Our second visit to Zanzibar brought us to the Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, a choice we did not regret. The friendly welcome by Jan the Manager, Salome and the rest of the staff gave the indication what we might expect. Everything that followed was just great. We had opted for a half board but ended with a full board as we just couldn’t imagine anything beating the food and the company at the ZR.
The Hotel is rather small with only 12 rooms but at the same time this is probably the best size for a real Retreat Hotel. The cosy atmosphere at the pool and the bar is perfect for a relaxed small talk with other guests and we made good friends with couple of the other guests. Early morning walk at the beach watching the women from the neighbouring villages harvest the see-weed and chat and laugh while working is a good start for any day. It is also very interesting to follow when the fishermen hurry in across the reef at high tide to beat it to the market.
And finally to top it all we were invited for a small private celebration organized by Salome where artist from the villages performed; very very nice surprise. Congratulation to Jan, Salome, Mini and all the other staff, you have created a very nice and welcoming place which we will recommend to all our friends.
- 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