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May 15, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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The Residence Zanzibar in Zanzibar, Tanzania

As a cool breeze drifts across shimmering white sands, the Indian Ocean gently lapping against palm-lined shores, the sun dips down to touch the horizon as the true beauty of Zanzibar comes to life. As you gaze out over this breathtaking sight from the plush comforts of your private villa, The Residence Zanzibar settles you into life in the lap of luxury. On the island's southwest coast, just off the shores of Tanzania, this fabulous resort invites you to enjoy modern elegance and the serene beach atmosphere. Spacious villas are bright and inviting, with sliding glass doors creating a stylish and comfortable indoor-outdoor living space complete with plush sofas and enticing sunbeds. Elegant bathrooms offer breathtaking views through floor-to-ceiling windows as you soak in your stylish stand-alone tub, while personal butler service ensures your every desire. Soak in the sun on your gorgeous wood terrace, and cool off with a dip in your private pool; at The Residence Zanzibar life is truly this good.

With the sun warming the crystalline waters on your first morning, sit down to a delightful breakfast in The Dining Room and plan out the day's excitement. Pamper yourself with a trip to the spa and melt under the strong hands of a masseuse, or stroll down to the soft white sand beach and stretch out in the perfect spot. Venture out on the water for a scenic kayaking trip along the coast, or head out into the deep Indian Ocean for a day of sport fishing. Make time to explore the historic culture of Zanzibar with a visit to Stone Town, and discover amazing local markets and the fascinating world of the spice trade with a tour of the island's spice farms. In the afternoon, delight in a nature hike and tour through the lush Jozani Forest Reserve, or enjoy a relaxing cruise as you look for pods of dolphins playing along the coast. Later that night, sit down to a fabulous dinner of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors at The Pavilion Restaurant and watch the stars shimmer over the ocean. As you breath in the crisp, salt-tinged air, relax to the sound of waves rolling ashore and enjoy an evening of beauty at The Residence Zanzibar.

Location of The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Nearest Airport: ZNZ

Amenities for The Residence Zanzibar

  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • Room Service
  • Dining Room
  • Waterfront Dining
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Pool
  • Spa on Property
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Butler Service
  • Terrace
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Hamam
  • Tennis Courts
  • Gardens
  • Steam Room
  • Indoor Jacuzzi
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • CD Players
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite Television
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Private Pools
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Excursions
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Nature Walks
  • Yoga
  • Boat Excursions
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Cultural Tours
  • Volleyball
  • Boating
  • Kite Surfing
  • Paddleboating
  • Water Sports Programs
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Family
  • Babysitting
  • Kids Club
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Museums
  • Beaches
  • Nature Reserve
  • Market
  • Interests
  • Beach

Reviews for The Residence Zanzibar

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Being a local, i have been to zanzibar numerous times and have stayed at several resorts, including zalu, gold, blue bay and many more. This was our fourth stay at the residence, and it was excellent. Two years ago, it was terrible, service and food standards had dropped, but they have since done a complete 360 turn around, and VOW!! From the moment you enter to the time you leave, you are greeted with a warm and friendly smile. Service was outstanding. I ordered room service, and within twenty mins it had arrived. The food was delicious, very creative salads, and a huge buffet spread, with everything on it. i would take half board, breakfast and dinner, and make lunch optional. If you are looking for a nice, comfortable, safe and friendly resort, in zbar then i highly recommend Residence. The beach is excellent, your villa has its own plunge pool and you can also use the HUGE main pool. They give you a bike to move around. You will love the place.

Dialla K - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Hey.. Me and my family of 4 adults and 2 kids (age 7 to 75 yrs) stayed 3 nights and had a wonderful time. Very nice and super friendly staff. The best food we had on the 2 weeks trip was served here for lunch and dinner. Dinner goes with a difference theme buffet every night or a 3 course a la carte menu. Top service and always a lovely smile. Perfect main pool with stunning views to the beach. It's not a swimming beach. But it very beautiful and the villa pools and the lovely main pool compensate enough for us. I Rather enjoy a nice infinity pool and the surrounding views, than the white sandy beach only. But It's still possible to do a lot of non motorised activities in the water. We had a 2 bedroom Frangipani garden view villa. Super size and all you need. Overall at the resort the WiFi was tip top. We didn't use the kids club. Awesome place to stay and relax for our "post" Safari experience. Book a table for sunset canopies @ The jetty. Lovely finger food served privately. 24 hrs in advance. All the best Peter and The Moeller family from Denmark. Hope to see you all again..

Peter M


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved our villa and private pool overlooking the ocean. The property is massive and we had a lot of fun bike-riding around the area--it was refreshing and good exercise after all the delicious food we ate.The staff are warm, kind and very helpful.

herHaikaness - Mwanza, Tanzania


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed our stay very much - the property is beautiful and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. The staff were very cooperative and friendly. Great vacation:) I would definitely improve the food although it's extremely varied.

gilii2017 - Tel Aviv, Israel


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

After a long arduous journey from London with two children (7and 4) we arrived at the Residence just after 7pm and were met by Anja (General manager). Her and her staff were welcoming, quickly checked us in and showed us to our villa. Our stay was 2weeks in a garden villa. The villas are elegant, well thought out and surpassed our expectations. The pictures are an accurate representation of but do not do justice to the bathroom which is spacious and luxurious with an outdoor shower which is a nice touch in the heat. The beds are comfortable had the extra pillows and our daughters were enamoured with their "princess beds "šŸ˜ƒ (their beds had mosquito nets) as well as the provision of child size bath robes and slippers (which mostly never happens). The villa was well kitted out with a coffee/espresso maker, tea and coffee supplies as well as the mini bar. You also receive complimentary bottles of water daily. The private pool is a wonderful addition for quiet afternoons/ days. We were able to read and relax whilst our daughters enjoyed a swim. All in all the villa allows you, your own private oasis for the duration of your stay which is what we needed. The provision of bicycles is an ingenious idea as it allows you to get around the resort explore (they have a bird sanctuary) and have fun plus they have child seats for toddlers. During our stay for the 1st week only the Dining was open and then the Pavilion opened too on the second week (it got busier with the Easter break). The food was of a high quality. Breakfast had many choices with a couple of cooking stations with Juma at the omelette station, who always had a smile and joke as well as a pancake/waffle station. The dinner menu had a choice from an a la carte menu and buffet. Sometimes this was tricky for our children who have not yet developed a varied palet and the menus had a heavy asian/eastern influence. Rahul (assistant restaurant manager) was very helpful and advised that we could order alternate meals for them and we got pasta, grilled chicken/ fish +fries etc. Overall the waiting staff were very welcoming and helpful. The bar/ pool staff worked very well together. Macdonald was exceptional on the very busy afternoons during the Easter rush. Refilling drinks and taking food orders. Our stay was on a full board basis so the drinks were extra. They are quite expensive with juice/soft drinks at $3-6 a glass and alcohol $7-14 (beer-cocktails). However with only one alcohol drinker on our party this was the most economic option for us. During our stay our daughters attended the kids club more than a handful of times, which had a comprehensive programme with fantastic facilities and attentive staff. All the staff there were wonderful to our girls and adaptive to the situation (when it got too hot for them whilst crab hunting they returned after catching one and played games). Our girls enjoyed crab hunting, shell collecting, henna painting, pizza making, cookie baking just to mention a few. Their assessment was that its the best, they have been to a few in their travels. Well done to Neema and team!!! We also used the resort's gym which was well stocked with towels and water and has good spec equipment for work out. There is a tennis court onsite with equipment you can borrow and the concierge provided us with water and towels to go with it which was a nice and much appreciated touch. We also took advantage of the resort's complimentary water activities and went out on the catamaran a few times (it was a favourite for our daughters). The staff at the jetty were very friendly and helpful. They also provided wet shoes (no sizes for toddlers) for walks on the sea bed when the tide was out. The sea is warm for a swim but you need to keep track of the tide as it goes quite far out and there are times when swimming in the sea is not possible.The beach is beautiful and well kept by the team at the hotel who do an impressive job of clearing the seaweed when the tide is out. There is an onsite doctor on the resort if needed which was reassuring. All in all we had a wonderful stay at the Residence and seeing the management team (Onwaba, Rahul, Anja) out and about working with their staff was inspiring and the whole team looked after us well. It's rare to find good service and for us our stay in this resort was memorable and we received amazing service with a smile and nothing was too much trouble all you had to do was ask.

Tendai C


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