We decided to have 3 weeks of various adventures for our honeymoon which began with a safari in the Serengeti and ended in Mombasa.
In the middle of this we spent an amazing week in Zanzibar, 5 nights of which were spent at the Zanzibar Retreat.
This little haven of tranquility is one to really be adored, with spectacular white coral sand beaches backing onto the hotel it really was a taste of paradise. The property has just finished a refurbishment and had only been open one week prior to our stay. There are 12 rooms at the hotel most of which are ground level, ours opening out on to the swimming pool.
We were greated in reception with a welcome drink and shown to our room by Saloma, newly appointed "guest relations manager" (apologies if the spelling is wrong) and Siti one of the house keeping staff, fruit basket flowers and a stunning air conditioned room awaited us. We couldn't have asked for more.
We were privaleged enough to have the hotel to ourselves as it was still low season during our visit and we were spoiled rotten!
The food at the hotel is devine, everything is fresh and there is a lovely selection of meals over the week. There is roughly 6 or 7 options for breakfast and numerous lunch options. In the evenings there was a choice of 2 options for main dish which followed 2 starters, bread and then there was dessert. Every mouthful which we ate was delightful it really was a pleasure to eat there.
The staff at the hotel can not be praised highly enough, they are truely an asset to Jan, the hotel owner. From the house keeping staff and gardeners to chefs and waiters not forgetting their very own Tom Cruise .... the King cocktail maker David and the always smiling Lucicero (sorry for the spelling) every one of them worked their socks off and nothing was too much trouble for them. They made note of which table we liked and set this for breakfast, lunch and dinner all apart for the last night ......
We were surprised on our final evening by having a stunningly romantic candle lit meal in the beach hut. Our own cabana seeing the sun set, the tide come in and being treated like a King and Queen.
We would recommend this hotel to EVERYONE we know, as long as they are looking for total relaxation in paradise. There is little to do around the area however we tried our hand at diving and even snorkled with dolphins. For the keen diver there is a really good company based about 10 minutes walk along the beach.
Go to the Zanzibar Retreat hotel ..... IT WAS FANTASTIC !!!
We can't thank you enough for making our honeymoon perfect. THANK YOU !!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated directly on the beach. Its a peaceful and tranquil setting with plenty of shady places for you to relax. There is a 16x8 meter pool perfect for a refreshing swim when the tide is out. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a well-stocked bar to accompany. We are proud to have a good reputation regarding food. We work consequently with proper waist management, and support education in the village. Most of our suppliers are from the village, and we try our best to have a good relation with the whole village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
- Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Matemwe, Zanzibar Island