Matemwe Retreat



Perched high up among the palm fronds of the north-eastern region of Zanzibar island, this romantic getaway is perfect for guests seeking the rejuvenating view of the Indian Ocean, in a location that is still quiet and cosy, yet warm and vibrant.


Paying homage to the sandy blonde beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the retreats receiving areas and four exclusive villas use colour schemes and textures that complement the island lifestyle. Here guests can indulge in the dappled shade of the rooftop deck, where soft daybeds, a sparkling pool and a tremendous view of the sea are yours to enjoy. At night tuck into sumptuous meals, with seafood arriving straight from the ocean, expertly prepared by masterful chefs.

The 4 villas offer the rest and privacy you need to recharge yourself. Bleached wood decks, holding panoramic views of the ocean, lead through mahogany-shuttered doors and to a king-size bed, draped in the finest linens and deepest cushions. The stone floors flow into the en-suite bathroom, where double basins and sunken baths have been sculpted into the dappled stonework with an exotic Moroccan finish to each of the curves. From the comfort of your tub, watch the palm fronds waver in the wind and see the blue waters of the ocean stretch into the horizon.

Wildlife & Activities

Matemwe offers guests a choice of water and land activities. So, depending on your preferences, you could be snorkelling through the world famous coral reef of Mnemba Island, finding the most colourful fish in the world, seeing wild dolphins zipping by you. Or you could be walking the sandy, forested floors of Matemwe to learn more about this fascinating island. Spa massages, deep-sea fishing, kite-surfing and kayaking are a few more experiences on hand, but the list goes on and on. The truth is that if you’re seeking romance and tranquillity, you’ve found it at Matemwe Retreat.