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The Residence Zanzibar

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Building design
Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villa | 1 bedroom, minibar, in-room safe, desk
2 restaurants, breakfast served

Overview of The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

5.0 star property
Kizimkazi beachfront hotel with 2 restaurants, outdoor pool

9.0/10 Superb

119 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
Mchangamle, Kizimkazi

Guests rated this location 8.4/10 - Very good

Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free children's club
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Beach umbrellas
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Children's club (free)
  • Private pool

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 58 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Dining room, The Residence - 11 min walk
  • Ngalawa Cocktail Bar - 14 min walk
  • Pavilion Restaurant - 11 min walk
  • Sunset restaurant - 14 min drive
  • Frangipane Buffet Restaurant - 14 min walk

About this property

The Residence Zanzibar

At The Residence Zanzibar, you can hit the beach to enjoy the shade from a beach umbrella or relax on a sunlounger, plus you'll have access to on-site snorkelling and kayaking. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages, body wraps and manicures and pedicures, and the outdoor pool provides a splash of fun. The Dining Room, one of 2 restaurants, offers a beachfront location and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other highlights at this luxurious hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a free kid's club and a poolside bar. The pool and helpful staff get great marks from fellow travellers.


All-inclusive room rates at The Residence Zanzibar are available. These rates are higher because they include on-site food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).


English, French, German, Hindi, Spanish, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 66 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children (11 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding
  • Babysitting*
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • 2 coffee shops
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)
  • Free children's club
  • Playground
  • Free supervised childcare/activities

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/hire
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Free bike hire
  • Beach sunloungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 66 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2011
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fitness centre
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/games room
  • Spa services
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Lockers available
  • Reception hall


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Slippers

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Private pool
  • Furnished patio
  • Fireplace
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs and body treatments.


The Dining Room – This beachfront buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting).
The Pavilion – Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant only serves dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) gala dinner per adult: USD 192
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) gala dinner per child: USD 96 (from 2 to 17 years old)
  • Christmas Day (25 December) gala dinner per adult: USD 192
  • Christmas Day (25 December) gala dinner per child: USD 96 (from 2 to 17 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) gala dinner per adult: USD 192
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) gala dinner per child: USD 96 (from 2 to 17 years old)

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 107 per vehicle (one-way)

Children & extra beds

  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.


<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Residence Zanzibar Hotel Kizimkazi
Residence Zanzibar Hotel
Residence Zanzibar Kizimkazi
Residence Zanzibar
The Residence Zanzibar Hotel
The Residence Zanzibar Kizimkazi
The Residence Zanzibar Hotel Kizimkazi

Frequently asked questions

Does The Residence Zanzibar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Residence Zanzibar does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Residence Zanzibar?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Residence Zanzibar?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 107 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Residence Zanzibar?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is noon. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Residence Zanzibar and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as horse riding, kayaking and snorkelling and improve your game at the on-site tennis courts. Additional recreation on-site includes yoga. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include 2 bars and private pools. The Residence Zanzibar also has a sauna and a steam room, as well as an arcade and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Residence Zanzibar?
Yes, there are 2 on-site restaurants, featuring al fresco dining and garden views.
Does The Residence Zanzibar have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a private pool and a furnished patio.
What's the area around The Residence Zanzibar like?
The Residence Zanzibar is located a short 7-minute walk from Mchangamble Beach.







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10/10 Exceptional

christophe, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Cant wait to be back
Amazing as it is my 4th time to stay in the residence, its so comfortable feela like home, the food options one of the best on the island.
Sara, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Perfect hotel, with plenty to do and a very large space to explore. Staff were amazing and very friendly, in particular Nuhu was always on hand to assist with any requests, including catering complimentary room service whilst my wife was ill on the first night. This was an amazing unexpected gesture.
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6/10 Good

Lia, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We really loved our stay at the Residence Zanzibar. The staff was excellent and so kind and always happy. Overall the resort’s grounds are really beautiful. The facilities were great. We always felt safe with friendly staff on grounds whenever needed, but also had lots of peace and quiet to enjoy our stay. Our luxury garden pool villa was huge. We loved the private pool and the massive bathroom - amazing tub and both an indoor and outdoor shower. Another big highlight for us was the spa. We tried a variety of treatments and all of them were excellent. Felt completely relaxed and at peace. The dining options were also good, with a breakfast buffet that has a huge variety of foods as well as live omelette and waffle/pancake stations. Some nights we enjoyed the buffet dinner and others we enjoyed the quieter, more intimate set menu of the pavilion dining area. Every night at dinner a different act provided entertainment and we were really impressed by the quality. Would highly recommend The Residence for any stay in Zanzibar.
Courtney, 10-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent Villas, service and food
ABDUL, 4-night romance trip
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2/10 Poor

This could be a great five star property, but as it is, it misses completely. The pool is great, the rooms are nice. Half the staff try very hard. The problem is it is misses on almost all fronts.. the food is often themed like a cruise ship, there are ants all over the utensils... it is the kind of place honeymooners enjoy but experienced travelers will be very, very very, disappointed.
douglas, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We’ve been blessed to be able to stay at a lot of top hotels around the world but this was one of the best! An absolutely stellar hotel. From the architecture to the interior design, to the attention to detail to ensure you are as comfortable as possible (for example they even fumigate the property so that you don’t get mosquito bites!). The garden view room was beautiful, private, peaceful and gorgeous. The facilities are great - the suites come with a gorgeous bathroom designed to perfection, with a stand-alone bath tub with bath salts, a beautiful marble large shower, an outdoor “cold water” shower if you’re feeling adventurous, beautiful lighting, beautiful scents. There is a spacious living room with multiple seating. The bedroom is gorgeous, you wake up looking into the private pool terrace. The buffet was great - lots of options and I’m pleased that they also include local food in the African Buffet which was one of the nights on rotation (a lot of other top hotels abandon local food which is a shame). Great gym with well maintained equipment. Lovely spa, beautiful massages. There’s also a sauna and steam room. Golf buggies plus complementary bicycles are the modes of transport if you don’t want to walk around the resort. The team have thought of everything! Huge thanks to Masemo, Benjamin, Nuhu, Nubia and the entire team for making our stay incredible and allowing us to celebrate our wedding anniversary in style! Couldn’t recommend enough - peaceful luxury!
Ralph, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

PARADISE ON EARTH ! One of my best vacation to date. The staff at the residence was very friendly and professional. It all started with Abdul who picked me up from the airport and gave me a nice guided ride to the property. He is so friendly and knowledgeable. I stayed in the unit 309. Everything was impeccable! From the fresh flowers on the bed, cleanliness, and beautiful and subtle decor. At the restaurant, Josephine always greeted me with a smile. She is so much fun and was very attentive to all my needs and allergies!! The food was immaculate! Chef Sumesh was splendid! I cannot forgot about Benjamin at the reception. My Go to guy. No issues seemed too small or too big for him! The whole staff was nice and professional but those particular ones went the extra mile to make my vacation amazing !!! The residence is intimate yet entertaining. The right balance of quietness and fun. I will most definitely be back.
Carine, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hannah, 2-night trip
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