The Residence Zanzibar


With a stunning pool, sun-dappled beachside restaurants, clean-cut and contemporary décor and utter seclusion, The Residence Zanzibar has all the makings of a sophisticated, first-class hotel. There’s more than meets the eye though – our favourite part of this elegant property is its noticeable nod to Zanzibar’s eclectic heritage.

Fusing rustic African interiors with Oman’s classy white décor style, this retreat blends tradition with modernity, a unique mix that makes The Residence stand out against the island’s palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters. With just 66 villas, the resort evokes a secluded, boutique feel, especially when you step into your own little hideaway fit with its own pool, tropical garden, and personal butler. The leading Luxury Garden Pool Villas are gorgeous, surrounded by vibrant palms and with a private sundeck, whilst the Presidential Pool Villa is an indulgent refuge boasting a living and dining room and an expansive outdoor deck.

To match the diverse interior inspirations, it’ll come as no surprise that the cuisine here is varied too, tantalising your taste buds with African and Omani flavours at The Dining Room, and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine at The Pavilion Restaurant. Meanwhile, The Jetty tempts those looking for a sunset tipple with its punchy cocktails.

Found along Zanzibar’s southwest coast and close by to the charming village of Kizimkazi, The Residence offers soft adventure in the form of leisurely water sports, whilst incredible dolphin safaris are just a 20-minute drive away. Those hoping to relax after exploring Tanzania will relish a visit to the spa, enticing you with its whirlpool and five acres of tranquil gardens. There’s a lovely communal pool too, though we can’t help but love having our own villa pool to relax in.



What's Included

  • All villas have a double bed and a private pool
  • Two restaurants and one bar
  • Water sports
  • Communal pool

Open all year round. Children of all ages are welcome, with the kids club welcome to those over the age of three.

Price Information

This accommodation can be booked on its own or as part of a tailor-made holiday with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £425/€465/$575.

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