We stayed in Zanzibar over 2 years ago for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. White beaches, beautiful sea and weather!
But this time around the experience was exceeded even further by our stay at Boutique Hotel Matlai near Michamvi
Only four rooms, each exquisitely decorated and quite big. With a beautiful salt pool in the middle. All rooms looking onto the beach. From the time you arrive to the time you leave you are looked after by the super friendly and welcoming team. Leaving was quiet depressing!
Best suited: definitely for groups (so you can book out the whole hotel). And couples- they can make it very romantic
the rooms are amazing! But if you are not easily comfortable with the Zanzibar heat- take one of the bottoms rooms as they have aircon
The food is delicious!
The staff are delightful and quiet entertaining
Everything was amazing.
This side of the island is not as commercial as other sides, which is awesome as you are not hounded by beach boys! But limited shopping. If you had shopping in mind, there is a few local huts on the beach. But other than that you will have to book a trip to stone town. Which is super easy as the hotel has an excursion co-ordinator on site.
Also- it is a quiet side of the island.
Before you go:
The whole coastline on this portion of the island has ALOT of coral/rocks and urchins. When the tide goes out, you can walk for atleast a km. when the tide comes in. You can have a little swim
To stop our feet from getting hurt or battling with the rocks, we bought aqua shoes! Absolute life saver and a must have.
To end off the long winded review. Definitely one of the most beautiful and well looked after establishments we have ever stayed out. Enjoy. Gen
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Matlai Zanzibar Island/Pingwe