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“Idyllic honeymoon destination” 5 of 5 stars
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The Residence Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania   |  
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Idyllic honeymoon destination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We picked this hotel for the first week of our honeymoon before going on to safari in Tanzania, having decided we wanted a week of total relaxation in a luxurious hotel. The Residence did not disappoint. It far exceeded our expectations and I would highly recommend this resort for other couples who want the ultimate honeymoon/luxury holiday experience. We were treated like royalty the entire time and couldn't really find anything to complain about- highly unusual for us, being a couple with quite high expectations of hotels, food and service!
We stayed in an ocean front villa, which was definitely more private than the beach or garden villas. Each villa has its own pool and terrace, outdoor shower and front and back gardens. Indoors there are 3 large rooms- living room area, bedroom and bathroom, all spotless and a perfect mix of modern and authentic decor. Every amenity was catered for. I noticed the cleaning staff replaced our toiletries every single day, so we rarely had to use our own shampoo or showergel as theirs were so good! With the Residence, the villa experience offered is so much more special and unique than staying in a room or suite in a hotel block.

The staff have to be commended, they were all excellent; so polite and pleasant and willing to do anything you asked. The food was also exceptional, especially the private dinner we had in our villa one night under the stars (complimentary for honeymooners). This is what memories are made of! We also loved the picnic hampers used for beach/pool dining, a really nice touch. We made use of the spa several times and got up close to one of the red colombus monkeys while in the spa jacuzzi. Yoga is offered twice a week on the jetty, unfortunately we managed to miss this on both occasions. Too busy enjoying the evening sunset from our villa I think. The jetty is such a spot, I would encourage the hotel to make more use of it by having drinks on it more than one night a week or by hosting live music there. Another plus is the bicycles for each guest- we loved cycling to and from the spa/dining room. It really was the most exercise we got all week!
September seemed to be a quiet month at the resort, but that suited us perfectly. We only left the resort one day to visit Stone Town and for a spice tour, but we could have happily spent every day there. As long as people realise how isolated and private the resort is you will not be disappointed. It's the perfect spot to totally get away from normal life and to be spoilt rotten. I would say not to be put off by the long bumpy lane down to the hotel. The road could do with resurfacing, but it's worth it once you arrive to a cold towel and ice cold drink after a long flight. A haven in the exotic island of Zanzibar.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed here in early September after 5 days in Nungwi and 2 in Stonetown. This was the "treat" part of our honeymoon before Safari in Kenya. It is not possible to not have a nice time here. All the little touches are great. We used the bikes and gym a lot and the Yoga on the jetty was amazing as was the instructor. We would have taken more advantage of the other watersports available if we'd had more time. Private dinner in our villa was a definite highlight, I am not the romantic type, but it was very romantic! The food in general was excellent. My only criticisms were the desserts. They all looked so great on paper but all tended to be similar when tried. Most were mousse, pannacotta, creme brûlée, ice cream, sorbet style which while all tasty just got a little repetitive. A
few fruit crumbles, cakes, meringues etc would have been welcome too. Also while it is a luxury resort, I also think they should offer some wine options at a more reasonable rate, like a 20-30
dollar range would be good per bottle. From memory the cheapest was 45 dollars and they sky-rocketed from there! Hence we stuck with one glass per night while we were there, would have
liked more! Such a lovely place though, very quiet and not much going on at night but absolutely perfect for a couple of days on honeymoon....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Our family, which includes four teenage boys, chilled out at the Residence after a week on safari and a couple of days in Stonetown. The resort is as stunningly beautiful as the photos suggest and there was plenty of room (wiith two folding beds) for all of us in one villa. We loved wheeling around the resort on the bikes supplied to everyone, and made the most of the Hobie Cats on the beach, and the free snorkeling trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at The Residence after spending the first part of our honeymoon on safari in Kenya. We flew from Nairobi, but unfortunately our luggage didn't. The staff at The Residence could not have done more for us. We were given an 'emergency' kit on arrival which contained new polo shirts, toothbrushes, razor etc, which was complimentary and gratefully appreciated after travelling for 14 hours! The hotel staff immediately took over tracking the lost luggage, which arrived the following afternoon allowing us to go to bed to sleep.

We were upgraded to a beach fronted villa courteous of Kami (I hope I spelt your name correctly!) which was next to the presidential villa and Kami said that as it was empty, we could make use of the pool, garden and of course the private beach, which I loved!

The food was of fantastic quality and there was always plenty of it. Linda the restaurant manager ran the restaurant so well. She was friendly and nothing was too much trouble for her or the waiting staff. We had a private romantic dinner prepared for us on our veranda one evening, which was just stunning. The lengths the staff, especially Haji our waiter went to was above anything we had experienced before. The service that we received from each member of staff at The Residence was fantastic.

In short we travel a lot and stay at many hotels, but The Residence is quite simply the best hotel we have ever stayed in.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed here at the start of our honeymoon and as per all previous reviews it was amazing.

The villa was private (we were right at the end so less traffic) although the private pools are quite exposed and especially those on the beach. This was not an issue for us as on a whole the resort was very quiet and the staff were very attentive.

The spa facilities and couples massage were just what we needed after wedding planning.

The snorkeling excursion must be booked in advance but occasionally has room if you turn up and wait.

A great stay and we will definitely be returning!

Room Tip: Garden villa 301 is the last at one end, so is more private than most.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We went to The Residence for 4 nights at the recommendation of a friend to relax after a week's safari. It was a wonderful place. The staff were attentive and helpful, the villas spacious, the views amazing and the gardens wonderful to walk around. We arrived full of good intentions to do a couple of trips but the resort was so comfortable we didn't venture out of the gates. We'd paid extra for an ocean view villa - well worth it in our opinion as it was very private. We had our own small swimming pool (there was also a larger one near the dining room) and plenty of outside space where we could sit and enjoy the peace and scenery.

Room Tip: An ocean view villa costs more but is worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the residence.we chose the residence because we have already stayed at the sister hotel in mauritius which was great.the format there is more hotel suites whereas in zanzibar it is individual villas which together with the grounds is extremely spacious.everything is beautifully maintained and clean.the staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful.we went for total relaxation not a busy holiday.we had a beach front villa with pool which was great.you have to accept that the sea is particularly tidal so there will be times when swimming is out except for in the pools which are lovely.we were there at a particularly quiet time ;maybe a bit more atmosphere when there are a few more people around.best for those who want a very quiet break and those who are loved up.

Room Tip: go for ocean front for extra wow factor
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kizimkazi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Kizimkazi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Residence Zanzibar 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the South West of Zanzibar, Tanzania, The Residence Zanzibar has 66 spacious villas each luxuriously appointed with stylish contemporary furniture, private swimming pool and attentive service.The Residence Zanzibar is set on 32 ha of perfectly manicured gardens and a Spa that offers the finest Carita products.It boasts a mile-long powdery white sand beach, flanked by coconut palm trees and a Jetty that stretches 150m out into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. ... more   less 
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