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Matemwe Lodge, Asilia Africa
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Matemwe Village, Matemwe 3275, Tanzania   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Each bungalow is divine, flowers everywhere, coconut on your arrival, nothing is too much for the staff. The sand is like flour, the food is fresh, beautifully spiced, varied and delicious. Had such a great time, wish I could stay longer, LUXURY.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

First, let me say the idea of staying at anything remotely beach resort or "all inclusive" has always sounded like torture to me. Recently a group of coworkers convinced me I needed to open my mind and try Matemwe. I have to admit, I loved it. Matemwe is a small lodge, which was fantastic. Each hut feels private and looks out on the ocean and not a common area like a pool. I could have walked around topless if I'd wanted to. As a vegetarian, food is often an issue. Not at Matemwe. The food was fresh and amazing. A friend was eating a raw vegan diet and with no problem the chef cooked up something yummy for her at each meal. The Lodge excursions were all fun and well planned. All guides were solid and enjoyable. A friend was having a birthday and without asking the manager had arranged a private table and a cake ahead of time. On the day before when I asked about a birthday dinner, she said it was already taken care of. 5 star service or ESP? Either way, I was well taken care of. Drink prices were very reasonable and on check out there were no odd charges on our bill. I would recommend Matemwe to anyone and will hopefully find myself in Zanzibar again!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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New York City, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

we paid about $300 per night for a couple. i think we got an excellent deal, and this seemed like a great value. this included all of our meals. we didn't leave in 4 days (we had intended to travel around the island, but it was too good to leave.)

pros:
-excellent bungalow, right on a bluff right on the water
-excellent staff. i lived in tanzania for 2.5y and never met such a professional group of locals. they were uniformly helpful, nice, and attentive to details in a way i have never seen before in the country.
-extreme attention to detail - really nothing was overlooked
-free wifi
-excellent food. mostly seafood.
-nice pool
-free kayaks, guided beach walk and village walk
-they are very chill about checking in early or leaving a little late

cons:
-no AC (if thats your thing)
-no TV (if thats your thing)

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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North Bergen, New Jersey
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Matemwe Bungalows back in October 2011 and we had an AMAZING time.
The Bungalows are really beautiful, very spacious, have a private deck with hammock and sofa, and unbeatable views on the ocean.
The grounds are beautiful to walk through, lots of flowers and vegetation around even tough the bungalows were built on a coral reef.
There were several nice spots to hang out besides the pools - sofas, a swing chair with a view, the bar and the restaurant, which had also great views. The food was good (not outstanding but very nice).
I think there are only about 12 bungalows, so the place feels really quiet and intimate.
My husband and I spent very high quality time there, hanging out on the private deck staring at the beautiful colors of the ocean (it changes appearance all the time with the tides), sunbathing by the pools and enjoying a few drinks at the bar. We also went snorkeling by Mnemba Atoll, wich has crystal clear waters all around with different shades of blue, wow.
The only "negative" is the beach. Even tough it's beautiful, there was a lot of seaweed all over, and it's hard to find the right moment to go in the water because of the tides.
But everything else I just mentionned really makes up for it. I have posted a few pictures, see for yourself!
I have put Matemwe on top of my list of beautiful hotels by the beach, and I have travelled quite a bit...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

we stayed @ matemwe bungalows for 5 nights Nov / Dec 2011. The rooms are stunning perched on a cliff with great views across the lagoon , beach and reef island. There are only 12 so the place never gets or feels crowded. Food was varied , buffet style and service very friendly. There are 2 small swimming pools for chilling out round. It gets very hot on Zanzibar so you will need to find some shade otherwise you cook.

For snorkelling , its difficult around the hotel due to the shallow depth of the lagoon , so its a boat ride off to the reef @ $28 a pop bit of rip off. The beach has soft wide sand and can at times be busy with locals and fisherman. Matemwe village is a stones throw from the hotel & this gives you a true picture of Zanzibar, its a very poor Island.

The journey from the airport is entertaining as your driver avoids the chickens, goats, cattle and people wandering everywhere, its about 45 mins and the last 10 or so are on a dirt track through the village.

We had a day out in Stone town , which really was an eye opener and gives a very good picture of Zanzibar past and present . The tour around the old slave market was very moving. Stone Towns is extremely busy and you have to keep your wits about you , there are many excellent restaraunts and hotels , shops and stalls

be warned - the mosquitoes are very active after dusk so take precautions. Rooms are sprayed and you sleep under nets , but they get in and bite like hell.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

The Lodge scores high on most counts. The ambience is perfect, staff friendly, food superb. Sally, David, Moses and all the others contributed to the relaxed atmosphere, more a house party than a hotel. Unlike virtually everyone else we were not looking for post safari do-nothing chill out, we explored the village, took long walks, sailed, swam, talked to everyone and made some good friends. We took a trip to Stone Town (well worth it), and swam out to the reef from the shore a few times as well as going out to the reef in a dhow for more organised snorkelling.

We saw some interesting beasties, notably the elusive elephant shrew and the rarely seen giant rat. Virtually all the indigenous animals are shy so are not a threat. The odd one got into our lodge which is hardly surprising as they are not sealed.

The views are spectacular especially as the fishing boats come and go on the tide.

The nearby village is a working fishing village and it is well worth taking the time to go round it and learn about how it operates.

Others have commented about the difficulty swimming off the beach and this is a problem, but once you get to know the tides it is entirely possible to swim out to the reef with plenty of fish to see and some decent coral but the water has to be high enough to get enough clearance to swim over the sea urchins so timing is important. The organised snorkelling trips are fine but everyone goes to the same place so it is crowded and when we did it there was quite a current. We didn't dive but those who did loved it.

The beach does get a bit dirty but the Lodge do clean up their end. Further down towards the village there is a hygiene problem so walking barefoot is a bit of a risk to say the least.

But if you want to hang around the main lodge, get a massage, swim in the pools (lovely but small) eat excellent food and meet nice people this is as good a place as any. But if you want manicured perfection this may not always deliver. We didn't so it was fine by us, we liked being right on the edge of the sea, great views, a real sense of being somewhere that was active, and part of the local community.

Would we come back. Yes, for sure.

Room Tip: All the lodges are the same so no need to choose
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Amazing view, rooms, service and facilities! This could not have been any better! The food was also well chosen each day given that options outside of the resort are limited. The only slight improvement could have been in providing more local cuisine rather than western food. The one dinner that we had of BBQ seafood was the best. Breakfasts generally were a good spread and the staff were always helpful to meet requests. The downside turned out to be the beach - the sand is soft as flour and looks incredible but the density of sea urchins means that splashing about is not an option. Water activities are plenty (kayaking, snorkeling, scuba) but do no inlcuding swiming out from the beach which is a pitty. Waking up every morning to THAT sun rise, sea view and porch was a real treat. Can't beat this.

  • Stayed November 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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Address: Matemwe Village, Matemwe 3275, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Matemwe Lodge, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matemwe Main Lodge has twelve spacious, tastefully decorated and newly refurbished (May 2012) chalets, each featuring large verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. Matemwe embodies the quintessential beach experience: a relaxing atmosphere, friendly and personable staff, massages, cocktails, swimming pools, lush tropical gardens and sumptuous cuisine – fresh seafood being the specialty. This gem on Zanzibar's main island offers privacy and seclusion and is the perfect destination to simply relax and unwind. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Matemwe Main Lodge, Asilia Africa Hotel Matemwe
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Matemwe Lodge, Asilia Africa Zanzibar

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