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“Honeymoon made in heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Matemo Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Matemo Island, Cabo Delgado Province 3201, Mozambique   |  
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Cape Town
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Honeymoon made in heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

We spent our honeymoon on Matemo Island during December 2011.

Our 10 (ten) day stay was a purely relaxing and blissful experience.

After the long flight from Cape Town we were greeted by the very friendly staff and the complimentary wet towel was much appreciated upon landing on the island.

The entire check in procedure was handled in the impressive reception/lounge area with a proper introduction and an efficient process.

We were escorted to our chalet which was clean, tidy and air conditioned perfectly. The accommodation offered at Matemo Island was exactly as advertised, providing an non commercial, stylish and elegant room with all the expected extras for such a resort.

The food and beverage department can be truly proud of the quality, quantity and service they offer. The buffet breakfast every morning was excellent and not passed over. The three course lunch and dinner meals was prepared to perfection and the prawn and crayfish served in abundance was exactly the reason we selected the resort. Their willingness to personalize your meals on your request was much appreciated.

The activities centre was well prepared to handle all and any request we had, the kayaks, windsurfers and even stand up paddle boards was in excellent condition and well maintained.

The snorkeling along the front portion of the bar area at high tide is amazing, the amount of life moving towards the rocks is amazing and an excellent area to learn someone to snorkel. We snorkeled to the north of the island on a coral reef which was truly mind-blowing. The abundance of life on the coral is unbelievable.

The evenings in the bar area was pleasant and provided time to get to know the other guests and also meet some of the staff. The fully stocked bar and the excellent service by the barmen provided for many a fun filled evening.

All in all Matemo Island resort provides an truly amazing experience, excellent service and the expected luxuries as demanded from resorts similar to this. The unspoiled nature and beauty of the place truly sets it apart from the competition and I will without a moments hesitation recommend the resort to anybody considering an island getaway.

Thank you Jason, Karen, Renoir and Gavin for making this holiday truly exceptional and ensuring we take mothing but fond memories of our stay at Matemo home.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

If you're looking for a friendly atmosphere with all the luxuries but without pretension, Matemo is it. The staff -all local villagers who have been trained afresh- are delightful and eager to please. On my first night (my birthday which I didn't advertise) I was presented at table with a gorgeous birthday cake. Dinners alternate from being presented on the beach (my bday night was such), the poolside patio and the open air dining room. The lunches are relaxed and generally include copious crayfish (lobster) and prawns, and the dinners lavish buffets with the emphasis on seafood.The resort is small so you either need to want complete relaxation, or be interested in scuba, sailing, fishing and the like, but the short trip to nearby Ibo Island is well worth the visit. The beach is fabulous and you will be refreshed by the lack of intrusion from the outside world. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Matemo Island Resort is well located on the sheltered side of Matemo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Rooms are very well equipped (inside and outside shower, bath tub, TV, fridge, coffee maker, A/C, fan, telephone and safe) and nicely decorated. All chalets are designed for 2 persons only but there are 2 pairs of chalets connected by a corridor; these “double-chalets” are ideal for families with 2 (but not more) small children, who otherwise have to sleep in a chalet of their own. (In case you are travelling with small children I recommend you book these units.) The total number of chalets is only 22, so the maximum number of guests should be around 44. The beach is very suitable for children, and while snorkeling off the beach is not great it is nevertheless easily possible, and we saw moray eels and lobster. Kids also loved the pool, and the pool-side offered wireless internet free of charge.

Our impression was that the resort is very well managed, and staff are truly concerned about the wellbeing of the guests. Food was good, both in terms of quantity and quality, even if our kids sometimes perceived the period between lunch and dinner as somewhat long.

The “all inclusive” formula under which most drinks and non-motorized activities are included made our stay very easy and pleasant. Staff made particular efforts with some surprises for Christmas.

Overall a very nice and well-managed resort on a tropical island, with the quality of the rooms being a particular highlight. 5 out of 5 points.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We stayed at Matemo Island Resort just before Christmas 2011. What an amazing experience. From the very beginning and right to the end. Flights were pleasant enough, and everything ran smoothly despite the 3 stops made on the journey. The real adventure began when you step onto the small charter plane which takes you to Matemo Island. From Pemba you will see some of the most beautiful azure waters and uninhabited islands anywhere in the world. The short 15 min trip will be spent staring down on this picture perfect wonderland.
Landing we were greeted by some very friendly staff and jumped on a colourful little bus which drove us the 500 meters or so to the lodge reception. As you enter the lodge you just know you will relax and much of your time will be spent doing nothing at all. The resort is small and was full for most of our stay, having said this we mostly felt as if we were alone and the only other guest company was in the bar or at meal times. That’s one of the fantastic things about this place.
The rooms are very spacious, wonderfully furnished and clean. The air-conditioning is a must and was always a welcome relief from the heat as you walk in the door. The great outdoor shower allows for a quick swim in the sea and then a cool rinse at any time. Each chalet is literally on the beach and so access is merely a few steps away, not found very often. You can lay on your own private lounges or sit on the patio with your favourite drink or snooze in the hammock on the deck. You really could just laze your days away.
The bar becomes a social meeting place before dinner every night and you can chat to other guests as well as the staff or if you choose you can pick one of the many quiet corners to have some quiet time too. Mealtimes were well spent at the restaurants with three courses and sweeping views of the beach. The menu has a lot of seafood but the resort is very accommodating to any request and every morning you can view the menu for the day and request anything your heart desires should you be unhappy. The food is excellent, bearing in mind that everything is brought onto the island. Drinks are freely available and they have a good selection of most local spirits and South African varieties. A real highlight was the beach barbeque. Each table is laid on the beach and you can sit with your feet in the sand, looking up at the stars and enjoy some delicious lobster and wine. A real treat!
The real highlight here is the truly amazing water and beach. The sea is calm and warm. There are schools of small fish that visit as you wade in the shallows. There are also plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. Also loads of excursions if you feeling adventurous. We were lucky enough to go snorkeling to a nearby uninhabited island. The variety of coral is great and there are plenty of fish to keep you busy. The two humpback dolphins following us on the way back was another welcome suprise.
All in all, this holiday could not have been any better. Great location. Excellent service. Excellent resort staff, from the GM’s (Karen and Jason) to the activities guys (Renoir and Gavin) as well as the general staff which are never hard to find. I recommend this Resort as a great place to unwind and relax surrounded by incredible scenery and Matemo seem to be doing things right. Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

We spent our honeymoon (6 days) at the Matemo Resort in Feb/2010 and i really can't find words to express how much we enjoyed the resort and all its amenities!!
The 'wilderness' feeling is present all around and the peace of the location is simply amazing... i find hard to believe how can someone dislike the resort and write a bad review about it!
The hotel manager (Paulo) was way beyond nice and all the staff was extremely kind, with a constant smile on their faces... maybe the fact that we smiled back might have helped along the way... as opposed to some guests, who acted pretty rude and unfriendly.
Our room was always clean and, on more than one occasion, serviced twice a day, depending on the time we arrived from the beach by the end of the day!
The food was excellent and the cook even presented us with a marvelous dinner cooked at the beach on the night before our departure.
Sea water is unbelievably warm (30Celsius), although the visibility, due to the 'flower sort' sand, isn't that good.... on shallow waters at least.
If u want to enjoy peace and quiet in Paradise island, Matemo is the place to go to!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

I recently visited Matemo and Medjumbe in the Quirimbas Archipelago, both run and operated by Rani Resorts.
Here is a tropical island dream come true. I never believed there to be so many different shades of blue. The entire experience, from flying in on the small charter planes to the long languid days on pristine isolated beaches, floating in crystal clear water, gorging on the most delicious and freshest seafood, the service, staff and comfort of the rooms was without fault.
Activities range from getting engaged ;-), cultural trips to nearby Ibo Island (where you can purchase your silver engagement rings), snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, fishing, sleeping and reading.
Mozambique, for both Europeans and South Africans, has much to offer. It is safe, culturally interesting and astoundingly beautiful. Local staff are employed and local fresh produce is purchased and grown wherever possible. Fresh water is from desalinisation plants set up on the respective islands and the use of plastic is kept to an absolute minimum.

If you are considering a tropical getaway, whether romantic or just a total drop-off rejuvenation break, this has to be at the top of your list.
The flight from Cape Town was painless and actually served to relax and prepare me for the total downtime awaiting me. My trip was a little short with time constraints but I would recommend at least a week for both.

Without a doubt Medjumbe is more exclusive and private than Matemo, which is more geared for small families or groups. But please note these are not resort holidays ala BeachComber Mauritian style. Rani is an exclusive, stylish operation which delivers discreet, service and luxury in proportion to its context - something that is rare these days in luxury hotel operators.

Go see for yourself.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Powder-white beaches, turquoise sea, unbelievable seafood…. If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise then Matemo Island Resort is the place for you. We flew in from Pemba in a light plane – the views of the sparkling ocean were fantastic. Clear blue water – and if you’re really lucky you may even spot a whale or two.

A charming Eliseu (Deputy Manager) and Jo-Ann welcomed us in the beautiful foyer and gave a quick rundown of the facilities. Jo-Ann had only been on the island for 2 weeks and is responsible for setting up the Spa and giving glorious massages (my friend enjoyed the first one so much that she had to have another one just before we left). Renoir takes care of the boating/activity centre and is very interesting to chat to . Nothing is too much trouble on this slice of heaven and you can snorkel off the rocks in front of the bar, go on an ocean dive, check out the turtles at a nearby island or just paddle out or relax on the hobie cat.

There are only 24 chalets on this charming island, and for a lot of the time you feel a bit like a modern-day Robinson Crusoe – with the appropriate luxuries such as an outdoor shower and even a few DSTV channels! At times you have the gloriously long beach all to yourself.

Given that there are no shops on this island, the typical package is a fully inclusive one. And inclusive it is! Great a-la-carte or buffet breakfasts; 3 course lunches every day, and 3 course a-la-carte or buffet dinners. Bearing in mind that literally everything (except for the seafood of course which is plucked out of the ocean each day!) is flown in from Pemba or South Africa, the selection of food and drink is more than acceptable. They grow delicious papayas on the island; they make their own ice cream and the desserts on offer were fantastic. They were served with flair and flourish and beautifully presented.

The staff are fantastic and so accommodating – the Chef would often wander out of the kitchen to ask if the guests had any special meal requests. But believe me, if you’re a fish/seafood lover, you won’t be requesting anything more than another fillet of fish!

Do make the 30 minute boat trip to Ibo – it’s an island which appears to be stuck in time. The entire coastline was very active in the slave trade, and Ibo has a charming and interesting blend of Arab and Portuguese architecture. There are a number of old Arab and Portuguese forts on the island, which contrast with the more modern (and also dilapidated and crumbling) modern houses. The island has only become a tourist spot in the last few years, and now boasts a number of guest houses and the very lovely Ibo Island Lodge. There’s no real beach for swimming, but it’s definitely worth a day trip or a one day stay over if you’re looking for a more cultural experience.

All in all, while expensive, the island is more than worth a visit. We never lacked for food or drink (take a few of your own snacks with if you’re prone to enjoying some chocolate or sweets while on the beach!) and would love to visit again soon. Our saddest day was on the day we left – we had to say good-bye to the fabulous beach and could only dream of our next trip as we flew across the azure ocean back to Pemba and then on to Cape Town.

Go to Matemo, you won’t regret it!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Matemo Island, Cabo Delgado Province 3201, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Cabo Delgado Province > Quirimbas Archipelago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Quirimbas Archipelago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Matemo Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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