The Residence Zanzibar

  • Beachfront
  • Free WiFi
  • Airconditioning
  • Dining + Bar
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Family Rooms

Precious, Exceptional & Tantalising

Cocooned among 32 hectares of tropical gardens, fringed by a pristine mile-long beach, The Residence Zanzibar immerses you in the splendour of a secluded hideaway. Teeming with natural beauty, explore the treasures of the wild on discovery of the rare Red Colobus Monkey, indigenous to Zanzibar or indulge your senses on a spice plantation visit to uncover the secrets of Zanzibar’s spices.

At this luxurious villa only resort on Zanzibar Island, just off the coast of Tanzania, retreat to a world of divine relaxation, bespoke hospitality and enchanting elegance inspired by the island’s African, Omani and European heritage.

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.

Rooms & Amenities
Gastronomy & Bar
Venue & Conference
Leisure & Sport

Presidential Pool Villa

Exclusive and exquisite, the Presidential Pool Villa offers the luxury of space and privacy on a magnificent scale, framed by panoramic views of the beach and ocean and the magical Zanzibar sunset.

Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa

Nestled along the palm-fringed shore, these beautiful one-bedroom villas offer breathtaking views of the ocean from every room, particularly from the bathroom’s freestanding bathtub where you can soak in absolute relaxation and the uninterrupted panoramic seascape.

Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa

Just steps from the beach, these beautifully appointed villas feature a large living room leading out to a private pool and deck, furnished with table and chairs, daybed, and sun loungers with parasols – the perfect spot for basking in the sun or enjoying a romantic dinner for two, watching the sunset on the ocean horizon.

Luxury Garden Pool Villa 

Lush gardens and towering coconut palms provide a restful setting for these beautifully appointed villas. Each villa features a large living room leading out to a private pool and deck, furnished with table and chairs, daybed and sun loungers with parasols – where you can relax in the warmth of the African sun, enjoy a romantic dinner for two, or sip cocktails by sunset.

Frangipani Garden Pool Villa

Indulge in the restful ambience of the two bedrooms – the master suite with a canopied king-size bed, and the junior suite with twin beds – both with en suite bathrooms and French doors which you can slide back to let in the breeze or step out for a dip in the pool.

Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa

Revel in the glorious ocean panorama from the comfort of these beautiful villas along the shore. A spacious haven ideal for families or friends travelling together, each villa features a large living room that extends out to a private pool and deck furnished with table and chairs, daybed and sun loungers, where you can relax into the rhythm of island life and the ocean waves.

  • Welcome amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Overhead fan
  • 40‐inch LCD satellite TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi‐Fi
  • Mini bar
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Nespresso machine (available on request)
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Personal safe
  • Bath amenities
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito nets
  • Private butler service (on request)
  • In‐villa guest registration
  • Daily housekeeping & turndown service
  • 24‐hour in‐villa dining
  • Bicycles

Fragrance and flavour combine to create an exciting gastronomic journey at our two restaurants or in the intimacy of your villa. The Dining Room offers international dishes peppered with a hint of Zanzibar “spice”, while Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean influences are at play in The Pavilion Restaurant in an atmospheric dining experience that extends beyond the plate.


Begin the day in the most leisurely way with breakfast in The Dining Room, set at the heart of the hotel with spectacular views over the beach and ocean. Linger over lunch that offers a menu of tempting, light options. As night falls, savour a menu of tantalising cuisine that reflects the spice and culture which Zanzibar is so famous for, combining fresh foods and meats with Omani and African flavours.


Indulge in a mouthwatering culinary journey at The Pavilion that takes you from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, embracing the flavours of all the countries in between. Situated within lush grounds a short stroll from the main hotel, The Pavilion merges elegant, contemporary décor with touches of Middle Eastern culture and traditional music.


Located alongside the beautiful swimming pool, The Dining Room Bar is the perfect place to chill out in the cool breeze, sipping drinks and watching the world go by, gazing across the panoramic seascape and the Zanzibar sunset.



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Immersed in the tranquility and beauty of nature, The Residence Zanzibar provides the most astounding backdrop for life’s most memorable and important occasions, whether the exchange of wedding vows or a glittering VIP event.

The resort also provides an ideal venue for meetings and executive retreats, offering elegant, well-equipped spaces for discussions, seminars and conferences, elevated to the next level by the professional expertise of our events team, and exceptional catering options crafted by our talented chefs.

Pampering pleasures abound in The Spa, the hotel’s star attraction featuring six spacious treatment pavilions, a relaxation area with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room, nestled amongst two hectares of tropical gardens. Woven seamlessly into the natural landscape, this sanctuary of well-being leads you blissfully along the path to rejuvenating mind, body and soul.

Our bespoke treatments harness the natural benefits of local plants and spices to bring powerful healing benefits for wellbeing. Allow our highly experienced spa therapists to nurture you from top to toe with a range of therapeutic and luxurious beauty treatments tailored for total relaxation and pure indulgence. The ultimate Zanzibar spa experience