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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

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Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Onsala, Sweden
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Zanzibar Retreat, Matemwe, Zanzibar Absolutely the right name for this wonderful hotel. Beautifully situated at the quiet eastern beach. You share the beach with just a handful people, which is of course very relaxing. Should you get tired of the beach there is a very nice swimming pool at the hotel, with a lovely sea view. Everything you can possibly... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a couple of days on other beaches me and my girlfriend came to Zanzibar Retreat Hotel to spend our last days of our holiday and its something we will never regret. The rooms were beautiful, the staff was great and really helpful. And the food tasted awsome. Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is a place i can recommend to other people... More 

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Alingsas, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is in most respects a wonderful place - premises, host/management and staff, superb eating, by the beach - all as enumerated by other reviewers. Some characteristics may be found less than optimal, but they are a consequence of the hotel's general location and problems generic to Zanzibar that probably impact all hotels on the island: * the landside sorroundings... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After scanning through tons of hotels on the island, I believe we made the best choice with Zanzibar Retreat! The property, the room, the service, the food is everything that we could have asked for in a quality hotel. The hotel's architecture and design is also very nice giving it a lot of charm and character. The food was amazing,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very convenient, relaxing hotel with only 12 rooms. Perfect beach and great management. The price of food and drinks is a bit high with local standards. All the dishes were excellent except the sea food platter which we found over coocked. Service was slow but reliable. For some reason it took them two days to do our laundry.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I just returned from my family vacation there, it was so amazing. The hosts and everyone else who worked there were so kind and smiling, it was easy to see that they loved what they were doing! The hotel is well taken care of, creating an atmosphere of simpleness and relaxation, which is just right for such an island. We... More 

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Bruxelles, Belgique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had a great stay at Zanzibar Retreat with our 4 (adult) children and our 5 grandchildren (age 5 years to six months). Jan and Karen took the best care of us and our special requirements. The hotel is beautifully located on the fantastic Matemwe beach. Its relaxed atmosphere is just ideal for a family. The staff is very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We arrived directly to Matemwe from the airport for our first stay in Zanzibar. Karin welcomed us very warmly and she took great care of us all along our stay. The hotel is very well located, a few meters from the beach. The pros were the swimming pool, the delicious and copious breakfast and definitely the kindness of managers and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I was booked here by my agent and didnt know what to expect. Since all the hotels that we stayed in, when doing Tanzania, were 4-5stars, I was expecting good service here. I was told in advance its a boutique property and hence did not have great expectations in the size of the hotel. When we reached here from Zanzibar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We have stopped at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel after climbing Kilimanjaro, for rest and recharge. The hotel proved to be well above its stars rating, being comfortable, cozy and tastefully decorated. The personnel was kind and attentive, with a special praise to the assistant manager, Karin. She greeted us, was almost always present and was just the right mix of friendliness,... More 

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