My husband and I just spent 7 nights in boutique hotel Matlai, and have been blown away by the service and quality from the moment we arrived. We hope to come back to this superb hotel very soon. We've been in some great hotels, but this is a very special place with high quality at a small and intimate scale, making you feel at home from the very first minute.
The house is right at the beach and looks brand-new, using high quality natural materials and eye for detail, making the experience feel very comfortable and luxurious. We had chosen an upstairs room (there are 4 rooms only, 2 downstairs and 2 upstairs, so a small-scale and relaxed atmosphere) with amazing sea views awaiting us from the room and whilst having breakfast or lounging on our balcony. We would recommend upstairs over downstairs because of the views. The room was huge, well designed, very bright, with a great bed that was decorated with flowers every day, and with an enormous bathroom that overlooks the beach. Although it was quite windy when we were there, this actually was no problem at all using the rather open bathroom, it more added to the beach-experience. By design of the house, the inside is always very cool and refreshing, which is welcoming because of the hot climate of Zanzibar.
The beach and garden surrounding the house offer several options for relaxing and sunbathing (there is always a sunny or shady spot to choose), and the pool is very refreshing. We went diving a couple of times through the next-door hotel (a short walk), made a dolphin tour (very recommended!), and also were able to have a great massage in the on-site little spa, where you overlook the beautiful beach. Tim (the manager) arranges the tours for you and has some great connections for that.
The personal butler service is something we had never experienced before, and this really makes the experience such a treat. Omar (the head butler) makes sure you get everything you can imagine, and the hotel has got an amazing chef who can make just about everything you want and very very delicious! The meals were a real pleasure every time, and the locations were different every evening. We especially loved the full-moon private beach dinner under the stars, surrounded by candles, the open air cinema dinner and the very romantic Swahili style dinner on our last day. Omar is incredibly creative, and we recommend to just let him surprise you...
All in all, this was an incredible week which seemed to last a lot longer because of all the great and varied experiences... very highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Matlai Michamvi, Zanzibar Island