Location: Set on 32 hectares of pristine land once occupied by the Shirazi Princes on the southwest coast of Zanzibar, The Residence is located just 55 minutes drive from the airport and the Stone Town, lying on a mile-long powdery white sand beach, flanked by coconut palms and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Accommodation: A member of Leading Hotels of the World, The Residence Zanzibar boasts of 66 stand-alone villas luxuriously appointed with contemporary, stylish furniture reminding guests of the island’s African and Omani heritage. The villas come in six categories: 34 Luxury Garden Pool Villas, 13 Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villas, 11 Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villas, 5 Frangipani Garden Pool Villas, 2 Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villas, and 1 Presidential Ocean Front Villa all with deck and pool. Every villa has a private butler and its own private swimming pool (size 30–35square metres) with deck, wicker chairs and day bed, and all have en suite bathroom, bath robes, hairdryer, mosquito nets, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, personal safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans in the living room and bedrooms, satellite TV, CD/DVD player in the living room, direct dial telephone and internet access. Other facilities include cold towels, chilled water & cookies, in-villa guest registration, unpacking & packing service, and in-villa complimentary amenities including fresh fruits, bottled water, chocolates, cookies, and a choice of herbal teas.
Facilities & Services: The Residence has two main restaurants and two bars: The Dining Room, which is the central restaurant, offers a variety of international dishes serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and The Pavilion Restaurant serves dinner, featuring Middle-eastern, Greek, Turkish, and Mediterranean dishes. There is also the choice of in-villa private dining on the villa deck, and the Beach & Pool restaurant which serves lunch including fresh seafood and a selection of light dishes. Other services include complimentary sorbets, iced water and fruit skewers offered on the beach, 24-hour in-villa dining, a huge swimming pool (41m x 14m), six luxurious spa pavilions with own private garden and a secluded swimming pool, fitness centre located in the gardens with own pool & whirlpool, boutique, DVD library, bicycles for each villa, golf buggy transportation, in-house laundry and dry cleaning. Other facilities include a hard floodlit tennis court, kayak, pedal boat, and snorkeling which are complimentary, and many others that can be organised at an additional fee including kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, dolphin safari, dhow cruise, and scuba diving. The village of Kizimkazi, famous for its dolphin Safaris, is close by (20 minutes by car).