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The Residence by Cenizaro



By Seema Dhawan

After nearly a year of travel restrictions and uncertainty, 2021 is the year to create lasting memories in countries we have always dreamed of visiting. The Residence by Cenizaro is encouraging guests to connect with the destination, soak up the culture, experience new traditions and learn from the locals during a stay at their collection of luxury hotels in some of the world’s most desirable places.


Reconnect with nature – Cycle along sandy paths under the shade of tall coconut trees, walk across the longest private bridge in the Maldives whilst spotting turtles in the pristine waters and swim in one of the destinations deepest and largest atolls, abundant with baby sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays and a multitude of colourful fishes. To delve deeper into this magical underwater world, hop onboard one of our dhoni boats and explore the coral reefs nearby on a snorkelling safari.

Relax and unwind – With a Spa by Clarins, aqua yoga classes in the infinity pool and breath-taking sunsets from every part of the island, it is not hard to feel refreshed and recharged. Taking wellness one step further, the three-day Holistic Healing & Awakening Retreat looks to minimise stress through corrective lifestyle coaching with an indigenous and traditional Ayurveda approach, using a combination of yoga and holistic healing to de-stress, revitalise the senses, restore good health and even improve the body’s immunity.

Cook up a storm – Ideal for budding chefs, the Maldivian Cooking Class invites you to cook alongside the Executive Chef and his talented team. An adventurous culinary journey of taste awaits as you will discover unique spice combinations, enjoy freshly picked vegetables grown in our kitchen garden, and finish the class with a delicious lunch at The Falhumaa.


Hidden gems to explore – Organised by the talented concierge team, the Southern Wonders tour takes you to the wilder southern region of Mauritius to explore some of the island’s most naturally breath-taking sites. Begin with a visit to the enchanting Grand Bassin lake, a sacred lake for those of Hindu faith who believe that the water inside the lake communicates directly with the waters of the holy River Ganges in India. Travel on to the Black River Gorges national park whose rolling hills and dense forests are home to many endangered species of plants and animals. Follow a route through sugarcane fields to Rochester Falls, the widest waterfall in Mauritius and then witness the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel, a small area of sand dunes that comprise sand of seven distinct colours.

Crystal clear waters – Head to our Boat House to try a variety of complimentary water sports, including water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking. Learn to sail onboard a Hobie Cat or hop onboard the glass bottom boat for a glimpse below the turquoise waters, home to over 400 different underwater creatures including Spotfin porcupinefish, Crown squirrelfish and Indian Lionfish, in addition to 200 different species of colourful coral.

Traditional rituals – At the Spa, The Sanctuary Ritual is inspired by local traditions, with ancestors using the methods for skin rejuvenation and glow. Take pleasure in a delightful dry body brushing with local coconut husk and enhance the skins natural glow with coconut exfoliation. A deep tissue massage will ensure you feel completely relaxed and aromatherapy is used to release muscle tension.


Weekend getaway – A great escape for a twin-centre with one of Asia’s most iconic destinations, Singapore, Bintan Island is just a one-hour ferry ride away and is the largest of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, ideal for visitors wanting to combine urban and island travel in one trip.

Traditional skills – Learn traditional Batik Painting techniques and take part in tie-dye classes, and even authentic culinary lessons. For the adventurous, eco-friendly tours include the Mangrove sites and visits to local Heritage markets, selling a variety of hand-made goods. For the little ones, the Kakatu Kids Club offers a world of island-inspired fun in the sun, from Bird House Painting to attract the many different species to tie-dying t-shirts and Junior Masterchef classes where little chefs will learn to make simple but yummy dishes. Activities are organised by the concierge team.Unlimited cuisine – With five restaurants, each offering dishes from around the world, you will be spoilt for choice. The Dining Room features Western specialities and Asian dishes with a modern twist whilst signature restaurant, Rica Rica, serves authentic Indonesian cuisine. For a lighter option, The Pool Bar offers tasty bites and cool drinks, the perfect refreshment when lounging in the sun. Indulge in Surf & Turf every Friday and on Saturday nights, head down to the beach for a Galang Batang BBQ. The blooming Kitchen Garden provides delicious produce that is used in our kitchens, ensuring all food remains local and sustainable. Our resort is also home to a family or chickens and ducks who lay fresh eggs every day and the latest addition, a ‘spice garden’, is full of herbs from which you can learn to make jamu, a traditional Indonesian herbal tonic.


Dolphin spotting – Explore Zanzibar’s crystal-clear waters, spot dolphins playing in the shallows or enjoy a snorkelling expedition around the reefs of a deserted sandbank. For an unforgettable experience, head out on a traditional dhow sailing boat for a day of island hopping and snorkelling or cruise to Menai Bay Conservation Area for a chance to swim up close with dolphins.

An unforgettable breakfast – Our resort’s 66 luxuriously appointed villas offer the perfect combination of spaciousness and privacy, all featuring a private pool and soothing garden, beach or ocean views, which makes it easy to relax and unwind. For an indulgent treat, order our floating breakfast. Served in the pool on a floating wicker basket, this decadent option features fresh fruits, delicious pastries and glasses of bubbly champagne.

Search for rare monkeys – Often found hanging out in the lush trees surrounding the hotel, the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey is unique to Zanzibar and incredibly rare. A trip to Jozani Forest Reserve, which provides a large area of protection for the species, is not to be missed. The forest and its large mangrove swamp are home to other unique species including the Sykes monkey and an amazing array of butterflies and birds.


Hole in one – Our 18-hole Residence Golf Course is a veritable jewel set between the sea and a salt lake, at the heart of a nature reserve. You will enjoy magnificent views as you challenge yourself on the links set around the edges of the lake and intricate fairways that meander through changing scenery, punctuated by water obstacles. The Golf Academy de Gammarth is the ideal spot to perfect your abilities, featuring a wide driving range and dedicated area for practicing long drives, chipping and putts.

3,000 years of history – Just a short drive from the hotel, the ancient Punic city of Carthage was destroyed and then rebuilt by the Romans and still has many archaeological sites. Perched at the top of a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Sidi Bou Said is a picturesque village, with bright blue and whitewashed buildings and a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets.

UNESCO-protected – Dating back to as early as the 4th century BC, the Medina of Tunis is a world removed from the more modern part of the city. Extending over 270 hectares, it houses 700 historic monuments including palaces, mosques, fountains and mausoleums – reminders of its illustrious past.



This month, we wanted to share our delicate and spicy Tuna Cannelloni recipe from The Residence Mauritius. Enjoy!

Tuna Cannelloni ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of tuna
  • 2 tsp avocado
  • 1 cup of crunchy vegetables

Chilli Bite ingredients:

  • 3 cups of yellow peas
  • 3/4L water
  • 2 tsp chopped onion
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander
  • 2 tsp chopped spring onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Tamarind Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 packet of tamarind
  • 5 cups of sugar
  • 1L water
  • Pinch of salt

Method – Tuna Cannelloni:

  • Deep fry the tuna pieces in oil until brown
  • Puree the avocado and spread across the centre of the plate
  • Place the crunchy vegetables on one side of the plate and the three tuna pieces on the puree, once coated in chilli paste

Method – Chilli Bite:

  • Put the yellow peas in a bowl of water for 8 hours
  • Remove the peas from the water and blend into a paste
  • Mix all other ingredients with the paste

Coat the three pieces of tuna in chilli paste

Method – Tamarind Sauce:

  • Mix the tamarind and water in a pot
  • In a pan, make a caramel with the sugar and then slowly pour the tamarind into the mixture
  • Let the mixture cool until it thickens and then seasons with salt.


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