Matemwe Retreat: The Lowdown

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If you want your holiday on Zanzibar to come with peace, privacy and an African soul, then Matemwe Retreat should hover somewhere near the top of your list.

What’s Matemwe Retreat really like?

Matemwe Retreat was built as a private hideaway, tucked away next to Matemwe Main Lodge, a long-standing favourite on Zanzibar. The four gorgeous rooms are totally private and secluded and your own butler will bring meals to you and help you organise your day’s adventures. If you feel a little more sociable, it’s probably 5-10 minutes wandering down the pathways to the bar and restaurant at the main lodge.

Back at the Retreat, rooms are decorated in a laid-back East African style, natural feeling, but with the added touch of air-conditioning in the bedroom – a wonderful luxury during the heat of the summer months. In the ensuite bathroom your sunken tub looks over the Indian Ocean, and for more extensive splashing there’s a plunge pool on your roof terrace. Like many of the beaches on Zanzibar, the little cove at Matemwe is quite tidal, making it difficult to swim at low tide, so guests are also welcome to use the two little swimming pools at the main lodge. However, we think Matemwe Retreat is really best suited to those who want privacy and seclusion- perfect for honeymooners who want to hide away with their beloved or people escaping a busy office life and seeking some peace.

What can I do at Matemwe Retreat?

If you really must be active during your stay at Matemwe Retreat, there is a spa to ease you in to things, while out on the ocean there’s diving and snorkelling, trips out in traditional ngalawa sailing boats, kayaking, trips to remote sandbanks for picnics, deep sea fishing, kitesurfing, and parasailing. There’s also the chance to learn Swahili cooking (ask for mandaazi- lovely cardamom flavoured doughnuts) and the chance to visit the local village at Matemwe

Giving back at Matemwe Retreat…

The owners of the Retreat are committed to making tourism on Zanzibar sustainable, and for this, the people of the island must see the benefits. The lodge supports Kigomani Primary school, both with donations of books, desks and teaching aids, but also with scholarships for promising students.

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