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The Residence Zanzibar - Bespoke luxury in pristine surroundings

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Families, Couples & Honeymoons

The Residence Zanzibar is a lavish hotel set on a sprawling 32 hectare property on the peaceful southwest coast of Zanzibar.

Located an hour away from Zanzibar airport and Stone Town, The Residence's secluded and intimate atmosphere provides the perfect setting to relax and unwind after an adventurous safari on the east Africa mainland. 

The 66 spacious colonial-style villas are nestled within the natural beauty and each villa and its private pool is carefully positioned to provide sweeping panoramic views of the ocean.  

Watch cheeky monkeys play around the tropical gardens while enjoying your bountiful breakfast spread at The Dining Room. 

Indulge in some sweet treats while lounging on the beach, as the friendly staff serve complimentary sorbets, ice water and fresh fruit skewers.

Take in the glorious sunset with the sundowner special of cocktails and canapés served around the main infinity pool.


For that extra touch of opulence, book a signature spa treatment at one of the six treatment pavilions. Should things get a little too quiet for you, hop on one of the complimentary bicycles and explore the ruins of the nearby Persian baths and Omani palaces.

If you are looking for something a little more thrilling, the go-to spot for dolphin safaris is just 20 minutes away from the village of Kizimkazi.

The Residence Zanzibar also offers deep-sea fishing excursions, scuba diving, sunset dhow cruises and kite surfing. The evenings are also a special event, with traditional Omani or Middle Eastern inspired live music over dinner. 

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The property

The Residence features 66 luxury villas, all beautifully designed with African, Omani and European influences, and filled with luxurious modern amenities. These lavish villas all come with private rooms, lounge decks, ensuite bathrooms, a freestanding bathtub, day beds, parasols, antique furniture, panoramic ocean views and a private plunge pool. Room types range from the stunning Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa for honeymooners and couples, to the opulent Presidential Pool Villa, which boasts a private outdoor shower garden, king size beds, and can accommodate families or large groups.

The Dining Room is located at the heart of the hotel with a sweeping views of the ocean, and serves fresh produce and meat with the classic Zanzibar spice. A short stroll away is The Pavilion Restaurant, serving Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean-style cuisine in a stylish setting, with live performances of traditional middle eastern music. 


The Residence boasts a tennis court, fitness centre, large infinity pool, a kids play area, and free use of kayaks, pedal boats, snorkel gear, yoga classes and a sailing catamaran.


There are two restaurants with delicious menus offering a range of cuisines, and two bars serving fresh cocktails and snacks for the perfect sunset viewing experience. 

Why Wayfairer

The Residence Zanzibar is a high-class luxury accommodation with impeccable service, and it strives to preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings with sustainable practices, and support the local community by using natural, locally made products and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

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