• 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 2083 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
2083 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1784
  • Very Good 196
  • Average 72
  • Poor 20
  • Terrible 11

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jan 15, 2020

Exceeded our expectations 😊

This luxury resort is truly a haven of peace and tranquility and provided welcome relaxation after an action-packed week on Safari. It is located on a white, sandy palm-fringed beach with spectacular sunset views. Each spacious villa has its own patio, sun-loungers, private pool,outdoor shower and bikes. The lush tropical gardens are immaculately maintained and provide occasional entertainment with the resident monkeys. It is also the perfect setting in which to enjoy the daily complimentary yoga sessions. The polite, friendly staff do their utmost to welcome, serve and pamper every guest, never failing to greet you with “Jambo” and a big smile. Those who enjoy their food will be impressed with the delicious plates of plentiful, fresh, skilfully prepared and beautifully presented meals, whether it be served on the beach or in either of the two restaurants. Live entertainment is provided each evening at dinner to complete the holiday experience. This hotel exceeded our expectations in every respect.
Jan 14, 2020

UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING DAY WITH THE FAMILY.

The Residence Zanzibar is the best hotel in Zanzibar, top top hospitality service provided with the staff starting from arrival at the reception you will be welcomed by local bell ring followed by professional staff who explained to us how to navigate the hotel with big smiles of Africa really from the heart we can feel it. Our bungalow was so huge and clean bed was decorated so nice super surprise we feel to like here garden around our bungalow is green you can take sun-bed under the palm tree and enjoy the healthy breaths near the balcony we love swimming in our bungalow. Food from the breakfast to dinner was very top top excellent taste compliment to cooks who prepare it. Service in the restaurant was very top top five stars every interaction with the service people every one wants to serve us with smiles people here are sure professional and even going extra to make customers satisfaction we will miss the residence hotel! Thank you everyone who made this trip memorable and special thank goes to Martin, Christopher, and Shams managers of the hotel who helped us during this function come true! And big thank you goes to John professional customers care top top by looking our old parents he was always ready to assist thank for your kindness that you shown to us we never forget you. All of all the resistance Zanzibar hotel going beyond of expectations I recommend it for everyone who is looking for luxurious holiday and get out and we will come back again here!!
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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.

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