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The Residence Zanzibar
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Kizimkazi
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“OMG what a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is by far the most exceptional place I have ever been to. The needs of the guests comes first.The staff is so very kind and willing to help you in any situation.The grounds and villas are just beyond beautiful and each villa has their very own infinity pool.This is paradise at its best.The food is great and you can basically have anything your little heart desires.This is such a unique property and well worth the long trip.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

The whole hotel is quite new and all looks a bit concretey. In a few years when vegetation has grown and the newness been worn off it should be wonderful. Villa was wonderful, housekeeping was excellent incl. Dominic our personal butler. The private pool was amazing.

The frequent electricity power cuts were annoying as the back-up generator took several minutes to come on. Fortunately the power cut during the England v. Ireland 6 Nations match was at half time and the TV had rebooted itself when the 2nd half started.

The sundowner cruise in a dhow was simply idyllic.

The gym and spa was wonderful - largely open air.

Food was very good with the frequent buffets an amazing spread. Wine seemed to be quite expensive for what was offered with bottled water at table far too expensive considering there was unlimited bottled water in the villa.

The bikes supplied for riding around the resort were Chinese and already falling to bits so be careful.

The main pool was huge and little used.

All staff were v friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Choose close to main restaurant and on beach. The resort is very spread out which makes villas priva...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

so far this is the most beautiful hotel i visited in zanzibar , the staff are so friendly , love the villas the food is great , i went there with family and friend we had so much fun very relaxing, my favourite part is that every one had their own villa with a private pool and the fact that we moved arounf with bicycles

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This hotel easily ranks alongside Le Tousserock, Mauritius. The location is reassuringly remote and the beach stretches endlessly beside a rythmical shore line. The architeture is not the most upscale I have stayed in, but it is more than compensated for by the amazing staff. I stayed from Boxing Day to just beyond New Year's Day. The buffet and food stations offered evry culinary delight imaginable and the a la carte was fantastic. The glass fronted infinity pool is stunning. The spa is a hospitable haven from the African sun and the staff are second to none. Each bungalow benefits from its own butler and guests can travela round the site by golf buggy of the freely provided bikes. It was heavenly.

Room Tip: Go all out for the beach fronted bungalows.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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 February 12, 2013

We stayed here for one week back in Dec (at the start of our 2 week holiday) and can say that it was a lovely resort. All of the staff were very attentative and polite.

We had a garden villa and although people are saying they weren't massively private, we didn't see it as a problem as ours was 'fairly' secluded. We had breakfast in our room every day - unfortunately 9 times out of 10 our orders weren't 100% correct but when they did get it right in the end, it tasted lovely.

Dinner was ok - we got a call every night asking us where we would be dining which got a bit annoying after the 3rd day.. think it's a little necessary to do that.

Rooms were lovely, very spacious, the bathroom was huge! Private pool area was just heavenly. Was very nice to wake up and have a swim.

This place is very "resorty" which doesnt make it a bad thing, just feel it lacks a very personal touch.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This amazing place is the perfect heaven. ! The staff is amazing and the location spotless and so very beautiful. We stayed in a Villa for 4 days with own private pool and maid. Staff was always available and very pleasant. A verey nice gym with all new equipment and a spa that just gives you the most relaxing treatments.
We had dinner and lunch there everyday and it was sooooo creative and delicious. Most days we could choose between a la carte or theme dining in one of the other restaurants on the grounds. We were provided with bicycles and it was so much fun to drive around the beautiful surroundings.
We are definately going back. Has a great sense of sadness when we left for the airport. Could easily have stayed for weeks....

Room Tip: We just loved the private villas with ocean view and private pool
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My wife and I have just returned to a cold and windy UK after 7 wonderful days at The residence what a treat, we were regaally looked after(thanks for the villa upgrade)The service was great the food was top quality the villa very (very) comfortable and nothing was too much trouble. We should have got out and about more but....
Its a long way for only 7 days but amazing to think that 18 hours from leaving your door we're back in the depths of rural England.We 'd love to come again but will look closly at one of your other sites.
Thanks again for starting our joint 60th year off so memorably.

PS one small critisism, a colder mini bar please.

Room Tip: The sea front villas are great because of the view but the garden villa look to be the same with no...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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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
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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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