The Residence Zanzibar

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The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

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1522 Reviews

Opulent luxury on a grand scale

The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature’s untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens, which meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Inspired by the island’s eclectic cultures, this luxury Zanzibar resort blends modern comforts with Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Indulge in the privacy of the spacious villas, attended on if you wish by your own personal butler.

Discover more of the island and the waters that surround it in a myriad of activities, from visiting historic sites and rare natural wonders to deep sea fishing and diving with dolphins.

Whether you dream of a quiet couple’s retreat or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of island life at The Residence Zanzibar.

  • Tropical gardens
  • Home to one of the most luxurious spas
  • Luxurious pool villas
  • Family facilities

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Beach

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board
  • Half Board

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

The Residence Zanzibar

  • Beach
  • Approx. 55 minutes from Zanzibar International Airport
  • Clear warm waters
  • Opportunity to visit a local spice plantation
  • Mile long powdery white sand beach
  • Dolphin safaris
  • Scuba diving

Stone Town

Scuba diving Mozambique

Snorkelling and diving

Dhow Zanzibar

Dhow cruise

Tanzania safari

1522 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1272
  • Very Good 160
  • Average 64
  • Poor 17
  • Terrible 9

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 19, 2019

Simply perfect in every way!

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? We are a family of 4, and visited the Residence after a busy safari in Kenya. We were hoping for a relaxing week and that’s exactly what we got. I cannot speak highly enough about the amazing staff....everyone was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. From the security man to the waitress to the hotel doctor to the speed boat driver...everyone did their best to make sure we were well looked after. The managers of the hotel were always visible and greeted guests asking how their stay was...and everyone made a point of remembering our names, which was so welcoming. The pool is fabulous, the cocktails are delicious, the villa simply amazing with our own pool, sunsets are to die for and the bikes are lots of fun to get around. The spa is incredible-I had the best massage I’ve ever had, and the evening entertainment was a lovely way to spend the evening over a delicious dinner either in the restaurant or on the beach. You just don’t get a more relaxing, personal, sumptuous hotel in the sun-we loved every bit of it. Thank you for making our stay so special.
Jan 17, 2019

Paradise pure!

Frankfurt, Germany

We stayed as a family of three in this lovely resort and can only echo the other very positive reviews. It is not easy to get there- the dirt road is terrible- but once there you never want to leave. From start to the farewell the most overwhelming thing is the friendliness of the entire staff (to the person at the gate who seemed to be so pleased that we came and wished us safe travels and return at another time!) We had the Luxury Ocean View Villa and enjoyed not only the Villa with it's nice surprises after turn down service- but also the not too small pool that came with it. Of course the 45m infinity pool with view to beach and sea was fantastic. We booked as well a snorcheling tour with the hotel and were really lucky to see a trumpet fish just when we arrived. Altogether saw we at least as many colorful fishes at that tour as on the as well great 'Safari Blue' trip. The food was good in all restaurants, and the buffet dinner at the beach was my favorite. We enjoyed as well a nice and relaxing massage in the Spa. Someone was complaining about the biking or quality of the bikes. Though it is a large resort you can still walk to everywhere, but it is nice to take the bikes as it is just more convenient. Our three bikes were all just fine, you don't need a racing or mountain bike there. But most importantly I would like to highlight some of the staff members who went beyond the overall great service: - Moses at the reception was very friendly at check in and departure, Tamali helped us with our very late check out - thanks again! -Rahul and Sharms took great care of us during all meals- they seemed to be always on duty and in all restaurants. When our daughter wasn't feeling well (just a cold) they were truly concerned and offered all kinds of help. - all the restaurant staff was great, Ummy always smiled and was extra helpful, Peter the same, extremely friendly, Mwimyi spoke even German with us and very kind. - Herman takes great care at the pool and provides sun beds and towels anticipating you need them when you come out of the pool- very nice! - the maids were super flexible when we were not yet ready to leave the room they came later- even very late! Plus provided some nice surprised when we came back to our room- very romantic flowers, candles etc. We are sure that we will come again some time- thanks for such a lovely and relaxing time!
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The Residence Zanzibar

Facilities

Swimming Pool

Swim laps in the sunshine in the 45m x 15m infinity pool, a visually stunning centre piece featuring glass walls. Relax on the pool deck furnished with umbrella-shaded sun loungers and daybeds, offering unimpeded ocean views.

Sports & Entertainment

A range of activities are available for your enjoyment and entertainment. Facilities include a tennis court, bicycles, kayaks, pedal boats and HobieCats. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed. For a charge: kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, dolphin safari, dhow cruise and scuba diving are available.

Spa

The spa at The Residence Zanzibar has six spacious treatment pavilions set in five areas of tropical gardens. Experience luxurious spa therapies and beauty treatments featuring the benefits of luxury British spa brand ila. Here you will also find a fitness centre, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, yoga studio and his & hers changing rooms.

Kids club

A complimentary kids club in a spacious, air-conditioned clubhouse where children can engage in hours of games and adventure – from cooking classes and learning Swahili to playing volleyball. For children aged 4 to 14 years.

The Residence Zanzibar

Room Types

One Bedroom Luxury Garden Pool Villa

Luxury Garden Pool Villas come with 155 square metres of living space comprised of a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger with views over the garden. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. A relaxing haven, this villa offers the ideal space for a romantic meal. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

Your Luxury Garden Pool Villa comes with a king-sized bed.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Two Bedroom Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa

Frangipani Ocean Pool Villas come with 234 square metres of living space comprised of two bedrooms, a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger with views over the ocean. The master suite comes with a canopied king-size bed, and the junior suite is fitted with twin beds. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. With only two of these villas available, you can enjoy a premium location and superior comfort amid paradise. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Two Bedroom Frangipani Garden Pool Villa

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas come with 234 square metres of living space comprised of two bedrooms, a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger. The master suite comes with a canopied king-size bed, and the junior suite is fitted with twin beds. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. With only five of these villas available, you can enjoy a premium location and superior comfort amid paradise. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

One Bedroom Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa

Luxury Ocean Pool Villas come with 155 square metres of living space comprised of a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger with views over the ocean. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. A relaxing haven, this villa offers the ideal space for a romantic meal. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.
Your Luxury Ocean Pool Villa comes with a king-sized bed.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

One Bedroom Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa

Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villas come with 194 square metres of living space comprised of a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger with views over the ocean. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. Enjoy uninterrupted sea views from your bathtub. With only 11 of these villas available, you can enjoy a premium location and superior comfort amid paradise. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

Your Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa comes with a king-sized bed.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Two Bedroom Presidential Villa

The Presidential Ocean Front Villa come with 468 square metres of living space, offering a magnificent amount of space in which to luxuriate. Space is comprised of two bedrooms, a large living room, a spacious dining room, a private 35 square metre swimming pool and a sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger with views over the ocean. Both the large master suite and smaller junior suite feature en suite bathrooms, each with an additional outdoor shower and stunning views across the azure ocean waters. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Two Bedroom Frangipani Garden Pool Villa

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas come with 234 square metres of living space comprised of two bedrooms, a large living room, private pool and sun deck. Here you can relax at your table, on the daybed or on a sun lounger. The master suite comes with a canopied king-size bed, and the junior suite is fitted with twin beds. Your spacious bathroom is fitted with a free standing bathtub and separate shower whilst a shower can also be found in your private garden. With only five of these villas available, you can enjoy a premium location and superior comfort amid paradise. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience, as well as a bicycle.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
The Residence Zanzibar

Food & Drink

The Residence Zanzibar

The Dining Room Bar

Located alongside the beautiful swimming pool, enjoy a taste of old Persia in the Dining Room Bar - where local woods and a hammered copper bar create an exotic ambience.

The Dining Room

Enjoy a hint of Zanzibar & spice at this central restaurant where a range of international dishes are served. Opening Hours: Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.30am Lunch: 12.45pm – 3.00pm Dinner: 7.30pm – 10.30pm

The Pavilion Restaurant

Open for dinner, this vibrant restaurant brings to life the very best of Middle-Eastern, Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine whilst you enjoy the colours of Zanzibar features interiors.

Beach and poolside dining

Relax undisturbed on your sun lounger as lunch is delivered to your side. You can savour a selection of salads, fresh seafood, fritters and pasta.

Private dining

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or in the mood for an intimate dinner for two, you can choose between a range of different options. From dinner in the privacy of your villa to a private barbecue on the jetty as the sun sets over the ocean. Allow the hotel to create you a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Board Basis Options

Half Board

What's included: Local still bottled water in the villa, breakfast buffet and set menu dinner (A la carte menu excluded, all beverages including water excluded)

Full Board

What's included: Local still bottled water in the villa, breakfast, A la carte lunch (credit of $30 per person) buffet or set menu dinner (A la carte menu excluded, all beverages including water excluded)

All Inclusive

What's included: Local still bottled water in the villa Breakfast, A la carte lunch (credit of $30 per person) buffet or set menu dinner (A la carte menu excluded). Selection of local beers, spirits, house wines, soft drinks and local still and sparkling water. All inclusive alcoholic beverage service is from 10:00 to 23:00. Alcoholic beverages consumed outside these hours are chargeable.

The Residence Zanzibar

Family Friendly Facilities

Kids Club

The Kids Club is open daily for children between four and fourteen years old. Trained staff entertain kids and organise daily activities. Babysitting is available at an additional charge.

The Residence Zanzibar

Special Offers

Free nights

Stay 4 Pay 3

Free child

Family Offer

2 children (under 12), stay free on a Half Board basis when sharing with parents.

For bookings on Full Board and All Inclusive a meal supplement will apply for children.

Non combinable with the honeymoon offer.

Minor offer catch all

Honeymoon Offer

15% Discount on your villa rate on half board meal plan.
You will also receive an exotic fresh fruit bowl, 1 beach bag, 1 local pareo 'kitenge', a romantic dinner for the couple only.
A copy of the wedding certificate no older than 9 months is compulsory and must be sent before arrival date or shown at check -in.

Valid in Luxury Garden Pool Villa / Luxury Ocean Pool Villa and Prestige Ocean Pool Villa only

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