The Residence, Zanzibar

Hiding amongst 32 hectares of palm tree plantation The Residence is setting new standards of comfort and decadence on the sandy shoreline of Zanzibar; the original spice island. This African-Omani inspired hotel is set on mile long tropical beach complete with swaying palms and some of the world’s most diverse diving within a stone’s throw. If the sea doesn’t immediately tempt you in then why not hop on a bicycle and exploring the local area being sure not to miss out on the expansive garden and grounds of The Residence. Alternatively relax in your private pool before heading off to the luxurious spa tucked away in a quiet corner overlooking the beach.


Just fifty five minutes from the cultural hustle and bustle of Stone Town, on the south western coast of Zanzibar, The Residence is in a perfect location for you to temper total privacy and serenity with culture and historical forays.

Your room

Each of the 66 rooms at The Residence offers a tempting pool and sun deck for catching a few rays under the African sun and cooling off in the heat of the day. What’s more, villas are fully kitted out with all the mod-cons you need and combine traditional Omani décor with understated elegance making your stay just that little bit more special.

Why we like it

We love that fact that this beachside beauty is just a short dhow ride from the regular playground of a vast pod of dolphins. Take a thrilling safari out to see and swim with these playful animals before returning to your villa for a glass of champagne by the pool; perfect.