Set on the north east coast of the sun drenched island archipelago of Zanzibar, the unique Matemwe Beach Village is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and swaying palms. Just 45 minutes away from the historic Stone Town, and just an hour’s drive from the airport, it’s the ultimate castaway retreat, a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Key to it all is the Village’s aim to co-exist peaceably with the villages who lives their lives alongside the resort and it’s likely that you will make friends with the staff as much as the other guests. Its logo – No shoes No News –should give you some idea of the way of life here.
The word here is quite simple – relax. Guests – strictly not clients – are provided with comfortable accommodation, and the Matemwe Beach Village-style hospitality ensures that you can hang out and chill out to your heart’s oontent. The Village takes a simple but effective approach: what do you need and want when you’re on holiday? Kajiji Rooms are furnished beach style in soothing shades of neutral, blues and greens, and have self-contained bathrooms. Some have sea views, some don’t, and the rooms are grouped in twos and threes for groups of guests who want somewhere great to stay but would rather spend their money on diving and safari etc. The five Shamba Suites are romantic, spacious and stylish – offering couples or families space to enjoy themselves together. – or swing from the rafters, whatever floats your boat… For the ultimate in barefoot luxury, book the Asali Suite, which is completely self0contained, has it’s own private chef, plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower, so
All the standard rooms have verandas and the suites have plenty of nooks and crannies where you can soak up the sun, but the hotel has a gorgeous pool, and two lounges to relax in. You can treat yourself to a massage with traditional Zanzibar oils, meditate at sunrise, take along walk on the beach, fly a kite, build a sand castle… it’s all about doing as little or a much as you like, as long as you relax. Diving, operated by One Beach, is the primary reason most people visit Matemwe Beach. But there is also great snorkeling, sailing, bikes to hire, or challenging the locals to a game a football - not recommended unless you’re pretty good! As you would expect Matemwe Beach also does great weddings – for parties from two to 40., and wonderful honeymoons.
The restaurant, which is set in the main thatched area of the lodge, provides all meals as well as snacks to enjoy by the pool. Daily menus are small but delicious, and planned to please seafood lovers, meat eaters and vegetarians alike and all served in a friendly and sociable setting. – which also changes, so it might be beside the pool, or in the boma… who knows? It’s all part of the charm.
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