The Residence Zanzibar

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The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

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1602 Reviews
Guide Price £1,749 per person
Based on 22 April 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Kenya Airways, staying for 7 nights half board in a One Bedroom Luxury Garden Villa (2 adults sharing) including return private transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Opulent luxury on a grand scale

The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 80-acre 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 culture, this luxurious Zanzibar resort blends modern comforts with Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Indulge in the seclusion 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, a luxury honeymoon or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of island life at The Residence Zanzibar.

  • Explore the tropical gardens or discover the island by bike
  • Indulge with a pampering treatment at the lavish spa
  • Enjoy a luxurious pool villa with stunning ocean views
  • Take a snorkelling excursion
  • Take a traditional dhow cruise and soak up the peaceful atmosphere

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

1602 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1345
  • Very Good 167
  • Average 64
  • Poor 17
  • Terrible 9

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Mar 23, 2019

Just amazing !!!

Hamburg, Germany

We spent 2 weeks at the fantastic Residence on Zanzibar !! The huge area is all beautifully set with wonderful plants and flowers and the Villa was very clean, spacious and beautiful decorated. We enjoyed the big pool just next to our terrace. Everyone has got a bicycle which is very useful on the large area. And every day we got a fresh coconut from a waiter - we really enjoyed -thanks ! Just outstanding was the very friendly staff who made us feel like at home during the whole stay ! At the reception they were always helpful for any questions and organised everything for us what was needed- Special thanks here to Nami and Sandra. The food was excellent - we had breakfast and dinner every day - always very freshly prepared and just delicious ! The Service was always very special - very thoughtful, friendly and personalized !! We never experienced this kind before ! Here -our Special thanks go to Zuhura and Aziza - who made us enjoy our breakfast every morning - and Abduly who just prepared the best omeletts- and Idd, Kepha, Asteria and Alonsia - and of course all the others in the Service - who let us feel very special during dinner time!! Everybody taught us a new Suaheli word - so that we could speak the main words in the end. We also enjoyed the Musical or acrobatic Entertainment during dinner time -thanks for your organisation - Ameir - and for the Suaheli lessons and Fredy for the Archery. The staff at the Boat house accompanied us for an exciting snorkeling trip - Thanks for that ! They also provide different watersport supply for the Hotel guests. The SPA area is beautifully arranged - the massage was excellent and the daily Yoga lessons in a beautiful open house were fantastic !! All over - we can fully recommend The Residence Zanzibar and hope to come back soon! Jonas, Ute & Feline Moje from Hamburg, Germany
Mar 23, 2019

Service that goes above and beyond

The friendly, thoughtful, personalized service was truly exceptional, on par with the best hotels we have ever stayed at. The food was excellent, and the chefs were very accommodating as well. Our villa was clean, beautifully decorated and spacious. Nice gym facility, too. In particular, we would like to offer our thanks and appreciation to the following individuals: 1. F&B managers Christopher and Martin, and the chefs at the restaurant. Your warm, caring approach and interest in ensuring we had good food and good times were greatly appreciated. 2. Isaya, the waiter, who cracked open a coconut for our son on the first day we arrived and was always checking in on us. 3. Water sports manager Ameir, who organized memorable outings to dolphin watching and snorkeling, and prepared the Hobie cat for sailing. We also liked the evening shows he organized. 4. Bela, in housekeeping, who came to our table during dinner the first evening to inform us that we had left our room safe unlocked, and that she had gone ahead and changed the combo and re-locked it to ensure the security of our valuables. 5. The waiter in charge of serving ice cream at 1530 every day by the pool. We especially liked the ice cream served in the cocktail glasses. 6. Herman, the security guard at the pool, who quickly set us up with towels and arranged the lounge chairs. 7. Pretan, the front office manager, for his warm welcome. 8. Wilbard, for assisting us multiple times with our reservations. 9. Stanslaw, who showed us to our room when we arrived and had a an infectious exuberance and friendliness If we were to offer suggestions for how to improve the resort, we would request that management considers beginning dinner at 6:30, or the latest at 7:00 pm. Eating past 7:30 pm (which really means about 8:15 or so by the time orders are placed and food arrives), is especially difficult with a hungry child. Another suggestion would be to maintain the bikes to a higher standard. A final one would be to offer plain drinking water free of charge at meals in carafes, which would cut down on waste (plastic water bottles) and ensure guests remain hydrated without having to spend $5 a bottle.
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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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