Matemwe Lodge

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.

Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter north-east coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe's peaceful location and famed relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.

Overview

The Rooms

Matemwe Bungalows has 12 beautiful bungalows, built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful garden.

Room Dcor: Built from local materials, each with a personal touch. All the rooms, as well as the restaurant are directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy the comings and goings of the local ngalawa fishing fleet from the comfort of your private veranda or from the restaurant.

Room amenities: The bungalows are made from local materials, each with a personal touch. Each bungalow has a private veranda with hammocks and couches overlooking the Indian Ocean. Inside the room, you',ll find a grand, king-size bed, an extra single bed, plenty of space and personal touches. The bathrooms are large and have deep bathtubs and walk-in showers. Although mosquitoes are rare in Matemwe, all rooms are equipped with a large mosquito net

Food & Drink

The restaurant is situated in the main thatched lodge area. Such is the pleasant vibe at Matemwe, that guests often move their tables together. If you want a particularly romantic evening, you can dine on the beach (only two couples a night though) while sitting on reed matting and cushions. If you',re booked in the Asali honeymoon suite, you',ll probably opt to have meals brought to you by the suite's dedicated chef.Swahili recipes are used in combination with fresh, local ingredients, so you',ll taste authentic Zanzibar cuisine. The menu changes daily and includes options of fish, chicken or red meat with vegetarian dishes available on request.

Breakfast consists simply of fresh fruit, bread, cakes and fruit juices.
Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. Lunch is a buffet offering a delicious mix of African and European flavors. Dinner offers a choice of main courses between meat, fish and vegetarian. Our barbeque of meat and fish is particularly popular. The "catch of the day" might actually be yours!

For the early birds the sunrise is a sight to savor. Early morning, tea and/or coffee will be served at your veranda. In the evening, the full moon rising out of the sea is a wonderful romantic experience you',re not likely to forget. On moonless nights gaze and get lost in the star-filled sky. Our new open-air bar under the palm trees on the sand is a peaceful retreat.

General Facilities

  • Internet and telephone/fax facilities in out main building.
  • Limited laundry
  • Room service in the honeymoon suite
  • Multi-level swimming pool with pool side bar

Recreational Facilities

  • Dive and snorkel at Mnemba Atoll
  • Cruise in a dhow
  • Snorkel in the lagoon
  • Go fishing with one of the local fishermen in a ngalawa
  • Bicycle along the beach
  • Wander about the local village.
  • Massage
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