The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 1556 reviews

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.

Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 1556 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Romantic Getaway in Paradise

Feb 19, 2019 Lu N Lusaka

My significant other and I had been counting down for over 5 months and the day finally came that we were flying to Zanzibar. We timed it so that we could get there just before Valentine's Day. We flew into the airport which was an interesting experience with so much going on with little or no proper guidance. That was probably the only… Read more
My significant other and I had been counting down for over 5 months and the day finally came that we were flying to Zanzibar. We timed it so that we could get there just before Valentine's Day. We flew into the airport which was an interesting experience with so much going on with little or no proper guidance. That was probably the only uncomfortable thing about the trip. We were picked up on time, we drove for about an hour and in the middle of nowhere came this amazing welcome. Green manicured landscape, friendly smiles and the most amazing blue horizon I have ever seen. Charles attended to us and ushered us to our room on a golf cart. The food, the drinks, service and privacy is out of this world. We did absolutely everything there was to do. Swam with Dolphins, Sup boarded, stone town tours, dinners on the beach, the jetty, the spa and the famous glass pool. The food was exceptional every single day that we spent there. Four nights and I wish we had stayed longer. Thank you to everyone at the Residence. Thank you so much for making our valentines getaway so special. Thank you so much. I cannot say this enough. Best Vacation Ever Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the best

Feb 15, 2019 nincsmegallas Budapest, Hungary

Should deserve The Leading Hotels of the World award. The staff were all very friendly, and would always check you had everything you needed. Benjamin was extremely helpful during my stay, giving me information on the area.
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Feb 15, 2019 Jventer8 Cape Town, South Africa

All interactions with The Residence were pleasant and helpful. Friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging staff that regularly went out of there way to ensure high standards of service. The location is remote and therefore perfect for relaxing and enjoying a true Zanzibar experience.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent property with very relaxing around!

Feb 14, 2019 Kmazia

This is a wonderful property with a beautiful nature allover. The service is prompt and people are amazing! You can't stop loving every bit of your stay there. The food quality is great with a nice variety as per your choice.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to relax

Feb 14, 2019 rukmaniramesh

We stayed at The Residence for a week and found it nothing short of exceptional. All the staff are extremely friendly, making us continuously welcomed and creating a home like environment. We spoke to various members of the team who expressed their delight at making their guest happy and this was really the case. Everyone from the waiter and… Read more
We stayed at The Residence for a week and found it nothing short of exceptional. All the staff are extremely friendly, making us continuously welcomed and creating a home like environment. We spoke to various members of the team who expressed their delight at making their guest happy and this was really the case. Everyone from the waiter and waitress service team to the housekeeping and spa team added a special touch to our trip. We never once saw any of the team without a smile and giving a warm welcome. We took advantage of the daily Yoga sessions lead by Vijay. A special mention to Shams and Anesen who went above and beyond to cater for our very specific dietary requirements throughout our entire stay. Read less