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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.


  • 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


  • Boat excursions
  • Day tours
  • Historical tours
  • Kayaking
  • Local village visits
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Beach activities
  • Cooking lessons
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Diving
  • Kite surfing
  • Spa treatments
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Sundowners
  • Sunset cruises
  • Turtle nesting excursions
  • Fishing
  • Guided walks
  • High tea on offer
  • Jogging trails
  • Yoga
Perfect for ultimate unwinding with privacy, space, all in-room dining, private plunge pool & sundeck. This is the place to be if doing nothing but eating & reading are your idea of the perfect break.
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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.


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 features plunge pools for dips during hot days, and offers champagne breakfasts, aromatic massage oils and special packages for honeymooners - making your Zanzibar experience romantic and special.


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.

General facilities

  • 24-hour Reception
  • 24-hour Security
  • Air conditioning
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Laundry service
  • Local airport transfers
  • Plunge pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Safe
  • Shuttle service
  • Spa
  • Wi-fi available
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Matemwe Retreat

Kate Wilson

"The staff at Matemwe were exceptional and we made a special connection with the watersports team! We loved the Stone Town tour and being able to swim with the dolphins – two days in a row! It was definitely a Matemwe highlight."

Richard Lincoff

"Matemweh Retreat was beautiful and we were looked after really well. Great beaches and wonderful staff!"

Christina Morris

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 As ilia 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.
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Anna Epanchintseva

"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!"

Sarah Grech

"Matemwe Retreat - incredible and we would recommend to anyone."

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