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The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.

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

Beach, Diving, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

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

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

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

Scott Dunn team


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, in-door and out-door 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 kid's 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.


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

Luxury Garden Pool villa

Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villla

Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villlas

PrestigeOcean Front Pool Villas

PrestigeOcean Front Pool Villas

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas



Presidential OceanFront Villa

Presidential OceanFront Villa - 468 m2,with deck & pool

Frangipani Garden Pool Villas


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.


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.


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.


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.

Location & Directions

Zanzibar, 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.

When to go

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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