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The Residence Zanzibar

Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404 Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 02/20/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 7 hotels in Kizimkazi
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-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, attended on if you wish by your own personal butler. 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
Lagoon View
Languages Spoken
French, Arabic
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SemSem76 wrote a review Jun 23
3 contributions2 helpful votes
The best destination for honeymoon vacation for couples who want a magical memory of their visit to Zanzibar. Best location, friendly staff, food quality is excellent, and lovely ambiance. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Keys wrote a review Jun 22
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After a long flight to Zanzibar, my wife and I were looking for a peaceful and relaxing spot to unwind and begin our journey together on the island. The Residence met all of our needs! The seclusion offered by the Residence is preceded by a relatively long 15 minute unpaved and bumpy road to the hotel gates from the main road from Stonetown. When we arrived, we were met by smiling hotel staff, ready with glasses of ginger-spiced juice to quench our thirst. We arrived a little early and had to wait for check-in, but the hotel staff treated us to a complimentary breakfast, and offered the spa to change our clothes and shower. The private garden-view villa was clean and beautifully decorated with a very nice pool that we used multiple times during our stay. We got around the resort on bicycles, going for bike rides, riding to the beach, to dinner, to the gym, to play tennis and to enjoy all the amenities the Residence offers (personally, I think all the hotels should offer bicycles as it is a wonderful way to experience a place). We were blessed with impeccable clear night-skies, giving us majestic views of the milky way! The poolside views of the Indian Ocean were very relaxing, where we spent most of our days alternating between swimming, reading and tanning. The breakfast never disappointed, and the dinners equally - the latter always complimented with lively dancing or soothing musical entertainment on the beach one night, and in the restaurant at others. Keep your balcony doors closed, as monkey will come and visit. We enjoyed seeing many monkeys visit our villa, swinging on trees and walking around the pool. This was unique as we never saw them at any of our other hotels anywhere else on the island. The service was impeccable. Quick and responsive to calls for extra water, coffee any time of day or night. Like most upperclass hotels on the island, the Residence is expensive. While the Residence lives up to expectations and provides value way more so than other hotels, it is still difficult to justify the sticker price. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a place to go with your significant other - look no further than Residence Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: The Garden-view private villa appears to offer more privacy than the ocean-view ones because of...
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Mwarabu Ally M wrote a review Jun 22
1 contribution
Excellent Resort, Amazing team - Just GO! Don't Hesitate, Worth Every Dollar! We spent 6 nights here on our honeymoon after a safari, and we absolutely loved it! The staff had great attention to detail and we were very comfortable the whole time. From the moment we checked in at reception, we felt pampered – the front desk team welcomed us with a glass of wine, and after a short briefing we were taken to our villa. The food was fantastic - despite there was just one restaurant operating at that time, The food was excellent with a wide variety of options. In addition, we dined in our villa fairly regularly, thanks to the in-villa dining team. We would absolutely recommend The Residence Zanzibar to anyone travelling to Zanzibar and hope to return again soon!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Valued Guests, What a great way to start the day, Dear Guests, Thank you very much for your sweet review following your recent honeymoon celebration at The Residence Zanzibar. Nothing is more fulfilling than to know that you have had such a relaxing time and that you have managed to unwind whilst enjoying our unparalleled and dedicated service. Your recommendation to our HONEYMOONERS is very much appreciated. We truly hope that we will have another opportunity of welcoming you again in the near future. With kind regards from all of us, Aftab.
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Smruti S wrote a review Jun 22
Muscat, Oman163 contributions79 helpful votes
Every time I step into this resort, I’m mesmerized with the excellent service and facilities. It is truly the best hotel in Zanzibar. The rooms are beautiful, the view is breathtaking and the food is remarkable. I got a chance to use the spa and attend the yoga session. It was very relaxing.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Valued Guests, Your review has made our morning here, thank you so much! There is nothing more gratifying than to know your expectations were exceeded during your stay. It was absolutely a pleasure hosting you and the whole team eagerly awaits your return. With kind regards from all of us, Aftab.
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oc wrote a review Jun 19
New York City, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
Listen to the other reviews and don’t stay here. We’ve been all over the world and are used to everything from 1 star to 5 star hotels. For the price, this is a 1 star hotel. Service is non existent. Promise something and never happens. Hotel staff is the laziest I’ve ever seen. Decent atmosphere but everything else is awful. We were going to stay week and ended up leaving after one night because it’s awful. AVOID THIS PLACE
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$386 - $894 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Residence Zanzibar
What are some of the property amenities at The Residence Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Residence Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, an additional bathroom, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at The Residence Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Residence Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Karamba Restaurant, mnana restaurant, and Ristorante Zanzibar Blue Dolphin Bay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Residence Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Residence Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Residence Zanzibar offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Residence Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French and Arabic.
Does The Residence Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.