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
  • Victoria was incredibly easy to chat to, quick to gauge our requirements and produced a fab itinerary. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable.

    EP, Kenya, 2014
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