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
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.…
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!
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.
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