Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar

Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar


Are you looking to book a luxury holiday in Zanzibar for your family? Desire a hotel which offers superb service, excellent kids club and delivers quality?
Read below for my review on the Residence Zanzibar, a luxury all villa resort in East Africa.

This post is a long time coming, considering we visited the Residence Zanzibar back in November 2016.
Mr L and I have always chosen to spend our November anniversary away, and that wasn’t going to change as parents of a then 11 month old. This was to be our first winter sun holiday as a family of 3!


For those of you whom have been on the WHIITELIST journey for a while, you will know that we love travelling, and 2016 saw us visit Italy, Sweden and New York.
We chose to spend our babymoon in Maldives and Qatar, and it was whilst staying at the Residence Maldives in September 2015 that we decided to book our November holiday to the Residence Zanzibar...yes it was that good!


Mr L and I are huge fan of the Cenizaro properties, we have stayed at the Residence Mauritius (hands down the best risotto we have ever had), the Residence Maldives (just pure luxury and seclusion) and now the Residence Zanzibar...I will tell you why you need to visit.


Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar


Karibu!
Welcome was the first thing we heard when we arrived at the airport from our Residence driver. Greeted with much needed cold water, and bags swiftly transferred to the van, we began our 55 minute journey to the hotel. Our driver Dallal showed us the direction of Stone Town (birthplace of Freddie Mercury), discussed the history of this small archipelago and guided us through the African massage of the bumpy roads.
After 80 minutes, we had arrived at the luxury resort, said goodbye to Dallal and sat in the gargantuan lobby, taking in the surroundings whilst concierge checked us in.
2 mocktails and a booked in family of 3 later, we hopped into a golf cart to our villa.


The Residence Zanzibar is all villa, luxury boutique resort. There are 66 villas (all with private pools) and designed in contemporary style influenced by the Island’s African, European and Omani heritage. There are different category rooms, but the one that I would highly recommend and where we were lucky to stay was the Prestige Ocean front villa.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram, you would have missed my villa tour on my Instagram stories...for those of you who did catch it, sorry! I apologise that you were left green with envy! Our villa was situated on the beach with stunning views of the Indian Ocean and palm trees. Where do I start with Villa 109?
Shall I start with the 194 sqm size? Much larger than my own home in London!
Or should I start with the living room with sliding doors opening out onto the deck and those views of the indian Ocean?
Or maybe the bedroom with the 4 poster bed and his and hers wardrobes...also with views of the Indian Ocean?
Or the bathroom with his and hers basins and freestanding bath...with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean?
Did I mention that the ‘main bathroom’ (the one with the freestanding bath) led onto both an indoor and outdoor shower?!


Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar


Within minutes of being in the villa, and taking in our home for the next 10 nights, Mr L, Chance and I were in our private pool, splashing about and slowly winding down with the ice cream and fruits brought over to us by the beach attendants.
When evening came, and we finally decided to tear ourselves from our own private piece of Heaven, and chose the Dining room for the set menu (although if you don’t like set menus, you can enjoy themed buffets in the Pavilion) with flavours of Africa and Omani.
One thing you cannot fault is the service at dinner and breakfast!
As I mentioned earlier, it was Mr L and I’s fifth anniversary and whilst we had decided against doing anything special (rude awakening travelling on a romantic holiday with an 11 month old) the staff at the hotel went all out to make something special. We had arrived at the Dining room, as we had done every other evening for the past week, and instead of sitting in our usual place, we were shown to the top of a rock, with lanterns and candles lighting our way! Completely mesmeric!
Onwaba and Haji had made sure that we had a lovely romantic meal prepared, away from the restaurant to mark our milestone.
Asante Sanna!
Breakfast on our deck, delivered by Ibrahim every morning, and enjoyed with views of the Ocean (yes that blue Ocean) and some friendly monkey neighbours, was completely unforgettable.


Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar


I couldn’t get tired of moving from sun lounger, to pool, to eat, to bed and repeating again...but on occasion I shook up my whole relax routine by paying a visit to the Residence’s bird sanctuary which was located right next to the Spa. This sanctuary hidden in the gardens, Ila (Sanskrit meaning Earth) was where I enjoyed luxury massage treatments with citronella oil (although you can choose which oil is best for you) TWICE!


When the end finally came, we were sad to leave but happy to go home, knowing we had thoroughly enjoyed ourself in this jewel located off the coast of Tanzania. We had had good weather, around 30 degrees daily bar the one day when it rained, and even then it was warm. Enjoyed good people and picked up some Swahili along the way, Asante Sanna and Hakuna Matata...thank you and no worries. And, we had been taken by the beauty of Zanzibar, palm fringed and various blues of Indian Ocean, as well as the Residence Zanzibar, so good we forgot to sightsee!


Asante Sanna!


Thank you for reading and please do follow me on Instagram to see where I am off to next.


SAL xx


Hotel Review for The Residence Zanzibar

*Thank you to the Residence Zanzibar for the most wonderful stay Full Disclaimer

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