Reviews of The Residence
Wildlife sightings and reviews
2 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited The Residence and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"The Residence Zanzibar review"
The villa was also beautiful. It had a large, well furnished lounge area with a TV, a tea and coffee making station and a mini fridge. There were sliding doors into the bedroom which contained a huge four poster bed adorned with mosquito nets. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and we both slept well.
Both the bedroom and lounge area had sliding doors out onto the private patio which was furnished with a table and chairs and 2 loungers. Best of all was the private pool; not huge, but bigger than I would have expected for a plunge pool.
We were on a half board plan but we had considered upgrading to all inclusive but at an extra cost cost of 79U$ per person, per night we decided against it. In fact we found all the prices to be unnecessarily high. Even those who had paid for all-inclusive didn't have free access to everything e.g. only the house white and house red wines were included and a very limited selection of spirits. Everything else cost extra. They even charged an extra 10U$ on top of the cost of your order for room service.
The biggest disappointment was the food. The website mentions dining in The Pavilion but when we were there the only dining option was a buffet in The Dining Room and to be honest it was a bit of a bun-fight with the other guests. There was supposedly a different theme each evening but whilst fairly tasty, it was all rather samey. The Indian food was the best and tasted authentic. Sadly the Lebanese, Italian and International themes were less so and it seemed that some leftovers made repeat appearances. Disappointing food in a lovely hotel." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania; 8n in Zanzibar
"A bit of luxury after our safaris"
All of the staff were extremely friendly although service could be a bit hit or miss depending on how good their English was - I would stree though that everyone tried to be helpful always and nothing was too much trouble.
A really great location to end our holiday and we would definitely look for The Residence in other locations as well" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar; 1n in Kenya
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