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Matemwe Beach Village
Ranked #5 of 12 Matemwe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in August, a very nice hotel, great pool area secluded from the wind so warm and fun, great food, very friendly staff.
Thing to note – the sea was very different to further south, the tide went out daily but not completely and at high tide it still wasn’t very deep so swimming is not great, plus the sea is full of urchins so unless you have good sea shoes don’t go in!
It a public beach so there is a lot of passing people traffic (and bicycles and motorbikes) and you do get hassled but people trying to sell you stuff – trips, massage, henna tattoos – its not a huge problem but it can be annoying. As it’s a public beach the hotel has only a few sun bed and no sun shade , they do have some thatch rondavals in the undergrowth but they are so dark and full of mosquitos they were not an option for us!
We stayed in a Shamba suite, they are larger and more expensive but I think the least nice of all the rooms, there are 5 of them in a round courtyard with no outside seating, inside there are 2 rooms and a bathroom – so ideal for families as kids can sleep in one side and parent the other with a bathroom in the middle, upstairs there is a seating are and sunbed under the large thatch roof, however its dark and a mosquito haven, we were there in low season for mosquitos but were saw hundreds (at our other hotel we saw none in a week) The beach front rooms looked the best especially 5-7.
Dinner was really good twice we got a buffet – lots of choice and really good food in the boma, we didn’t want to sit with others so we had a table to ourselves, so we were happy.
This hotel is a great location for diving, not ideal if you want a quite secluded beach, I do recommend it but I did think the shamba rooms were over priced.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Like most people we stayed at Matemwe after a safari on mainland Tanzania. We had had a longer than average transfer from the Serengeti to Arusha to Zanzibar and then up to Matemwe. We were hot, tired, hungry and a little grumpy when we arrived. They greeted us with clean hand towels a refreshing drink and smiles. We were taken to a lovely villa set back from the sea with fresh, white linen decorated with bouganvilla flowers and most importantly a warm shower.

Food was excellent, as previously mentioned by other guests, we could not fault it. In fact I believe we had the pleasure of meeting the previous contributer during one of the communal dining evenings. Other guests we met all had different backgrounds and experiences which made them so interesting to talk to. It was not compulsory to mingle, you could have a table for two, there was no pressure but for a little effort it was an enjoyable addition to our evening.

Little extras include coffee and tea (and biscuits) on the beach from 6am so you can watch the sunrise from the beach with a coffee in hand. Authentic African stories left on your bed at night time. The surprise dinner taken on the beach just for your party. Sarong and straw hats in the room to protect you fom the strong African sun. There is a lounge for pre dinner/ apres dinner drinks with magazines and games. One of the waitressess taught us to play Bao which we did most nights and are now becoming quite proficient (we bought one to practice at home). Also they have a lending library in the little shop which was useful as I had finished by one and only book.

All the staff appear to get on well and that laid back, happy feeling is infectious. We had the most wonderful time, reading, snorkling (and swimming with wild dolpins) walking the reef, visiting the spice plantations and later on visiting Stone Town and walking the narrow street visiting the site of the old Slave Market, the spice market, fish market and some colonial style buildings.

After the constant movement on safari on those unmade roads it was a good contrast to have some quiet time with just the sound of the ocean to rock you off to sleep.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I just returned from a few nights at Matenwe Beach Village after climbing Mt, Kili and then a week of safari's, and I can only say it was a perfect place to unwind.I arranged transport to get to/from there through them (the standard $50 one-way) and that was all efficient and timely. Once I got there, the staff was super friendly and helpful and helped me get settled with my late arrival. The atmosphere is very peaceful and relaxing, I liked all the special touches they put in the rooms and around the resort, very unique and special. The rooms are quite basic, but between scuba diving and lounging around the pool and meals, I wasn't in the room that much. I was especially pleased with the food, after all the excessive eating during the safari's, I was happy to have delicious yet proportionally sized meals. As a single traveler, I also liked the 'social nights,' Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays where they put out larger tables around the pool and encouraged more communal and social eating (you didn't have to participate if you didn't want to), it was fun to meet other traveler's and share our Tanzanian experiences. I also did scuba diving there which was conveniently located just by the pool (which was very nice!), also well organized and efficient. There is not so much to do in the area around the resort, but I had met people that organized a combo spice garden and Stone Town visit, or did a 'village walk,' or did an early morning low-tide walk out to the sea, or just walked along the looong stretch of the beautiful beach, so there are things to do if you want it! To me it seemed that most people (including myself) just wanted to relax :-) The resort is fairly quiet and I was able to sleep with the windows open without disturbances to only hear the waves crashing - nice! The beach is beautiful, Overall, I really enjoyed the intimate and quaint atmosphere of Matemwe Beach Village and I appreciated their support of the local community, I believe all of their decor is by local artists and craftspeople. A great stay!!!

Room Tip: The resort is a bit tropical and the rooms by the sea are mostly blocked by trees. I had to change r...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We have just returned from our stay at Matemwe Beach Village and loved it. Perfectly set on powder white sandy beaches looking out over turquoise waters. Lovely pool area with a bar and great dining area where delicious breakfast and dinner was served.

The bungalow was quite basic, not that we spent that much time there as most of the time we were chilling on the beach or by the pool. Staff were lovely, very helpful and smiley. They even surprised us with a private dinner on the beach one evening, completely unexpected but was very romantic and a lovely extra touch.

There's not a lot to see or do in Matemwe, but that's exactly why people go - to relax, and MBV is perfect for that.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Matemwe beach village truly is a special place. So many other resorts in Zanzibar just don't get it right for one reason or another but there is very little you can fault here. The bungalows are great (bathroom a little basic), the pool area is sheltered and peaceful, the staff are incredibly friendly - and most of all the food is incredible. The chef is south african and is brilliant - he comes and chats to you after your dinner and everything is cooked to order - you order your dinner at breakfast (and spend most of the day looking forward to it!). Breakfast is also delicious.
But more than that, this is a very well thought out resort and it's the little touches that make it - sarongs and beach hats in your room, flower displays on your bed and bed-night stories left in your room at night. The resort also has a great ethos, they embrace local culture unlike other resorts in Zanzibar and twice a week they bring all the guests together for a BBQ or local food buffet and encourage guests to sit together and get to know each other.
My only gripe is that you have to pay for internet and it isn't cheap - at this kind of resort (and as it's free in almost all other places) they shouldn't be looking to make extra money on this. It also costs extra to take the boat trip around the lagoon and do the reef walk (even though it says both these things are free in the room info) and hiring a bike isn't cheap either. I guess it's a shame when everything else is so perfect that they are trying to make more money from you with these little extras.
Apart from that - book here - you will have an amazing and unforgettable time!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

like most of the guests staying here we arrived at Matemwe beach village after a mainland safari.

the resort is approx. 1 hour from the airport which is located in Zanzibar town and situated on a beautiful Indian ocean beach. The premises are built in the palms fronting the beach and the sand is utilised for paths and spills into reception too.
Various room options are available, we had a basic room (no. 4) close to the beach which was fine. nice touches were a torch for the evening amble to dinner and back, helpful notes left about the local village and a net and lit mosquito coil turn down service while we were at dinner.

there are several places to chill, obviously the beach but with no attempt made to provide shade we found the sun too powerful for our lily white skins.
The pool area is popular and there are a mixture of recliners, tables, chairs and benches with big cushions to choose from. You can also get lunch here at the pool bar.

Breakfast was taken in the dining area near reception, and of a good standard with fresh fruit, choice of cooked main and toast too.

evening meals alternated between the main dining room and a more casual buffet bbq either around the pool or in their massi boma. They encourage you to share tables with other guests and we found this style of dining to be our favourite.

We used the on site dive school for a trip to an local island for snorkelling and found them to be very professional. many more were scuba diving with them too.

The general ambiance is very much one of chilling and relaxing, so not good for anyone who wants excitement and lots to do.

The staff without exception were genuinely friendly and helpful, a real credit to the management who I hope are pound of them.

depending on your viewpoint the beach was something of a mixed bag, the setting, unspoilt and natural was a delight. We also enjoyed watching the people from the local village work the beach to harvest seaweed (their only form of income) at low tide but this did mean not many from the hotel swam on a regular basis as far as we could see, us included.

For us, this hit the right spot after a hectic 5 days safari around Tanzania, so well done Matemwe beach village!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lovely relaxed place with marvellous kitchen.
We stayed here after a hectic safari week and got exactly the peace and quiet we needed to digest all impressions.

The south african chef (with australian/italian heritage) is incredibly skilled and creative.
We had a half-board booking and intended to have a simple sandwich for lunch - but ended up eating EVERY single lunch at the hotel to enjoy his wonderful cooking.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Address: | 45 minutes away from Stone Town, Matemwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Matemwe
Price Range: $219 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matemwe Beach Village is a local Zanzibari Guest house – not a hotel and not a resort. No shoes No news. We do not have television or air conditioning in the rooms but we do have wifi and a lovely swimming pool. We are very proud of our gourmet food, romantic beach dinner settings and boma evenings under the stars. Situated on the Matemwe Beach on the North East coast of Zanzibar which boasts a beautiful long white sandy beach. At low tide one can explore the reef which stretches all the way down the East coast of the island. We are proud to have One Ocean diving center on our property where diving and snorkeling trips can be arranged. ... more   less 
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