Matemwe Retreat

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Matemwe Retreat
Perfect for tranquil, luxurious and romantic escapes!

Matemwe Retreat is a group of just four incredibly spacious ocean view villas, with their own private beach. With personal butler service and the option of massages and meals served in your villa, this lodge truly is a retreat where all your needs catered for.

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This hotel is available throughout the year. Below are some prices for holidays on selected dates intended as a guide:

£47007 Nights at Matemwe Retreat for 2 people in Luxury Villa.
Includes private airport transfers, All meals and drinks, and 2 nights stay for free.
Valid: 6th January to 31st March

Subject to availability. International flights to be quoted separately.


  • Rooftop terrace with plunge pool and sunny and shaded decking areas.
  • Private butler service.
  • Sea view bath tub.
  • Excellent Food

Right for you?

  • Matemwe Retreat is a paradise escape, suited to couples who are looking for complete privacy, and divers looking for a tranquil and luxurious base.
  • Matemwe Retreat is open to nature and designed with rustic luxury in mind, with no TVs or similar electrical equipment in the villas.
  • At Matemwe the tide goes out a long way so it is not always suitable for swimming.
  • There is no direct beach access from the villas because they are slightly elevated above it, but the beach is a short stroll away through the gardens.

? Do the rooms have air conditioning?
The bedroom areas have air conditioning.

$$Prices for Matemwe Retreat start at: $460 per person per night, All Inclusive, during Low Season (minimum 8 night stay).
Prices rise to $620 per person per night during High Season (no minimum stay)
Check rates for your dates: 0843 634 2258

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

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Matemwe Retreat- The Details

Matemwe Retreat sits among the palms above the pure white sands of Matemwe. Mnemba Island is nearby, surrounded by its stunning coral reef. There are no large hotels in this area, and the beach is shared only with fellow guests and local fishermen. You can watch their elegant traditional boats pass by, or even join them on a fishing trip if you so desire.

Guests can choose to simply relax in the privacy of their extensive villa, or take a stroll along wooden pathways to use the pool, bar, spa and restaurant of the sister hotel, Matemwe Lodge. The service and food at both are outstanding, with great attention to detail and care taken to accommodate your own personal tastes.

The villas at Matemwe Retreat are decorated in a traditional style using local materials and bright textiles. You have uninterrupted ocean views from nearly all areas including your enormous bathtub. There are many lounging opportunities in the villa- at your private cocktail bar, on your veranda, or your rooftop terrace where you have your own plunge pool.

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Room Descriptions & Facilities

There are 4 private villas at Matemwe Retreat. Each has uninterrupted ocean views, bar area, dining area, air conditioned bedroom, bathroom with large sea view bath tub, double basins and shower, veranda with couch and hammock, plus a private roof terrace with sofas, plunge pool, sun and shade decks.

Resort Service & Facilities

  • Private butler service
  • Spa treatments
  • Access to the pool, cocktail bar and restaurant at Matemwe Lodge
  • Activities on offer include snorkelling and diving, kayaking, local village tours and day trips to any part of the Island.

Community & Conservation

  • Recycling and green waste management systems have been put in place at the retreat and in the local village.
  • The bungalows have been built using traditional techniques and local materials. The colourful textiles are made locally by women’s groups and the blind association make the matting in Stone Town.
  • Energy saving methods are practiced.
  • Food is sourced locally.
  • The local school in Kigomani is supported by the Pack for a Purpose enterprise, and financial assistance is given to develop the classrooms and help students along the path to higher education.
  • Carbon emissions are offset via a Tanzanian forestation programme, and investment is put into renewable energy sources.

Matemwe Retreat - Opinions and Reviews

Unlike many operators we not only visit all the hotels we offer regularly but we also stay in them. Please find a few hints, tips and opinions from our staff plus some genuine feedback from our clients below.

Matemwe Retreat is one of the best and most romantic options for a couple looking for complete privacy. With just the three villas it’s really intended to provide a genuine retreat from the world where you don’t need to see another person if you don’t want to. (apart from your private butler!) When I was at Matemwe Retreat I was particularly impressed with the organic architecture style that is a big feature of this property. In similar vein to Unguja Lodge and the spectacular Kilindi, your private villa is rounded and contains lots of living space and is surrounded by beautiful tropical vegetation and flowers. What’s even better is your view looks directly out to sea and the beach below. Perhaps a small drawback is that you are perched up on a coral cliff, but this does also add to your privacy. Definitely one to go for if you’re looking for the most private option on the island for your romantic hideaway, and really only Kilindi offers more privacy for your romantic holiday in Zanzibar.

Ed Lewis


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Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

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Pure Zanzibar Ltd
Registered in the UK
Company No. 5905581
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Pure Zanzibar was started in 2006 and is still owner run and 100% independent.

We favor smaller more intimate lodges and camps and know the island better than anyone else.

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