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Boutique Hotel Matlai

4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   P.O. Box 3464, Pingwe, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chatham, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I often read tripadvisor reviews and find them very useful, but have never been tempted to post my own - until now. Our group of 7 stayed for 4 nights at this hotel. We have so many positive memories, from the moment we arrived until we were waved off at the end. Omar and Salim were fantastic at organising everything... More

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The MatLai was beyond fantastic and our honeymoon trip was simply paradise. The staff went above and beyond making our trip memorable and ever lasting. The owners would come by and see you and make sure your stay was going amazing and the extra added touches they made for us honeymooners made my wife at one point cry (that's a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at Matlai a few times whilst staying at a resort a 5 min walk up the beach. We loved the food so so much. The octopus coconut curry is one of the best meals we have ever had! We had Lobster, octopus curry, a burger and a small bottle of champagne and it was all fantastic. And fairly... More

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Inge M, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Kerrybear, Thank you so much for your great review. We appreciate it very much that you loved our meals and I already forwarded your praise to the chef. I am happy to hear that you were not bothered by the tv during the world cup. If you - maybe - are planning to come back to Zanzibar for your... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The perfect oasis after a tough hike up the mighty Kilimanjaro. A complete antithesis to a large, impersonal resort, we felt like we were in a beautiful home in exotic beach surrounds, with the Matlai team - chef, housekeepers, and in particular our our allocated butler Salim, attending our every need. Matlai - and Zanzibar - will always hold a... More

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Inge M, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Louise and Clive, Thank you so much for being our guests and thanks a lot for your fantastic review. We really enjoyed the conservation with you in the evening. We know you are to far away to visit us more often, but we would be delighted to accommodate you once again. Warm regards Inge & Ingulf More

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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My family and I stayed at Matlai with a group of friends, including 8 kids. We had the whole hotel (4 rooms) only for us. The location if Matlai is unique, with a great infinity pool just on top of the white beach. The German couple managing the resort are doing an amazing job, African landscape with German management. The... More

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IngeBB, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Francesco and family, Thanks a lot for your great review. To tell you the truth we were a bit nervous before your arrival, because we never accommodated a large group like yours before. But we really enjoyed the time with you it was great fun for us to have you here. Kindest regards Inge & the Matlai team More

Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Can not recommend this hotel enough. Very few rooms, tremendous food and staff. Many activities available. Snorkeling, Volleyball, sunset cruise. Friendly, accomodating staff that makes your satisfation #1. Omar, the head butler, is top notch.

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IngeBB, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Ed, Thank you very much for your very good review. I think your stay was to short, you should come back one day, maybe enjoy the sunset cruise again as well as one of our new massage offers. Best regards Tim More

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We booked out the hotel as a group of friends, and it was an amazing place to spend 8 days together. The views are breathtaking, the service was exceptional, and the overall experience was unforgettable. I loved the fact that we could enjoy the island in peace without having to deal with the bustle of a "regular" hotel. Matlai is... More

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IngeBB, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thanks a lot for your great review. Our staff still talks about your successful fishing trip! We would appreciate it very much to welcome you again one day. Kindest regards Inge & Tim More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed in Zanzibar over 2 years ago for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. White beaches, beautiful sea and weather! But this time around the experience was exceeded even further by our stay at Boutique Hotel Matlai near Michamvi Only four rooms, each exquisitely decorated and quite big. With a beautiful salt pool in the middle. All rooms looking... More

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IngeBB, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Genevieve, Thank you very much for taking time to write such a nice and detailed review. I'm sure it will be helpful for guests who are looking for accommodation. If you like to come back one day for your wedding anniversary you are mostly welcome, we will arrange the most romantic stay for you! Kindest regards Tim More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Lovely hotel but the air con didn't work. The hotel doesn't have its own generator so the air con didn't work whilst we were there. In 35c heat it was unbearable. It also meant that there were more mosquitos in the room at night due to the heat.

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Inge B, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, I am really sorry for you that the heat made your stay so bad. You were indeed very unlucky with the non-working air con during the hottest days in Zanzibar. The problem was not a missing generator (of course we have one), the problem was the compressor of the air con. It was damaged though it was brand... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

As most of the other reviews indicate the setting of this place, on the beach is exquisite. Arriving after a long day of travelling, the sight of our butlers, Grace and Salim smiling and holding out chilled coconuts was nothing short of paradise. The hotel itself has a lovely garden with hammocks and beds which are a welcome respite from... More

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Inge B, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Tracy, Thank you a lot for your comments. We relentlessly strive for perfection and for making the stay at Hotel Matlai as pleasant as possible to all our guests. Therefore we are greatly concerned if guests do not feel comfortable as desired. The travel agency already informed us about the problems especially with our kitchen. It would have been... More

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Address: P.O. Box 3464, Pingwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pingwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Matlai 4*
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Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere. Our first villa, Asili House consists of four bedrooms, named and decorated after the four elements. All rooms are equipped with dressing room, bathroom and balcony or terrace and have a fantastic sea view. The furniture are unique and handmade by local craftsmen. Asili House is perfect for groups or families. ... more   less 
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