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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely the place set apart for anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing timeout. Spent 5 days with my wife on our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing. We both travel a lot but this immediately goes to the top 3 holiday choices anytime. Immediately we checked in, the guests relations were so kind and did more than... More 

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Arad, Arad, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

- excellent staff and service, everyone is extremely helpful and friendly - overall the cleanliness of the hotel is exceptional - great entertainment every night - the overall experience is truly unforgettable, the location, the rooms, the service all provide a quality stay and we would recommend it to anybody who wants time away from civilization and enjoy a peaceful... More 

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1 Thank Peter M
Nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for 9 nights in October with our 8 year old daughter. This hotel balances perfectly between impeccable service and relaxed style. The management team are refreshingly present and the staff well trained yet friendly. Everywhere we went we were greeted with 'Jambo' and a smile. We stayed in an oceanfront prestige villa which was perfect for sunsets... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This property is exclusive and amazing!! Everything was super good . -Amazing location -Amazing food -Well trained staff -Amazing villa with super good privet pool -You will never go wrong if you stay at the Residence Zanzibar - I have been traveling but this resort deserves 10/10 Special thanks to Alberto the Italian restaurant manager who was extremely helpful and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rooms are great and spacious, however I felt the property lacked upkeep and the staff were very impersonal and run off their feet all the time. When we sat out for lunch with great views of the ocean, I couldn't help keep looking at the hedge by the dining area and looking to see it strewn with empty beer... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Residence in November 2016 for four nights. I wish we had stayed ten times as long! The Residence is at the south end of the island, about an hour's drive from Stone Town (mostly a smooth drive, only the last few miles are untarmacked). The buildings are all low rise and so are very unobtrusive and don't... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My stay was in a beautiful Oceanview Villa. I was greeted by friendly staff who offered me fresh watermelon juice upon arrival. The room was superb, clean and serene. The personal swimming pool was exceptionally clean. I was very impressed with the overall experience. Everything perfect except for the food. I a little expected better for a five star establishment.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with many travellers, I looked at the reviews for this hotel before our trip in August 2016. I noted that there were some criticisms, so I was wary when we arrived and was not sure if we had done the right thing in choosing the hotel over another on the island of similar standing. We stayed for four nights... More 

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4 Thank William B
AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear William Thank you for taking the time to post your review It was such a pleasure meeting you and I am so glad that you had a good time despite your health problem. I have to agree with you that our clinician David, is not only knowable but possibly one of the nicest and caring medical staff that you... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff lovely, but this place has been milked dry. Badly maintained main pool deck as well as the one in our villa. Furniture stained, broken and badly marked. Villa ok repainted but furniture stained with sun cream, bathroom fine, bed comfy, view of scrubby garden area which at some time had been landscaped to the beach. Food not good Lebanese... More 

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2 Thank qprgary
AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear qprgary Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am devastated that the Residence was just not what you where looking for in a 5 star resort. As I mentioned before the resort is being refurbished and things that you mentioned have all been addressed and are being fixed and money is being invested by the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were in The Residence between 13/10/16 to 18/10/16. We had a garden villa not far away from the dining room, Which was good because of a problem I have with my leg. The villa and privet swimming pool were beautifully designed. It was a delight being there. We felt that the staff is putting a lot of effort to... More 

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AnjaBosken, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am delighted to have read that you had such a good holiday at our beautiful resort. Kind regards AB More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature's untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens that meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the island's eclectic cultures, our luxury Zanzibar resort blends modern comforts with Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Indulge in the privacy of the spacious villas, attended on if you wish by your own personal butler. Enjoy carefree days relaxing by your private pool, on the beach, or exploring the gardens on foot or by bicycle. Savour a taste of the Spice Island's unique blend of cultures and cuisines, and the pleasure of sensational spa treatments. Discover more of the island and the waters that surround it in a myriad of activities, from visiting historic sites and rare natural wonders to deep sea fishing and diving with dolphins. Whether you dream of a quiet couple's retreat or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of our island life at The Residence Zanzibar. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Residence Zanzibar

Address: Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kizimkazi
Price Range: $416 - $1,204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Residence Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 66
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The Residence Zanzibar Hotel Kizimkazi
The Residence Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi
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