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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

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Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a full week with a fabulous staff in a wonderful peaceful place Staff will ensure that your stay will be a maximum relaxing All is easy, no head heck even with kids All the food is homemade If there is one place to go it is that one !!!!

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Malmo, Sweden
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of Swedes on an "active holiday" (daily yoga, etc) booked this hotel due to the practical location (right on the beach), without much other prior knowledge or expectations. We got so much more than we had hoped for: special care (the staff made new juices each morning that were supposed to be extra good for us yogis), lots... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A welcome reprieve from the hectic world, in the beautiful surroundings of the North-Eastern part of the island. Relax on the (powder sand-) beach sofas, relax around the pool and savor the freshly made meals (no buffets). Feel adventurous and go on the multitude of trips possible, snorkel around the reef, swim with the dolphins, descent into the caves, see... More 

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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is all about relaxing. It’s a serene and lovely property. When my husband and I arrived we were made to feel very welcome by Karen, who showed us around the property. I liked the little thoughtful extras in our room, the straw beach bag and hat and kikois (like a sarong). The dining area was perfect, with a... More 

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Onsala, Sweden
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

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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35 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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