4.5
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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 1370 Reviews
Great visit
Reviewed 22 hours ago

Awesome resort it's really beautiful rooms I enjoyed there with my friends great Fun velly resort,all food was very delicious epecially Indian so amazing , and good service all staff very polite and professional , good communication with customers ,

Lovely holiday
Reviewed 23 hours ago

After almost two weeks of safari in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Massai Mara, this is like entering heaven. Rooms are big and very confortable, food is very good. Prices are are quite good, service is outstanding and the beauty of the property is amazing. staffs always friendly helpful. Thanks to Mr.Shams(F&B manager) and team for looking after us. I hope I can come back here someday.

Amazing second trip
Reviewed 1 day ago

Second tine at this beautiful resort, shirt but quality time spent. Everything as expected, Food and service was amazing. F&B manager made a special arrangement for our last evening. Spa treatment was lovely. Already felt like missing our second home. Thank you team Residence.Bye for now,See you soon.

Stayed for 3 nights
Reviewed 1 day ago

Hotel is very nice and luxurious. Rooms were excellent and extremely spacious.
Vegetarian options were very limited and the beach was quite sad. Property 5 star, Infinity pool 5 Star, Food 2 Star, No activity on the beach.

Wonderful resort experience
Reviewed 1 day ago

Hour and a half drive from the city was worth it once in our Villa. It is the perfect place to chill out and relax - once there you cannot pop anywhere as it is quite isolated but perfect enforced relaxation but you can go on a hobicat, there is a games room and a superb pool. Bikes are provided to use either from your room to dining rooms and that is fun too. Staff are amazing, very helpful and always with a smile. Shams in dining room fantastic