We decided to tale a chance on this new place even though there weren't many reviews when we booked. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. Georgia, the Italian owners daughter, was a wonderful hostess and was so helpful. First, we had arranged a reasonably priced transfer from Stone Town using her driver and she allowed us to pay some extra and he took us to the Jozani forest on the way, saving us time and money from doing it as a separate excursion. Then when we arrived at lunch time she prepared us a free pasta lunch. We had booked a triple room as we were traveling with our adult son, but the hotel was quite empty, so she let our son use a beautiful sea view room at no extra charge. She arranged a wonderful snorkel trip for us around Mnemba Island. We were on half board, which was plenty as in addition to breakfast, there was fruit in the late morning, tea at 5, appetizers at 7 and a 4 course meal at 8. And the food was delicious-- count on Italians to have some great eating. Still thinking about the crab pasta and homemade gnocchi. The decor of this boutique hotel is really nice, and I enjoyed the swinging bed on our spacious balcony. The only thing not so perfect was all the seaweed on this stretch of beach, but they can't do anything about that. We enjoyed the swimming pool and relaxing on the lounge beds under cabanas near the beach. This is a quiet place. We took some nice walks and enjoyed watching the nearby village life, but mostly just relaxed and enjoyed this peaceful place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zanzibar House is a 7 room privately owned and ran boutique hotel situated in the beautiful location of Matemwe on the North East coast of the island, about 40km from Stone Town.The hotel opened its doors in December 2012. The materials used in the construction are found in Zanzibar, with a traditional Makuti roof, decorated with Maritaki patterns, in harmony with the nature and not to disrupt the beautiful landscape. Zanzibar House offers its guests 7 rooms. 5 Rooms with sea view and 2 have views over the rich vegetation that surrounds the area. Four posters Queen size beds in every room. Extra beds and baby cots are available upon request. Satellite TV, complimentary WIFI, minibar, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities are few of the amenities found in the rooms. Each and every room has a large terrace from where to enjoy the breathtaking views.The restaurant offers delicacies of international and local cuisine with extra care put into the selection of the produce, respecting the seasons and what is available in the market. The full licensed bar offers a selection of local beers, world reknown spirits brands, cocktails and much more all to be enjoyed in the porch overlooking the Indian Ocean. During the day guests are pampered by the carefully picked staff and presented with nibbles to accompany the passing hours; seasonal fruit skewers, spiced tea or coffee in the afternoon, home made savory or sweet treats according to the inspiration of the chef. Special efforts were made in choosing and making of the decorative details found across the house. All the doors were made with coconut wood, found in plentiful supply on the island; the wood was carved by a skilled carpenter in Stone Town with traditional Zanzibar motives, the floors are made of Galana, a local stone, the material used for the walls and structure is called Choka, the island's version of cement. A full menu of massages and treatments available all day along and tailor made solutions, such as custom made excursions, insiders tips to fully and responsably experience the magic of the island make of Zanzibar House an oasis of peace and tranquility, the perfect destination where to get rid of the stress of everyday's life and regenerate the senses with attentive to detail service never losing the essence and the warmth of African hospitality to make you feel truly welcomed at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar House Matemwe, Zanzibar Island