• The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

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.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

£1,749 per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 1766 Reviews
Beach

Hotel highlights

  • 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

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
1766 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1489
  • Very Good 181
  • Average 68
  • Poor 19
  • Terrible 9

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Aug 17, 2019

Great Trip - and great service

Nairobi, Kenya

We travelled here in July - myself, my wife, and 2 young boys, and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The viallas are spacious and amazing, and each with bikes to get around the resort. My boys thoroughly enjoyed the kids club everyday, and special mention goes to Rehemma and Sofia at the club. At the restaurant, we were pleasantly served by Meshack, John, Macdonald, Hellen, Jema, Isaya, Juma, Tamali, Zuhura, Farida and Aziza. They looked after our every need at the restaurants, especially looking after my kids and their dietary needs. A special mention goes for the Indian chef Harish - since we are pure vegetarians, he specially catered for us for every lunch and dinner, and special meals for kids too. The Manager Martin was absolutely great and very hospitable too. One note - they need to have more staff at the poolside serving for drinks and food. Overall a great resort, a great visit and great staff. Premal Sanghani & Family
Aug 16, 2019

Amazing experience

What a place to be . From the beauty of the hotel itself, the view and the customer devices. Felt direct at home and didn’t wanna leave. On top of that very affordable prices for such an amazing place. Would definitely go again 🥰🥰
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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

Rate reduction

25% rate reduction for stays 4 night or more

Minimum consecutive stay of 4 nights, reduction only applies to room rate on HB basis. 

Combinable with Early Booking Discount, Special Offer Discount and Family Offer. Does not apply to Full Board or All Inclusive supplements. 

Travelling
Monday, January 7, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019
Offer ends in 124 days

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

25% Discount on your villa rate on half board meal plan.
You will also receive an exotic fresh fruit bowl, 1 beach bag, a romantic dinner for the couple only with a bottle of sparkling wine and a 50 minute couples massage. 
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 Front Pool Villa and Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa only.

Travelling
Monday, January 7, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019
Offer ends in 124 days

Early booking discount

Early Booking Discount

Book at least 90 days prior to arrival and recieve a 10% early booking discount on your room rate on HB basis. 

Combinable with Rate Reduction, Special Offer Discount and Family Offer. Does not apply to Full Board or All Inclusive supplements. 

Travelling
Friday, April 5, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019
Offer ends in 34 days