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The Residence Zanzibar

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- Beautiful Gardens & Beach
- Excellent Facilities
- All villas with private pools
- Massive infinity pool

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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.

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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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