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Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar

Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Istanbul, Turkey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Matemwe Bandas for our honeymoon, and we could not have been happier with our choice of hotel! We actually stayed there in July but it took me a while to get around to the review! The place is truly beautiful with thatched bungalows all made in natural material, a small pool surrounded by fine white sand, all... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have stayed at excellent hotels all over the world but this one is outstanding - the best I've ever tried. With a relaxed atmosphere, not too many other guests and extremely charming bandas on the beach this is a place I will for sure return to, and I must say that the best part of the stay was meeting... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

We are so appreciative, Maria, that you felt able to say that Matemwe Bandas is the "best" hotel you have "ever tried", and that you have made the effort to post your thoughts here. Such glowing praise is very uplifting for all of us in the team (to say the least). Thank you so much! We sincerely hope to see... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We had the pleasure to stay at the amazing Matemwe Bandas for three nights. And amazing it was. Three nights was actually to short, we would have really liked to stay longer but we had to fly back to Nairobi unfortunately. The banda's are clean, spacious and very romantic. It is fantastic to wake up, open your eyes and watch... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Olaf and Nathalie, for taking the time to post your very positive reflections on your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We thoroughly appreciate your enthusiastic feedback, which is very motivating for all of us. Given that your stay was "too short" we very much hope to see you again soon! With our warmest regards, The... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This beautiful cosy boutique hotel is right on the beach and the bungalow concept is great, however these bungalows need serious maintenance; broken ceiling fan (you really need this to be working perfectly in Zanzibar where nights are very warm), broken toilet flush, ageing window blinds. The staff try really hard but mistakes are still made constantly regarding food and... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much Nicholas for taking the time to post your impressions of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We completely take on board your constructive feedback relating to the fan in your room, which was not initially working properly for you. This was a most regrettable oversight for which we can only apologise again. Maintenance requires constant... More 

Glostrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We normally don't make recommendations when we have stayed at a hotel, but for Matemwe Bandas we will make an exception. Because it is an exception! Chichi and Tom have build a small private paradise with only five bungalows. Nearly everything is made of palm tree based on local building traditions. Three of the bungalows are placed on the beach... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Christian, for your most thoughtful and very kind impressions of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We particularly appreciate what you have written about our ethos and partnership with the village of Matemwe. We sincerely hope to see you again soon! All the very best, The Matemwe Bandas Team More 

Belfast
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I think what "sold" this place to me was the Egyptian cotton sheets and White Company toiletries to make it stand out from the crowd. However when you're there everything pales into insignificance compared with the setting and views. Nothing was too much trouble for Salma and the team. I loved being able to eat on the verandah of the... More 

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Tom H, Manager at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and for choosing our hotel, I a'm happy that you enjoyed your stay and i am looking forward to having you again as a guest in our hotel. Regrads, Salma Salim More 

New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It is a fantastic place, hidden away on the very gently developed ( small hotels and occasional private houses all built smartly to blend with the Nature) stretch of the beach, miles long. You will see no people on that beach save for a tourist couple walking by once an hour or local kids playing a few hundred yards away.... More 

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Tom H, Manager at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us, We at Matemwe Bandas are happy that you enjoyed your holiday . If you are travelling to our area again soon, don't hesitate to call us. Regards, Salma Salim. More 

Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

we stayed 4 nights. after 2 i was already reborn. it was just so wonderful: clean fresh bungalow from palmtrees directly on the beach, 10 km white beach to the right, 5 to the left. cozy small set up. salma cared in a non-intrusive and reliable way. she arranged all boat tours (snorkelling with dolphlns was hilarious !), visiting the... More 

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Tom H, Manager at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Matthias, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. I'm sure our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. Take care! With best regards, Salma Salim More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We stayed at Matemwe bandas for a week and it was incredible. The beach is really peaceful compared to the other beaches in Zanzibar. Matemwe is a small village on the North East of Zanzibar. The village is located behind the bandas so we often saw fishermen going out during high tide, and local women collecting seaweed and shell fish.... More 

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Tom H, Manager at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Claire, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We truly appreciate your open and honest feedback about your experience at our hotel over the holiday. I am very pleased to hear that our staff made your stay pleasant. Do check out our Tripadvisor page for promos that you might be interested in. Looking forward... More 

Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I stayed here with a friend for 2 nights in July. We were in room number two, which is the middle bungalow directly on the beach. From what we saw when we walked the beach everyday, there is nothing like Bandas nearby. No other hotel has rooms so close to the beach. The rooms are constructed so that you can... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

We would like to thank you, Megan, for sharing your very positive thoughts on your stay with us in Matemwe. We really appreciate your encouraging feedback and hope to see you again when you make it back to Zanzibar. All the very best, The Matemwe Bandas Team More 

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Address: Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
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