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Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat

Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as “honeymoon heaven,” Matemwe Retreat offers exotic luxury with an authentic, Zanzibari feel. Complete privacy, swaying palm trees, pristine beaches, unspoiled views, and reefs brimming with ocean life await guests at Matemwe Retreat, a true island paradise. Escape to this private getaway on the northeastern shore of Zanzibar Island, one of Tanzania’s most memorable spots along the Mnemba atoll. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in the coral reefs, or simply enjoying the ever-changing colors of the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Private butler service and in-house dining ensure complete privacy and escape from the every day. However, if you would like to enjoy the amenities or dine in the restaurant at nearby Matemwe Lodge, it is just a short walk away. Expect lots of fresh crab, lobster, and fish from the fishermen who net seafood offshore during high tide. No set menu means that you decide with the chef what your individual menu will be for the day, typically a fusion of traditional Zanzibari and international flavors.

Each of Matemwe Retreat’s four self-contained private villas offers panoramic ocean views from a private veranda (complete with comfortable couch and hammock) and roof terrace which features a plunge pool, sun deck, and shade deck. The four handcrafted villas share a small, exclusive beach with palm trees, white sand, and exquisite turquoise ocean. Spend the night in your spacious ground floor bedroom with air-conditioning, private bar area, and en-suite bath featuring double sinks, shower, and oversized bathtub. Locally sourced stone, Makuti thatch, and coconut wood are incorporated in the craftsmanship of each villa, and local women produce soft furnishings such as pillows, blankets, and rugs.

With the shore beckoning each day only steps from your door, you will want to enjoy sunbathing, beachcombing, and picnicking on the beach. Your personal butler can also assist with booking various other activities such as snorkeling trips, reef walks, and village visits. For an extra charge, book a diving adventure, dhow (boat) trip, visit to nearby Stone Town, or a spice tour. Catch the excitement of a local bazaar in Stone Town while enjoying its ancient architecture. A cultural tour on a working spice plantation allows guests to see start to finish how nutmeg, vanilla, and cardamom produced.

You are sure to leave relaxed in body, mind and soul wishing you had just a few more days at this magical oceanside retreat.

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