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Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar

Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

I had a wonderful holiday at matemwe bandas located right in front of a beautiful beach with white and fine sands. The hotel has a few bungalows with interesting African design roofs. Each room provides a nice and big private space, so I can recommend it to couples, families with children or any types of guests. The direct access to... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write up your very favourable impressions of your time with us at Matemwe Bandas. We really appreciate your uplifting enthusiasm and very much look forward to your staying again very soon! Warm regards, The Matemwe Bandas Team More

Munich, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Matemwe Bandas is the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. The staff fulfills all your wishes before you can even think of them like just passing by at your room with a cup of hot chocolate after coming back from a diving tour. Another day I saw a local guy riding his scooter on the beach and I said... More

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

It is very kind of you Ulrike to submit your very favourable impressions of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We really value your feedback and hope to see you again when you return to Zanzibar in the future. All the very best, The Matemwe Bandas Team More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Matemwe Bandas at the beginning of the rainy season, but was still blessed with amazing weather most days - I can only imagine how absolutely perfect it must be when the sun is shining every day. The rooms are absolutely beautiful and you fall asleep with the sound of the ocean in spacious, good quality beds. You... More

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

Thank you so much Alena for taking the time to post your very positive feedback of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again sooner rather than later when you next return to Zanzibar! With warm regards, The Matemwe Bandas Team More

Amsterdam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We stayed here in February of 2014 with a 3 year old daughter. We had a great experience. Great, fresh local food prepared by an execellent chef. Everybody was very attentive to our needs. The 3 seafront bandas are very nicely designed and catch the breeze in a way that you do not need airconditioning. The pool is clean, large... More

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

It is very kind of you to have taken the time to post your very favourable views on your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it and hope to see you all again sooner rather than later! All the very best, Tom, Chichi & the team More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We escaped a dreary London with our two daughters, 3 and 5, for two weeks over Christmas and had the most wonderful time at Matemwe Bandas. We stayed in the family sized upstairs banda facing the pool, which easily accommodated our own big bed, and another double bed for the girls. The beds were in different parts of the room,... More

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

We are taken aback by your very detailed and equally favourable impressions of your family stay with us over Christmas. Thank you so much for taking the time to relate your experience. We really appreciate it and hope that you will all be returning to Matemwe in the future! Warmest regards, Tom, Chichi & the team More

Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Our family of 5 spent 6 nights (22 – 27 December 2013) at Matemwe Bandas. We arrived after a one week safari around Arusha. Our first impression on arrival in Zanzibar was that the people on the island seemed less happy and friendly than those we met around Arusha. This extended to the poor village that backs the Bandas. On... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

And here's another five star review. I almost wanted to find fault with this place after reading all the glowing reviews, but alas, I could not find one! This might be the best place I have ever stayed. No, it's not big-resort-fancy; you won't find amenities like spas, swim up bars, or infinity pools, but you WILL find incredible service,... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We have just returned from a week at Matemwe Bandas. We stayed as a family of four with two young children (aged 2 and 5). Here are some real highlights of our time at Matemwe Bandas... 1) The setting is outstanding, a white sand beach, coconut tress and a beautifully designed hotel next to a village. At high tide you... More

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

We are delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your very favourable impressions of your stay with us. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again when you next visit Zanzibar. Warm regards, Tom, Chichi & the team More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Matemwe Bandas is such a lovely place. I've just come back to the UK and I'm sorely missing sitting in the shady bar eating delicious food and looking out onto paradise... A few things stood out for me - you expect a beautiful, white sand beach, palm trees, azure sea etc - and you certainly get that in spades in... More

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

We really appreciate your taking the time to post your detailed impressions of your family's stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We are very pleased that you had such a good time and we hope to see you all again in the near future. All the very best, Tom, Chichi & the team More

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Address: Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
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Matemwe Bandas is as faithful to its natural surroundings and to the highest levels of luxury as we are to millennia old traditions of local master craftsmanship. We are also a fair trade business that is substantially locally owned, while every member of our team (including our four young apprentices) hails from the village of Matemwe around our property.With private direct access from your verandah, Matemwe’s breathtaking beach is only a step away. You can walk along its majestic palmed-lined breadth on dazzlingly white, super fine sand basking in the brilliant tropical sunshine for miles in both directions, only occasionally coming across other people. Nestling on the beach's edge in rustic exclusivity, our luxury coco wood and palm thatch bungalows share an elegant 11m x 5m swimming fresh water pool and sandy, decked and canopy-covered communal areas. We offer butler service and a la carte local & international fusion cuisine. We also provide high speed Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry service and mineral water in the bandas for free to all residents. ... more   less 
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