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Overview

Jafferji Beach Retreat is a boutique hotel situated in Matemwe, a dreamy stretch of coastline in north-eastern Zanzibar. Known for powder-white sand, swaying palm trees and gin-clear Indian Ocean as far as the eye can see, Matemwe is loved by travellers for its seemingly never-ending beaches.

This private beach retreat in Zanzibar is set on Matemwe's white sand and offers magnificent views of Mnemba Island, a fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling spot. Indian and Arab influences blend seamlessly with African architecture throughout Jafferji, accentuating the cultural heritage of Zanzibar, also known as the 'Spice Island'. Fourteen luxurious suites are spread out along a palm-fringed beach, each beautifully decorated with Swahili beds, Moroccan lights and a personal collection of antiques.

Spend your days poolside lazing in a day bed or on the private beach, sipping on cool refreshments while local fishing boats glide by. For the more adventurous, Jafferji offers boat excursions to the magical Mnemba Island for snorkelling and scuba diving in a breathtaking marine ecosystem famous for green turtles, dolphins, whale sharks and humpback whales.

Couples and honeymooners will love this boutique hotel in Zanzibar's romantic dhow (traditional sailboat) cruise while soaking in a gorgeous African sunset. A private butler is on board to serve you canapes, cool refreshments and sparkling wine, while a traditional Taarab musician or ngoma drummers set the mood.

Jafferji is the ideal getaway for families, couples or solo travellers looking for a private beach retreat in Zanzibar to cap their African safari vacation.

Highlights

  • Boutique hotel situated on a private beach
  • Gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Island
  • Beautifully decorated rooms, all facing the ocean
  • Excellent snorkelling and scuba diving conditions
  • Private dhow sunset cruises
  • Barefoot beach dining under the stars

Activities

  • Cooking lessons
  • Dhow cruises
  • Diving
  • Guided walks
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Quad-biking
  • Snorkelling
  • Water-skiing
  • Yoga

Rooms

Garden Suite

Fourteen luxurious suites are spread out along a palm-fringed beach, all facing the Indian Ocean. Sink into the cosy linen on a beautifully hand-crafted Swahili bed while appreciating limited edition photographs taken by the owner Javed Jafferji. The spacious rooms are lovingly decorated with antiques collected by the owner during his travels, and Arab architecture shines through in the en suite bathrooms. Jafferji's airconditioned suites offer guests a wonderful retreat from lazy days in the African sun.

Facilities

The private beach is this boutique hotel in Zanzibar's crown jewel. The property is built mere metres from the soft sand where the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean gently laps your feet as you savour canapes and cool refreshments. Go for walks along the powdery coastline, take a dip in the warm ocean, or simply relax as the local fishing boats glide by. Jafferji's refreshing swimming pool offers a welcome respite during low tide when the ocean retracts and exposes the reef that protects the beach.

Head to Jafferji's Cinnamon Spa for relaxing beauty treatments with the finest natural and local ingredients. The spa offers holistic therapies inspired by the rejuvenating practices of various cultures, philosophies and techniques. For complete privacy, your spa treatments can also be enjoyed in your room.

Dining

Fabulously fresh seafood, indigenous flora and aromatic spices are par for the course with this Zanzibari boutique hotel. Its central dining area allows guests to enjoy the diverse cuisine alongside the sparkling swimming pool, while a romantic candlelit table on the beach delivers a unique barefoot dining experience under the stars.

Savour a delicious dinner in Jafferji's boma while embracing the culture of the Maasai people as vibrantly coloured singers and dancers provide ancient rhythms and harmonies under the African night sky.

General facilities

  • Babysitting service available
  • Child friendly
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Wi-fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Television

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