The Residence Zanzibar

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

The Residence Zanzibar is a luxurious boutique resort on the southwestern coast of Zanzibar, with a striking heritage style which brings together the many international influences on the island over the centuries. Staying in a beautiful colonial-style villa, and dining on exquisite fusion cuisine, you’ll explore the staggering diversity that Zanzibar offers, with African safari adventures, beautiful Arabian architecture and traditional village culture within easy reach.
Perfect forA luxurious beachfront base from which to explore the unique culture and rich natural beauty of Zanzibar.
In the knowThe beautiful, eye-catching style of the resort is down to a blend of Swahili, Indian, British and Omani influences, reflecting the rich history of Zanzibar itself.

Recommended for...

  • Honeymoon
  • Barefoot
  • Hideaway
  • Couples

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Sitting in 80 acres of tropical gardens and opening onto a mile-long stretch of pristine beach, The Residence Zanzibar has just about the most stunning setting imaginable. With the Indian Ocean on one side, and the dense vegetation of the Muyuni Forest on the other, The Residence feels like it’s in a world of its own, but the island’s capital city and smaller towns and villages are within easy reach.

Rooms at The Residence Zanzibar

Dotted among the hotel’s lush gardens are 66 beautiful villas, all supremely luxurious and designed in the same exotic style which characterises the whole resort. All feature a lounge deck with wicker furniture beside a private swimming pool, with views beyond of either the gardens or the ocean.

Inside, the villas feature one or two bedrooms with carved wooden four-posters, bathrooms with huge freestanding tubs, and a traditional yet relaxed look characterised by beautiful wooden furniture, breezy linens and wooden screens and blinds. Luxurious room amenities include huge LCD TVs and Nespresso machines on request.

Food & Drink

International flavours collide to spectacular effect in the Dining Room, the hotel’s main restaurant, with Omani and African dishes given an extra zing by the famous spices of Zanzibar. There’s more fantastic fusion at the Pavilion, where Middle Eastern and Mediterranean traditions meet with delicious results.

Both restaurants are atmospherically adorned with Oriental lanterns, hookahs and wooden screens; you can also choose to eat in the privacy of your room, on the beach, or by the pool. Needless to say, wherever you eat the seafood is exquisite – try the juicy prawns.


Nestled away in the hotel’s lush gardens is the luxurious spa, where you’ll find whirlpool, sauna and steam room alongside six private treatment rooms. Therapies on offer include a frankincense facial therapy, and massages and wraps which make use of Zanzibar’s famous exotic spices.

If you’re feeling energetic there’s a state-of-the-art gym on site too, and a beautiful infinity pool which overlooks the beach and melts away into the blue of the Indian Ocean.

Activities at The Residence Zanzibar

Sporty types will find plenty to keep them occupied at The Residence Zanzibar, with floodlit tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a watersports centre where activities on offer include scuba diving, big game fishing and more.

Culture and history buffs will relish the chance to explore Stone Town, Zanzibar’s atmospheric old capital, with its historic forts, bustling markets and sultans’ palaces; tours are also on offer to Muyuni, a traditional village where the locals will teach you about rope making, basket weaving, and other ancient crafts.

In the Jozani Forest you can spot the enigmatic red colobus monkey, which lives nowhere else, while crocs and hippos lurk in the Selous Game Reserve.

With so many beautiful surroundings to explore you can either head out on foot or on the bicycles that are provided with your villa. 

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Hotel location

The Residence Zanzibar is around an hour and a half’s drive from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

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