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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Matemwe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have just returned from Tanzania, having spent 3 months there working as volunteers on a school in the NW Kagera region. As we exited the country, we did what allot of travelers do, and that is to go on a safari, then onto Zanzibar to "wash off the dust" in the Indian ocean. We spent 3 nights in the... More

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled as a family of four with two daughters aged 10 and 12 having just done a safari in Northern Tanzania and spent a few days in Stonetown. Zanzibar retreat was just that - an absolute retreat. The ambience of laid back style was very relaxing and what a beautiful beach and pool! The staff led by Karin were... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zanzibar Retreat is by far and large one of the best hotels I've stayed at, for numerous reasons. - Location-location-location: Zanzibar Retreat is located right on Matemwe beach which is a dreamy paradise with white sandy beaches and turquoise water.The tide pulls back during mid day, so swimming in the ocean in the morning or afternoon is best. - The... More

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Lusaka, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed with my family (wife, 10-year and 4-year kids) for 5 days. The hotel is located just next to the sea shore with white powder-like sands. My children loved to swim and explore the seaside everyday. The hotel provided us some toys for kids to play on sands, so they never get bored. The hotel's swimming pool gave them... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Amazing stay. The staff were fantastic - they were thoughtful and wonderfully efficient. They also were not robots. They also were interesting to talk to, but they knew when to leave you in peace. Faultless. The food was delicious and varied. There is a restaurant just down the beach who's name I can't remember which is worth visiting, but you... More

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Paris, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My friend told me it was a nice place to stay but I didn't expect it to be so great! The hotel is quite small (12 rooms) which gives you a certain exclusivity with the employees and their manager. We were supposed to spend one night and leave early the next morning but felt soooo good that we stayed the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I stayed here last week for two days and nights and recommend it highly. The hotel itself is clean and comfortable, the food in the restaurant is very good and the hotel is in a beautiful quiet location right on a white-sand beach. I felt well there and found it easy to be able to relax, which is not something... More

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Kristinehamn, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A cosy styled hotel far away from the tourist areas, but close to the perfect beach and the best diving areas. I had some wonderful dives and snorkeling with fabulos fish life, enourmous turtles and beautiful dolphins. Diving and snorkeling companies are just some minutes away with car, or a nice walk by the beach. All staff are very service... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Retreat is a cozy little place, situated under palm trees directly on Matemwe beach. I arrived from a noisy and busy Kampala looking for somewhere to relax for a few days, and I could not have found a better place! The Retreat is very laid back: it is quiet and peaceful, the staff is friendly (always smiling!) and there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Our 5 night stay at the hotel was excellent. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. When we told them we were on our honeymoon they gave us a free bottle of champagne and a massage. The rooms were clean and the food was excellent. All the staff were really helpful. We would definitely recommend and go back.

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Address: Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zanzibar Retreat Hotel 3.5*
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