Matemwe Bandas is such a lovely place. I've just come back to the UK and I'm sorely missing sitting in the shady bar eating delicious food and looking out onto paradise...
A few things stood out for me - you expect a beautiful, white sand beach, palm trees, azure sea etc - and you certainly get that in spades in Zanzibar. The things that set the Bandas aside are the friendly service, the amazing food and the stylish decor.
The staff are so friendly, and no effort is too much to ensure you are happy: breakfast on the beach, cocktails on the raised terrace, dinner on your balcony - done. We had several trips all conveniently arranged for us: trip to Stone Town, Snorkelling, Jungle visit to see the monkeys.
I have to make a special mention of the food - we travelled with two young boys and they catered for us and them amazingly. I was concerned, based on my experiences of a hotel in Kenya, that the food would be uninspiring. But here everything on the menu is amazing. The pasta dishes were al dente, the local curries amazingly delicious, and the hand made chips could win awards. Not just acceptable - amazing. Several times we had dishes not on the menu - grilled fish straight from the beach, chicken milanese (the chef has a classical italian training).
The place is stunning visually - complete eco-chic with local materials combined with high quality furnishings and accessories.
This is the place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE HOTEL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Matemwe Bandas is as faithful to its natural surroundings and to the highest levels of luxury as we are to millennia old traditions of local master craftsmanship. We are also a fair trade business that is substantially locally owned, while every member of our team (including our four young apprentices) hails from the village of Matemwe around our property.With private direct access from your verandah, Matemwe’s breathtaking beach is only a step away. You can walk along its majestic palmed-lined breadth on dazzlingly white, super fine sand basking in the brilliant tropical sunshine for miles in both directions, only occasionally coming across other people. Nestling on the beach's edge in rustic exclusivity, our luxury coco wood and palm thatch bungalows share an elegant 11m x 5m swimming fresh water pool and sandy, decked and canopy-covered communal areas. We offer butler service and a la carte local & international fusion cuisine. We also provide high speed Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry service and mineral water in the bandas for free to all residents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar Zanzibar Island