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Atlanta, GA
1 review
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... More 

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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 More 

St. Marys, Georgia
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25 reviews
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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... More 

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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 More 

Long Beach, California
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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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)... More 

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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 More 

Shefford, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 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 More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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... More 

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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 More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Great staff, spoilt with attention and delicious sea food. Lovely beach and snorkelling trip. We were so well looked after. Out on the boat our skipper had towels, snacks and water which no other boat had.

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

Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely review - we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We would love to have you back! Regards, the Matemwe Team More 

New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The Retreat "huts" (there are four) are absolutely delightful in terms of accommodations. Multi-room, two-story individual buildings come with their own butler who serve your meals in your hut (outside but sheltered). Meant for two people on honeymoon or an anniversary. In my case, a milestone birthday. The bed faces the ocean and you wake up opening the wooden slotted... More 

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

Hello, Thank you so much for your review - we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for raising your concerns, we are glad that most of your concerns were sorted out after letting us know. We also appreciate the notes you have made and will continue to strive to improve. We would love to have... More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2016

From the moment we arrived till the time we left we were treated like royalty. Starting from the drive through Matemwe village gives you a chance to start the holiday with this great experience to see how the local people are living. We been welcomed By Ross & Gina, they are such a lovely couple managing the hotel very well,... More 

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

Hi Reda, Thank you so much for your amazing review - we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and we are so glad that you loved everything about you stay, it really means a lot to us! Hope to see you back again in the future. Regards, the Matemwe Team More 

Chicago, Illinois
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26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

My husband & I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in late June & unlike normal couples, we decided to climb Kilimanjaro (we summited successfully!) in early July for our anniversary. As incentive to successfully summit, we also decided to treat ourselves to a 4 night stay at Matemwe Retreat. It's a long 1.5 hour drive to get there, a... More 

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

Hello, Wow - what a great review, thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate all the positive comments. We hope to see you again in the future! Regards, the Matemwe Team More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

This was my second stay at Matemwe. The first time I stayed at the Lodge in one of the chalets. It met all of my expectations. This time around I wanted to stay at the Retreat in one of the villas. The luxury of the massive 2-story villa exceeded all of my expectations. My butler & chef were great. They... More 

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Hello, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us for your second visit and would love to see you again in the future. Regards, the Matemwe Team More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Spa
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: $1,117 - $2,009 (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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“A/C works great we used it for sleeping only!”
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“All the retreat rooms are identical and equally amazing”
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