The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar Coast, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • Private plunge pools in every villa

  • Make use of your complimentary bicycle to get around the hotel

  • Delicious frozen cocktails

  • Fantastic food and service

  • Excellent kids club

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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Be sure to try one of The Residence's signature frozen cocktails - delicious!

Book one of the extreme experiences on offer from spear fishing for big game fish to a two day photography course in and around Stonetown

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to The Residence Zanzibar

Description

The Residence Zanzibar is a luxury villa resort located along 1.5 km of pristine, palm-fringed beach on the southwest coast of the island. As part of the Residence brand, the hotel offers superb quality and service in 66 villas with private plunge pools.

The 66 villas of The Residence Zanzibar are located close to the village of Kizimkazi, famous for its dolphin safaris, (20 minutes by car). Set among 32 hectares of tropical gardens, each of its stand-alone villas is beautifully appointed, and features all modern amenities, indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private swimming pool and deck. All 66 villas are luxuriously appointed with contemporary, stylish furniture reminding guests of the island’s African and Omani heritage. This luxurious all-villa resort is the only member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Tanzania and you can expect excellent standards of service and attention to detail throughout the property.

The resort stretches along a kilometer and a half of beautiful beach, and the villas overlook this or the well manicured gardens. There is an impressive beachfront infinity swimming pool with the unique feature of glass walls, ideal for a swim when the tide's low. The jetty extends 150 meters out into the ocean, offering a peaceful spot for sunset yoga, a cocktail lounge bar and nautical club offering a range of watersports.

There's a kids club for children aged 3 to 12, with a range of activities from volleyball to Swahili lessons. Other facilities include a fitness center, floodlit tennis courts, PADI dive center and volleyball court.

The Spa has six treatment pavilions, nestled amongst 2 hectares of beautiful gardens. Each leads directly onto a private garden with outdoor shower, bath tub and relaxation area. There is also a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Dining is enjoyed in one of two restaurants or in the privacy of your villa. The Dining Room offers a range of international dishes with some Zanzibari twists, whilst the Pavillion Restaurant combines Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines in a beautiful setting.

Stays can either be booked on half board, full board or a fully inclusive basis. Half board includes breakfast and a buffet or set menu dinner, full board includes breakfast, a la carte lunch and a buffet or set menu dinner and fully inclusive includes a la carte lunch, a buffet or set menu dinner and selected alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Room service, in-villa dinning and mini bars are all an additional charge.

Guests celebrating their honeymoon and taking advantage of the hotel's great honeymoon offers will be required to present a marriage certificate on check in.

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Accommodation

All 66 villas are luxuriously appointed with, contemporary, stylish furniture reminiscent of the island’s African and Omani heritage. Every villa features satellite TV, CD/DVD player, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, bath robes, mosquito nets, personal safe, tea and coffee making facilities, broadband internet access, air-conditioning and overhead fans.

Luxury Garden Pool Villa - One Bedroom

Located in a peaceful setting, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

The central, canopied king sized bed sits central in the bedroom and looks out over the lush gardens through beautiful French doors.

Double basins, a free-standing bathtub and separate shower are included in the spacious bathroom as well as an outdoor shower in the private garden.

These villas are spread over 155m2 and can accommodate 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villla - One Bedroom

Located just steps away from the beach, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

The central, canopied king-sized bed sits central in the bedroom and looks out over panoramic ocean views.

Double basins, a free-standing bathtub and separate shower are included in the spacious bathroom as well as an outdoor shower in the private garden.

These villas are spread over 155m2 and can accommodate 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villas

Located amongst the palm fringed shore just steps away from the beach, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

The central, canopied king sized bed sits central in the bedroom and looks out over the ocean through beautiful French doors.

Double basins, a free-standing bathtub and separate shower are included in the spacious bathroom as well as an outdoor shower in the private garden. The French doors provide the perfect opportunity to relax and look out over the beautiful landscape.

These villas are spread over 194m2 and can accommodate 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Frangipani Garden Pool Villa

Located in a peaceful setting, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

Ideal for families or friends traveling together, the Master Suite provides a canopied king sized bed and the Junior Suite provides twin beds both providing a luxurious en suite bathrooms with beautiful French doors which open out to the private pool.

The large living area provides an ideal setting to relax together while looking over the lush gardens and your private pool.

These villas are spread over 234m2 and can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.

Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa

Located just steps away from the beach, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

Ideal for families or friends traveling together, the Master Suite provides a canopied king-sized bed and the Junior Suite provides twin beds both providing luxurious en suite bathrooms with beautiful French doors which open out to the private pool.

The large living area provides an ideal setting to relax together while looking out over the ocean and your private pool.

These villas are spread over 234m2 and can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.

Presidential Pool Villa

Framed by panoramic views of the beach and ocean, this exceedingly large villas provides the luxury of space and privacy.

The generous living area features an additional spacious dining room which leads onto a private deck displaying your 32m2 private swimming pool completed with daybeds and parasols.

Both the Master and Junior Suites come with en suite bathrooms complete with free standing baths and separate outdoor showers that look across the ocean waters.

Spread over 468m2, this villa can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children.

Luxury Garden Pool Villa - Two Bedroom

Located in a peaceful setting, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

Ideal for families or friends traveling together, the Master Suite provides a canopied king sized bed and the Junior Suite provides twin beds both providing a luxurious en suite bathrooms with beautiful French doors which open out to the private pool.

The large living area provides an ideal setting to relax together while looking over the lush gardens and your private pool.

These villas are spread over 234m2 and can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.

Luxury Ocean Front Villa - Two Bedroom

Located just steps away from the beach, these beautifully appointed villas provide a private pool and deck area fully furnished with a table, chairs, daybed and sun loungers.

Ideal for families or friends traveling together, the Master Suite provides a canopied king-sized bed and the Junior Suite provides twin beds both providing luxurious en suite bathrooms with beautiful French doors which open out to the private pool.

The large living area provides an ideal setting to relax together while looking out over the ocean and your private pool.

These villas are spread over 234m2 and can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas

Childcare

The Residence offers a children club with daily activities for guests from 3 - 12 years, free of charge open daily 9.00am- 5.00pm. Trained staff will entertain the children and introduce them to the wonders that Zanzibar and the local community have to offer. Babysitting can also be arranged for an extra charge.

Services

Each villa has the use of a private butler service, unpacking and packing service, in-villa complimentary amenities include fresh fruits, bottled water, chocolates, cookies and a choice of herbal teas. Complimentary sorbets, iced water and fruit skewers are offered on the beach. The hotel offers 24-hour in-villa dining.

Facilities

As well as each villa having a private pool there is also a huge communal swimming pool (41 m x 14m). Guests have use of the DVD library, bicycles for each villa and golf buggy transport. There is also a boutique on site. All villas have the use of in-villa dining alternatively there are two restaurants to chose from with their own bars.

Activities

The following complimentary watersports, landsports and activities are available from The Residence:

tennis court, bicycles, fitness center, kayaks, pedal boats, HobieCat sailing and snorkeling. Other activities can be organized at an additional charge such as kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, a dolphin safari, dhow cruises and scuba diving from the PADI-certified dive center at the property.

The Residence Zanzibar Spa is the first hotel spa in the world to provide the Ohashiatsu concept. More than a massage, this energy-based protocol created by Mr Wataru Ohashi combines the use of acupressure points, exercise and an Oriental diagnosis to offer relaxation in a completely beneficial and holistic way. Hairdressing services are also available.

Reviews

5

Anna Hearn (Staff)

As our first stop in Zanzibar, we were hugely looking forward to staying at The Residence, and we were not disappointed. The resort is fairly colonial in style, and situated on Zanzibars east side, spread along a wide stretch of beautiful beach.

Its a large resort with 77 villas, some set in the gardens and others set on the beach. The styling here is very contemporary and classic you would hardly know that you were in Zanzibar and the villas are minimally furnished yet very luxurious.

Because the property is relatively large, golf-carts (club cars) are used to move guests around, summoned by a quick phone call. The property has a central bar and dining area, where we had a delicious supper, all surf-fresh fish including lobster, prepared and presented beautifully. This terrace is also used for breakfast, and the variety on offer was delicious and wide-ranging from steak to a row of fresh fruits seemingly a mile long! The dining terrace opens out to the amazing infinity pool with the third facing the ocean completely encircled by two thick layers of glass. It's a real experience swimming in the pool!

There is a kids club complete with a small zoo we visited the dik-diks in their little cage and a fully equipped spa offering a huge variety of treatments.

The resort is happy to organize any excursion that guests wish from the classic spice tours and Stone Town walks to the Safari Blue, a days fishing, or even a days safari in the Selous, departing very early in the morning. Nothing is too much trouble here, and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

5

(Press)

The specs: Sixty-six villas scattered over an 80-acre compound. All have butler service and plunge pools; some open directly onto a mile-long white sand beach flanked by coconut palms.

The look: A simplified blend of stylesSwahili, Omani, Indian, British colonialreflecting the islands mix of influences. The minimalist rooms have huge mosquito-netted beds and freestanding egg-shaped tubs.

The experience: This luxury resort on an undeveloped beach one hour by car from Stone Town appeals to privacy seekers and guests who want five-star amenities instead of a barefoot-bohemian vibe. The grounds once belonged to Shirazi princes, and staff in flowing white tunics greet you by clapping their right hand to their chest like royal guards. Each room comes with a pair of mountain bikes, but golf carts are the main conveyance, shuttling between an infinity pool, three restaurants, and a spa. A water-sports center offers kayaking, sailing, and diving, but the water in the nine-foot-deep swimming area recedes a mile between tides; youll need to charter a boat for the best snorkeling. The Residence shares the beach with local fishermen, who set tidal nets and wade out in rubber boots at low tide to spear their prey.

If only... the golf-cart shuttle service were more efficient. It took 45 minutes for the concierge to fetch luggage at checkout.

5

Camilla Whitworth (Staff)

The Residence Zanzibar, having only opened last year reflects its international brand with extremely high levels of service and attention in a truly stunning setting. I stayed in an Ocean Front Pool Villa which was enormous, made up from a sitting area, large bedroom and bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. Each villas is the same layout, some having two bedrooms, but the best feature is the large private infinity plunge pool, backed by a wooden deck with sun-loungers. Being able to walk straight from here onto the beach really was a luxury so I would always recommend this villa category. The villas have a butler service so there is someone around to ensure you have everything you want, when you want and nothing is too much trouble for them. The spa is very extensive and with each villa coming with bicycles you can even pretend to do some exercise en-route to your massage! There is a gym if you really do want to build an appetite for dinner. The hotel I feel has something for everyone and the stretch of beach does reflect the iconic Zanzibar image... pure white sand lapped by clear turquoise water.

Experiences

  • A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar

    Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.

  • A historic walk through Stone Town

    Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.

  • Diving in Zanzibar

    Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.

  • Explore Jozani Forest

    Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.

  • Shopping in Stone Town

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.

  • Spice Tour

    With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.

Location & directions

Zanzibar Coast, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

The Residence Zanzibar is set in isolated splendour on the South West coast of the island, on 32 hectares of pristine land. Located just 55 minutes from the capital Stone Town, The Residence Zanzibar lies on a mile-long powdery white sand beach, flanked by coconut palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The village of Kizimkazi, famous for its dolphin Safaris, is just 20 minutes away.

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