Vibrant yet relaxed Matemwe, one of the first lodges in Zanzibar, has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and famed relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Guests quickly ease into the laid-back rhythm of island life, planning their day around the tides and their mood. The relaxed daily routines of Matemwe’s guests include enjoying fresh seafood, poolside cocktails, massages or simply hanging out in a hammock. The lodge has plenty on offer for the more active with superb diving and snorkeling off the renowned Mnembe Atoll; a highlight for many. Over the past twenty years, Matemwe has been a model for how an up-market lodge can positively affect its surroundings. In Kigomani, the neighboring fishing village, the lodge has provided drinking water, supported the supply of electricity, assisted in financing a school and medical clinic and set up a scholarship for their students.
Matemwe is made up of only twelve beach chalets all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the private verandas is furnished with large hammocks and sofas, perfect for whiling away the time as the occasional dhow drifts past in the distance.
Measuring 678 square feet (63 square meters), this room opens to a furnished patio with sea views. Premium bedding and cotton linens help ensure a restful night. The private bathroom has a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower with a rainfall showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. A coffee/tea maker is provided. A ceiling fan, complimentary bottled water, and a safe are among the conveniences offered.
While staying at Matemwe is conducive to watching the world drift by at a leisurely pace, there are a number of activities available to more active guests. Snorkel and dive in the marine park at Mnemba Atoll, go deep-sea fishing, undertake excursions to historic Stone Town or simply make the most of the secluded beach with a swim and a stroll.
- Beach/pool umbrellas
- Designated smoking areas
- Gift shops or newsstand
- Poolside bar
- Suitable for children
- Airport transportation (surcharge)
- Concierge services
- Free parking
- Laundry facilities
- Multilingual staff
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Security guard
- Wedding services
Matemwe Lodge has 2 outdoor swimming pools on site as well as a treatment/Spa room. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
- Boating nearby
- Kayaking nearby
- Sailing nearby
- Sports center nearby
- Swimming nearby
- Reef walk
- Village visit
- Diving: at extra charge
- Snorkelling: at extra charge
- Dhow trip: at extra charge
- Stone Town visit: at extra charge
- Spice tour: at extra charge
Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.
The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean and has a tranquil lounge area. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. The hotel offers a seafood BBQ on select days.