I had previously stayed at the Essque Zalu Zanzibar and I travelled another hour and 15 minutes to get the Lovely Residence Villa's. We drove down a 4 kilometre stoney , uneven drive it could not be very good for the suspension of vehicles that go back and forth to the hotel everyday but when we arrived what a sight.
We were greeted by Michael and Lucy and staff members again with a lovely cool face towel and refreshing drink in the lovely reception area where we could clearly see the stunning beach ahead of us.
We were all given our Villa Key's and ths time we all had a Villa each , I was Villa number 100 and we were taken to them in a little buggy as it is a good twenty minute walk to get there . As soon I walked in the lounge area all I kept saying was Wow , there was a lovely big lounge with sliding doors out on to the deck where I had my own swimming pool and ahead of that the beach with two sunbeds for my use whilst I was there.
There was another slidiing door from the lounge to my bedroom with a big kingsized four poster bed with all the mosquito nets around it facing out on to the deck and beach again, then another sliding door going in to the massive big bathroom with his and hers sinks a lovely free standing big bath again in front of the window so you can take a bath with amazing seaview and because it was on the westcoast you could watch the amazing sunset from your bath, in addition to this there was a glass fronted massive walk in shower again could fit four people and opposite that was a glass fronted toilet with bidet , then it had a glass door to go outside where there was an outshower it had a tall wall around it but I did feel a bit vunerable that when you were in the shower or bath or toilet that someone could be peering over the top but that was just the way I felt I had never stayed in anything as stunning as this before.
At each villa there are two bikes depending on the occupancy of the Villa and this is to get around the resort with ease as you can imagine the accomodation is all made up of individual one and two bedroomed private villa's with their own pool's so the resort is quite big and it enables you to ride around at your own leisure or you can call the lobby for a staff member to come and get you in the buggy.
The Hotel had kindly organised us all to have a one hour body massage to sample the amazing spa that they have there so we were asked to meet at the restaurant at 1900 for pre dinner drinks, we were greeted by Lucy who took us down on to the beach in which they had some lovely comfortable seating and the tables was set up where we were going to enjoy our dinner under the stars, they had dug some holes out all around the table in the sand and had sunk some little candle holders and it looked stunning, we had champagne and cocktails then we enjoyed our amzing dinner under the stars, it was truely an amazing experience and I had wished that it could have been shared with my husband but they can arrange this for couples etc so well worth doing if you can.
We all went back to our Villa's where our Butler had been in and had turned the bed down and had closed all the mossie curtains ready for our return, I must admit I did feel a bit nervous of being on my own in such a massive big villa and I was the end one and it only had a low wall between the resort and a plantation but I am sure I felt this way because I am used to staying in Hotels where your room is contained in one building and the fact that I was there without my husband made me feel a little more uneasy,
I eventually fell asleep after shuttimg all possible doors and leaving a light in the bathroom and the lounge area and woke uo at 6 the next day and opened the curtains and windows to that amazing view again , I didn't have anyone to disturb so I jumped in the shower and went out along the beach to take some photos, it was just so peaceful.
I went on the local Dhow arranged by the hotel to go snorkling off a reef , it was a bit overcaset but the sea was lovely and warm and the majority of the group went in , I then wanted to make the most of my private Villa and pool and went back to just laze and swim and laze and swim.
The atmosphere at the Hotel Restaurant is lovely and I also enjoyed the hour long relaxing body massage , they have a lovely childrens nursey where they have qualified staff that even teach them how to cook so with this resort I would recommend it for children they even have a little pet corner with a donkey and rabbits which was sweet.
After getting over my fear of being on my own in the Villa I thought it was the most amazing accomodation that I had ever stayed in, I love everything about it , the spacious villa's the lovely Restaurant, the gardens, the spa the little touch's with the bikes and your butler comes around at night and gives you lttle gifts like bath salts , soap, beach bags etc , I would definately recommend The Residence as a get away from it all holiday to enjoy after maybe going on a safari and you just want to chill out in pure luxury , Thank You Michael and Lucy for making our stay so memorable
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