What we love about Matemwe Retreat

It's luxurious accommodation  - Decorated in cool blues and whites to mimic the hues of the surrounding beach, each villa has a private bar to enjoy your favourite drink in privacy, airy king -size bedrooms and a sunken tub with incredible views of the sparkling ocean.

It's romantic - With high standards of luxury in an exclusive villa, a stay at Matemwe Retreat is all about romance. Enjoy a couples massage at the relaxing spa or a private picnic in the Infinity Sandbank at low tide.

Its location - Surrounded by some of the best beaches in Zanzibar, the elevated position of the lodge gives you panoramic views of the ocean around you and the islands beyond. 30-minutes away by boat sits Mnemba Island and its incredible reef, and just 60 minutes from the villa is the historic Stone Town.

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Rooms and Amenities

Matemwe Retreat is all inclusive and consists of four villas, each with a double bedroom with air-conditioning and spacious en-suite (there are no twins or triples available).


Also available to you are a private butler service, private plunge pool, and personal bar to enjoy your evening tipple at.


Relax at the spa and enjoy a massage or one of the many other luxurious treatments on offer. 


Children under 18 are not permitted at Matemwe Retreat but are welcome at the Matemwe Lodge and Beach House.

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In the evening, savour dinner cooked by your private chef under the stars or stroll down to the main lodge for a seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant.

Activities at Matemwe Retreat

Reef Walk  - During the low tides, explore the reef and the rock pools that emerge, searching for small creatures in the water.


Cultural Village Visits - Explore local villages, embark on a spice tour, or take a visit to Stone Town and soak in all the tradition and culture. 


Diving and Snorkelling - Immerse yourself in the pristine Mnemba Atoll, and discover what the crystal clear waters have to offer. 

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When to Visit

Matemwe Lodge is closed from April to May. Its high seasons run through July, September and October, with peak season being in August and the Christmas/New Years period. 


We suggest travelling during the low season, which occurs from January to April, June, and November to December.

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