The Residence

A five-star beachfront resort nestled in the untouched beauty of the forest

Indulge in the privacy of the spacious villas, attended on if you wish by our butler. Enjoy carefree days relaxing by your private pool, on the beach, or exploring the gardens. 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 surrounding waters 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.

The Residence, Zanzibar
Zanzibar residence beachfront

On the southwest of Zanzibar on a 32 hectare estate, just 55 minutes’ drive from the capital Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Rooms & Amenities
Zanzibar residence presidential villa main bathroom

The 66 luxurious villas at The Residence Zanzibar reflect a grand and welcoming openness. French doors lead out to a private pool and deck with daybeds and parasols inviting you to soak up the sun. The generously proportioned rooms are decorated in true contemporary African style blending Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Villas offer all modern amenities including three luxurious bath time options: a freestanding bathtub, separate shower cabin and private outdoor shower garden. A private butler is available on request, and you can enjoy 24-hour in-villa dining. You’ll be well taken care of from the moment you arrive to your final goodbyes. Airport transfers with in-car refreshments welcome you to your holiday haven where you’re greeted by the concierge. We’ll press your clothes on arrival to make sure you look your best at dinner, or the next morning’s conference. Take advantage of the water sports and dive centre to explore the underwater wonders that surround the island, or hop on a bicycle and explore the property at your leisure. The spa and fitness centre, tennis courts, volleyball and yoga classes will rejuvenate you and keep you active. The Kids Club takes care of the little ones during the day, and we offer a babysitting service on request. Before you leave, head to the boutique and gift shop for a keepsake that will remind you of the time you spent in paradise. 

Dining & Drinks
Zanzibar residence dining room

The Dining Room serves sumptuous breakfasts, light lunches and European dinner favourites with just a hint of Zanzibar spice. The bar is the perfect place to unwind in the cool breeze, sipping drinks and gazing at the Zanzibar sunset. Soft, traditional music fills The Pavilion where guests can enjoy the flavours of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Lazy lunches are delivered to your sun lounger and romantic evenings can be spent dining under the stars on the beach. For complete seclusion – breakfast, lunch and dinners are available in the privacy of your own villa.

Zanzibar residence meeting room

Reward your team for their achievements or host a conference in our fully equipped business centre. With plenty to see and do in and around the resort, adventure and relaxation seekers alike can revel in the range of options that are within easy reach, while spouse programmes keep everyone blissfully pampered.

Zanzibar residence butler on beach

By day The Jetty serves as a boathouse and offers complimentary non-motorised water sports including: kayaks, pedal boats, hobie cats and snorkelling excursions. Activities available at extra charge include: sunset dhow cruises, kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, dolphin safaris and scuba diving. There is plenty to see and do around the resort, and we can arrange excursions to Stone Town, the Jozani National Forest Reserve, Prison Island, the ruins of the Persian baths and Omani palaces and more. Take a spice tour, or visit the Kizimkazi village to experience life like a local.

The residence zanzibar kids activities

Enjoy all the benefits of a family holiday with the added perk of some alone time while your children are cared for by our trained staff. The Kids Club is open daily for children between four and 14 years old. Kids will love the daily activities; discovering our delightful petting zoo and bird sanctuary. A babysitting service is available at an additional charge.

Zanzibar residence spa couple treatment room

Nestled amongst two hectares of tropical gardens and woven seamlessly into its natural surroundings, The Spa is the jewel in our crown. Indulge in all the pampering the Spice Island has to offer in six spacious treatment pavilions, each with its own outdoor shower and bathtub. Unwind amidst green landscapes in relaxation areas with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Take one of our bi-weekly yoga classes, enjoy a game of tennis, or join in a boisterous game of volleyball on the beach.

Zanzibar residence lobby centrepiece

Whether you’ve always dreamed of saying your vows on the beach or you simply find the idea of a destination wedding alluring, our dedicated event planner will bring every exquisite detail together. Get married with your toes in the sand, or on our manicured lawns and choose from a variety of superb venues for an unforgettable reception. On this island paradise your honeymoon can be nothing but exceptional. From the luxury accommodation and optional butler service to the exotic food, glorious spa treatments and exciting activities, we’ve got just what you need to create memories that last a lifetime.

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