The Residence Zanzibar


The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32 hectare estate where 5-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature’s untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens that meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Inspired by the island’s eclectic cultures, our luxury Zanzibar resort blends modern comforts with Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Indulge in the privacy of the spacious villas. Enjoy carefree days relaxing by your private pool, on the beach, or exploring the gardens on foot or by bicycle. Savour a taste of the Spice Island’s unique blend of cultures and cuisines, and the pleasure of sensational spa treatments.

Discover more of the island and the waters that surround it in a myriad of activities, from visiting historic sites and rare natural wonders to deep sea fishing and diving with dolphins. Whether you dream of a quiet couple’s retreat or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of our island life at The Residence Zanzibar.




A copy of marriage certificate is required upon check-in.

Honeymooners will receive:
- Romantic Villa turn down service
- Complimentary beach bag and local ‘kitenge’
- Romantic beach dinner for 2 with bottle of sparkling wine
- 45 minutes couple massage


The resort’s luxuriously appointed villas fuse contemporary style with the elegance of the island’s African, Omani and European heritage. Set within 32 hectares of tropical gardens, the villas offer the perfect combination of spaciousness and privacy.

Relaxing comes easy on the lounge deck outside, furnished with wicker chairs and daybeds, overlooking a 1.2-metre-deep private swimming pool and soothing garden, beach or ocean views.

If you feel like exploring the beautiful gardens and local surroundings, stroll at your leisure or hop on the bicycles that are provided with each of our Zanzibar luxury villas.

Rooms comprising of:
- Luxury Garden Pool Villa
- Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa
- Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa
- Frangipani Garden Pool Villa
- Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa
- Presidential Villa

In-room facilities:
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling fan
- LCD satellite television
- Telephone
- Wi-Fi
- Minibar
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Electronic safe
- Bath amenities
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Hairdryer
- Bicycles


In and around the resort activities. Whether you love diving to the ocean depths or prefer to stay on the shimmering surface, The Residence Zanzibar offers a wide variety of water-based activities to choose from. Depending on the tides, complimentary non-motorised water sports are available from the Boat House, which draws its inspiration from a traditional dhow, or directly from The Jetty.

Explore our sprawling gardens on foot or by bicycle, and discover the delightful petting zoo and bird sanctuary nestled within. Beyond the resort, you can go on safari, explore nearby islands, follow the Zanzibar spice trail or get up close to giant tortoises and the indigenous Red Colobus Monkey – just a few of the endless things to see and do.

The Spa. Experience luxurious spa therapies and beauty treatments featuring the natural benefits of local flora and spices.

The Jetty. Perched over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the 150-metre jetty is a nautical club during the day, and transforms into a lounge bar in the evenings, where you can relax with cocktails and canapes as you admire the amazing sunset.

Beachfront Infinity Pool. Swim laps in the sunshine in the 45mX15m infinity pool, a visually stunning centrepiece featuring glass walls. Relax on the pool deck furnished with umbrella-shaded sun loungers and daybeds, offering unimpeded ocean views.

Kids Club. The fun never stops at our spacious, air-conditioned clubhouse where our youngest guests can engage in hours of games and adventure – from cooking classes and learning Swahili to playing volleyball – minded by our team of multilingual, professionally trained staff.

- Restaurant
- Bar
- Swimming pool
- Spa
- Boutique and gift shop
- Business centre
- Fitness centre
- Floodlit tennis courts
- Jacuzzi
- Sauna and steam room
- Volleyball court
- Water sports centre
- Kids Club
- Babysitting service
- Bicycles or buggy with driver for exploring around the property
- Weekly yoga classes (complimentary)
- Pressing service on arrival (up to two pieces per person complimentary)
- Multilingual concierge
- Ice cream and fruit skewers are served on the beach and poolside (complimentary)


Fragrance and flavour combine to create an exciting gastronomic journey at our two restaurants or in the intimacy of your villa. The Dining Room offers international dishes peppered with a hint of Zanzibar “spice”, while Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean influences are at play in The Pavilion Restaurant in an atmospheric dining experience that extends beyond the plate.

The Dining Room. Begin the day in the most leisurely way with breakfast in The Dining Room, set at the heart of the hotel with spectacular views over the beach and ocean. Linger over lunch that offers a menu of tempting, light options. As night falls, savour a menu of tantalising cuisine that reflects the spice and culture which Zanzibar is so famous for, combining fresh foods and meats with Omani and African flavours.

The Pavilion. Indulge in a mouth-watering culinary journey at The Pavilion that takes you from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, embracing the flavours of all the countries in between. Situated within lush grounds a short stroll from the main hotel, The Pavilion merges elegant, contemporary décor with touches of Middle Eastern culture and traditional music, offering a unique dining experience that delights all the senses.

Beach or Poolside Dining. Relax undisturbed on your sun lounger as lunch is delivered to your side in a rattan basket. The menu includes a selection of salads, fresh seafood, fritters and pasta

Half-board package consists of:
- Breakfast and dinner daily

All information in this fact sheet is subject to change by the relevant hotel without prior notice.

General Policies & Disclaimers

Rates are based on 2 persons sharing.
All packages are quoted per person sharing
Rates are subject to rate of exchange fluctuation.
All prices are subject to Rate of Exchange and when a deposit is paid the balance of the booking is subject to the rate of exchange on date of full payment
Availability can change at any time and is never guaranteed.
Airfare and Airport taxes fluctuate daily and cannot be guaranteed.
In case of increase this will be added on to the package price.
Peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply.
Book and pay in full to avoid disappointment.
Prices and availability are correct as at 01 October 2021 and are subject to change without notice.
Covid antigen test on arrival in Zanzibar at a cost of USD25 per person (payable directly)
PCR test in Zanzibar at a cost of ZAR1650 per person (prepayable prior to your departure).
All costs associated to quarantining in Zanzibar (in the event of a positive Covid test result) shall be for the passengers’ account.
Visas (USD50) obtained upon arrival in Zanzibar (not applicable to South African passport holders).
An infrastructure levy of USD1 per person per day is payable to the hotel direct (applicable to both adults and children).
Zanzibar is a malaria area (please consult doctor for medical advice)
Yellow Fever injections (no longer required by South African residents)
E and OE.

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The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar Reviews

Traveller Rating:

Current Reviews: 5

Title: Magic the perfect hotel

Author: Ruan Ferreira
Posted: Mon, 28 May 2012, 12:56:05
I have just returned from a 3 night stay at Residence Zanzibar and felt compelled to write a review due to the amazingness of this hotel. Every detail has been thought of, the elegant rooms, the individual pools for every villa, a bike for each person parked outside your villa, the bath menu and much much more. The food at this hotel is 5* and is even more amazing knowing the challenges of sourcing items such a pine nuts in Zanzibar. The chef came out to meet us and was lovely and very down to earth. Brilliant hotel and would highly recommend it.

Title: The Best Hotel in Zanzibar - JUST AMAZING!!!

Author: Jone Niebuhr
Posted: Mon, 28 May 2012, 12:53:29
The Residence, ive stayed in many Beach Resorts in Znz - but this is by far the best resort, just amazing, the rooms - mind blowing, the private deck and pool :) the main attraction of this hotel must be - the very polite and amazing always smiling staff (apart from one at the restaurant). just great - was there for 2 nights, (very short period of time - need to stay more :). JUST GREAT...


Author: Nicole Leroy
Posted: Mon, 28 May 2012, 12:51:21
I have never ever been in a place so amazing like that!! I was so amazed by every thing!!!! Every thing is so amazing from child care to the pools to the rooms! It is worth every penny I used!!!

Title: Heaven on Earth

Author: Jerry Dumas
Posted: Mon, 28 May 2012, 12:49:59
Most amazing experience of my life- I spent 5 nights here with my family- husband and 9 y/o and 12 y/o - My brother and his family in the neighboring villa. They give each person in the villa a bicycle to use to get around - so fun!! We all biked to dinner every night. Hard to know where to even begin- staff was amazingly attentive. The villas are outstanding- bathrooms absolutely stunning w/ indoor /outdoor shower- the villa pools and the main pool stunningly beautiful. The food overall was excellent- we were there for a great easter buffet and the food was over the top. The views and the beach gorgeous. Can't say enough. oh yes and they had a great gym. Great room service also at no extra charge. Yummy afternoon tea sent to your room every afternoon.

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