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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Matemwe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Graham B London, United Kingdom
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel for a week in March. Had a very nice stay and we got off to a good start when we got lost upon arrival, ending up at another property. Jan sent over a taxi for us right away which was most kind! Our room was close to the pool which worked out well... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This well ran small hotell with a perfect location on the beach, is a very good choice when visiting Zanzibar. A short drive south of the more populated beaches in the north, you will find peace and quiet. There are activities such as snorkelig, fishing, safari and spice tours or you can opt for a day at the pool or... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

After a safari we spent 6 gorgeous nights at ZRH. An awesome experience! It was small, intimate, great food, beach, pool, international, fabulous. Owners/managers were personable,always available, and perfect hosts. We shed a few tears on leaving! LOVE Zanzibar Retreat Hotel. Jan and Karin are the best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Jan and his staff will made my wife and I feel very at home, they were warm and welcoming and attended to our every need. The rooms were clean, spacious and nicely appointed and the grounds were like something out of a movie. The pool was the highlight as it was well cared for and always the right temperature. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

There are hotels where you are a customer, treated with all due respect but all after all you are a customer. And there are places like the ZR where you instantly feel at home among friends. That is the big plus you can not buy with money but requires a special attitude and special personality of the people. We made... More

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Roskilde, Denmark
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A stay at the Zanzibar Retreat Hotel will be an experience you will never forget and I simply cannot recommend it strongly enough. First let me start by saying that the contribution from the Stockholm-visitors that you will find under my recommendation – I do not understand it in any way. Please do not pay attention to this – It´s... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Location: you can't see much of the beach from the hotel. It was difficult to have a bath. There are fewer sun beds on the beach than there are guests. We never used the pool. There are hardly any beach boys though, which is good. Food: food was the biggest problem and really a disappointment given what we had read... More

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GoZanzibar, Manager at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guests. Thank you for your time sharing your oppinions about our hotel. Im sorry you had a rough stay with us, but to be perfectly honest... I do not understand some of the complaints. It seems you have been checking on tripadvisor beforehand, and got the impression this would be the most high standard place on island. Too high... More

Lucerne, Switzerland
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36 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Overall a really good experience; we spent 8 days there after some days in the Old City of Sansibar and safari on the mainland. The location is superb, right on the beach. It is essentially in the middle of nowhere (if you are looking for a cute spot to hang out, voila this is it). This place is not a... More

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the Zanzibar Retreat for three nights in December, and it was just right type of a retreat for me: very quiet and peaceful, with lovely food, and above all, awesome staff: The Scandinavian management team, Jan & Karin, as well as their local colleagues - Everyone was just so helpful and nice. As it's a small hotel, you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here on our honeymoon , and it was definetly a great choice we made , we stayed 5 days , and were made feel like at home , the manager Jan from Finland , is really sweet and helpful. The food is delicious. 5 star menu and chef. the rooms are clean , the location on the beach... More

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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Matemwe
Address: Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zanzibar Retreat Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small beach Retreat. Good food and drinks. ... more   less 
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