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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.
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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
2020 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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Lisa D wrote a review Apr 2021
200 contributions73 helpful votes
We visited The Residence for 3 nights and were disappointed and felt that the hotel was a bit overrated. The rooms are lovely although no covered patios so one can not open the doors for fresh air when it is raining and the same goes for the dining room which gets very badly flooded when it rains. The staff are lovely and friendly, but the food was mediocre and certainly nothing special. Breakfast was a limited buffet with dry sausages and dry overcooked bacon. Soggy cold waffles or pancakes which were reheated upon request. The same menu is used for lunch and dinner, with absolutely no vatiations from day to day. There doesn't seem to be any passion or creativity coming from the kitchen and there certainly seems to be a lack of management checking of food quality. A beautiful location with spacious rooms and so much potential to be amazing...but please up your game.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
elenleonte wrote a review Apr 2021
Iasi, Romania1 contribution
We had a wonderful stay in the Residece. Very nice and relaxing place, beautiful luxury villa with large private pool. Very nice kids' club with great activities. A special thanks to Mr. Mohamed, the manager of the resort, for his professionalism, help and attention to our needs. He helped us with promptness anytime we needed something. Elena & Bogdan from Romania
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Elena and Bogdan, Thank you so much for your awesome review. It is great to know that you had enjoyed your stay here at The Residence Zanzibar. Thank you for your gracious words for Mohamed and to the whole team with special mention on luxury villas and private pool which is very unique. We hope that you will come back and visit us again. With best regards from all of us, Aftab.
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Jean6868 wrote a review Apr 2021
Baveno, Italy84 contributions55 helpful votes
We were lucky enough to spend a week in March 2021 in this hotel. The villa: The garden view villa is very well equipped, large with quality equipment. The decoration is sober and well thought out. The private swimming pool is very pleasant, cleaned regularly... a real pleasure... We were lucky not to have any neighbours. I think that the hotel does on purpose to space out the guests to our great satisfaction😃 You really feel at home, in privacy. But anyway the layout of the villas means that this feeling of tranquillity also lasts in case of high traffic. Food: The hotel has had the good idea to organize the buffets each time elsewhere (restaurant, beach, poolside) during the week which gives a much appreciated variety. The food is both local and international and of very good quality. We had demo-board and the prices charged for drinks seemed right. The facilities: The communal pool is spectacular, very nice and pleasant. The beach is good but there is a strong tide (at least at our time of year) which means that at times during the day the sea retreats quite far (about 500m). At high tide it is quite good. We did not go to the spa so no comment Small downside: We find the pontoon a bit underused. Hotel and excursion: The hotel at a respectable distance from the airport (1:15 min) is not disturbing at all. We did 2 excursions which went very well. The staff: We had the chance to travel a lot in many hotels of the same category. The staff is fantastic. Friendly and considerate but very relaxed. We enjoyed it very much. A little anecdote: we had booked a romantic meal for an anniversary which could not be done on the evening due to logistical reasons. The staff made a special celebration that was absolutely charming and very cheerful. It was great and the following evening the romantic dinner was offered to us free of charge. This shows how responsive and professional the staff are. I highly recommend this hotel Bravo and thank you for a memorable stay
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guests, What a true pleasure & heartwarming to hear that your stay at The Residence Zanzibar was beyond perfection. My lovely team joins me in thanking you for taking the time to write such a warm and caring review about your stay. The highest reward for all of us is exactly what we have offered to you, a fantastic stay combined with unforgettable memories. Your experience qualified as an "amazing team & trip" is what we wish for each of our guests and we love to know that you experienced it during your stay. We truly hope to see you return to our paradise for another wonderful experience! With kind regards from all of us, Aftab.
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Nitin BM wrote a review Mar 2021
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania11 contributions3 helpful votes
Any of those looking to tie the knot and looking for a place to do it, look no further for Residence hotel has it all! We were treated like royalty with special mention the Sales n Marketing Manager Mr Frank Boribon ,apologies if is mis-spelling),who took care of us every single day with every single one of our requests resolved right there and then. He made sure to treat us and every other guest as if we part of the family He made us feel like Rockstar's, supplying us with good service . If I could recommend this individuals that are a must to deal with if you have any issues/ queries/ concerns would be this superhuman. . We really had a great time there. During our stay we had an upgrade to the villa 301 and it was WOW with the floating breakfast ! .monkeys with beautiful garden side , clean pathways .. The staff are very friendly happy n like to work in this hotel .. .. But among all of them some had our attention. We were lucky enough to have who did our check-in in time,. The staff always here to help and advice, these are the type of people who'll make sure the your staycation is going perfectly . Thanks again and see you soon Nitin BM
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded Mar 31, 2021
Dear lovely Guests, We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your The Residence experience, what a pleasure it was to have you stay with us! We capitalize on nature's contrasts to add an extra dimension to our offering, something that you have perfectly summed up with your lovely words. It is especially pleasing and heartwarming to hear such lovely words about the caring of service that you received from all the team. Your beautiful comments assure us that all our efforts have been worthwhile and we are motivated to do even better. I will pass on your kind words of appreciation to all the GEMS you have so kindly endorsed in your review. They will take great pride and delight in knowing that they played a part in building new happy memories for you. We all very happily anticipating your return. With kind regards from all of us, Aftab
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Ghobrial93 wrote a review Mar 2021
New Cairo City, Egypt1 contribution2 helpful votes
The Residence Zanzibar Is located in a very quiet and beautiful part of Zanzibar, you will find everything you need there. The staff are extremely friendly, helpful and professional. Definitely would recommend it to all couples, especially Honeymooners.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Syed Aftab, Marketing at The Residence Zanzibar
Responded Mar 31, 2021
Dear lovely Guests, We are so pleased to hear that your experience was worth the journey. We are so lucky to be based on such a beautiful island of Zanzibar where the finest things in life are among the most natural-like watching the sunset sink into the ocean or dining beneath the stars. The highest reward for all of us is exactly what we have given you, the ultimate escape and unforgettable memories to cherish. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our paradise for another wonderful stay. With kind regards from all of us Aftab.
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$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.