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“WOW, WOW, WOW!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar, Asilia Africa

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Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar, Asilia Africa
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Matemwe, Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“WOW, WOW, WOW!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

What an amazing place this was! My husband and I stayed here for 7 nights on the final stop of our honeymoon. It was really difficult choosing a place to stay in Zanzibar as there seem to be so many options, but boy oh boy am I glad we chose Matemwe Retreat.

After a bumpy ride down a dodgy looking dirt road through Matemwe Village we arrived at Matemwe Retreat and we were welcomed by Abdi, our butler with a cold towel and drink. From that moment on our stay was amazing! Abdi was great and did everything (booking activities, drinks, food, advice etc etc etc etc) he could to make our stay enjoyable.

We stayed in Zam Zam and the villas are fantastic, very spacious and the views of the ocean are to die for. The pool on the rooftop was the best bit and we loved that we didn't have to leave our villa at all if we didn't want to.

The food is amazing and I think we had seafood for every meal. This is caught by the local villagers and bought by the hotel and it is always superb. We dined on a few occasions at the main hotel when they had Swahili night and a BBQ. Both were excellent! The cocktail of the day also went down very well:-)

In terms of activities, there is a fairly wide choice. We choose to do snorkelling, the guided reef walk (both provided by the hotel) and diving. All are fantastic and there is loads to sea out there in the ocean! We also had an amazing 3 hour massage pamper session, which was excellent. I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed.

All in all, there are not enough superlatives to describe this place. I was very sad to leave this little piece of paradise and I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had a disastrous start at Zanzibar Airport and really wanted to turn around and head back to Kenya but I am so glad we didn't. This retreat is incredible. We had two nights here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and it is fantastic. Menlad is the man for you, if he looks after you, you are so very lucky. Calm, very attentive and funny, thanks to him for making our stay great. We want to return to stay for longer and experience some of the trips and beaches on offer :-))

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Matemwe Retreat en route to Uganda. The private villa is beautiful and we had perfect service from our butler, Menlad. The staff was very pleasant. we also enjoyed the snorkeling trip.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stayed at Matemwe Retreat (Leila) for 7 nights arriving on the 24th July. Short & sweet review. Everything was simply AMAZING!!!! We got married on the 26th July and that too was a truly beautiful experience & day! The staff could not do enough to make sure everything was perfect.

Big thanks to Ndaki our butler who was also our witness :-) for all his hard work in making our stay so memorable.

Would definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our stay at Matemwe was superb. The view from our villa was spectacular. We watched the local fisherman sailing their vessels on the tides, just amazing at sunset. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and always willing to help however they could. What I did appreciate the most was a conversation with staff about the resort's involvement with local community projects. I think that this could be promoted more as they are doing an amazing job with their efforts. Yes, this is a 'must have' experience when visiting Zanzibar.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed at Matemwe Retreat for 5 days in June. Amazing diving, amazing staff, amazing food and overall a great experience. We stayed in Leyla and our butler Abdi made our time special.

Yes you can't always swim at the beach, yes they might have power issues or problems with their hot water, but the location and the helpful staff make up for everything!

Again I would like to thank Frank from the dive centre as well as Abdi our butler.

We will go back again!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We spent 4 fabulous nights at Matemwe Retreat in the "Nuru" house. The villa was wonderful, the view absolutely breathtaking, and the people... fantastic. Menlad was our butler and he was incredible. We both worried it would be uncomfortable having a butler around during our honeymoon. Menlad was such a professional, so caring, and became a good friend to us. Since we were leaving before the resorts traditional swahili dinner on Sunday, Menlad had the chef prepare a special swahili dinner for us in our villa on our last night. Menlad even brought traditional attire for us to wear and decorated a very romantic table. We will never forget his impersonation of how my wife should greet me, mimicking a lady with a sultry "jambo".
We can't say enough good things about Menlad and the entire experience at Matemwe.
Clayton and Nichole Cheek

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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Address: Matemwe, Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matemwe Retreat's rooms are extremely spacious and beautifully decorated. A private deck and plunge pool allows for uninterrupted relaxation, with only the palm trees for company. Service at the Retreat is organized in such a way that guests need never leave their room. A private butler caters to every whim and the chef stops by every morning to discuss the meal choices for the day, which are served on the large verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests are free to wander down to the main lodge, enjoy the delicious cuisine or join fellow patrons for sundowner cocktails. ... more   less 
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