The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

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 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.

4 nights between 20 Dec-6 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Jan 24, 2020 lukegN308DH

Arrived at this gorgeous resort with such a warm and friendly welcome everything was perfect, they went through everything with us and answered any questions we had. We then arrived at our pool villa and wow absolutely breath taking ! The pictures and videos really don’t do it justice!!! The food is insane fresh and full of flavours so much… Read more
Arrived at this gorgeous resort with such a warm and friendly welcome everything was perfect, they went through everything with us and answered any questions we had. We then arrived at our pool villa and wow absolutely breath taking ! The pictures and videos really don’t do it justice!!! The food is insane fresh and full of flavours so much variety !!!!! The staff are the most genuine and helpful people I’ve ever met on holiday you will treated like royalty at all times and nothing you ask for Is to much if a problem! I usually always travel to different hotels and destinations every year but I will be coming back for sure!! One of my highlights of MANY was the floating breakfast Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellence in Every Way

Jan 21, 2020 bkhatri027 Nairobi, Kenya

For those without time, in summary, this hotel and its facilities are amazing - the customer service is beyond excellence and it is highly recommended, the staff really go out of their way for you. For those with some time, we arrived into a meticulously well kept pathway after a one hour drive from the airport, and as we sat down we could see… Read more
For those without time, in summary, this hotel and its facilities are amazing - the customer service is beyond excellence and it is highly recommended, the staff really go out of their way for you. For those with some time, we arrived into a meticulously well kept pathway after a one hour drive from the airport, and as we sat down we could see the ocean and could hear the birds which were playing in the reception area. We were welcomed very well. The check-in process was flawless while we sat in their reception area, they did everything from their desks. We were then taken to our villa, by Marco who was excellent and extremely friendly and was regularly our buggy driver ferrying us from our room to the various areas of the hotel. Our villa was amazing, its own pool and just off the beach. Our kids had an amazing time. The quality of the hotel is great including the fixtures and fittings used are of high quality. Being vegetarians, the team was ready to cater for us as well as asked the chef to come see us so he could cook anything we wanted. One thing that really stood out, on the day we were leaving - one of the waitresses in the morning asked us what our lunch plan was - as we were checking out at around lunch time. She told us why don't they make something for us, so we can eat before we leave and that she will take our order so that it is ready and we don't loose time. I travel very often, but I have never had this level of service. The staff and their service level is amazing. As I also don't want to spoil your experience, all I can say is experience the magic yourself. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The cleanest hotel with sensational food in Zanzibar with top management

Jan 20, 2020 sonjarudikroetz

The hotel is highly recommended! We spent 11 nights in a Luxury Ocean Front Villa and it was really a dream vacation! Our villa was extremely spacious and decorated stylishly. The cleanliness was impressive. The private pool was relatively large and was always kept clean. The staff is always friendly, open-minded, helpful and very… Read more
The hotel is highly recommended! We spent 11 nights in a Luxury Ocean Front Villa and it was really a dream vacation! Our villa was extremely spacious and decorated stylishly. The cleanliness was impressive. The private pool was relatively large and was always kept clean. The staff is always friendly, open-minded, helpful and very considerate. The hotel management acts professionally, quickly, focussed on solutions and is constantly concerned about the well-being of the guests. The food is really the highest level; we had half board and every day we were spoiled with new culinary delights. The staff spares no effort and turns the dinner into an event every evening, e.g. at the beach dinner. The daily (complimentary) yoga classes are professionally guided. The equipment and cleanliness in the gym are great. If you want to spend a dream vacation in Zanzibar and want to be pampered with all your senses, you should definitely choose this hotel. The entire complex is stylishly designed and the infinity pool is simply great. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay!

Jan 20, 2020 Romain B Lille, France

The Residence offers very high quality services! The villas are wonderfull, with private pool and great bedding. Martin & his staff at the restaurant provide very good & diverse food for all tastes (veggie, gluten-free,... options), with a great view on the beach. The staff is very friendly & caring! The common pool is fabulous! Extra care for… Read more
The Residence offers very high quality services! The villas are wonderfull, with private pool and great bedding. Martin & his staff at the restaurant provide very good & diverse food for all tastes (veggie, gluten-free,... options), with a great view on the beach. The staff is very friendly & caring! The common pool is fabulous! Extra care for honeymooners! Read less
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Jan 17, 2020 domnuss Zurich, Switzerland

After an awesome but intense week of Safari in Tanzania we arrived after a short ride (approx. 1h through Zanzibar) at the Paradise! We felt welcome and home after the first second... The villas let you speechless it was clean and the fragrance was just amazing! But what matters the most is the staff, everyone is looking for you and wants just the… Read more
After an awesome but intense week of Safari in Tanzania we arrived after a short ride (approx. 1h through Zanzibar) at the Paradise! We felt welcome and home after the first second... The villas let you speechless it was clean and the fragrance was just amazing! But what matters the most is the staff, everyone is looking for you and wants just the best! Food was so delicous, breakfast with a big buffet - they offer you everything you need. For lunch they offer a la carte and dinner is mixed a la carte and live cooking. The food quality is 10 out of 10. We can definitely recommend the residence zanzibar. Love to come back for longer! Read less