• The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

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.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 2095 Reviews
Beach

Hotel highlights

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

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 66 rooms

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

Hotel Location

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
2095 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1796
  • Very Good 196
  • Average 72
  • Poor 20
  • Terrible 11

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jan 21, 2020

Excellence in Every Way

Nairobi, Kenya

For those without time, in summary, this hotel and its facilities are amazing - the customer service is beyond excellence and it is highly recommended, the staff really go out of their way for you. For those with some time, we arrived into a meticulously well kept pathway after a one hour drive from the airport, and as we sat down we could see the ocean and could hear the birds which were playing in the reception area. We were welcomed very well. The check-in process was flawless while we sat in their reception area, they did everything from their desks. We were then taken to our villa, by Marco who was excellent and extremely friendly and was regularly our buggy driver ferrying us from our room to the various areas of the hotel. Our villa was amazing, its own pool and just off the beach. Our kids had an amazing time. The quality of the hotel is great including the fixtures and fittings used are of high quality. Being vegetarians, the team was ready to cater for us as well as asked the chef to come see us so he could cook anything we wanted. One thing that really stood out, on the day we were leaving - one of the waitresses in the morning asked us what our lunch plan was - as we were checking out at around lunch time. She told us why don't they make something for us, so we can eat before we leave and that she will take our order so that it is ready and we don't loose time. I travel very often, but I have never had this level of service. The staff and their service level is amazing. As I also don't want to spoil your experience, all I can say is experience the magic yourself.
Jan 20, 2020

The cleanest hotel with sensational food in Zanzibar with top management

The hotel is highly recommended! We spent 11 nights in a Luxury Ocean Front Villa and it was really a dream vacation! Our villa was extremely spacious and decorated stylishly. The cleanliness was impressive. The private pool was relatively large and was always kept clean. The staff is always friendly, open-minded, helpful and very considerate. The hotel management acts professionally, quickly, focussed on solutions and is constantly concerned about the well-being of the guests. The food is really the highest level; we had half board and every day we were spoiled with new culinary delights. The staff spares no effort and turns the dinner into an event every evening, e.g. at the beach dinner. The daily (complimentary) yoga classes are professionally guided. The equipment and cleanliness in the gym are great. If you want to spend a dream vacation in Zanzibar and want to be pampered with all your senses, you should definitely choose this hotel. The entire complex is stylishly designed and the infinity pool is simply great.
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The Residence Zanzibar

Facilities

a small house in a pool of water

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

a living room filled with furniture and a large window

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
a pool next to a palm tree

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
a pool next to a palm tree

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
a palm tree next to a body of water

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.

a dining room table in front of a window

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

a plate of food

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.

a group of lawn chairs sitting next to a pool of water

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.