In my many years of traveling, The Residence Zanzibar has been one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. Now the route to get there was very daunting and long, however, you are immediately gratified by the open, serene, and tranquil entrance as you move past the gates. I never put much thought into my arrival but the attendants here help set the tone for such a beautiful stay. The property was lush with natural wildlife, beautiful flowers everywhere and a wonderful natural aroma that helps ease you into what is about to be a wonderful getaway. This review comes extremely late so I have forgotten many of the staff names but EVERY SINGLE ONE of the people I encountered were extremely helpful, polite and welcoming. I was able to book all my excursions with the front desk staff.
Breakfast was wonderful with a variety of food options, fresh fruits and pressed juice, and my favorite, the omelette station. And though breakfast was great, dinner was AMAZING. Every night brought a different cultural cuisine that was expansive and delicious. You left dinner feeling satiated and yet excited for what tomorrow would bring. I highly recommend upgrading to the all-inclusive or at least breakfast and dinner options. The villas were well kept and the layout so beautiful that I don't believe the pictures do it justice. The spa was also good and the gym was updated. I recommend that if you plan any excursions, ensure you leave time to enjoy the Residence, it is worth it.