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The Residence Zanzibar
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Fantastic place, best accommodation zanzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Luxury, private, great service, food is amazing, the spa was awesome. Highly recommend. The villas are very spacious with private pool - they are also very private. One of the best places I have experienced. Stayed when the place had just opened. September 2011

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We came here for dinner after a visit to Stone Town. The drive took almost an hour, but wow, was it ever worth it. This was one of the chicest hotels I've ever seen. Everything was perfect. The staff were incredibly gracious...and not to mention gorgeous and beautifully dressed in linen. The architecture and design of the property was world class and the landscaping/gardening magnificent. And I haven't even started on the food--FABULOUS!!! The Residence is world class everything...and you pay for it. Rooms are very expensive ($1200+/night) but probably worth every penny. The dinner was surprisingly reasonable. We all had hotel envy and desperately wished we could have stayed here.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Fantastic hotel, fantastic villas and the personel are really well trained and groomed. I would definetely recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for peaceful vacation. The food is excellent. The villa is really nice with an outdoor shower and a private swimming pool.

  • Stayed January 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and I stayed on our honeymoon in June 2013. We spent 4 nights as part of a longer stay in Tanzania. Although it was expensive we felt the cost was justified.

Our private villa exceeded our expectations and could only be described as luxurious. Our villa included both an indoor and a walled outdoor shower, enormous wall-to-wall sliding doors which opened our bedroom up into a private infinity pool and garden. It should be noted that our private pool (I think our villa was classed as a garden view) was not overlooked by anyone but we noticed from moving about the resort that some of the other villa's pools were visible from the footpaths and/or the beach.

The resort itself is set on beautifully kept gardens and each villa is assigned two bicycles which we found to be a fun and convenient way to allow you to move around the lovely winding pathways which link the villas with the public areas of the resort (although I also saw many people walking or being chauffeured in golf carts as I guess cycling may not be to everyone's taste).

The food at the resort was fantastic and we enjoyed each and every meal. Both restaurants were really nice spaces to eat in and for a small fee you can have any meal brought to your room (as we often did with breakfast).

The service here was outstanding, with very friendly and incredibly well trained staff. Everyone we dealt with from the waiters to the chefs, porters, maintenance people and management were a delight to deal with and were always smiling and efficient. The local people of Zanzibar (although undoubtably a lot of them are living in abject poverty) are a hugely friendly and warm people and this comes across in the welcoming and helpful attitude of the staff at this resort.

As honeymooners we were treated to a complimentary private dinner in our villa one evening (this was included at booking time) on the veranda by our pool. A menu was provided earlier in the day and we chose what we wanted for each course. A lovely member of staff surprised us by covering our veranda in flowers and candles which added to the atmosphere when we sat down to eat that evening. He then popped a bottle of bubbly and served us our starters, told us to enjoy, and headed off in his golf cart to get our main courses. Desert followed and a special "congratulations" cake was also provided at the end. A truly fantastic experience.

The only issue we had during our entire stay was an aircon issue which we reported late one night. A helpful maintenance guy arrived promptly despite the late hour. He spent a while trying to resolve the issue and although he could not fix it on the spot, we returned from the pool the following morning to find it had been fixed while we were out.

This hotel is ideal for honeymoons and people looking for the ultimate in relaxing romantic breaks. It should be noted that it is an isolated resort so by definition you are limited to what is provided at the resort. So if you are looking for an active adventure holiday or like to walk down the beach to explore other shops/restaurants in the evening this will probably not be for you. I personally would not recommend it for families with kids either as I think they could be bored. We only saw two children when we were there (this suited us as a young couple without kids looking for some romantic relaxation).

To finish: Fantastic hotel, fantastic staff. Worth splashing out on.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Sisters wedding venue....Stayed for 3 nights! Absolutely amazing! Beautiful villas, each with it's own little swimming pool! Loved the experience of having to cycle from the villa to the dining room to the main pool and everywhere else! Excellent service by all the staff! Great food....wide selection of sea food.yum! The staff were very friendly and so helpful! Many thanks.
Definitely the best place I've ever been to...Ever! :-)

Room Tip: All great, but the Ocean view villas are obviously the best!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

I arrived in Zanzibar 3 days earlier than my friends and stayed here. I loved every minute. The rooms are huge with beautiful outdoor showers and private pools for every villa. They provide a bike for you to use during your stay and navigate the property. The spa is lovely and clean. It's quiet and although the resort was full, the stay was extremely attentive. When my wine glass got near empty they were there offering another drink. The food is very good and the resort manager made an effort to visit every table to inquire about the stay. The front desk staff helped me shipped a DHL box home to the US. The excursion list is displayed thru personal iPads at the front desk and very detailed. The beach and pool area are stunning with few locals on the beach pushing you to buy things. Actually, I only saw local children on the beach which was pleasant. I would most definitely recommend experiencing this resort.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We just came back from a wonderful 18 days holiday at the residence Zanzibar. This beautiful hotel met all our expectations. It was exactly as described by friends of ours who highly recommended it. Our break was simply perfect in every way: Beautifully decorated villa with private pool, great food, exccellent service, a very warm and friendly staff and atmosphere, perfect privacy, splendid beach that offers amazing and different sceneries with each low/high tide, great animation, immaculate gardens with lush vegetation, a fun kids club that our 11 years old boy and 5 years old totally enjoyed everyday. The whole experience was absolutely flawless to the point that we extended our stay while there. Thank you to the entire team of the residence for our lovely break.
Having traveled to many locations and islands in the Indian Ocean, and being demanding about hotel service and quality, I really recommend to anybody wishing to visit Zanzibar and looking for luxury, elegance and privacy to stay at the Residence hotel. We will be back!
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  • Stayed December 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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