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Matemwe Retreat

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

Matemwe Retreat villas are idyllic for honeymooners and couples looking for a little privacy and relaxation on Zanzibar. The service is impeccable but not intrusive. The location is set just across from the Mnemba Atoll for excellent scuba diving and snorkel trips. The Retreat houses have their own swimming pools and lounge areas but it is a walk to the 'retreat beach' which is tiny or you walk through the Matemwe Lodge to get to the main beautiful white sandy beach.

Combining the vibrant spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, Matemwe Retreat's secluded villas are considered the most exclusive choice of accommodation on this exotic island. It consists of three fabulous, separate villas, full of atmosphere, inspiration and personal touches. The ground floor of each villa features a private cocktail bar, an air-conditioned bedroom, a bathroom with double basins, shower, and large romantic bathtub overlooking the Indian Ocean. The best part of each villa is the plunge pool on the private roof terrace, complete with sun and shade decks. And if this is not enough to make you want to stay there right now - each villa has its own pristine white sand beach right in front of it. The service in the Retreat is their pride: breakfast served on the private veranda of your room. Drinks are served in the room or on the beach and you can have massages and beauty treatments in the comfort of your roof terrace, overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

The Retreat is built by local craftsmen, and where possible from local materials. Walls are of local stone and roofs are made of makuti. Most of the furniture is made from locally produced coconut wood. Soft furnishings are produced by Zanzibari women and the matting by the blind association in Stone Town. The sun, through our solar system, supplies hot water. This helps bring the wonders of Zanzibar into the retreat, creating an ambiance true to the island.

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