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The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania


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Luxury Holidays At The Residence Zanzibar

Set along an expansive stretch of soft white sand edged by coconut palms, The Residence Zanzibar - a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' - embodies all the mystery and romance that this castaway island promises. The spacious guest villas - each with a private swimming pool and personal Butler - are luxuriously appointed, contemporary and inspired by the island's African and Omani heritage. Views are of the Indian Ocean or the eighty acres of lush gardens (bicycles or a golf buggy with driver are provided for guests who wish to explore), while a glass-walled swimming pool, exceptional spa and attentive service make the hotel a strong contender for the ultimate sophisticated getaway.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: The only 'Leading Hotels of the World' hotel in Tanzania
  • Feature: The fabulous infinity pool looks across the Indian Ocean
  • Rooms: 66 villas & 1 Presidential Pool Villa
  • Star rating: 5 Star
  • Nearest airport: Zanzibar International Airport
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Location and transfer

55 minutes from Zanzibar International Airport by car transfer. 


Guest villas feature air-conditioning, mini-bars, satellite television, DVD and CD players, telephones, hairdryers, bathrobes, personal safes, mosquito nets, tea and coffee-making facilities, overhead fans and cables for MP3. Additionally, there's a twice-daily maid service. Complimentary bikes are placed outside each villa for easy navigation around the resort. Alternatively, there's a golf buggy with Driver to take guests where they wish to go.

   Luxury Garden Pool Villa – One Bedroom:expand_more
  • Rooms: 34
  • Room View: Garden views
  • Facilities: Set in tropical gardens and flanked by coconut palms, these villas feature a large living room leading onto a private deck with a day-bed, private pool and outdoor shower. The bedroom features a king-size bed, French doors leading onto the deck and pool, and views over the garden, while the bathroom boasts a standalone bath and separate shower.
   Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa – One Bedroom :expand_more
  • Rooms: 13
  • Size: 155m²
  • Room View: Ocean views
  • Facilities: These villas have a large living room leading onto a private deck with day-bed, private pool and an outdoor shower. The bedroom features a king-size bed, French doors and views across the sea. The bathroom features a standalone bath and separate shower. There’s also direct access onto the beach and Indian Ocean beyond.
   Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa – One Bedroom:expand_more
  • Rooms: 11
  • Size: 194m² with deck and pool (97m² villa only)
  • Room View: Ocean views
  • Facilities: Set directly beside the ocean, these one-bedroom villas offer fabulous views across the sea from every room, while the living space and bedroom have French doors leading onto the deck and swimming pool. There’s a freestanding bath providing formidable panoramic views, as well as a separate WC and shower with a private outdoor shower garden.
   Frangipani Garden Pool Villa – Two Bedrooms:expand_more
  • Rooms: 5
  • Size: 234m² with deck and pool (153m² villa only)
  • Room View: Garden views
  • Facilities: Located in the gardens, these two-bedroom villas offer space for a family or two couples. There’s a central living area and master suite, as well as an additional bedroom featuring either twin or king size beds. The en suite bathroom features a bath and indoor shower and there’s also a second bathroom. Outdoors, guests are treated to a spacious pool deck and swimming pool.
   Frangipani Ocean Front Villas – Two Bedroom :expand_more
  • Rooms: 2
  • Size: 234m² with deck and pool (153m² villa only)
  • Room View: Ocean views
  • Facilities: As with the Frangipani Garden Pool Villas, these deluxe villas offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with glorious views of the ocean, and are just steps away from the beach.
   Presidential Pool Villa – Two Bedrooms:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 468m² with deck and pool (284m² villa only)
  • Room View: Ocean and pool views
  • Facilities: There’s no other villa like it: the single Presidential Pool Villa offers fantastic accommodation for up to four adults and two children and enjoys magnificent views of the beach and ocean. The generously sized living space features a dining room and lounge area leading onto the deck, which comes complete with day-beds, parasols and a 35m² swimming pool. The Master Suite and smaller Junior Suite feature en suite bathrooms with an additional outdoor shower and stunning views of the surroundings.

Fragrance and flavour combine with impeccable service and stunning venues, creating a sensational gastronomic journey in each of The Residence Zanzibar’s wonderful restaurants.

The Dining Room:expand_more
  • Cuisine: International Cuisine with an emphasis on Mediterranean
  • Setting: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Dining Room serves a selection of International creations infused with Zanzibar spices.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: No
  • Reservation Required: No
The Pavilion Restaurant:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine
  • Setting: This dining venue is open for dinner and serves dishes inspired by the Middle East, Greece, Turkey and as far away as the Mediterranean.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: No
  • Reservation Required: No
Beach & Poolside Restaurant:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Light fare
  • Setting: This poolside service provides guests with fresh salads, seafood, fritters and pasta, as well as refreshments and snacks.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: No
Property Highlights:expand_more
Luxury Beach

Enjoying one-mile of sugar-white sandy coastline, dotted with enormous palm trees and breathtaking ocean vistas, The Residence Zanzibar fronts the glorious Indian Ocean in the prettiest southwest corner of Zanzibar. As dusk descends, guests are treated to unbelievably picturesque sunsets.


Boasting luxurious, private villas, nestled in thirty-two hectares of tropical gardens and overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Residence Zanzibar is a secluded hideaway just made for romance. Unwind together in your sleek private swimming pool and pretty garden, or explore the enchanting surrounding area and its natural beauty, on your complimentary bicycles. An array of private dining options offers complete romance - from an intimate dinner on your villa's terrace, lit by tiki torches, to a laid-back beach barbecue at sunset. For a fairytale wedding in paradise, say "I do" at The Residence Zanzibar.


The Residence Zanzibar will become your child's playground, thanks to the friendly staff and exceptional programme of activities at the Kids' Club. In the spacious, air-conditioned clubhouse, the youngest guests, aged 4 - 14 years, can enjoy hours of fun alongside new friends - through learning, exercise and some healthy competition. Whether it's with locally-inspired cooking classes, learning Swahili, or playing volleyball, the fun will never stop, ensuring that the whole family's trip to Zanzibar is truly unforgettable.

Spa & Wellness

Six luxuriously appointed pavilions lead out to private gardens, complete with showers, baths and relaxation areas. All beauty and hair treatments have been devised by Carita, with bespoke massages created by Jean MarcWeill. In addition, The Residence Zanzibar is the first hotel in the world to provide Ohashiatsu®, an energy-based treatment combining acupuncture, exercise and Oriental diagnostics to aid relaxation and wellbeing. In the dedicated Yoga Pavilion, complimentary sessions are held daily at 5pm.

Wildlife Encounters

Get closer to the wonders of Zanzibar's natural world, both on land and at sea. Embark on a fabulous boat excursion to Prison Island, encountering beautiful peacocks and charming giant tortoises - some over a century old! Come face to face with the fascinating Red Colobus Monkey - unique to Zanzibar - at the Jozani National Forest Reserve, home also to a spectacular array of butterflies and birds. Take a boat trip to Menai Bay Conservation Area and swim up close with the cheeky dolphins, or discover a colourful underwater kingdom as you scuba dive in the pristine coral reefs.


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