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Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat


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Matemwe Retreat offers 4 exclusive private villas set high up on an outcrop amid palm trees, all with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Days at Matemwe Retreat are all about indulgence, from the private butler catering to your every whim, to the chef stopping by each morning to discuss your preferred menu for the day. In the evening, savour dinner in your villa cooked by your private chef under the stars or stroll down to the main lodge for a seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant.

Stone Town is just 60 minutes from the villas, allowing for easy day trips into the winding streets of the historic town, and excursions to all corners of this fascinating island.

A 30 minute boat ride away is Mnemba Island and the world-renowned coral reef that provides some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the world. Here you will have a good chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins, in addition to the colourful reed fish that dart around the coral.

Other water-based activites include kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and sailing trips.

The 4 villas are set just metres from the Indian Ocean and are situated above a small beach which is shared by all guests staying here.

The villas were constructed by local craftsmen using local materials wherever possible - walls were made of local stone and the roof of Makuti thatch. Most of the furniture was made from locally produced coconut wood, while the soft furnishings were produced by Zanzibari women.

The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with double basins, shower and a large oversized bathtub overlooking out towards the ocean.

A spacious veranda with a comfortable couch and large hammock is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the fishing dhows return from their day at sea. The private roof terrace hosts a plunge pool complete with both sun and shade decks.

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Rates Include

Breakfast, lunch and dinner; tea/coffee, water, and all drinks (except cellar wines and premium brand champagne and spirits); a laundry service; snorkelling with boat (one trip per person); guided reef walks; and guided cultural village walks are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the USD 5.00 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel IN CASH upon check out.

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.

All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Matemwe Retreat can be included in you own dream holiday.

An Authentic East African Experience

Featured Accommodation

Machweo Retreat
Machweo Retreat
Oliver's Camp
Oliver's Camp
Tarangire National Park
The Highlands
The Highlands
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Dunia Camp
Dunia Camp
The Serengeti
Matemwe Retreat
Matemwe Retreat

Destination: Tanzania.

Enjoy a safari that takes you into the heart of Africa. Witness nature from intimate camps with expert guides who reveal to you the secrets of the wild. Then indulge yourself with a stay in a private villa on the beach on Zanzibar, with a private butler catering to your every whim while you wait for the chef to stop by each morning to discuss your preferred menu for the day.

This is a 12 night itinerary including Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Serengeti and Zanzibar.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at Machweo Retreat
  • 2 Nights at Oliver's Camp
  • 2 Nights at The Highlands
  • 2 Nights at Dunia Camp
  • 5 Nights at Matemwe Retreat
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.

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General Information For Guests

The villas all have their own private terrace with a personal bar and plunge pool. They also have king sized beds, air conditioning, an in-room safe, butler service and complimentary Wi-Fi.   

The spa offers a great range of wellbeing treatments and massages either at the spa or in the comfort of your room (additional cost).

The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is a speciality of the house, and all produce is bought daily from local fishermen and markets.

The swimming pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and there is also a poolside bar.

Activities available include kayaking, reef walks, kite-surfing, sailing trips, fishing, visits to the local village, and snorkelling at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll. As with many sea-based activities, timing is governed by the tides and water levels.

Activities that are available for an additional charge include dhow trips, visits to Stone Town and spice tours.

Scuba diving courses can also be arranged (additional cost).

A laundry service is included.

Credit cards are accepted.

Tanzania has a large Muslim population on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected when outside the hotel's grounds. Trousers are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.

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