joint this wonderful and special hotel for the 3th time and have been flashed once again. It was an unforgettable holiday again with an encouriged stuff at a calm and chilly spot on this peaceful island like paradise. At least many thanks to Massimo - the hole reception team and Bruce - "Mr. Bond 007"- the head of this resort for all of there inspiring ideas and lovely amenities! Read less
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Apr 23, 2019 globalnomad91

Went for a 3 night stay with the Mrs. Overall we had a wonderful time. The beach is very tranquil and an excellent place to kick back and relax. Sunsets were absolutely spectacular in the evening breeze. Didn’t really get to swim in the sea but that’s hardly something the resort can address as that’s the natural geography of the area. Villa was… Read more
Went for a 3 night stay with the Mrs. Overall we had a wonderful time. The beach is very tranquil and an excellent place to kick back and relax. Sunsets were absolutely spectacular in the evening breeze. Didn’t really get to swim in the sea but that’s hardly something the resort can address as that’s the natural geography of the area. Villa was nice too, though pool wasn’t secluded at all - we could see the neighbor’s entire villa from the pool though the staff were kind enough to put up some fences for us. What we loved - 1. Excellent staff. Special shout out to: Mwinyi, Aziza, Iddi, and Isaya. Give them all a raise 2. Food was good (except for the Mediterranean buffet - scrap it and stick to local flavors) 3. Tranquil beach 4. Great personal pool for cooling off 5. Bikes to explore the property 6. Open dining facility 7. Very gracious catering manager - Martin. Some things that disappointed us - 1. Drinks not included in full board cost though this was not communicated at the time of booking 2. It is outrageous to charge $4 per soft drink when it costs the resort less than TSH 1000 per drink. We pay so much already the least you could do is include water and soft drinks in the price. 3. Wasps in our bathroom - we told the staff who put a towel under the door connecting the shower to the outdoor one - needless to say that didnt help. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A tranquil Serenity

Apr 23, 2019 Rizwan V

The villas have a creative concept and a varied choice to select from. Each villa is spacious giving you outmost space to yourself. The Private pool is an added value in each villa giving you a private place to enjoy a pool to yourself. very ideal of families and couples on a honeymoon travel. The flexible dinning options as well as varied dinning… Read more
The villas have a creative concept and a varied choice to select from. Each villa is spacious giving you outmost space to yourself. The Private pool is an added value in each villa giving you a private place to enjoy a pool to yourself. very ideal of families and couples on a honeymoon travel. The flexible dinning options as well as varied dinning experiences not only give a good variety but also make dinning a choice at your convinience. I recommend communicating your precise preferences on meals, activities and expectations in advance. The resort personal are well trained to create your preferred expectations prior to your arrival and this can only make your stay more enjoyable and memorable. Read less