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Matemwe Retreat

Zanzibar, Tanzania


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Luxury Holidays At Matemwe Retreat

If you are looking for complete privacy in a luxurious villa with a private roof terrace and plunge pool, then look no further than the adults-only Matemwe Retreat. Located on Zanzibar’s quieter north-east coast, Matemwe Retreat has access to the facilities of its sister property Matemwe Lodge, just a short stroll down the beautiful beach.
The laid-back resort places an emphasis on rejuvenation and relaxation, epitomised by the team of butlers and chefs on hand to cater to your every need. Meals can be taken at nearby Matemwe Lodge, on your roof terrace, or on a beautifully remote sandbank. Allowing you to explore the area further, diving and snorkelling excursions can be enjoyed at nearby Mnemba Island, while the rich cultural history of Zanzibar can be explored with a trip to Stone Town.

  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: Private beach villas just steps from the beach
  • Feature: Each villa enjoys dedicated butler service
  • Rooms: Four villas
  • Nearest airport: Zanzibar Airport
Roof Terrace With Sea View
Location and transfer

75 minutes by road from Zanzibar Airport. NB: Visas are required for Tanzania. 

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Luxury Beach

Thanks to Matemwe Retreat's incredible location along Zanzibar’s north-east coast, the resort offers one of the very best beaches on the island. What's more, from their elevated position, the villas afford wonderful views of the Indian Ocean. The stunning, white sand beach here is relatively quiet, visited mostly by fishermen and locals harvesting seaweed. Just thirty minutes away by boat, discover Mnemba Island, an excellent place for diving and snorkelling.

Hotel Experiences

Matemwe Retreat offers an array of activities that really showcase the beauty, nature and culture of Zanzibar. Join a local guide as you tour Jozani, the last remaining natural forest on Zanzibar, searching for wildlife and stopping at charming stalls selling the spices that have made the island famous. Alternatively, board a traditional dhow boat and cruise the reef as you sip on a sundowner. Giving you an insight into Zanzibar's fascinating marine environment, guided walks through nearby lagoons and rock pools reveal intricate eco-systems.


Matemwe Retreat is all about relaxation and privacy, making it the ideal destination for couples. It will be hard to leave your villa, thanks to its shady veranda with plush day bed, a roof top terrace and private plunge pool. Having discussed the menu options with your chef, most couples opt to dine in the privacy of the villa, served by their private butler; although picnic lunches on a remote sandbank are ultra-romantic and should be tried at least once during your stay.


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