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What We Love

  • Location on quiet Kizimkazi Beach on Zanzibar’s south coast
  • Villas have private pools, mountain bikes, dedicated butlers and indoor/outdoor bathrooms
  • Centerpiece glassed-in infinity pool
  • The first hotel spa in the world to offer Ohashiatsu treatments

What To Know

  • The spa is open from 11am to 8pm
  • Kids are very welcome, but the vibe is better suited to couples
  • Free WiFi
  • Poolside or beach dining available on request
  • The ocean recedes at low tide but there's plenty of activities to keep guests busy

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Romantic escape for seclusion and spa time, with just 66 villas on 80 unspoiled acres fronting a mile-long beach

The Look

Taking advantage of its location on Zanzibar’s undeveloped south coast, the all-villa resort sprawls across 80 manicured acres between wild fruit tree forests and the gin-clear Indian Ocean. From the cavernous, airy lobby to the terrace restaurant and lounge-chair-flanked infinity pool, the property gives a nod to Zanzibar’s multicultural past with a successful mix of arabesque, contemporary and British Colonial styles. All meandering pathways (best navigated on one of your villa’s private bikes) lead to the mile-long stretch of white sand beach — empty but for skinny palm trees, cocktail-proffering butlers and local fishermen.

Bed and Bath

Residence in name and nature, the hotel’s 66 freestanding villas feel like tricked-out private beach houses. Louvered shutters, dark rattan furnishings and whirring overhead fans in the living rooms lend an upscale tropical look, while bedrooms feel almost minimalist in their simplicity: mosquito-netted four-poster beds placed smack dab in the middle of the room, plus two wardrobes and a small writing desk. Palatial en-suite bathrooms have twin vanities, lovely L’Occitane products, modern egg-shaped tubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. Outside, private furnished decks have shaded daybeds made for two, as well as chilly plunge pools with views across the gardens or on to the white sand beach.

Beyond

R&R comes naturally here, and most guests divide their time among the centerpiece glassed-in infinity pool, the beach and the spa. Make even a sideways glance at a lounge chair, and staff dressed in white tunics will appear with towels and offers of board games and snacks. Wander down to the sand, and your beach butler will be ready with a cold face towel and new rounds of Kilimanjaro beer on request. Swimming is impossible at low tide, when the ocean recedes almost a mile out to sea, but the resulting muddle of white coral, patches of seaweed and bright blue pools supplies a seriously photogenic backdrop for cocktails or sunbathing on the end of the long jetty. On the food front, the elegant beachfront Dining Room serves up an impressive buffet breakfast and à la carte Omani- and African-infused dishes for lunch and dinner, while the Pavilion Restaurant is the more formal choice for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare.

In the Area

Residence Zanzibar’s remote location and popularity with seclusion-seeking honeymooners means few guests venture far from the resort’s 80 acres and on-tap activities. Splurge on a treatment (or three) at the Spa, Residence’s star attraction with six private pavilions, a gym, sauna and steam room, and special Ohashiatsu massages. At high tide, take advantage of the free non-motorized watersports including snorkeling, kayaking and Hobie Cat sailing, or book more adventurous trips for an extra fee (the sunset dhow cruise is a must). Farther afield, the hotel can organize guided day trips to Zanzibar’s fascinating capital, Stone Town, the island’s renowned spice plantations or the nearby Jozani Forest Reserve.

How to Get There

The Residence Zanzibar
Mchangamle
Kizimkazi, 2404 Tanzania

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1207 Reviews
Heaven on EARTH
Reviewed 2 days ago

The hotel makes you feel royal with its Palace ambience. Our stay was absolutely comfortable and my family enjoyed every moment.IN ONE SENTENCE Pleasant ambience, stupendous FOOD and excellent comfort and hospitality.we loved it....

Amazing honeymoon
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I stayed here for 2 weeks in September 2017. We stayed in a garden villa on an all inclusive basis.

The residence was an absolutely perfect place for us to relax after a 4 day safari in Kenya. The staff were fantastic throughout our stay and nothing was too much trouble. The food was immaculate and a huge variety,

For the management please pass on our thanks to the following staff:

Rahul - thank you for taking the time to actually speak to us and be interested in what we had to say! You staff are a credit to you so thank you very much.
Juma - Indian chicken tikka was incredible and
Yassin
Richmond - squid BBQ, prawn curry, chicken sharema
Juma - restaurant, very funny, dancing on beach
Wambura
Hellene
Jema
Margreth
Mike - from pavilion
Ades
Aziza - breakfast lunch
Emanuel, Flora room
Enock - bar/jetty
Ramadan- chef BBQ
William, Simon & Dead Guy
Adam / Sabrina guest relations
Antonio - trouble shooter thank you so much for getting everything sorted!!
Fanda - last night flowers at table
Evodius - bar, took photos last night

Thank you for making ours yay so special we did love it. When we arrived the pool was making a bit of a racket so had to go to reception a couple of times, turns out it was on self clean mode or something!!

Also the monkeys will often decide to run across you roof and can make a but if a noise, my wife and I loves them being there but others may not.

Tip: do not go on the safari blue trip, it is like spring break there are loads of boats rammed full and you go out to a spur of sand with approximately 50-100 people. If you would like to explore I would suggest doing some research prior to going as the trips were not great!

As for the rest of the hotel we loved the food, the atmosphere and once again the staff were just superb and are a credit to you all.

Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Amazing experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Residence is secluded and intimate with bespoke and personalised service running through the chain. The views are stunning and the private pool is ideal for a cool off in the intense heat! The food is delicious and the catering team are incredibly flexible

Very nice hotel in Zanzibar
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is about 1 hour drive from the airport. So the airplanes do not disturb you. The hotel is very nice, at a good location. All inclusive is really all inclusive - food is perfect just as the coctails. The bungalows are very nice, well equipped, comfortable. The staff is very friendly, clean, well-dressed. We had a great time there

Best Holidays ever dreamed of.
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s a beautiful place in other names paradise. The people are friendly. I felt in love with everything they had. Food, activities, live music, service, kids club and everyone working there. The workers are so friendly and the villas are to die for. It’s a place to git when you want your destination to take you to Paradies. Can’t wait to get back with my whole family.