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The Residence Zanzibar
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 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
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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
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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Luxurious from the beginning of our trip to the end..we stayed at a pool villa, amazing view from the room, amazing staff and service, gorgeous grounds u can see with the provided bikes, stunning pool, and beautiful jetty. Food was always amazing and the menu changed every night, we had a great romantic dinner in the villa, breakfast was the highlight of the day, a great selection and being served in the villa is such a treat, the spa is alright, We've tried better, but a massage is always good.
Overall wonderful, the most luxurious in Zanzibar!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The staff & service are just amazing. The hotel, facilities and grounds are beautiful. The suites and amenities gorgeous. Loved riding around on the supplied bikes. The view is beautiful & pristing. The food was very good standard and interesting themes. We only had a quick visit but would highly recommend for those wanting something a bit different, a place that is truly relaxing and where the little details are taken care of. No request was a dram - staff were just so attentive and accommodating. Sunset cruise was absolutely beautiful - definitely do it. We were there as part of a work trip and required catering for our departure - the Food & Beverage Manager (name - Soon) and Chef both met with me. They were so professional. Soon is a credit to this establishment, he was so lovely and gracious. Take away food was of a high standard. Hope to come back and would highly recommend to our clients.

Room Tip: It is a bit of a drive from the airport so, as long as you are aware of this its not a problem.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My husband surprised me by taking me to The Residence, Zanzibar for our honeymoon last year Feb. I didn't know what to expect but was absolutely speechless when we arrived.
From the very first person that greeted us, the service was exceptional. Something that other places should take lessons from.
We were whisked away to our private Sea-Front Villa on a golf cart and on arrival we were shown around the villa. I could not stop looking out on to the stunning view. Blue Skies, blue sea, the beach just foot steps away but the most beautiful of all- the silence. Just the pleasant sound of the soft waves and the palm trees swaying slowly in the wind- thats it!
I had never seen anything like it before....it was pure heaven!
The food in the resort was fresh, and tasteful. The dinning experience was unique as the head chef would personally ask his guests if the food was ok, and if not if there was anything else he could prepare for you.
We tried out some excursions including, the sun-set cruise (absolute bliss to say the least), and snorkelling (the husband enjoyed this more!). We also treated ourselves to a trip to the spa, which was excellent.
Overall our experience at The Residence, Zanzibar was just amazing and we would highly recommend it to anyone.
We would love to go back someday!

Room Tip: Beach Front Villa is a must!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stayed at The Residence in Kizimkazi, Zanzibar last week with my mother. The Residence has many fantastic qualites which can be summed up by stating that the setting, staff and service are top class. I took advantage of the opportunity to snorkel, it was great fun. The water is clear and warm and the guides friendly and knowledgable- this is free to hotel guests. We arranged an outing to a spice farm tour through the hotel which was really interesting. I highly recommended this resort.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stayed here with my family in early January, the service is the hotel is excellent as is the accommodation and food. It is a pity that they have closed the Library bar as it would have pleasant to go for a drink in the evening away from the restaurant bar. I felt it lacked a centre in the evening after dinner. However this is a personal choice.
Overall a good experience and would recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Residence Zanzibar
Address: Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Residence Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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