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“Amazing food in an amazing relax place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Matemwe
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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8 reviews
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“Amazing food in an amazing relax place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Many thanks to Jan and all the staff for our wonderful time in Zanzibar!
We were 12 people: outstanding food in such a place, very smiling and trustworthy staff, beautiful white beach, nice swimming pool.
The owner, Jan, very friendly, was always present listening to everyone and doing his best to organize whatever you need (bus transport to visit places...)
I highly recommand that place for relaxing and ressourcing!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel. If you are looking for a secluded place with a calm, friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect place. Food was amazing! The beach was beautiful. The serene daily activities of the nearby community; the women working on their seeweed-plantation, the fishermen, the children coming home from school, etc, only added an authentic element to the African experience. Jan, one of the owners, was present most of the time giving attention the every possible detail to keep you comfortable and in a good mood. We stayed in one of the honeymoon-suites, which we highly recommend. Waking up to a beautiful sunrise over the Indian Ocean and the the waves splashing on the beach really helped to remove the stress of the european winter. The peak of our experience was the snorkeling-trip to the nearby island when we had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins! We counted over 40 of them all around us! Absolutely an all-time-high. The only negative thing was the frequent interruptions in power- and water-supply - but I´ve travelled a great deal in Africa and that´s just something you have to expect.

Room Tip: The extra pay for the honeymoon-suite is money well spent. If you plan to go snorkeling/on a dolphin...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Jan was a great host on this beautiful property. The pool was nice, the beach access great, and the food was amazing. I highly suggest paying an extra $15 per person to have the fresh seafood addition to the meal...best lobster and prawn I have ever had! The Honeymoon suite upstairs had the best view of the ocean from a huge balcony, the bathroom had a stone-like finish, and the room was spacious. Only negatives were the power outages and the A/C working sporadically. Otherwise, it was a fabulous stay.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stone Town
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Zanzibar retreat! It was just what the doctor ordered after hectic traveling in Kenya. The resort is cozy with a smaller number of rooms, very well maintained, on a quiet stretch of beach and the food was absolutely amazing. The owner was very friendly, always asking how we were enjoying our food or stay and open to input for any ways to improve our experience. We have been to about 5 different resorts on Zanzibar on different beaches, including Matemwe, Kendwa, Paje, Jambiani and Nungwe and we are still convinced that Zanzibar retreat is the best resort hands´down. If you come to Zanzibar you have to give it a go.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

We just absolutely loved Zanzibar Retreat , The welcome , the food , Jan the owner is lovely and does everything so guests feel at home . The food is just amazing , the best we had on the island so far. Great Chef ! The Staff also very professional , The pool is definitely a big plus , it's fresh and clean , and big enough to swim properly ,
We were delighted of our visit , and will keep such great memories of the Zanzibar Retreat !!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is one of our best hollidays ever. We wanted to have a calm and relaxing holliday after a very busy year. I we found this here. Reading books, eating amazing food and a drink(or two) in the Bar. No TV, no music only sound of the wawes and birds. Fantastic. Slept like a child. We stayed there for 13 nights.

Room Tip: We paid a littel extra and got the best room no. 10.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

I highly recommend this place. It is right on the beach. The building is beautiful and clean. The food was amazing. The owner, Janne, was very helpful and was available as needed. He always promptly answered my emails and worked with us on our accomodation needs. The staff was friendly. At night, there is a guard on duty, so we felt safe (even without the guard, we would have felt safe). There is a little bungalow right on the beach where you can get a massage. I took advantage of this ($40 for one hour) and was put into sleep coma by the masseuse and sound of the ocean. We stayed for three nights and didnt want to leave. If youre a diver, One Ocean Divers is located about a ten minute walk up the beach. Matemwe is a beautiful beach with a big reef. It is less touristy than other parts of the island. Again, i highly recommend this place. I would stay here again without a doubt.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Zanzibar Retreat Hotel
Address: Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small beach Retreat. Good food and drinks. ... more   less 
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Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Matemwe, Zanzibar Island

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