The Residence Zanzibar
This contemporary all-villa hideaway is a chic jewel in Zanzibar’s crown. Tanzania’s first member of the prestigious ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ portfolio, the resort’s distinct style and enchanting elegance draws inspiration from the Swahili, Omani, British and Indian cultures present in Zanzibar. It is set on a mile long white sandy beach in the island’s southwest corner on an 80 acre private estate, flanked by coconut palms and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Accommodation comprises 66 one and two bedroom colonial-style villas including a magnificent two bedroom Presidential Villa and each boasts generous outdoor space with relaxing wickers chairs, day-beds and a private pool with garden, beach or ocean views.
Butlers ride around on traditional tricycles with a large rattan trunk carefully poised on the front or back. Their efforts will no doubt inspire you to likewise take to the saddle of your complimentary bicycle and go exploring through the forested grounds. Zanzibar’s capital, historic Stone Town, is just 55 minutes away but much closer is the charming local fishing village of Kizimkazi, famous for its dolphin safaris. Non-motorised watersports (included in the cost of your stay) are available from The Boat House, which draws its inspiration from a traditional dhow, or directly from The Jetty - a nautical club by day and an energising place to practise yoga at dusk or the ideal spot for enjoying a cocktail and canapés as the sun sets on the horizon. There are five dive sites between 30 minutes to an hour away and kite surfing, deep sea fishing and dhow excursions to a sandbank for snorkelling are also on offer.
Local ingredients and fragrances create an exciting infusion of flavours at the two restaurants – The Dining and The Pavilion. During the day, the attentive staff will ensure that you are kept suitably refreshed with sorbets, iced water and fresh fruit, served on the beach or by the pool whilst lunch is delivered to your sun lounger in a rattan basket! Special occasions can be celebrated with an intimate dinner amid the soft glow of tiki torches in the privacy of your villa or with a private barbecue on the jetty – a truly unforgettable experience!
The glass-walled beachfront infinity pool is a visually stunning centrepiece but the star attraction, for those in search of rejuvenation, is The Spa which blends seamlessly into the natural landscape and provides the perfect Spice Island escape for revitalising the mind, body and soul.