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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

WOW WOW WOW WOW PARADISE FOUND ON THE EARTH ????!!!
MaxwellJonny

I was here with my wife for honeymoon get out after our wedding in Kenya!

Let me express little about the residence. from the reception warmly welcoming from the concierge team Jumbo karibu Sana from Marco and briefed by Moses about the hotel that make my wife and I to feEl that we was late to book this resort.

Room was nice decorated and clean everywhere that flowers ???? was so amazing really appreciate housekeeping team who was looking for our room thank you so so much asanti sani.
The restaurant was clean and food are amazing so many varieties compliment to the chef, the detox juice and other health juice was my favorite drink here, alots of choice here that I can't finish.

Services in the restaurant of every single person here make you feel that you are king and Queen every staff are there for you and ready to assist you with every you're requirements.

Before I forget big thank to Food and beverage managers Shams and Martin for looking after us to make sure always coming to our table and asked if we wishes to have something else but here all things are there thank you once again.

The spa was amazing we have a couple massage therapy, the therapist was wonderful I think it was special for us only. Romantic dinner on the beach with Professional Alonsia the lady made our night she is very special.

Special thanks to Jema, Zuhura, Yassin, Farida and all the people who I can't remember all their name,great things here every one are ready to teach you some swahili words if you want to learn some local swahili, my wife was very interesting in this thank you everyone there.

Thank you General manager of the hotel Mr Bruce always coming to greet all the guest during our meal was so nice to see him coming and having chart with him to compare to other hotels I visited thank you once again Mr big boss.

Overall this hotel is amazing and definitely we will come back very soon for another vacation and will comments it to our friends and family see you soon hakuna matata Jumbo Jumbo!!!

Wonderful Hotel in Zanzibar
Jaishah81

Had a great time at Residence Zanzibar, staff are excellent,
Spacious rooms each with own private pool, great. Children loved the kids room with cooking and crab hunting. Forth time visiting and will definitely go again.

Perfect Honeymoon
ChrisMcGN

Just back from an an unbelievable 6 nights at the Residence Zanzibar.

The room(which is basically a one bedroom detached villa) was spacious, clean and comfortable. Every room also has a private plunge pool which was great when we couldn't be bothered going to the main pool or beach.

We were full board(surprise upgrade) and enjoyed all of the food on offer. Breakfast and dinner was buffet style(there was also an a la carte option some days) and lunch was always from the same menu with plenty of options.

The pool is a large infinity pool and was always clean. Although this a large hotel, it was never overly busy and we always had plenty of beds available.

Some of the special touches:

We arrived late on our first night so had missed dinner but were able to order room service free of charge which was amazing after a long days travel.

We were given a couples massage and beachside meal as a honeymoon present which were both fantastic.

The housekeeping staff responsible for morning/evening turndown made extra effort everyday to make the room for a honeymoon couple(rose petals etc.)

Overall I couldn't find any fault whatsoever in our stay. All of the staff genuinely cannot do enough to help whatever the reason for your stay.

Thoroughly recommend!