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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Aug 18, 2019 halogen75 Paris, France

Ideal location to relax after a tanzanian safari. Very nice staff. Beautiful villas with pools. Bikes provided to each guest. Great professional F&B team with delicious cuisine and themed buffets. Ideal for 4 or 5 days break. « Pole pole » atmosphere !!
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Aug 17, 2019 misshky

One of the best hotel in South Zanzibar I recommend to visit. The view, the service and the whole team meeting you with great smile and hospitality. Atmost the infinity pool is the best of all. Luxury at its own.
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Aug 17, 2019 Premal S Nairobi, Kenya

We travelled here in July - myself, my wife, and 2 young boys, and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The viallas are spacious and amazing, and each with bikes to get around the resort. My boys thoroughly enjoyed the kids club everyday, and special mention goes to Rehemma and Sofia at the club. At the restaurant, we were pleasantly served… Read more
We travelled here in July - myself, my wife, and 2 young boys, and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The viallas are spacious and amazing, and each with bikes to get around the resort. My boys thoroughly enjoyed the kids club everyday, and special mention goes to Rehemma and Sofia at the club. At the restaurant, we were pleasantly served by Meshack, John, Macdonald, Hellen, Jema, Isaya, Juma, Tamali, Zuhura, Farida and Aziza. They looked after our every need at the restaurants, especially looking after my kids and their dietary needs. A special mention goes for the Indian chef Harish - since we are pure vegetarians, he specially catered for us for every lunch and dinner, and special meals for kids too. The Manager Martin was absolutely great and very hospitable too. One note - they need to have more staff at the poolside serving for drinks and food. Overall a great resort, a great visit and great staff. Premal Sanghani & Family Read less
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Aug 16, 2019 Yaseer M

What a place to be . From the beauty of the hotel itself, the view and the customer devices. Felt direct at home and didn’t wanna leave. On top of that very affordable prices for such an amazing place. Would definitely go again 🥰🥰
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Aug 16, 2019 Fatma S

From the warm welcoming to the amazing service and good food, this was a perfect destination for our short holiday. The rooms were clean, the ocean and view spectacular, the air fresh and sweet and much more. We never once felt bored! I wish we had a longer vacation, it was amazing being here, im definitely recommending the residence for anyone… Read more
From the warm welcoming to the amazing service and good food, this was a perfect destination for our short holiday. The rooms were clean, the ocean and view spectacular, the air fresh and sweet and much more. We never once felt bored! I wish we had a longer vacation, it was amazing being here, im definitely recommending the residence for anyone looking for a taste of zanzibar and a wonderful relaxing time at the same time🤗 Keep up the good work guys! See you next time! SOON! Read less