By far our best stop on the trip.
We stayed here for 3 nights and kept reminiscing about this place after.
We arranged a free pickup from Stone Town which lasted about 30 minutes. Upon arrival, we received lovely fruit cocktails and a fresh towel.
The whole place is relatively new so all amenities are in excellent shape.
Gabriella, the manager, runs this place superbly: clean, efficient, quiet, luxurious yet simple and relaxing. Dozens of locals work here which also makes for a nice interaction. There is a lot of attention to the small details which really makes a difference.
We stayed in room 17, which is the top floor of one of the bungalows. The room had a decent air conditioner and a very old fan which didn't fit in with the spirit of the place. A very large room with seating area as well and a small balcony. The only draw back was the shower which wasn't inline with the rest of the place and the pipes were a bit rusty.
Aside from that, phenomenal dinners and excellent breakfasts. Dinner is always 3 course and everything is freshly bakes or cooked. Breakfast consists of the usual stuff but also amazing passion fruit juice and your choice of eggs. There is afternoon tea with a selection of pastries served poolside.
Lunch is modestly priced with a good selection, cocktails will set you back 5-7$. The coffee was a bit disappointing and they can surely do better.
Now for the outdoors: amazing poolside and hotel exterior. Very well kept tropical garden and the pool is almost purely fresh water based. The beachside is excellent with a flower wall that keeps the papasis away yet allows you to comfortably relax.
The beach in Matemwe is not the best for swimming at ANY point of the day. However, it is simply beautiful and you can take long walks for miles and miles in any direction. Lush palm tress dot the coastline and the stars really come out at night. It's an excellent base for exploring Mnemba Island whether for diving or snorkeling.
We really enjoyed this place and found it also affordable for the value that you get. Book ahead directly with Gabriella to enjoy the best rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Kiva is located on the long and white sandy beach of Matemwe on the north east coast of Zanzibar. Matemwe is well known for the absence of big resorts and mass tourism. It is a part of the island where it is still possible to share and live the local life, walking through a local fish market and having a relaxing time on the beach. Just in front of Villa Kiva there is the atoll of Mnemba Island where it is possible to admire the amazing reef and colourful fish both snorkeling and scuba diving. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Kiva Resort And Restaurant Matemwe, Zanzibar Island