The Residence draws on Swahili and Omani influences to create a seductive retreat of stand-alone pool villas.

Set in 80 acres of lush oceanfront gardens once occupied by Shirazi princes, and with excellent service and attention to detail, The Residence Zanzibar is a sophisticated, world-class escape.

Exceptional dining opportunities include international cuisine with a hint of Zanzibar ‘spice’ and ocean views at the Persian-inspired Dining Room, and Mediterranean-Middle Eastern flavours at the modern Pavilion Restaurant. For the ultimate in comfort, opt for in-villa dining on your sun deck.

The spa is the first hotel spa to offer the energy-based Ohashiatsu concept of acupressure and Oriental diagnosis, and has six pavilions and a tranquil whirlpool nestled in five-acre gardens. Free activities include kayaking, tennis and snorkelling, and all guests can enjoy the use of dedicated bicycles to explore the vast gardens and local area.

Contemporary private pool villas have views of the gardens or the ocean. They’re particularly spacious too, with a large light and airy living room. Luxury Pool Villas are more romantic, with a four-poster bed, while the Frangipani Pool Villas have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making them ideal for families.

All Inclusive option

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Key information

On a mile-long powder white sand beach on the island’s south-west coast

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1 hour from Zanzibar airport
Rooms: 66

Accommodation information

66 pool villas

Activities

• Take a traditional dhow cruise* • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town* • Book a treatment at the spa*, Go on a snorkelling excursion*.

Dining

2 restaurants, bar

What's included

Half Board • Breakfast at the Dining Room • Set menu or buffet dinner at the Pavilion Restaurant or Dining Room

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Full Board or All Inclusive available.

*Denotes local charge