Sited on the island’s pristine south coast, all of Zanzibar’s paradisiacal hallmarks are on the Residence’s doorstep. Beach curves dotted with coconut palms look out over technicolour coral formations and the bathtub-warm waters of the Indian Ocean. You’ll also be perfectly poised to spot dolphins on lazy boat cruises and discover the UNESCO-listed cultural spread of Zanzibar; there’s everything from quiet fishing villages to whitewashed towns of Arabic exoticism. You can even explore with your accommodation’s own bicycles.
And, the resort’s 66 luxuriously appointed villas invite in all of the island’s diverse influences, with style notes that pay homage to Zanzibar’s African, Omani and European heritage. It’s all fused together by a flawlessly contemporary style, exemplified by the wicker chairs and daybeds of their private outdoor lounges. Each even comes with its own outdoor shower and 1.2-metre-deep private swimming pool ringed by a verdant garden. It’s the perfect spot to take in the views, whether your villa overlooks the beach, ocean or the resort’s gardens. Inside, the likes of freestanding bathubs, canopied four-poster beds and beautifully styled living areas make for truly pampered stays.
Dining, too, takes its notes from Zanzibar’s diversity. Using ultra-fresh ingredients, Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean influences play out across the resort’s two dining venues. For international fine cuisine, head to the Dining Room, but for Middle Eastern flavours look no further than the Pavilion. Hidden among the Residence’s lush grounds, it’s the perfect spot to relax to traditional music. There’s also the option of taking your meals poolside, on the beach or in the privacy of your villa. Perhaps enjoy a seafood barbecue on the white sands, romantically lit by the glow of tiki torches.
Lastly, further indulgence can be had at the superb spa, while the tennis courts, infinity-edge pool and gym offer something more active. You might also want to make use of the water sports facilities, with everything from kayaking, hobie-cats and pedal boats to snorkelling, kite surfing and scuba diving on offer.