Matemwe is a small friendly hotel, built on a low coral cliff overlooking the ocean. The 12 individual bungalows are widely spaced and surrounded by beautiful gardens and are all en suite with showers and double basins. They all have private verandas, complete with hammocks. The furniture and wooden shutters are carved from local coconut wood which is truly beautiful. All the bungalows face the sea so you can enjoy the lovely views as you swing in your hammock. There are two swimming pools at the lodge plus a spa room, with views across the sea.
In addition to the standard bungalows there are four suites called the Matemwe Retreats, situated up on the hill with sweeping ocean views. They are superb, with high airy ceilings and furniture crafted from old dhows. Each suite has a huge living terrace area with comfy seating, bar and dining area, spacious bedroom enclosed by wooden shutters, and a spectacular Arabian style roof terrace with small private plunge pool. The Retreat is ideal for couples looking for total privacy. You can use the main Matemwe facilities if you wish or you can take your meals in the privacy of your suite, with your own butler to cater for all your needs.
For families, there is Matemwe Beach House, formerly the manager's house, in an idyllic spot right by the beach. There is a large deck area with sunloungers and a plunge pool, a dining room and lounge, and two en suite bathrooms. There is an additional loft room with twin beds, so the house can accommodate a family of six.
It is easy to pass the time at Matemwe. You can go sailing, snorkelling, diving and of course relax on the beach and swim. There is a water sports/activities centre on the beach where you can organise a number of activities to keep you occupied — these are payable for locally.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Zanzibar Island and nearby places
- Stone Town 24 miles away
- Chumbe Private Island 31 miles away
- Mnemba Private Island less than 5 miles away
- Zanzibar beaches 6 miles away
- Pemba Island 60 miles away
- The Mafia Archipelago 141 miles away