My wife and I did our delayed honeymoon in August that started with a safari in Tanzania, went to Stone Town for a couple days, then we had 5 days to find a nice remote beach. The reviews on here for Matemwe Bandas were glowing and the surrounding story sounded unique and special and everything...to the point where it all sounded TOO good.
We put our skepticism aside and gave it a shot, and while for the sake of the Bandas I'd like to give them a 3 or 4 star review so they aren't absolutely perfect on here (sometimes too good can be a deterrent in itself) - I can't in good faith do that. I've given 5 stars for much less and they deserve to be at the top of any scale.
The layout and the aesthetics of the property are truly outstanding. It feels incredibly comfortable from the beginning and Tom is a superb host. It's like staying at a friend of a friend's guest cottage who welcomes you as family. Always popping by to say hi or help but never interfering with our time, the staff is everything you'd hope for.
We didn't find the food to be particularly good on our safari or in Stone Town, so the quality at the Bandas was a welcome surprise. The beach is not as swimmable as you'd hope but we felt we'd gladly take the remoteness and rough beauty over the touristy beaches you can find around the rest of the island. As long as you know what you're in for you'll be happy.
We took a chance and were rewarded with an unbelievably memorable stay for our honeymoon. We only get one of those so we're glad we didn't mess it up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE HOTEL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Matemwe Bandas is as faithful to its natural surroundings and to the highest levels of luxury as we are to millennia old traditions of local master craftsmanship. We are also a fair trade business that is substantially locally owned, while every member of our team (including our four young apprentices) hails from the village of Matemwe around our property.With private direct access from your verandah, Matemwe’s breathtaking beach is only a step away. You can walk along its majestic palmed-lined breadth on dazzlingly white, super fine sand basking in the brilliant tropical sunshine for miles in both directions, only occasionally coming across other people. Nestling on the beach's edge in rustic exclusivity, our luxury coco wood and palm thatch bungalows share an elegant 11m x 5m swimming fresh water pool and sandy, decked and canopy-covered communal areas. We offer butler service and a la carte local & international fusion cuisine. We also provide high speed Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry service and mineral water in the bandas for free to all residents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar Zanzibar Island