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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
  • It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.

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    ZA, Colombia, 2014