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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pure bliss

Oct 27, 2020 znadat Manchester, United Kingdom

We went for our honeymoon and from the moment we arrived we were greeted with warm friendly faces. The rooms were extremely clean and the food and views are amazing. It is a bit far out from the main city center but to be honest, the hotel is so beautiful you don’t really want to leave!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exclusive deluxe beach villa resort

Sep 30, 2020 Nikac Novi Sad, Serbia

We had prestige beachfront villa, very huge 195 sq m with private big plunge-pool. The king-size bad is absolutely heaven. Bathroom his also huge with separate rainy shower, bathtub and WC. There is also external rainy shower with cold water only. Very clean. Bed linen change every day ( on your request) otherwise every second day. There is no… Read more
We had prestige beachfront villa, very huge 195 sq m with private big plunge-pool. The king-size bad is absolutely heaven. Bathroom his also huge with separate rainy shower, bathtub and WC. There is also external rainy shower with cold water only. Very clean. Bed linen change every day ( on your request) otherwise every second day. There is no evening turn down service. First two day the breakfast and dinner was with many station like salad bar, fish, prawns, lamb and fish stew, pork and lamb rips....south African white and red wine on a glass ( house wine) ..The management change it to set-menu because of very few guest. Generally the hotel was almost empty due to COVID-19....so you could not see any on the beach the whole day. Warning: extreme high tide and low tides so you maybe do not have possibilities to swim during the day which was big disappointed for us... Read less
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Sep 23, 2020 maritesonaval Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

the excellent location, a beach front property a good views both sunrise and sunset. room so spacious and upmarket amenities with own blue sparkling pool. good value for the money and highly recommended.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely hotel but is getting old

Aug 25, 2020 LauraLDNLT London, United Kingdom

We arrived to this hotel after spending a few days in Park Hyatt Stone Town and also Zuri Zanzibar. Overall, we stayed 5 nights: POSITIVES: 1. Lovely staff , especially at the restaurant, they go above and beyond for you 2. Beautiful territory - very green, you feel like you have this all for yourself as territory is massive 3. We had villa… Read more
We arrived to this hotel after spending a few days in Park Hyatt Stone Town and also Zuri Zanzibar. Overall, we stayed 5 nights: POSITIVES: 1. Lovely staff , especially at the restaurant, they go above and beyond for you 2. Beautiful territory - very green, you feel like you have this all for yourself as territory is massive 3. We had villa with beach view and it is massive , very spacious! 4. We got some amazing upgrades such as a very relaxing massage, romantic dinner and swim with dalphins. NEGATIVES 1. FOOD - it is very very poor standards and definintely not 5*... i was so dissapointed that they had zero healthy options for breakfasts and so limited vegan options. Only two options for toast, managed one time to get avocado , next time they said it is not available. Lunch menu is horrible - burger, salad and pasta ?! And salad... i can make much fancier myself. Just a few african options which include very greasy curries. After spending time in Park Hyatt and Zuri Zanzibar , it was so dissapointing to see how poor it was in food quality. Dinner as well, was tasting menu but nothing brought excitment (apart lovely staff). 2. The hotel itself is old and needs a bit upgrading - especially the main restaurant area just felt old and missing some charm 3. It is not a hotel for a beach holidays - because of tides beach gets so dirty you cannot go swim and enjoy sea. We spend a lot of time at the villa and never once went for a swim. Overall, the highlight was staff but in general I was dissapointed and would reccomend this to a friend. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Stay!

Aug 21, 2020 LuSchenider The Hague, The Netherlands

The hotel is modern and quite luxurious, with well decorated rooms, good size bedroom and clean and spacious bathrooms. We really like the good offered here, and optional activities. Its a perfect way to wind up your safari or climb.