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Boutique Hotel Matlai

Plot No. 622/5/206 Michamwi, Pingwe Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 14/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 14/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 5 hotels in Pingwe
Travellers' Choice
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Room types
Ocean view
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Great View
Languages Spoken
294Reviews8Q+A43Room tips
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Barbara Rebecca B wrote a review Jun 2021
2 contributions
We came to Zanzibar for our honeymoon and stayed at the Matlai Hotel for 7 days. We had the most amazing experience! The place is gorgeous, only 6 rooms, all facing the pools and the beautiful beach. Service was implacable, we felt like true royalty. Everything is souper clean all the time and they kept on surprising us with small attentions every single day. We will definitely come back in the future and in the meantime we recommend all of those who want to have a perfect vacation to choose this mesmerising hotel. Thank you Matlai for an unforgettable week!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Andrew S wrote a review Apr 2021
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
Had an amazing two night stay here that was difficult to leave. Food and service was amazing from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, nice added touch of providing some snacks for our journey north to Nungwi. We had our own butler who went above and beyond and we shared a pool with one other couple. The hotel had the friendliest and helpful staff and were able to assist with transport from the airport and to Nungwi. Excellent place for a couples retreat, so relaxing.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SDSCle wrote a review Mar 2021
Vancouver, Canada20 contributions2 helpful votes
“Where to start? The warm and attentive staff, the actual hotel, the beach, the pool, the gorgeous room, the view of both the pool and the beach from the room, the beautiful balcony. Our room was made beautifully every day, they even prepared it for us for night time while we had dinner. The food was excellent! So were the cocktails. The hotel had an a lot of cool areas with hammocks, suspended beds to chill on, gorgeous garden area, etc. They also had a spa on site. For meals, you could request to have it at the restaurant, your own balcony, or a surprise spot. They would put a table in a great spot for you to enjoy dinner, what a dream! The hotel was nice and quiet, with only 6 rooms total on the property. The owner was also very nice and helpful, checking in on us and offering great tips of things to do around.”
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Date of stay: March 2021
TheWealthyHobo wrote a review Feb 2021
Providenciales108 contributions86 helpful votes
Arrived after a very hard trip. Needed major chill-mode. And got it. What an incredible location. And the property is gorgeous. The food is some of the best I have ever had. And the service was personal, responsive and warm. Loved our time there.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: All are good. ALL.
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Response from Inge Matlai, Geschäftsführer at Boutique Hotel Matlai
Responded 23 Feb 2021
Dear guests, Thanks a lot for your great review. We would be delighted to welcoming you again one day. All the best Inge & Tim
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Kamila K wrote a review Dec 2020
10 contributions3 helpful votes
What I can say ?it was such Great time in Zanzibar in this Boutique Hotel,because staff treat you like members of family ,I never meet staff like them,really,helpfull,kind.Christmas time was so magic,food??OMG so delicious and fresh.Swimming pool is so good with view on Ocean, Beach is so nice. I recommend this hotel !!!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Inge Matlai, Geschäftsführer at Boutique Hotel Matlai
Responded 23 Feb 2021
Dear Kamila, Thank you very much for spending your time writing such a great review. Kind regards Inge
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US$276 - US$550 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandPingwe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Boutique Hotel Matlai
What are some of the property amenities at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Conveniently located restaurants include Upendo Zanzibar, The Rock, and Baladin Zanzibar Beach Hotel & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Boutique Hotel Matlai have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Boutique Hotel Matlai offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Boutique Hotel Matlai have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.