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Fly away to the small and authentic paradise that is the archipelago of Zanzibar. This gem of an island is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent white sand beaches.


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The archipelago of Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast. This small paradise island is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles.

Come to explore its beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of the historical Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Activities and Indulgences For you

Zanzibar's brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. The hotel's spa is its self proclaimed 'star attraction', made up of six pavilions nestled in 5 acres of tropical gardens. You can't help but feel completely at ease in this breathtaking setting as you settle down for a massage or a facial.

The Residence's own 150m jetty is the perfect place to head out and see what you can see in the crystal clear waters by day, or take a romantic moonlit walk in the evening. Once a week the the jetty is transformed into the perfect sunset lounge bar, where ice-cold cocktails and delicious canapes are served. 

And if you're after a little more action there are plenty of excursions on offer, like a trip to the ancient Stone Town, which is the vibrant cultural heart of Zanzibar and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover also the Jozani Natural Forest Reserve or Prison Island, ideal for snorkeling and a chance to swim alongside giant tortoises.

For the kids

Once they discover it, the kids won't want to leave Zanzibar.

With the Kids Club from 3 to 12 years, parents can be sure that The Residence Zanzibar takes great care of their children. Professionally trained staff provide endless entertainment and adventure with a myriad of activities.

Children will enjoy learning Swahili, taking bicycles around the property, competing in volleyball tournaments and much more.

The whole family can also enjoy complimentry non-motorised watersports from The Residence's very own boat house. 

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Getting There

British Airways flights to Dar Es Salaam take approximately 9 1/2 hours, with a 20 minute connecting flight to Zanzibar. The transfer from the airport to The Residence takes about 1 hour.

Sun Facts

Listed below are an average temperature and rainfall for selected months
January28°C 50mm
February28°C 60mm
March28°C 140mm
April27°C 320mm
May25°C 280mm
June25°C 50mm
July24°C 20mm
August25°C 30mm
September25°C 40mm
October26°C 60mm
November27°C 170mm
December27°C 130mm