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Matemwe , Zanzibar
- Most exclusive villas on the famous island of Zanzibar
- A dedicated butler service to ensure your every need is catered for
- A private plunge pool on your deck with indulgent spa treatments
Facilities includeFree WIFI Air conditioned bedroom Access to Matemwe Main Lodge's two swimming pools Snorkelling
- Muyuni Trip
- Horse Riding
- Kite Surfing
- Sunset Cruise
- Spa Treatments
- Bicycle Rental
- Ngalawa Cruises
- Beach Activities
- Big Game Fishing
- Guided Reef Walks
- Quad Biking Tours
- Escape To Infinity Trip
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Local Fishing In Negalawa
- Para Sailing And Jet Skiing
- Nungwi And Jozani Forest Tours
- Spice Tours And Historical City Visits
Seasons in Zanzibar
About Matemwe Retreat
Matemwe Retreat consists of four self-contained, private villas, each with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The villas have been designed to cater for those looking for pure escapism and total privacy, as they feature in-house dining and a private butler service.
The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, an air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with double basins, shower and a large spacious bathtub looking out towards the ocean.
The veranda equipped with deep sofas and a large hammock provides the perfect spot to watch the fishing dhows returning from their day at sea. The private roof terrace has a plunge pool complete with both sun and shade decks. The villa is situated above a small beach which is shared by all four villas.
The villas were constructed locally by craftsmen using materials wherever possible. Walls were made of Zanzibar stone and the roof of Makuti thatch. Most of the furniture is made from locally produced coconut wood, while the soft furnishings are produced by Zanzibari women.
The open-aired restaurant overlooks the ocean and has an inviting lounge area. Seafood is the speciality of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets.
Dining can be enjoyed in the privacy of the Retreat or in Matemwe's Main Lodge. The chef arrives each day to introduce the special Retreat menu suggestions and the fresh catches of the day, the speciality of Matemwe's acclaimed cuisine.
Situated next to Matemwe Main Lodge means the Retreat's guests have access to both swimming pools, including a multi-level pool surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar. Matemwe also offer a great range of spa treatments to indulge in.
The north-east part of Zanzibar Island is known as Matemwe. This area is famous for its fine white sand beaches, the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around Mnemba Island.
Situated slightly north of Matemwe in an elevated position, Matemwe Lodge enjoys unspoilt views through palm trees of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Island.
Matemwe is just a 60 minute drive from Stonetown, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to all corners of the island.
Care has been taken to ensure privacy and exclusivity throughout Matemwe Lodge.
Matemwe works hard to put their aspirations into action and make a meaningful impact on conservation and community development in the area.
Some of their actions at Matemwe include:
Environmentally friendly waste management and recycling both at the Lodge and in the surrounding community
Energy saving practices
Local procurement of materials and food
Support from the Lodge and its guests of the school in Kigomani, a neighbouring village
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Flights from Zanzibar International airport, also known as Kisauni Airport, can be met by lodge staff.
Tanganyika Flying Company
Safari Air Link
Various International Airlines
A few European charter companies offer direct flights from Milan and Rome, as well as Frankfurt via Mombasa
Matemwe is a 1hr 15min drive from the airport. Self-drive is not recommended. Please enquire for directions to the lodge
Transfers to/from Stone Town and Zanzibar airport can be arranged at an additional charge
Transfers to/from other locations on Zanzibar can be arranged upon request
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
6th January - 31st March
1st June - 30th June
1st November - 19th December
1st January - 5th January
1st July - 31st October
20th December - 31st December
Matemwe is closed in April and May.
The Escape to Infinity Trip is very tide dependent and is only possible for about a week of the month during full and new moons.
Travelling with children
Children over the age of 15 are welcome at Matemwe Retreat.
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