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Opposite the exquisite Mnemba Atoll in Zanzibar and located north of Matemwe's main lodge lies Matemwe Retreat, a super-exclusive haven consisting of only 4 luxury villas augmented by remarkable views and a private beach - the perfect honeymoon or romantic holiday destination.

Not only is Matemwe Retreat a gorgeous and private place to relax in - try the spa and the Retreat's famous candlelit beach dinners - but it is also a place of discovery. Learn about the island culture and uncover the world beneath the surface of the warm Indian Ocean waters on snorkelling and diving excursions. Above water, there are local fishing trips, visits to nearby markets and villages as well as tours of the island.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Tanzania - Number 15
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highlights

  • Four private villas with your own terrace & plunge pool
  • Unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean 
  • Fully Inclusive holiday
  • In-house dining & butler service
  • Snorkelling, scuba-diving & kayaking available
  • In-room massages available

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Facilities

Guests can enjoy pure indulgent isolation at Matemwe Retreat as the lodge provides a butler and chef for all your needs. Enjoy in-house dining, massage treatments and drinks in the privacy of your villa.

The Retreat has a swimming pool and offers champagne breakfasts, aromatic massage oils and special packages for honeymooners - making your Zanzibar experience romantic and special.

General Facilities

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    Swimming Pool

Dining

Early morning tea and coffee will be served on your veranda before breakfast. Start the day with fruit juices, fruits, yoghurt, cereals, pancakes and a full English breakfast.

Lunches are buffets with a mix of African and European flavours, while dinners offer a choice of fish, meat and vegetarian main courses. Fresh seafood is naturally the speciality of the house and the catch of the day is served on the roof terrace or at Matemwe's main lodge.

Luxury Room

There are four villas at Matemwe Retreat; all situated on the ground floor. The villas feature a spacious veranda, a downstairs private cocktail bar, an air-conditioned bedroom and bathroom with double sinks, a shower and a bath overlooking the dazzling Indian Ocean.

On the private roof terrace, you will find a refreshing plunge pool with sun and shade decks. In front of the rooms there is a small beach that is only used by the guests of the Retreat. Full room service including drinks, private dining, massages and beauty treatments are available in the privacy of your villa.

Luxury Room AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Outside area
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    Private plunge pools
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    Mini Bar
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    Mosquito net
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    Wi-fi available in room
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    Ceiling fan

Activities

  • Boat excursions
  • Day tours
  • Historical tours
  • Kayaking
  • Local village visits
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $640 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $520 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $640 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 05 Jan 2015 $670 Fully Inclusive
  • 06 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $545 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $545 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jul 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $670 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $545 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $670 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a wonderful time at Matemwe Retreat. It was very relaxing and gave us an opportunity to restoke our engines after a hectic year. Service at Matemwe was wonderfully warm and the transfer service laid on for us by Island Express, on behalf of Asilia Africa, was exemplary. Even though we arrived much later than planned (due to flight delays) they were happily waiting to transport us to Matemwe Retreat. Moreover, they adjusted the return transfer time and drop off location to suit our needs when we changed our return flight schedule. They were easily contacted by phone and accommodated our requests without question.

    Christina Morris, September 2012
  • Matemwe Retreat (our butler Salim is a great guy!!) and Kilindi Lodge in Zanzibar. We felt that we received special attention in each of the hotels we stayed and we enjoyed and appreciated it!

    Anna Epanchintseva, April 2012
  • Matemwe Retreat - incredible and we would recommend to anyone.

    Sarah Grech, January 2010

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Retreat is the perfect word - you don't have to leave your villa at all during your stay. Soak up the views toward Mnemba Island while you sip on an icy drink. A romantic haven; a stunning experience with top-notch staff."

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We had a wonderful time at Matemwe Retreat. It was very relaxing and gave us an opportunity to restoke our engines after a hectic year. Service at Matemwe was wonderfully warm and the transfer service laid on for us by Island Express, on behalf of Asilia Africa, was exemplary. Even though we arrived much later than planned (due to flight delays) they were happily waiting to transport us to Matemwe Retreat. Moreover, they adjusted the return transfer time and drop off location to suit our needs when we changed our return flight schedule. They were easily contacted by phone and accommodated our requests without question.

Christina Morris, September 2012 >View more reviews