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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Being a local, i have been to zanzibar numerous times and have stayed at several resorts, including zalu, gold, blue bay and many more. This was our fourth stay at the residence, and it was excellent. Two years ago, it was terrible, service and food standards had dropped, but they have since done a complete 360 turn around, and VOW!!...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Hey.. Me and my family of 4 adults and 2 kids (age 7 to 75 yrs) stayed 3 nights and had a wonderful time. Very nice and super friendly staff. The best food we had on the 2 weeks trip was served here for lunch and dinner. Dinner goes with a difference theme buffet every night or a 3 course...

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Mwanza, Tanzania
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved our villa and private pool overlooking the ocean. The property is massive and we had a lot of fun bike-riding around the area--it was refreshing and good exercise after all the delicious food we ate.The staff are warm, kind and very helpful.

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Haikaness Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am so happy that you had a great time. The resort is just ideal to cycle and you are right it is always nice to get a bit of exercise in a stunning setting. Kind regards Anja

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our stay very much - the property is beautiful and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. The staff were very cooperative and friendly. Great vacation:) I would definitely improve the food although it's extremely varied.

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AnjaBosken, Front Office Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear gilii2017 Thank you for taking the time to post your review I am happy that you enjoyed your time with us and managed to have a great holiday. Kind regards Anja

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long arduous journey from London with two children (7and 4) we arrived at the Residence just after 7pm and were met by Anja (General manager). Her and her staff were welcoming, quickly checked us in and showed us to our villa. Our stay was 2weeks in a garden villa. The villas are elegant, well thought out and surpassed...

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AnjaBosken, Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Tendai C Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am over the moon that you and your lovely family had such a great time with us. We try and go that extra mile with the kids as we understand that if they are happy, parents can relax and have a fabulous and relaxing time. We...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where can I start? Our villa and pool were lovely and private. The rooms were tastefully decorated and my dream is to have my villa bathroom in my own house! It is to die for! Very spacious rooms that are throughly cleaned everyday. So much to do , they have a complimentary activity that they do everyday and dutifully inform...

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Rani S Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am so happy that you had such a great time at our beautiful resort and that we are managing to lure you away from our competition. Rahul and Harish are such a huge part of going the extra mile and ensuring that the guests have their...

Leatherhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff are so welcoming and friendly, Jema at mealtimes and Nami for personalised trips amongst so many. Rooms are amazing and the privacy is what you're paying for, food was mostly very good. The bikes were a great quirky addition. It's the kind of hotel that if you want something, you just ask & they will do their best to...

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear jenninegarner Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It so nice to read that you had a great time. Jema and Nami are just two of our wonderful family that ensure that guests feel right at home. Kind regards Anja

Somerset
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at The Residence for two weeks in March 2017. We flew from London to Zanzibar via Oman and arrived at 3 o'clock in the morning having experienced an interesting journey from the airport. There have been some comments about the state of the road immediately before you get to the hotel but it really isn't a problem and...

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear phbatbjco Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am delighted that you had such a great time. I totally agree with you that it is all about expectations. We are in East Africa and things work differently here. Rahul and his team are great at looking after the guests and as a General Manager it...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our aim was to have two weeks of sheer relaxation in a beautiful, truly peaceful location and The Residence lived up to our expectations completely. Yes there is a bumpy ride to the Hotel, but it really is not that bad and is not the fault of the Hotel whatsoever, it is a Government owned road and you are only...

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Pecanslice Thank you for taking the time to post your review It was such a pleasure to read that you enjoyed your time with us. I am so proud of Rahul and the team for always going the extra mile and giving you life time of wonderful memories. Kind regards Anja

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My fiancé and I stayed here in December 2016 the hotel and staff were amazing. Hotel manager, restaurant manager and chef were amazing, they even asked if we wanted anything special made on certain days! We had a private dinner on the beach/balcony area which again was over and above, so romantic and beautiful! I would definitely recommend this resort...

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Reena V Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am so glad that you had a good time. This should be your home away from home and the team and I try our very best to exceed our guests expectations. I look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Anja

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Breakfast included
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about The Residence Zanzibar

Address: Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kizimkazi
Price Range: €261 - €771 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Residence Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 66
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The Residence Zanzibar Hotel Kizimkazi
The Residence Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi
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“All rooms have a plunge pool, but take the sea facing rooms if you can.”
diallak2013, 22 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All their villas are great, would have preferred the beach villa but much more expensive. Other rooms just as good.”
469reenav, 24 Mar 2017 | Read review
“116 is good.Direct sea view... and still close to the main restaurant but with privacy intact.”
GoZanzibar, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ocean view”
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“I think all rooms are good.”
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