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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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1401)
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Jun 24, 2019 ATUGONZA SARAH M

Excellent location, the staff are friendly and very helpful, delicious food, great facilities. In short we enjoyed every moment 👌🏿 The rooms are clean and very comfortable. I will definitely go back
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Jun 24, 2019 Nicci G

Lovely place. Watch the world go by from day to eve... friendly staff. Beautiful. Food was great. We were at a wedding which was held here, a great weekend. From here we went to the rock restaurant (40 mins drive), a lovely bar on a rock, worth seeing for lunch. Then headed to stone town.
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Jun 23, 2019 IsmatDS

An absolutely wonderful experience hosting my childhood friend/sister’s wedding reception at The Residence Zanzibar this weekend. The staff went out of their way to make our stay special, accommodating all the needs of the wedding party! Thank you so much. Our visitors had a fabulous time! Special shout out to F&B Manager Mr. Shams Abbas, Nami,… Read more
An absolutely wonderful experience hosting my childhood friend/sister’s wedding reception at The Residence Zanzibar this weekend. The staff went out of their way to make our stay special, accommodating all the needs of the wedding party! Thank you so much. Our visitors had a fabulous time! Special shout out to F&B Manager Mr. Shams Abbas, Nami, Stan, Emmanuel and Flora! Ahsanteni sana. Read less
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Jun 23, 2019 Will B Warsaw, Poland

Stayed for 6 days as part of our honeymoon and in all honesty we wouldn’t go back. Beautiful setting and stunning rooms but the service was very average as was the food. While the pool is gorgeous it’s very busy with families and young kids which makes it feel like a package resort. Do not go here if you like swimming off a beach. The beach at… Read more
Stayed for 6 days as part of our honeymoon and in all honesty we wouldn’t go back. Beautiful setting and stunning rooms but the service was very average as was the food. While the pool is gorgeous it’s very busy with families and young kids which makes it feel like a package resort. Do not go here if you like swimming off a beach. The beach at high tide is lovely but only high tide. The rest of the time is a mud beach with lots of spikey normans on the floor to watch out for. Best way to swim is take one of the boats out to where the water is clear. We’ve stayed at several Residence locations which are normally at a very high standard but this one is very average. Read less
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Jun 21, 2019 M3313

One of the best hotels i have ever been to It was spectacular , let me start with the beautiful garden once you enter the hotel, followed by a joyful greeting from all the staff, staff are sooo nice and sweet , smiling all the time, and assessing you when ever you want. The villa was beautiful, view and pool , simply you will love sitting in… Read more
One of the best hotels i have ever been to It was spectacular , let me start with the beautiful garden once you enter the hotel, followed by a joyful greeting from all the staff, staff are sooo nice and sweet , smiling all the time, and assessing you when ever you want. The villa was beautiful, view and pool , simply you will love sitting in your villa and enjoy the beautiful sound of nature. Food is excellent, Mr. shams abbas was in-charge of the food , it was delicious, i had half bord ( which is breakfast & dinner) it was delicious with daily variety of food, lunch was mot included, however it wasn't expensive. They had daily theme for dinner with band and show which was amazing, we really enjoyed every second in this hotel. Ms. Jema and Mr. isea & idd were waitering us , cant imagine how nice and sweet those people are, very polite and smiling all the time and cheering you the whole time . - pool was AMAZING , MR.MacDonald was with us following our order the whole time , the view of the sea was like heaven , sound of nature ❤️birds . On out last day, we were surprised that the hotel had a surprise for us, after dinner we went to the room and there was candles and flowers everywhere , it was so romantic ❤️. - Bicycle available all the time at your villa. - An excellent place to relax. Best place for honeymoon. - I didn't try the spa , it was a bit expensive. Definitely will come back We wish that the holiday would never end. Thank you the Resednce zanzibar Hukona matatta Read less