This gorgeous boutique hotel is located on a beautiful stretch of a secluded white sandy beach, with a private swimming pool, seven stylishly decorated rooms and a great, comfort-filled atmosphere. It is a perfect getaway if you are looking to spend some private, quiet time, away from the chaos of everyday routine (and the horror of overcrowded, massive hotel complexes). I spent a little under a week here and I had a great time. The Room: My room had a view of the sea, a private balcony, a huge (king size) bed, a small bathroom, TV, beach towels, bathroom robes, slippers, a safe...basically everything! The décor is 'traditional', namely all in wood, so it is really cozy. The Staff: The hotel is run by a European couple and they are very nice and welcoming. They will make sure you are comfortable and will try to accommodate you in any requests you may have. For example, the internet was in and out for a day or so and when I pointed it out, a crew was called in and installed new modems the next day. The rest of the staff is either local or from the mainland and is very nice as well. Amenities: Zanzibar house has free wireless, Turkish hammam, sauna, pool, private 'beach' (attached to the garden because in Zanzibar you cannot 'privatize the beach') - umbrellas and chairs overlooking the ocean, but you still have to cross the beach to get to the water, massage/spa lady available 6 days per week, bar, pool table, table tennis, board games... The food: the food was INCREDIBLE!!! Since the hotel was small, dinner was served at the same time to everyone. We all had a 4 course meal (and snacks first) with appetizers, first course (usually pasta), second course and a desert. The food is varied and really delicious. Also, they will do their best to accommodate any preferences, if so desired (for example, I don't eat fish, so they always made me other meat instead). Breakfast is good too (self-serve) with eggs and other cooked things available on request (for free). The only problem I had here was that the hotel only has the half board option. So, if you are used to eating three meals, calculate into your budget spending extra on food. But no worries, lunch is available and the menu is extensive, the food is great and the prices are reasonable. The beach: The beach is white sand, but if you go there in July/August, be ready to encounter some grass in the sea. I am told this is the standard in Zanzibar. The beach is however quiet - during my stay, aside from Zanzibar House guests, I only encountered one couple vacationing in a private house. However, there were local women collecting some sort of plants from the sea and they come in the mornings - they will not bother you, however, and they stay far away from the shore (the water is really low for almost a mile). Also, there might be one or two local men looking to sell you an excursion around the island. They are not too annoying and if you tell them nicely you are not interested, they will leave you alone. To conclude, Zanzibar House was a great find and I truly, truly enjoyed my stay. I would warmly recommend this hotel to everyone. Gorgeous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zanzibar House is a 7 room privately owned and ran boutique hotel situated in the beautiful location of Matemwe on the North East coast of the island, about 40km from Stone Town.The hotel opened its doors in December 2012. The materials used in the construction are found in Zanzibar, with a traditional Makuti roof, decorated with Maritaki patterns, in harmony with the nature and not to disrupt the beautiful landscape. Zanzibar House offers its guests 7 rooms. 5 Rooms with sea view and 2 have views over the rich vegetation that surrounds the area. Four posters Queen size beds in every room. Extra beds and baby cots are available upon request. Satellite TV, complimentary WIFI, minibar, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities are few of the amenities found in the rooms. Each and every room has a large terrace from where to enjoy the breathtaking views.The restaurant offers delicacies of international and local cuisine with extra care put into the selection of the produce, respecting the seasons and what is available in the market. The full licensed bar offers a selection of local beers, world reknown spirits brands, cocktails and much more all to be enjoyed in the porch overlooking the Indian Ocean. During the day guests are pampered by the carefully picked staff and presented with nibbles to accompany the passing hours; seasonal fruit skewers, spiced tea or coffee in the afternoon, home made savory or sweet treats according to the inspiration of the chef. Special efforts were made in choosing and making of the decorative details found across the house. All the doors were made with coconut wood, found in plentiful supply on the island; the wood was carved by a skilled carpenter in Stone Town with traditional Zanzibar motives, the floors are made of Galana, a local stone, the material used for the walls and structure is called Choka, the island's version of cement. A full menu of massages and treatments available all day along and tailor made solutions, such as custom made excursions, insiders tips to fully and responsably experience the magic of the island make of Zanzibar House an oasis of peace and tranquility, the perfect destination where to get rid of the stress of everyday's life and regenerate the senses with attentive to detail service never losing the essence and the warmth of African hospitality to make you feel truly welcomed at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar House Matemwe