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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

5.0 Excellent 1647 Reviews
A paradise on earth... Beautiful property
Reviewed 12 hours ago

We are so pleased that we selected The Residence for our Family vacation. Absolutely amazing services. The staff was excellent. They were polite and always ready to help. The food was also very good. Since the elders preferred Indian food, the chef was kind enough to prepare a separate Indian meal for us.

Would definitely recommend everyone who goes to Zanzibar and will go back soon.

Dream Honeymoon!
Reviewed 7 days ago

My husband and I visited The Residence from 6th-10th May after a tiring week of safari in Kenya. I'd emailed beforehand to let them know it was our honeymoon.. so it was so nice to be greeted by Nami and Adam when we arrived congratulating the new Mr and Mrs Brown! We'd arrived late and the restaurant had closed but we're shown to our sea view villa (a complimentary upgrade) and told we could order anything from room service free of charge for that evening. We were instantly in paradise..service, food and the villa were all amazing!

The next day we explored the resort a little more. Each villa comes with your own bicycles to get around .. but it was also beautiful to wander round the extremely well maintained gardens. Everyone is so friendly!

As a honeymoon treat we received a couples massage at the spa. Thanks to Caroline and Fatima who made sure we were super relaxed with a great full body massage. We also received a candlelit dinner hosted by a private waiter Idd who was also fantastic!

The food is amazing! Breakfast lunch and dinner was presented beautifully and lots of choice. Thanks to Martin and Brighton who always made sure we were well looked after.

I've already recommended The Residence to friends and family.. and I would thoroughly recommend to all! Great service, food, resort, location.. everything was perfect! Thank you for a perfect end to our hoenynoon xx

A beautiful holiday ... and wonderful people!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a Villa with a private pool. Staying at the terrace, we could hardly see something of the terrace of the other villas and we felt most of the time like being there on our own.

Around the pool: nature, small and bigger trees, flowers and green plants, birds .. and from time to time we heard a monkey.

Don't go there if you like only shopping. Go there if you want to leave the troubles of your normal life behind, for a real break.

I had the feeling that the hotel was very far away of any city and in fact I think this is the case. We made only one trip outside, with amazing experiences regarding spices and with a guided visit of Stone Town. Enough. We did not want more !. We wanted to rest in quietness and we found this rest in the villa and on the hotel areal.

The meals were very fine. When menus were offered instead of buffet, the dishes were very well presented. And to speak with the Chef was interesting.

The Spa was a good experience (massage, gymnasium).

Difficult to describe in my poor English our experience with the people of the hotel. From the first contact person at the desk to the gardners whom we met when walking around, from the room service teams to the restaurant teams, each one was friendly, greeted with a smile and gave us the impression to be truly welcome. They wanted us to feel welcome and so we felt.

And at the end of only two weeks, we felt with a lot of them like being part of the extended family, visiting them from abroad after long time. There were true emotions.

My summary? To leave the hotel was the end of a beautiful Holiday. To leave These persons was a moment of deeply emotional sadness.

I do not want to name anyone here, even if I remember a lot of names: this would be unfair for the others.
With the hope to have a good translation, I just tell them all here: Asante kwa wema wako. Sitaki kukusahau.

Beautiful stay in Zanzibar Residence
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the lovliest 7 days in paradise-like resort „Zanzibar Residence”.Everthing was perfect-starting from warm welcoming,always ready to help,smiling and truly caring staff (special thanks goes to hotel Manager,Martin:)) through the most comfortable villa,ocean view swimming pool,juicy beautiful garden to delicious food.we well keep in memory and bring Home the best possible memories from our Wedding which we took in Zanzibar Residence- truly exceptional and unique experience thanks to big hearts of all Employees.thanks for everything!You made our stay here and our Wedding special indeed!!!😊😊😊

Paradise in Zanzibar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jambo! We spend one week at The Ressidence and it was amazing. The hotel it’s very nice and super clean. We were very worried with the insects but the hotel was special clean and careful with that!

The team of the staff was super helpful and friendly, always smiling!

We really enjoyed the yoga classes and getting around with our pink bikes in the wonderful gardens.

PERFECT PLACE IN PARADISE! We will come back for sure! :) Thanks Martin, the manager, for make everything so easy and nice! Hakuna matata