This place was so excellent I don't even know where to start. My husband and I were looking for somewhere quiet to relax after climbing Kilimanjaro and oh man this place was perfect! Its right on the beach and has a little private section for hotel guests only for extra seclusion. The rooms are super cute most with beach views. It was advertised as a "half board" on expedia which seems crazy because it included breakfast (with homemade passion fruit jam - so tasty), fruit at 11am, coffee/tea/biscuits at 4pm, appies at 7pm and then a 4 course supper at 8 - the most delicious Italian food I've had including homemade gelato. There's even an onsite masseuse on the beach - so perfect!
The owners are what really make this place special. They told us when we arrived to treat it like our house and they really meant it. I said to my husband one day over dinner that Maxine felt like the Italian grandpa I never had who spoiled us rotten everyday with cookies, ice cream, mystery chocolate things. He took care of everything we needed including arranging snorkelling excursions, mailing postcards, airport transfers. All so easy.
Its a little pricy for Africa but I think its totally worth it given the amazing service and experience. If I'm ever back on Zanzibar, I'll definitely be returning to Zanzibar house! I t was small and quiet and personal and perfect.
- 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