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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is truly a dream. Not only is the location itself incredibly beautiful but the amount of attention the staff put into our stay did not go unnoticed. Everything was taken care of without the slightest hitch thanks to our amazing butler George. George was truly amazing- so sweet, accommodating, knowledgable... Not a day has gone by since our...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying down the beach at a lovely spot and decided to explore both sides of the long stretches of beach. On our second beach exploration day up toward and to Matemwe Retreat by bicycle along the beach on a beautiful and hot day we decided that we reached the end and would love to pop in to see...

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AsiliaAfrica, Guest Relations Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We’re very sorry to hear that you feel this way. Our guests usually stay with us on an all-inclusive basis and so no money is exchanged at our bar. The secluded location of our property means we do not often have day visitors or passers-by, but we have spoken to the staff involved to ensure...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Matemwe retreat for our honeymoon and what an amazing week it was. We were treated like royalty by our butler Ndaki and John our chef. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a week of total relaxation, privacy, top quality food and just an allround Island experience! Wish...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at one of the Matemwe Retreats private villas. It was a gorgeous property with a stunning view of the ocean. Our own personal butler, George was so wonderful. The custom prepared meals, courtesy of Chef John, were always delicious. The roof-top deck and plunge pool was so lovely after a hot day on the beach. The grounds, bar,...

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After just over 3 weeks safari through Tanzania and Kenya, staying only in Asilia Africa tented camps I came to Matemwe Lodge to relax at one of the Retreat Lodges. From the time I arrived at Matemwe Lodge, I can only talk in superlatives about this Lodge and about the managers, Ross and Gina and all of their staff. Their...

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Atlanta, GA
Reviewed 4 October 2016

My husband and I stayed at Matemwe Retreat for a week after a Kilimanjaro trek. It was the most relaxing, incredible experience. The villas are absolutely stunning and unique. I don't like staying at chain hotels, as I feel they tend to lose the essence of the location and community you're staying in. The food was absolutely delicious, and the...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Angela, Thank you for your review - we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed spending your honeymoon with us and appreciate the kind comments you have made. We hope to see you back in the future! Regards, the Matemwe Team

St. Marys, Georgia
Reviewed 15 September 2016

The Matemwe Retreat was our final stop on our African odyssey and it was a very welcomed place to end our trip with a very relaxed & luxurious accommodation. Our hosts, Russ & Gina were very nice and so many other staff members made this a very memorable trip. Omari and Kidawa from the water activities center could not have...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for your great review - we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your time with us and we would absolutely love to have you back! Regards, the Matemwe Team

Long Beach, California
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We spent 4 nights at Matemwe Retreat as part of Honeymoon. The Villas were absolutely gorgeous, the pictures don't do them justice. The rooftop lounge area equipped with plunge pool was spectacular with breath taking views of the indian ocean. Our butler George was outstanding and made sure our entire stay was perfect. He quickly learned our favorite drink (champagne)...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Leanne, Thank you so much for your lovely review - we are so glad you enjoyed spending part of your honeymoon with us. We are very grateful for your kind comments about us and our staff. We would love to have you back! Regards, the Matemwe Team

Shefford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Great ambience Great staff Gina and Ross the best ever Salum our butler as well And and John our chef The Swahili evenings were fab Food great Lovely cocktails The boat trip and lunch on the sand bank fantastic What can we say Bring on next year Can't wait

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Shiv, Thank you so much for your lovely review - we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We cannot wait to see you again next year! Regards, the Matemwe Team

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 21 August 2016

It takes about an 1.5 hours to get from the airport to Matemwe Retreat where you can take in the sights of local towns and peoples day to day goings on as you drive past, along with the stunning scenery of the island. We booked the Matemwe Retreat as a rest and relaxation break set in paradise for me and...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Tom, Wow - thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We are delighted to hear what a good time you had with us and really appreciate your positive comments. We hope to see you back in Matemwe sometime in the future! Regards, the Matemwe Team

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
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  • Spa
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy your own private tropical escape at Matemwe Retreat. The four elegant villas that make up the retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. With its secluded location and dedicated private butler, the retreat is considered one of the most exclusive choices of accommodation on Zanzibar Island. If you are looking for pure escapism, these villas - which combine the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of comfort - were designed for you. The private plunge pool, personal bar and spacious roof terrace with day bed and loungers are so appealing that we would not blame you if you relaxed in your hidden sanctuary for your entire holiday. Echoing the white sand beaches and the changing turquoise hues of the tropical waters, the fully air-conditioned Matemwe Retreat villas are a reflection of their tranquil island surroundings, filled with locally produced materials and furnishings. The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, cool and airy double bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with double basins, shower and a sunken bathtub with impressive views of the sparkling ocean. Outdoors, impressively comfortable and very private lounge areas invite you to make the most of the tropical climate.The rooftop deck with sparkling blue plunge pool offers panoramic Indian Ocean views. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa

Address: Matemwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Price Range: $1,032 - $1,865 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The Retreat is definitely an upgrade with your own villa and all necessary expected amenities.”
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