The Residence


Southern Zanzibar coast

Accommodation Type

Beach resort

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

The Residence

Luxury, location and service define The Residence. Each day is special, from the moment you awake in your lavish villa, stroll through the gardens, laze by the infinity pool, relax in the spa, savour fine cuisine, and enjoy a sunset dhow cruise.

This lavish resort, part of the international Residence collection, is set in 32 hectares of grounds that lead down to a 1.5kms stretch of beach. Villas are spacious, and their decor reflects the African and Middle Eastern influences that have shaped Zanzibar’s heritage. Each has a terrace and private pool, with butler service on request.

Days can be dedicated to relaxation as you sunbathe by the infinity pool or beach, with lunch delivered to your lounger, or to activity with a choice of sailing, kayaking and cycling and diving and guided island tours available further afield. Either way, set aside time to visit the spa where restorative, health-bestowing treatments are administered in serene surroundings.

Food forms an important part of your stay. In The Dining Room you are treated to international dishes favoured with local spices, while The Pavilion serves Arabic and Mediterranean fare, and private dining in your villa, by the beach or on the jetty over the ocean can be arranged.

Children are welcome, with villas providing excellent family accommodation, and a Kids Club offering a range of activities each day tailored for ages 4 to 14.

Times to Go

Summer extends from October to May, with an average daytime temperature of 27C, and from June to September the temperature averages 25C. The main rains occur from mid-March to May, with short rains in November..

The Residence highlights

  • Luxurious villas with pools
  • 32 hectares of gardens
  • Pampering spa treatments
  • Watersports and cruises
  • Range of cuisines
  • Renowned hotel brand
  • Family friendly

The Residence location

The Residence


  • 66 villas
  • Open all year
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • 2 restaurants
  • Main bar and jetty bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Watersports centre
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball court
  • Gardens
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting


  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Dinghy sailing
  • Cycling
  • Weekly yoga classes
  • Tennis (optional)
  • Dhow cruises (optional)
  • Kite surfing (optional)
  • Dolphin watching trips (optional)
  • Diving (optional)
  • Choice of excursions (optional)

The Residence rooms


There are 1 and 2 bedroom villas, 66 in total, all with similar facilities including 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, hot drinks maker, minibar, safe, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, and both fans and air conditioning to moderate the temperature. Bathrooms have a bathtub and a walk-in shower. The living room opens on to a deck which has both chairs and daybeds, with the added bonus of a pool and outdoor shower, and views of the gardens or beach. Cots are available on request.

Luxury Villas

The 34 luxury garden pool villas and the 13 luxury ocean front pool villas each occupies 155sqm, and sleeps up to 4 people.

Prestige villa

There are 11 prestige ocean front 1-bedroom villas with 194sqm of space and sleeping up to 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.


Each of the 5 frangipani garden pool villas and 2 frangipani ocean front pool villas has 234sqm of room including 2 en-suite bedrooms and accommodates up to 4 adults and 2 children.

Presidential villa

The presidential pool villa is the largest, with a generous 460sqm, 2 en-suite bedrooms, large deck and swimming pool and 2 outside showers. Maximum occupancy is 6 people.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.