The stylish 5-star Residence resort tucked away amid 80 acres of palm tree forests overlooking a mile-long white sand beach on the south-west of Zanzibar is fit for a royal visit. It oozes sophistication, relaxation and elegance, and is the perfect honeymoon destination. It’s just 55 minutes from the airport and the capital of Stone Town and just 20 minutes from the village of Kizimkazi, a famous jumping off point for dolphin-watching safaris.
The hotel’s Spa nestled amid five acres of tropical gardens is the perfect place to unwind. It features six pavilions for treatments and a rest area with a whirlpool bath.
Each of the hotel’s 66 spacious villas are luxuriously appointed with contemporary, stylish furniture that reflects the island’s African and Omani heritage. Each room features satellite TV, CD/DVD player, mini bar, hairdryer, mosquito nets, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, Internet and air-conditioning.
Lounge on one of the many day beds or wicker chairs on the deck around the private pool, or hire a bike from the hotel explore the gardens and local area. There’s also a fitness centre and flood-lit tennis court if you fancy practicing your serve, and various water sports available from the Boat House. If you want to explore the island, head to Stone Town in the old part of Zanzibar City, spot the rare Red Colobus monkey at the Jozani Natural Forest Reserve, or visit one of the many spice plantations.
Choose from two restaurants: the relaxed Dining Room is set in the heart of the hotel with views over the beach and serves international dishes with a Zanzibar twist, while the Pavilion Restaurant showcases the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.