- Beautiful Gardens & Beach
- Excellent Facilities
- All villas with private pools
- Massive infinity pool
The Residence is one of the highest end offerings on Zanzibar. Part of the International Cenizaro chain, The Residence offers an incredibly polished beach offering with all villa accommodation, all with private pools and set within expansive tropical gardens. The advantages of the Residence are its lovely villas, luxurious standards, fantastic setting and facilities. The disadvantages are its high prices and slightly International feel.
The Residence has 66 luxuriously appointed villas set within 32 hectares of tropical gardens. Each Villa has a lounge deck outside, with 1.2-metre-deep private swimming pool and garden, beach or ocean views. Each villa comes with its own bicycles so you can explore gardens and local surroundings at your leisure. All Villas are air conditioned, featuring free wi-fi and a large TV. Butler service is available on request. The Villas vary by size and view ranging from one to two bedrooms and garden, beach and ocean views (in ascending costs).
The beachfront infinity pool is a massive 45m x 15m and features stunning ocean views. The 150 metre jetty, built to overcome the massive tidal range, serves as watersports centre by day and occasional lounge bar at night. Non-motorised watersports are complimentary (kayaking, pedal boat, hobie cat). Kite surfing, deep sea fishing, dolphin safaris, dhow cruises and scuba diving are extra. Amidst the gardens The Residence offers a fitness centre, spa, floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court, sauna and steam room and jacuzzi.
Accommodation is offered on a half board basis. There are two restaurants in addition to beach or poolside dining and private dining. 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.
With its range of facilities, lovely beach, kids club and villa based accommodation, The Residence is well suited to families. There is an air-conditioned kids clubhouse offering a range of activities minded by a team of professionally trained staff (4-14 years old). Accommodation is in a range of one and two bedroom villas available to suit families of varying sizes.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019