We stayed here for 7 nights, and we couldn't have been happier! The owner, Jan, was very responsive on email, and he worked with us to give us a great deal! He even worked it out so we could upgrade to the suite with a balcony halfway through our stay! The rooms were VERY clean, and beautiful!
The food was AMAZING - the BBQ one night was the BEST! We loved that they would let us split a dinner or order from the a la carte lunch menu on days we weren't as hungry, and the breakfast was filling, healthy and delicious. Happy hour was great - we especially loved the drink called The Dawa!!
We couldn't say more about the service and the staff. Lucicelo went out of his way to teach us a little bit about African culture and the music, so we always looked forward to being able to have a conversation with him each day! Every single person we met was so friendly and helpful, and I think this aspect of our stay was among the most outstanding! Jan made sure we had all the information we needed to enjoy the beach and our trip, even introducing us to people he knew who would make us custom clothes and someone to take us scuba diving. He also was able to tell us what was going on in other areas of the island and how to get there!
The location right on the beach was PERFECT! It was wonderful to have comfortable chairs and shade for enjoying the ocean. Walking out to the reef at low tide (just need some sturdy water sandals) was great to see different ocean life, as well as get a unique perspective on how locals fish and harvest seaweed. The beach was long and wide, so perfect for long walks...day and night.
Overall, we can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel! I just hope we will get to go back someday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated directly on the beach. Its a peaceful and tranquil setting with plenty of shady places for you to relax. There is a 16x8 meter pool perfect for a refreshing swim when the tide is out. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a well-stocked bar to accompany. We are proud to have a good reputation regarding food. We work consequently with proper waist management, and support education in the village. Most of our suppliers are from the village, and we try our best to have a good relation with the whole village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
- Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Matemwe, Zanzibar Island