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Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas

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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 12/16/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/16/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#5 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Matemwe
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.3
Value
4.4
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Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas is a unique ocean-front hotel in the most spectacular beach of Matemwe. Located on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, away from the hustle and bustle. Inspired by the local Zanzibar Architecture, it incorporates the styles with local resources. Our aim is to provide authentic, stylish, and comfortable accommodation, in an atmosphere of relaxed hospitality.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycles available
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Snorkeling
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Mosquito net
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Italian, Swahili
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DiWi wrote a review Sep 20
Hamburg, Germany13 contributions4 helpful votes
We had 5 wonderful days with family. In particular, the friendly and attentive staff made the stay something special. The complex is very spacious and offers a lot of privacy. The rooms and bungalows are lovingly and tastefully furnished. Asante sana!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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British_Batman wrote a review Sep 20
Dorset67 contributions58 helpful votes
There is no denying that the Pearl is in a beautiful location and the proximity of the beach is an obvious appeal but there are just a couple of issues beneath the surface that stop it being perfect. It should be said that the rooms are simple, cool and functional and the grounds are effectively maintained. And the staff and very polite and helpful. The first issue is probably beyond the hotel's control - the fake Masai patrolling up and down the beach. They're friendly and do leave you alone if you ask them to but everyday was an exercise to dismiss them. That coupled with the locals wanting to act as nature guides when you walk out to the reef, gets a bit tiresome. The second issue resulted from the hotel trying to mass cater for a full house by offering theme nights and buffets. The idea of trying local cuisine and witnessing 'local' music and dancing is interesting but it needs to be done right. BBQ night was a debacle. The vegetarian option was pasta and vegetables with little imagination added. How could such a quality establishment not have a variety of vegetarian dishes available. The meat option was a plate of mixed BBQ meats piled on and delivered to the table. Fortunately our daughter was paying attention, the chicken was raw. BBQ 101 - cook the food properly. The manager was told. An offer of re-cooking was made but by then trust was blown. A meal by the pool was offered a few nights later and was tastefully done and the menu had returned to normal and was great but how did we find ourselves here? On the final night the restaurant service fell apart, to the point that the chef was repeatedly banging the bell for service with greater repetition than the beat on the background music. He was frustrated, we were frustrated (25 minutes to remove finished plates, no drinks order taken). The service had been good to that point but finish poorly, followed by the repeated requests to settle the bill before we went to bed. A nice place, nice staff, but a few elements soured the enjoyment.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Zanzibar Pearl Management, Other at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas
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Dear Valued guest, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to review us and value our property. We appreciate all forms of guest feedback; it is through constructive comments that we can continually improve our services. but from the pattern of the reviews that you left out of the first 20 barely, 5 were satisfactory to you, guess your expectations are higher. The beach is public and open to anyone to access and walk by. Of course, there will be vendors who will try to sell you something, but this is beyond our control as we can only control it up until a few meters after the sunbeds. It was not a trial to mass cater but we do have themed nights from time to time where we offer local cuisine with entertainment which is very much appreciated by other guests as they get to experience the local food and culture. When you say it needs to be done right in what way if that’s how it is done? It’s an interesting point that you are trying to pass through but in what capacity do you have to give insight into the local culture? The BBQ is a mixed-served BBQ with 2 different choices. Choice of Meat and Fish. In the case of meat, there are beef skewers, chicken, lamb chop, pork sausage, and pork ribs. It was okay for you until when you called the guest relation manager and advised that your daughter’s chicken was not well done in the middle. He offered you to bring another, but you refused, and instead, you chose to start to shout at him that your dinner is ruined and walked away from him. ATTITUDE 101 – show some humanity when someone has been apologetic and willing to rectify an issue. Human is to err. He prepared for you and your family a romantic dinner setup even after the scene that you caused which you admit having been great. A kitchen serving 250 dishes in a night, what do you expect? That they crawl silently from the kitchen to the guests’ tables? The chef must ring the bell to signal the waiters that the food is ready. All the drink orders are taken before the meals, so it is impossible that you had finished eating before you had any drink. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we look forward to welcoming you again for your next visit to Zanzibar.
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Stéphane M wrote a review Aug 2022
Excellent place and very nice staff ! Different types of accomodations from little bungalos to amazing villas. Located on the north eastern side of the island. Very nice white sand beach. Unfortunately some plastic garbages are brought back to the beach by the tides but this is like anywhere else in emerging countries.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Klaus Detlef wrote a review Aug 2022
Lunderskov, Denmark51 contributions25 helpful votes
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We had three lovely nights at Zanzibar Pearl, and the hotel certainly lived up to our expectations. When we arrived we where taken a tour around the hotel to see the facilities and showed to our room. We had two lovely apartments (Pearl Suites) VERY close to the beach – barely 20-30 steps from the beach. The apartments where clean and nice, and due to the how close the where to the beach, we could hear the waves/water when you had to go to sleep. We really enjoyed that. The resuaturantarea and the poolarea are beautiful and we loved to spend time there. We had half board, and you can select from the menucard both for lunch and dinner, and we really liked the possibility to choose from many different dishes. We food was well prepared, and tasted wonderful. The beach is also really nice, and every morning the (small amount of) seaweed that had come during the hightide. In the town of Matemwe there is a small minimarket where you can buy different groceries, ice cream, soft drinks and snacks. Zanzibar Pearl is a lovely place – and you will not regret staying here.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Malibongwe Ntuli wrote a review Aug 2022
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My biggest regret thus far was to only stay in Zanzibar for one day because the fun seemed to never end. So many interesting activities offered that I have to go back for. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of going to Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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adehay wrote a review Jul 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
beautiful place with very helpful and always smiling staff .the pool is quiet small relatively but the lobby is very welcoming and spacious which at the same time is the restaurant, we had breakfast every morning there and it was good
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jens E wrote a review Jul 2022
everything was very good and I would like to come back for a longer stay, all of the staff where very helpfull, the beach was wonderfull and cleaned every morning, also the possible snorkeling at the Mnemba Reef is higly to recommend Jens
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sebastian L wrote a review Jul 2022
Winterthur, Delaware10 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I had a great and realxing stay at Zanzibar Pearl! The beach is very nice, the rooms are great and food in the restaurant was very tasty. The property is very well kept and allows one to relax full time. We stayed in 4 different places in Zanzibar and this was our favorite.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gary T wrote a review Jun 2022
12 contributions9 helpful votes
As a couple we spent a week at tbe hotel staying in the villa (room 26). The room itself blow us away. Very spacious and directly on the beach. It was amazing. We also had security and massia guys around most of the time which was reassuring. The gardens are beautiful and well kept. You will see staff working on keeping the place looking great all day...a good tip for my golf club. The staff catered for our every need. When we had a small issue(s) they were on it and resolved in no time. We really enjoyed all the staffs company as they were all pleasant cheerful and fun (thanks guys...you know who you are). Food also has been great. The chef ChiChi is known to be the best in the area and we did not get bored of the menu all week (local places on beach for a lunch is a nice change - we didn't try too many but worth checking them out on Trip Advisor). There is a bar right night door if you want to extend your evening for drink and listen to musuc. Walk is safe at night and bar is pretty cool (run by nice Polish guy). Only down side for me (and no fault of hotel) is the hassle you get on your walks down the beach. No one was over the top with us, but it is just a pain in paradise you could do without (I guess everyone has to try and earn a living). Also, a small point but hotel can not give you US$ and I ran out of cash for the tip I wanted to give. ATM is a taxi away and only gives local cash. The places we ate at lunch only wanted cash so got a bit caught out there. All in all a wonderful place to finish our special holiday and high recommend. Thanks team Gary
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Christine J wrote a review Apr 2022
Stockholm, Sweden2 contributions
We booked 4 nights at this hotel in February for the Easter week and had looked very much forward to it as part of our holidays in Zanzibar. Upon arrival to Pearl Boutique Hotel we were greeted by a male front desk manager and a couple of friendly female staff members. The manager informed us that we could use mountain bikes free of charge, that we probably couldn’t go on a boat tour with our 11 months year old baby, that we needed reef shoes to swim in the sea and that it was likely to rain during our entire stay. After that kind introduction, which took approximately 1 hour since they asked for an upfront payment of the room and didn’t believe us when we said that 50% was already paid when we made the reservation and needed to check their system, we were shown to our room. In the mail from the lady at the reservation department, the room was referred to as a “Pearl suite”. It was a sea front, tiny room measuring an estimated 16 square meters with a small double bed and two old fans. The fans were not connected though, so the room was extremely hot and humid. We asked to be shown an alternative room and they offer us the “Pearl villa” for 270 USD per night, which is with a 10% discount to which is added a 5% “card fee”. The reservation of the “Pearl suite” was made with a 15% discount due to the low season. But, as they reminded us, they don’t do any refunds so it made sense to accept their current price and top up what we already disbursed rather than to leave and go back to our previous hotel. The “Pearl villa” is a pleasant room with AC, an out door bathroom and a plunge pool, but the name is still misleading - it is not a villa - it’s a normally sized hotel room with a nice, private outdoor space..! It is also next to the ocean has a beautiful view. We were supplied with one bottle of filtered water per day for three persons, and the shower cream / shampoo in the room was of cheap quality. We booked half board, where a three course dinner with a very ambitious menu was included. Unfortunately, the food was OK at best. It would probably be easier to maintain high quality with a shorter menu. The service staff were very kind, friendly and flexible. The breakfast was also generous in size and the taste/quality was OK. We would never stay here again or recommend anyone to to so due to the overpriced rates used in combination with the lack of high quality expected with those rates - this includes the food, the beds and the entire interior both in the rooms and in the common areas. As a reference, we stayed at Park Hyatt in Stone Town in the beginning of our trip to Zanzibar which was only a little pricier and the experience is not comparable in terms of the standard and services provided.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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PRICE RANGE
$173 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandMatemwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas
Which popular attractions are close to Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Nearby attractions include Matemwe Beach (0.4 miles), Bandas Live Music (0.7 miles), and Muyuni Beach (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a pool view.
What food & drink options are available at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bin Jabir Restaurant, Furaha Local Restaurant, and Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas have airport transportation?
Yes, Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (7.7 miles) and Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (8.3 miles).
Does Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel & Villas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.