Matemwe Hotel, Zanzibar

Surprisingly, the answer is no. Certainly Matemwe does enjoy one of the best sea settings on the entire of Zanzibar – and that is saying something! But actually it’s not all about the sea, it’s all about you.

What do you want to do? Lay on the beach, chill in a hammock, close your eyes and listen to the palm trees? Or skim across the waves on a windsurfer? Explore one of the world’s most luxuriant coral atolls or discover the culture of Zanzibar firsthand, in a local village? Eat caught-that-day seafood in sea view restaurant or have a beach barbecue beneath the stars?

Matemwe, at a glance

  • Beautiful thatched lodge overlooking the Indian Ocean
  • Just 12 thatched bungalows with private verandas, couches and hammocks
  • Large baths and hot tubs
  • Exceptional cuisine with local produce and fresh seafood
  • Extensive tropical gardens
  • Close to local fishing village in the north east of Zanzibar

For leisure and pleasure

  • Multi-level swimming pool
  • Matemwe spa treatments plus massage, facials and henna tattooing
  • Coral reef diving and snorkelling off Mnemba Atoll opposite
  • Reef walks
  • Wind surfing and kayaking
  • Excursions to local villages, historic Stone Town, Jozani Forest and Prison Island
  • Spice tours
  • The service was first class, professional throughout. Well done and thank you.

    JJ, Sri Lanka, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7