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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating It was great

Nov 21, 2019 aishaa792

It was very beautiful hotel , the room where very comfy and the stuff is very friendly , the food was delicious and all the services were very good I really recommended this resort for the family and couples and friends also
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Nov 21, 2019 X6jox

- The place is amazing and breakfast is good. - People are very friendly and cheerful. - Relaxing - villas design is great - the landscape is grat as well - thumbs up to dinner set-ups A trip to remember
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Nov 20, 2019 muppet cheshire, uk

We've been back a month, and I wish I was back there. This was more pricey than I usually pay, but hiking Kilimanjaro the week before, I'm so glad I splashed out, and met my husband here post hike. The staff were all amazing...too mang to mention...but little Gemma always smiling in the restaurant, Martin...sadly feel guilty I cant remember the… Read more
We've been back a month, and I wish I was back there. This was more pricey than I usually pay, but hiking Kilimanjaro the week before, I'm so glad I splashed out, and met my husband here post hike. The staff were all amazing...too mang to mention...but little Gemma always smiling in the restaurant, Martin...sadly feel guilty I cant remember the tigers names...but each encounter was with a huge smile Rooms perfect. Needed help from Dr...another great encounter, knowledgable, clearly highly competent well trained and most importantly helped the problem. I miss ghd little yellow birdies, the huge bath, best bed I've ever had in hotel, pink bikes, amazing food..... Treat yourself....worth it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful resort and BEAUTIFUL staff!

Nov 19, 2019 T1036UIjessicab St. Croix

This resort was simply amazing! We had an fantastic time. The rooms and private pools were comfortable and fun. The main pool and lounge area were stunning and inviting. The first night there we had a gorgeous beach buffet dinner with live entertainment and we had a great time. Yassin spent portions of his afternoons teaching us swahili. We looked… Read more
This resort was simply amazing! We had an fantastic time. The rooms and private pools were comfortable and fun. The main pool and lounge area were stunning and inviting. The first night there we had a gorgeous beach buffet dinner with live entertainment and we had a great time. Yassin spent portions of his afternoons teaching us swahili. We looked forward to our dinners with George as our waiter. Breakfast was always cheery with Jema and Josaphine testing us on our swahili. I had a pedicure with Rachel at the spa and she made me laugh alot. Sandra and Adam at the front desk were always ready to assist us. The entire experience was simply amazing and we cannot wait to come back! Brien & Jessica St. Croix, USVI Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful staff and facilities

Nov 19, 2019 716timj Wrexham, United Kingdom

We have just spent 9 days in this wonderful hotel. If you want a relaxed holiday in lovely surroundings, then this is a great place to go. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with real warmth and an eagerness to please. The staff are the real treasure of this lovely place and I really do mean all the staff. By the end of the holiday you… Read more
We have just spent 9 days in this wonderful hotel. If you want a relaxed holiday in lovely surroundings, then this is a great place to go. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with real warmth and an eagerness to please. The staff are the real treasure of this lovely place and I really do mean all the staff. By the end of the holiday you do feel part of the family. So many are just lovely people, from the admin staff to house keeping and security, they will go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. I don’t think we have been looked after better, anywhere we have ever been before. I feel a bit guilty singling anybody out because they are all exceptional but I have to mention Martin and John. They really helped make this a special holiday by arranging some special events that truly meant a lot to us and our friends. The hotel is truly lucky to have these two as ambassadors for The Residence. The food was excellent and our beach front villa with pool was faultless. An amazing place to stay. I would like to sincerely thank all at the hotel for making it a wonderful holiday as your guests. Read less