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The Residence Zanzibar - A place for a bespoke luxury stay


Families, Couples & Honeymoons

Set on the tranquil southwest coast of Zanzibar, The Residence Zanzibar sits within 32 hectares of pristine land and is a place for a bespoke luxury stay.

With sixty-six spacious colonial-style villas, guests here will not only be surrounded by the natural scenic beauty but also served with great hospitality. Only an hour away from the airport and Stone Town, The Residence Zanzibar has a secluded and intimate atmosphere for guests to enjoy their time after their safari adventures to unwind and relax.

Each villa is carefully situated to provide sweeping panoramic views of the coast and a private pool to enjoy it from. Watch the monkeys at play around the tropical gardens while enjoying your bountiful breakfast spread at The Dining Room.

Better yet, indulge in some sweet treats while tanning on the beach as staff serves you complimentary sorbets, ice water and fresh fruit skewers. There is also a sundown special where cocktails and canapés are served around the main infinity pool.

For that extra touch of lavish relaxation, be sure to 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 Persian baths and Omani palaces in the area.

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

The Residence Zanzibar also offers deep-sea fishing excursions, scuba diving; sunset dhow cruises and kite surfing. Evenings at this hotel are also exhilarating with live traditional music over dinner, which can be either Omani inspired or Middle Eastern inspired.

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The property

The Residence features 66 luxury villas, designed in a contemporary style but with accents of African, Omani and European heritage. These spacious villas all come with private rooms, lounge decks, ensuite bathrooms, freestanding bathtub, day beds, parasols, antique furniture, scenic views and a private plunge pool. Room types range from Luxury Garden Pool Villa, Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa, Prestige Pool Villa, Frangipani Garden Pool Villa, Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villa and the Presidential Pool Villa. The more exclusive rooms offer a private outdoor shower garden, king size beds, extra suites to accommodate families or groups. 

Located at the heart of the hotel, with a sweeping view of the ocean is The Dining Room, the main restaurant serving fresh foods and meats with the Zanzibar “spice”. While a short stroll away from the main area will take to The Pavilion Restaurant which serves Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean-style cuisine in a contemporary setting but with middle eastern live music playing in the background.


Facilities include a tennis court, fitness centre, large infinity pool and a kids play area. The hotel also provides guests with free use of kayaks, pedal boats, snorkel gear, weekly yoga classes and Hobie cat.


The Residence houses 2 restaurants, The Dining Room and The Pavillion, and 2 bars, The Dining Room Bar and The Library Bar where one can order fresh cocktails or enjoy sunset-viewing snacks

Why Wayfairer

Although a high-class luxury stays with impeccable service The Residence strives to maintain the natural beauty of the area intact and supports the local community by using natural and local products.

If you'd like to read more about our responsible and sustainable approach to luxury travel you can do so in this dedicated section of our website.

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