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Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
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“Heaven in Zanzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

You know how you read reviews and think when is the"but" coming. Well here you would be waiting a long time. Just NO buts !
Location and view to die for. The lodge is as wonderful as it looks with picture perfect views. After 3 safari camps and you need a rest just GO here. Yes the tide goes out so you can't swim !,, it does everywhere for heavens sake. But you have your own plunge pool and will be asleep anyway. If you like relaxing to the extreme in great comfort book it now.
Staff fantastic, my wife wants a butler at home now so cheers Martin. you were great my friend and good luck for the wedding. Go for a sail, have a sleep, have some food and then another sleep and if you need anything just ask Martin.
FANTASTIC

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

What an amazing place this was! My husband and I stayed here for 7 nights on the final stop of our honeymoon. It was really difficult choosing a place to stay in Zanzibar as there seem to be so many options, but boy oh boy am I glad we chose Matemwe Retreat.

After a bumpy ride down a dodgy looking dirt road through Matemwe Village we arrived at Matemwe Retreat and we were welcomed by Abdi, our butler with a cold towel and drink. From that moment on our stay was amazing! Abdi was great and did everything (booking activities, drinks, food, advice etc etc etc etc) he could to make our stay enjoyable.

We stayed in Zam Zam and the villas are fantastic, very spacious and the views of the ocean are to die for. The pool on the rooftop was the best bit and we loved that we didn't have to leave our villa at all if we didn't want to.

The food is amazing and I think we had seafood for every meal. This is caught by the local villagers and bought by the hotel and it is always superb. We dined on a few occasions at the main hotel when they had Swahili night and a BBQ. Both were excellent! The cocktail of the day also went down very well:-)

In terms of activities, there is a fairly wide choice. We choose to do snorkelling, the guided reef walk (both provided by the hotel) and diving. All are fantastic and there is loads to sea out there in the ocean! We also had an amazing 3 hour massage pamper session, which was excellent. I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed.

All in all, there are not enough superlatives to describe this place. I was very sad to leave this little piece of paradise and I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

We had a disastrous start at Zanzibar Airport and really wanted to turn around and head back to Kenya but I am so glad we didn't. This retreat is incredible. We had two nights here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and it is fantastic. Menlad is the man for you, if he looks after you, you are so very lucky. Calm, very attentive and funny, thanks to him for making our stay great. We want to return to stay for longer and experience some of the trips and beaches on offer :-))

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Matemwe Retreat en route to Uganda. The private villa is beautiful and we had perfect service from our butler, Menlad. The staff was very pleasant. we also enjoyed the snorkeling trip.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed at Matemwe Retreat (Leila) for 7 nights arriving on the 24th July. Short & sweet review. Everything was simply AMAZING!!!! We got married on the 26th July and that too was a truly beautiful experience & day! The staff could not do enough to make sure everything was perfect.

Big thanks to Ndaki our butler who was also our witness :-) for all his hard work in making our stay so memorable.

Would definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Our stay at Matemwe was superb. The view from our villa was spectacular. We watched the local fisherman sailing their vessels on the tides, just amazing at sunset. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and always willing to help however they could. What I did appreciate the most was a conversation with staff about the resort's involvement with local community projects. I think that this could be promoted more as they are doing an amazing job with their efforts. Yes, this is a 'must have' experience when visiting Zanzibar.

Room Tip: If you can upgrade to a villa as this provides you with a butler.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

We stayed at Matemwe Retreat for 5 days in June. Amazing diving, amazing staff, amazing food and overall a great experience. We stayed in Leyla and our butler Abdi made our time special.

Yes you can't always swim at the beach, yes they might have power issues or problems with their hot water, but the location and the helpful staff make up for everything!

Again I would like to thank Frank from the dive centre as well as Abdi our butler.

We will go back again!

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa
Address: Matemwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy your own private tropical escape at Matemwe Retreat. The four elegant villas that make up the retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. With its secluded location and dedicated private butler, the retreat is considered one of the most exclusive choices of accommodation on Zanzibar Island. If you are looking for pure escapism, these villas - which combine the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of comfort - were designed for you. The private plunge pool, personal bar and spacious roof terrace with day bed and loungers are so appealing that we would not blame you if you relaxed in your hidden sanctuary for your entire holiday. Echoing the white sand beaches and the changing turquoise hues of the tropical waters, the fully air-conditioned Matemwe Retreat villas are a reflection of their tranquil island surroundings, filled with locally produced materials and furnishings. The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, cool and airy double bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with double basins, shower and a sunken bathtub with impressive views of the sparkling ocean. Outdoors, impressively comfortable and very private lounge areas invite you to make the most of the tropical climate.The rooftop deck with sparkling blue plunge pool offers panoramic Indian Ocean views. ... more   less 
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