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.

Rating summary

  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1878)
  • Very good (198)
  • Average (72)
  • Poor (20)
  • Terrible (11)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Heaven

Apr 6, 2020 392kimberleyd

I am absolutely horrified to read the poor and average reviews on The Residence as nothing could be further from the truth! I have travelled extensively in Africa and the service and ambience at The Residence is literally second to none. With 2 small children to entertain, and as a single parent, the staff went above and beyond the call of duty.… Read more
I am absolutely horrified to read the poor and average reviews on The Residence as nothing could be further from the truth! I have travelled extensively in Africa and the service and ambience at The Residence is literally second to none. With 2 small children to entertain, and as a single parent, the staff went above and beyond the call of duty. Greeting and recognizing us by name, identifying our requirements early on, and ensuring that nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful beach, outstanding entertainment, understated luxury, and nothing was ever too much trouble. It was a dream destination and one I can only hope that we have the priveledge of visiting again. Asante sana. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay

Apr 4, 2020 Sharitazz Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We had a great experience at the Residence. The personnel went the extra mile to keep us happy. The private pool in the villa made our stay complete. The food is excellent. We usually do not enjoy buffets but the buffets here were diverse and clean From the beginning to the end everything was thought of. Thanks so much.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ultimate retreat experience!

Mar 30, 2020 661martijnr

The Residence Zanzibar is in our opinion the pinnacle of luxury retreats. Although situated somewhat isolated,there’s plenty of resort arranged excursions and transportation opportunities. Further more,the views from both the public venues as well as from the villa’s are impeccable,well kept gardens and beach fronts create amazing tropical views… Read more
The Residence Zanzibar is in our opinion the pinnacle of luxury retreats. Although situated somewhat isolated,there’s plenty of resort arranged excursions and transportation opportunities. Further more,the views from both the public venues as well as from the villa’s are impeccable,well kept gardens and beach fronts create amazing tropical views from literally anywhere on the property,even during low tide. Service provided is exactly as expected from a high end retreat. Rarely no for an answer and always smiling faces. Villa’s well kept with both morning and turndown service and a true feeling of privacy. This review sounds like all glory and solely joy,but except for very minor mishaps (somewhat flat tire from one of the bikes provided by the resort and an accidental knock on the door with ‘privacy’ tag inserted) we have had a 5 day experience to recommend without any doubt. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderfull holidays here @ The Residence Zanzibar

Mar 28, 2020 473sha

I have travelled almost around the world for business and leisure and I can truly say The Residence Zanzibar is at the top of my favourites in terms of country, location, people and facilities. There wasn't a single thing I would change. The villa was extremely well appointed, the restaurants served creative and delicious food ran by Shams the… Read more
I have travelled almost around the world for business and leisure and I can truly say The Residence Zanzibar is at the top of my favourites in terms of country, location, people and facilities. There wasn't a single thing I would change. The villa was extremely well appointed, the restaurants served creative and delicious food ran by Shams the amazing F & B manager. The Spa I loved and the gym had professional equipment covering all exercise regimes. The entertainment each evening was superb with acrobatic show, MJ show, Swahili singers and much more giving a real flavour of the country. With plenty of day time and evening activities it was impossible not to embrace this beautiful culture. I would absolutely complement the management team who were constantly present, every meal.... everyone of the staff members with JAMBO greeting and wonderful smile on their face make you feel wonderful. Mr. Bruce Bowen the GM has achieved the most amazing job of training a world class team of customer service. I miss you guys already and surely will meet you all soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Such wonderful hospitality and property

Mar 23, 2020 anjita111 Ghatkopar, India

We had an amazing experience at The Residence in Zanzibar! The hospitality was just spectacular. Overall the staff is super cheerful and all of them have us personal attention, making us feel even more special. Special call out to Shams, F&B manager and his team. They worked tirelessly to make us comfortable and feel loved. Also thanks to Aftab ,… Read more
We had an amazing experience at The Residence in Zanzibar! The hospitality was just spectacular. Overall the staff is super cheerful and all of them have us personal attention, making us feel even more special. Special call out to Shams, F&B manager and his team. They worked tirelessly to make us comfortable and feel loved. Also thanks to Aftab , Sales and Marketing Director , who ensured that our experience was seamless. Thanks again guys and hope to meet all of you soon again. Stay safe. Cheers Read less