Matemwe Retreat - Zanzibar Hotels and Resorts - View Hotel

Matemwe Retreat

Zanzibar - East Coast - North,Zanzibar - Private Villas
Matemwe Retreat is perhaps the most private and exclusive property with only four spacious and luxurious villas. They are situated on a stunning palm-fringed private beach which stretches just north of Matemwe's main lodge.
  • From: $500 pppn All Inclusive.
  • From: £314 pppn All Inclusive.
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The four villas are elevated on stilts and located near to a stunning palm-fringed private beach which stretches just north of Matemwe's main lodge.

Matemwe is located in the North East, surrounded by some of the best beaches of Zanzibar and opposite the famous Mnemba Atoll - a hot spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Matemwe's exclusive location away from the big hotels gives all the beaches a very private feel. Beautiful fleets of fishermen in traditional dhow boats pass on their way to and from their fishing grounds each day.

Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat
Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat


The Retreat has been beautifully crafted by local people with local materials where possible, with walls made of local stone and roofs of woven palm leaves. Local coconut wood furniture, textiles made by Zanzibari women and matting made by the blind association in Stone Town add atmosphere and inspiring personal touches. Their solar system supplies hot water and 60% of staff are from local villages.

Each villa is equipped with a large veranda with private cocktail bar and romantic dining area. The bedrooms are air conditioned and lead to bathrooms with double basins, shower and large luxurious bathtub from which you can survey the Indian Ocean! Each villa has it's own small beach in front of it and in addition to this you will also find a private roof terrace with a generous plunge pool and sun and shade decks.

Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat
Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat


Matemwe's friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and excellent cuisine are renowned. You can dine on your private veranda, order drinks to be served in your villa and enjoy massages and beauty treatments on your roof terrace. If you choose you also have access to all the excellent facilities of Matemwe's main lodge. The chef will stop by your villa each day to present the menu and catches of the day, the speciality of Matemwe's acclaimed cuisine. The restaurant has been praised for its high quality food and diversity in combining local cuisine with that of other nations. The chefs are happy to fulfil your special wishes on your request.

If you venture to the main lodge you will discover two intimate swimming pools, lush tropical gardens, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and beauty treatments on offer.

Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat
Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat

Other activities

Recreation in this area is one of leisure and tranquility. The lodge offers sailing with the local "Ngalawa" (traditional fishing boats with wooden outriggers) as well as diving and snorkeling at the unique and colourful Mnemba reef. For the lucky ones, whales, dolphins and sea turtles can be spotted at close range.

There is a fully equipped PADI recognized dive centre on the beach where Kayaks can also be hired.

Other activities include guided reef and village walks, the traditional "bao" game, and cycling.

Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat
Zanzibar - Matemwe Retreat

Our opinion

The Matemwe Retreat is the perfect place for a private romantic holiday in a lush tropical paradise. It is the epitome of rustic luxury offering the perfect combination of responsible tourism development and stunning location from which to enjoy the very best that Zanzibar can offer.

Suitable for snorkelers, divers and romantics.

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