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    Room facilities:Air Condition, Bar, Catering service, Desk, Free toiletries, Hairdryer, Laundry, Lounge, Minibar, Outdoor pool, Private bathroom, Restaurant, Room service, Safety Deposit Box, Seating area, Telephone, Wake up service, WiFi

    Room size:468 m2

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The Residence Zanzibar incorporates various influences of Zanzibar’s history. This has been infused to create a unique ambiance. Here guests are indulged in an elegant and sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere. The Swahili, Omani, English and Indian influences will ensure a delightful journey. You are guaranteed unsurpassed service, gastronomy and thorough wellbeing.

The Residence Zanzibar has 66 stand-alone villas. Each of this has its very own private swimming pool. Here you can bask in the sun and hide from the other guests. This is a real luxury for those seeking serenity and seclusion. This luxurious all-villa resort is a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World. It is and the only member in the whole of Tanzania.

The Residence Zanzibar is set in isolated splendor on the South West coast of the island. This luxury Zanzibar beach resort is set on 32 hectares of pristine land.  The area was once occupied by the Shirazi Princes. The Residence Zanzibar is located just 55 minutes from the airport and the capital Stone Town. This luxury Zanzibar beach resort on a mile-long powdery white sand beach. It is flanked by coconut palms and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The village of Kizimkazi, famous for its dolphin Safaris, is close by.

Villa Accommodation at the Residence Zanzibar

All 66 villas are luxuriously appointed with contemporary, stylish furniture. This is reminiscent of the island’s African and Omani heritage. They are divided into 6 categories as follows:

  • 34 Luxury Garden Pool Villas – 155 m2
  • 13 Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villas – 155 m2
  • 11 Prestige Ocean Front Pool Villas – 194 m2
  • 5 Frangipani Garden Pool Villas – 234 m2
  • 2 Frangipani Ocean Front Pool Villas – 234 m2
  • 1 Presidential Ocean Front Villa – 468 m2

Restaurants at the Residence Zanzibar

The Dining Room (For breakfast, lunch and dinner)

This central restaurant offers international dishes with a hint of Zanzibar “spice”.

The Pavilion Restaurant (Dinner 7.00pm – 10.30pm)

Dinner is filled with the warmth and colors of Zanzibar. This brings to life the very best of Middle-Eastern, Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean food.

Beach and Poolside (Lunch 12 noon – 4.00pm)

The lunch menu includes a selection of salads, fresh seafood, fritters and pasta.

In-villa private dining (available for breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Guests can enjoy the elegant and refined experience of dining on their private deck. This is offered at no extra cost for the delivery.

Bars at the Residence Zanzibar

Sundown Special (6.00pm – 7.30pm)

Cocktails and canapés are served around the pool or on the Pontoon.

The Library Bar

Guests will step back into colonial splendor and follow Dr Livingstone’s journey. They can leaf through books whilst indulging in an old malt whisky or a more traditional aperitif.

The Dining Room Bar

The Dining Room Bar gives a taste of old Persia with local wood and a hammered copper bar.

Ohashiatsu Pavilion

The Residence Zanzibar Spa is the first hotel spa in the world to provide the Ohashiatsu® concept. This is more than just a massage. It is an energy-based protocol created by Mr Wataru Ohashi. It combines the use of acupressure points, exercise and an Oriental diagnosis. This is to offer relaxation in a completely beneficial and holistic way.

Cancellation / Prepayment

Reservation and confirmation of a room at The Residence Zanzibar has requirements. Clients are required to pay 50% down payment for the requested services. The balance will be required at least 14 days prior to your date of arrival.

African Safari Tour will hold a reservation for up to seven days at a client's request. This is to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. This is if The Residence Zanzibar booking are over a month prior to the service. This must be received before we can confirm your booking. If confirmation is not received within the seven days all blocked rooms at The Residence Zanzibar will be automatically released for re-sale. The full amount of the service must be made within 14 days of date of arrival at The Residence Zanzibar. As for bookings within a month of service, full payment shall be requested for. This will be required before confirmation of The Residence Zanzibar is undertaken.

All cancellations must be received in writing. This will take effect from the date received by African Safari Tour. The following cancellation charges will apply.

More than 56 days before departure: No cancellation fee
56-49 days before departure: 25%
48-29 days before departure: 35%
28-0 days before departure: 100%

The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees. These cancellation charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers.

Children and extra beds

Children older than 2 years are welcome at The Residence Zanzibar. One child from 2 to 11.9 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.

The maximum number of extra beds for children in a room is 2.

Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.

Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

Accepted credit cards

Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express

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  • Air Condition
  • Bar
  • Catering service
  • Desk
  • Fitness
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Minibar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Seating area
  • SPA
  • Wake up service
  • WiFi

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ZanzibarZanzibar Island is locally known as Unguja. This is one of two main islands that make up the semi-autonomous state of Zanzibar. It is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania is the largest country in the east coast of Africa. Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean. The distance from the

Sports & nature

Prison Island Prison Island is only a 20 -30 minute boat trip from Zanzibar. This island is steeped in history; it was once used as a place where slaves were detained and after this period, it was turned into a camp where people with deadly diseases were sent. Nowadays, however, this stunning little island is a nature reserve for giant tortoises and a place to see the ruins that once functioned as the prison. Prison Island makes for a fun and cheap day trip from Zanzibar. Beaches Zanzibar’s eastern beaches are amongst the world’s best. These quiet, beautiful and pristine beaches will not disappoint! The top 5 beaches to visit are as follows: 1. Nungwi Nungwi is a village located at Zanzibar’s North West tip. It is a popular stop for backpackers though it has no-where near the same floods of tourists as many other backpacker spots, namely South East Asia and therefore enjoys Zanzibar’s trademark tranquility. Nungwi beach is a beautiful spot and is an excellent choice for swimming due to the tide which doesn’t venture out too far. 2. Kendwa This village is located next to Nungwi and is within walking distance. Kendwa has pristine white beaches and azure waters with an excellent selection of bars and restaurants on the waterfront. 3. Pongwe A picture perfect beach located south of Kendwa and Nungwi; this is a quiet beach exempt from the backpacking crowd of Nungwi and Kendwa. 4. Paje This beach is located on the South East of Zanzibar and also draws the attention of travelers. Paje is a popular beach for water sports. 5. Matemwe A stunningly quiet beach which offers a small selection of cafes and guest houses. Palm trees sway in the Zanzibari breeze and local villagers go about their daily lives in this sleepy beachside sanctuary. Stone Town With stunning white washed buildings and culture galore, Stone Town is the heart of Zanzibar and is thought to be the only functioning ancient town left in East Africa. With its multitude of historic sites, markets and tours, Stone Town will see that every day you spend there is packed with activities! When in Stone Town check out Mercury’s restaurant; this restaurant pays tribute to Freddy Mercury who was born in Zanzibar in 1946. There are interesting relics from the Queen Band member scattered throughout the bar. Slave Market The slave market is located in Stone Town. This ancient site is a sad, poignant yet interesting place to visit to learn about Zanzibar’s history of the slave trade. Darajani Market The Darajani located in Stone Town is famous for its vibrancy, colorfulness and range of vendors. This exciting market is well worth a visit and will give you a great taster into local life. Snorkeling and diving Zanzibar is excellent for its diving and snorkeling. There are many different locations on the island where you can take a trip; a recommended snorkel trip is to Pemba Island from Nungwi. You will sail to Pemba on a typical Zanzibari dhow boat which is an experience in itself. The beautiful little island of Pemba makes quite the picture is you sail close to it. You will snorkel close to the shores of the island; most trips will include lunch and light refreshments. Forodhani Gardens Located in Stone Town, the Forodhani Gardens are situated right on the coast and make for a perfect evening stroll; here, locals prepare tasty local dishes and there is a great atmosphere as locals and backpacker’s alike come to taste the delights of the local cuisine. Palace Museum & House of Wonders The palace museum is also known as Sultan’s Palace, and is referred to as Beit-el-Sahel and it is one of the most prominent historic buildings in Stone Town and well worth a visit. The Palace Museum is situated in the waterfront; it was built in the 19th century to house the Sultan’s family. After the 1964 revolution the site was used as a Government building and re-named to “The People’s Palace.” Nowadays it serves as a museum and showcases relics of the past Sultan family. The House of wonders is also a very prominent building in Stone Town and functions as one of the main landmarks. It is a fascinating exhibition of Zanzibari and Swahili culture. Spice Tour Zanzibar is famous for its spice industry, and therefore spice tours are readily available. Don’t miss out on a spice tour when in Zanzibar – it’s a great way of learning more about one of the Island’s major industries. The Old Fort The Old Fort is Stone Town’s oldest building. This historic building is located on the seafront opposite the Forodhani Gardens. The Old Fort was built in the 17th century and its purpose was to defend the island from attacks from the Portuguese. Today, The Old Fort is a place to see the remains of the former fort, and the courtyard in the center sells local merchandise and there is also an amphitheater where events are held most evenings.

Nightlife info

Zanzibar is strongly influenced by Muslim culture and therefore has a fairly subdued nightlife. There are however a couple of places, especially in Stone Town, where visitors can go to enjoy a holiday sundowner, and even a bit of dancing! Blues, at the Forodhani waterfront, and Pichy's Pizzeria and Bar are good for drinks with an ocean view, while the roof-top bar at Africa House and the Serena Inn's Msasani Bar are also quite popular. Serena Inn puts on a great 'Swahili Night', with Taarab music and an African buffet, and the Old Fort is also good for local music performances. Trendy late-night venues include the Starehe and Garage clubs on Shangani Street, and the Bwawani Hotel's Komba Disco. Restaurants in Zanzibar are a true culinary adventure. In Stone Town Restaurants offer many opportunities to enjoy a nice day or evening while having great sea food and sundowner cocktails. Around the island major hotels and local restaurants offer food and beverage services. Stone Town Africa House hotel Each evening Africa House Hotel in Stone Town fills up with people overlooking the ocean as it is certainly nowhere better for the requisite sundowner to watch the magnificent sunset. Forodhani Gardens Every night, as the sun goes down; the food stalls in the Forodhani Gardens opposite the old fort starting to prepare all kinds of local food in the open air. Mercurys Located a five minutes’ walk from the Old Fort, named after Zanzibar’s most famous son Freddie Mercury, this place has a fine setting on the seafront, overlooking a small beach, the bay, and part of the new port. Sometimes there is live traditional music or other entertainment. Monsoon Restaurant Near the Fort and the seafront it offers selection of Mediterranean and Zanzibari food, accompanied by live taraab music some days. Mtoni Marine / Zanzibar Sports Café Five minutes from the hustle of Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town is the Mtoni Marine hotel. With its several Restaurants and Bars it offers a range from fine-dining experience of classic continental cuisine by candle-light under the stars right on the beach, with traditional live music to Beach- and Sport bar with TV and entertainment. Some Italian restaurants can be found as well, Archipelago, Amore Mio or La Taverna. Bars and some hotel discos can be found in Stone Town and in hotels and restaurants around Zanzibar Island. For the nightlife in Stone Town the only popular disco can be found on weekends at the former Bwawani Hotel, in a dark and equally seedy room under the swimming pool the party starts normally not before 2 am. During the evening it is possible to start the party on the open roof top. The Dharma Lounge, a popular bar in Stone Town is open until the early hours. It offers a modern club with a dance floor and a good selection of music & drinks. North coast Nungwi’s and Kendwa’s nightlife is Zanzibar’s liveliest, with plenty of music bars to choose from. Most hotel restaurants are open for visitors like Langi-Langi Beach Bungalows just to mention one of them. East coast Nowadays Paje and the neighboring area offer a variety of bars, evening hangouts, restaurants and nightlife. Still not as much as in the north but there are definitely opportunities to swing your hips or just to relax with some drinks and good music. Also in this area most hotels are open for visitors like for example the Blue Oyster Hotel Restaurant in Jambiani. Bigger hotels sometimes don’t allow outside guests to enter the premises, especially the Italian resorts. Local spirit konyagi is Zanzibar’s answer to gin and is best sampled in a dawa cocktail with honey and lime. A range of Tanzanian beer is available; Kilimanjaro is the most popular, alongside Tusker beer from Kenya.

Culture and history info

Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers, plunderers and explorers to its shores for centuries. The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule. With this influence, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic (97%) - the remaining 3% is made up of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. The earliest visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who are said to have arrived in the 8th century. The earliest building that remains on Zanzibar is the mosque at Kazimkazi. This dates from 1107, and is a present-day tourist attraction. For centuries the Arabs sailed with the Monsoon winds from Oman to trade primarily in ivory, slaves and spices. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs. This was because the island was relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend. From here it was possible for them to control 1,000 miles of the mainland coast from present day Mozambique to Somalia. Indeed, in 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid Dynasty that had emerged in Oman, moved his Sultanate from Muscat, which was perhaps more difficult to protect, to Zanzibar where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community. They were the main landowners, kept themselves to themselves, and generally did not intermarry with the Africans. Unlike the Arab community, the Shirazi Persians who came from the Middle East intermarried with the locals. The story goes that in AD 975, Abi Ben Sultan Hasan of Shiraz in Persia (now Iran) had a terrible nightmare in which a rat devoured the foundations of his house. He took this as an omen that his community was to be devastated. Others in the Shiraz Court ridiculed the notion. However Sultan Hasan, his family and some followers obviously took it very seriously and decided to migrate. They set out in seven dhows into the Indian Ocean but were caught in a huge storm and separated. Thus, landfalls were made at seven different places along the East African coast, one of which was Zanzibar, and settlements began. Widespread intermarriage between Shirazis and Africans gave rise to a coastal community with distinctive features, and a language derived in part from Arabic, which became known as Swahili. The name Swahili comes from the Arab word sawahil which means 'coast'. The Zanzibar descendants of this group were not greatly involved in the lucrative slave, spice and ivory trades. Instead, they immersed themselves mainly in agriculture and fishing. Those Shirazis that did not intermarry retained their identity as a separate group. Two smaller communities were also established. Indian traders arrived in connection with the spice and ivory trade, and quickly settled as shopkeepers, traders, skilled artisans, and professionals. The British became involved in missionary and trading activities in East Africa, and attempting to suppress the slave trade centered in Zanzibar.

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