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The Residence Zanzibar

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

What can I say about this place. Truly the most relaxing romantic and friendly place we have ever visited. We were here for 8 nights and we genuinely hated leaving, The staff are what make this place so special. Every single staff member welcomes you with a smile or an enthusiastic 'jambo!' Our villa was private with private pool which really made it so easy to relax and the villa has flat screen Tv which allowed me to watch live football when i got the chance. :) Catherine who served us at breakfast every morning and Mike every evening went out of their way to spend time getting to know us and even teach us some swahili. Mike even gave us both a small gift before we left which I thought was the kindest sincere thing ever. Executive chef Louis and Restaurant manager Raul went above and beyond to satisfy our sometimes awkward food requests and it was never a problem. I could name another 20 staff just picking these in particular. If you are reading this wondering whether you should visit here please do I promise you wont regret it. Bruce you are running a Top class resort here, congrats to you and all your staff and thank you for a dream honeymoon.

I stayed at the Residence last week for a pre bridal party and to be honest this was the best choice we could have made. We stayed together in a 2 bedroom garden villa with our own plunge pool and that gave us all the privacy we wanted. The general manager Bruce took personal care of us including all the other staff at the Residence. We will definitely return!

I usually go to Zanzibar, and I tried more than one resort I found out that I was wasting time searching for good resort when I went to the Residence Zanzibar, the best staff , food , facilities and a lot of things to do I really loved it and I would never hesitate coming back to this resort

What a fantastic hotel. Staff are amazing and go out of their way to assist you. Every staff member very welcoming and greeting always. Villas are spacious and the plunge pool makes it even more special. We went on a family holiday and my boys loved it. The beach BBQ and entertainment was fab. The sunset on the jetty was beautiful and relaxing. The buffet had a good selection of food, the spa was very relaxing and gym was a good size too. Beautiful beach. Can only highly praise The Residence Zanzibar as they were very accommodation and friendly. Will definitely return again. Until then Kwaheri and Asante !!

After the amazing Serengeti, the Residence was the perfect beach wind-down resort in Zanzibar with absolutely stunning ocean waters & views. The rooms are spacious and overall hotel is a jewel of tranquility and enjoyment - the kids especially loved the bikes and spending many hours in the private pool & beach - Staff & Manager always attentive to everyone's need - can only recommend !

We had a great time at the residence. Room had a perfect privacy with pool. Food was delicious and big buffet breakfast. The Safari Blu excursion was highlight. Very nice and kind staff. Will like to visit again

We had spent a week on safari and were ready for a rest. The residence ticked all the boxes. The staff were increadible in their kindness and attention,we've never been made feel more welcome. One tip is get a beach front villa , worth every penny, if only for the sunset.Franseska thanks to you and all your staff. You set the bar very high.

We throughly enjoyed our stay here! The rooms were very nice and they were very well looked after. As well as the small pool at our villa, there is a main infinity pool which looks out onto the white sanded beach; offering a spectacular view. They also have a selection of water activities available, some of which are included in your package. We found kayaking very fun! The dining room offers a wide selection of food, allowing you to experience the tastes of different African foods (as well as other foods if you are a bit more fussy). You can never get bored and whether you come as a couple or a family there is something to do for everyone! The staff are very friendly and accommodated all our needs. I would definitely recommend staying here and am intending to come back here again myself!

Absolutely beautiful hotel with top service. I really recommend this hotel if you are looking for a place to stay in Zanzibar with your family. Pool, food, service, staff, view... everything was perfect. The rooms and bathrooms are impressively big and beautiful. The restaurant is delicious and overlooks the sea. Service is incredible, staff is very friendly and accommodating. Special mention to the director of the hotel, Bruce, who takes care of everyone of its clients. I hope we will get the chance to come back Bruce !

We have been there 4 nights this august'17 and it was an amazing experience. Superb service, the people is extremely friendly, incredible villas, very good food. 100% relax with the option of a couple of activities, or just take a tour with the bicycles around the resort. And extremely romantic for couples. The only point to mention is that the beach (at least in august) is not the best to swing, fantastic for pictures but it's not like the north zanzibar beaches.

Room options

Luxury Villa, Pool Access, Oceanfront

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, Pool Access, Oceanfront (Prestige)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 952 reviews