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Boutique Hotel Matlai
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pingwe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 10, 2012

This place is outstanding, one of the nicest places I’ve ever been. We spent a couple of wonderful days in this small boutique hotel in the Northeast of Zanzibar. The German family-run place has only 4 rooms, all beautifully designed according to the 4 elements: a fire, water, earth and air room. All rooms and their terraces/balconies face the stunning beach and also a quite unique pool (as shown on the picture). The hotel is really good for spending honeymoon, but also for friends or family holidays or just for a couple of days relaxation. They have a lot of stuff there for guest to rent/try/do: boule/boccia, kubb, dart, beach volleyball, snorkeling equipment, a library with over 250 different movies and approx 100 books, open air cinema, x-box, massage, diving and kite-surfing not far from there, etc. etc. But these things are not offered actively like in one of these clubs. the atmosphere is very relaxed. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They have a main house where the 4 rooms are located, a unique pool which forms the centre of the “resort”, terraces as well as a separated restaurant and bar which can be used by guests, but also by other people. We spent wonderful days there: Thumbs up!

Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

It was the second time staying at Matlai. It is indeed a piece of paradise on earth. Spacious luxury rooms with superb bathroom. Excellent service and very good food. Breakfast can even be taken in the afternoon. Very friendly and professional management. Inviting nice swimming pool located right at the beach.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed at Matlai boutique hotel in August 2012 after a few days safari in Tanzania. From the very moment of our arrival until the end of our vacation week we have enjoyed every single moment. The rooms, the swimming pool and all the other common spaces are really very special. The rooms are all furnished with natural materials and reflect the excellent taste of Tim and Inge. All the Matlai team is super. They are all extremely kind and take care of any aspect to let you have a unique, unforgettable holiday.
The hotel is on a long wonderful beach and you can dine at the hotel restaurant on the beach in a unique atmosphere.
We would definitively recommend a stay at Matlai.


Antonella & Alessandro from Italy

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Antonella264
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Absolute amazing place - the Matlai is located directly at zanzibar's beautiful beach... offers individual luxury rooms with specially designed furniture (and very stylish bathtubs :-) !), all rooms with ocean view, big balcony and perfect atmosphere to feel like in paradise. You can relax at the big pool, the beach or easily explore the surroundings. The service is worldclass, whenever you need something, they will be there and give you a friendly hand. The food is all fresh and so delicious and you can order whatever and WHENEVER you feel like... great deal, really amazing!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Claudiko
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed seven nights at matlai hotel begin july for our honeymoon. This was THE best hotel we ever stayed in: paradise setting, rooms with Sea view, Nice beach, beautifull house,... But it was more than just an amazing setting! Food was excellent, you can choose what you would like to eat. THE Cook is really one of THE best! Three course lunch and three course diner. Really amazing.
Also all THE attention for details was amazing! You can choose where you want to have breakfast, lunch and diner: in THE garden, on THE beach, on your balcony,.... And than THE table is decoraties with candles and flowers. Every night you can eat in another romantic setting.
Service is excellent, and THE rooms and hotel are very clean. Rooms are cleaner two times à day, THE housekeeper even fills your bath and puts flowers in it.

I have already travelled à lot, but can say this is à very Nice hotel where personel puts à lot of effort in you having THE time of your life, enjoying THE food and relaxing.

Excellent hotel for honeymooners!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stayed at the Matlai in June 2012 after a Kilimanjaro climb. We wanted somewhere where we could simply relax and have nothing more difficult to do than decide whether we wanted to lay in the sun on our balcony, by the pool or on the beach.... and the Matlai certainly delivered this and more!!

From the minute we arrived I fell in love with the place - it is just stunning! The attention to detail and decor is second to none, and what a pool!!!!

Inge and the team go above and beyond to make your stay special. They are discreet but have a brilliant knack of always being there when you need something! Simply 5 star service. The food is also outstanding (you must have the crab soup & a BBQ on the beach!) and the bar next to the hotel made for a great place to sit in the evenings for a few drinks.

The hotel is small, unique, furnished to very high standards, set on a stunning section of beach with good food & fantastic staff – really, what more could you want!!

We had so many special moments here. I would not hesitate to recommend the Matlai to anyone, it is simply beautiful! Thank you for such a wonderful stay!

Room Tip: The rooms on the fiorst floor have the better views, but the rooms on the ground floor have the best...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Our first visit to Zanzibar was a full success. We found a marvellous place here to relax with excellent and individually designed rooms looking over the beach and indian ocean. You can pass hours watching the the ocean, swim in the pool and enjoy great food prepared by a great cook. The team at Matlai creates a perfect atmosphere to enjoy the stay. There are some impressive snorkelling spots close by with sea stars in all colours of the rainbow, Jozani forest with the famous red colobus monkeys is close by and invites for a day trip. As well Stone Town and the spice tours are only 1 hour away.
Anybody looking for a piece of paradise to relax without any bad surprises after booking is perfectly right here. Fully recommendable!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Pingwe | Michamwi, Pingwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pingwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pingwe
Price Range: $305 - $495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Matlai 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere. The hotel contains of two villas, Asili House and Villa Kidosho. Both villas are directly on the beach, embedded in abounded blooming and scented plants. Asili House is designed with natural African and Swahili elements, Villa Kidosho in oriental style. Therefore the villas combine the typical african and arabic influences which have shaped the character of Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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