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Matemwe Lodge and Retreat
As Zanzibar’s first established resort Matemwe Lodge boasts a prime location, perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet northeastern coast of the island. Surrounded by beaches, the lodge is set adjacent to the Mnemba Atoll, teaming with marine life.
Guests are accommodated in 12 beach-chic chalets scattered throughout the lush garden, each with a private sea-facing veranda furnished with hammocks and comfortable couches. The airy chalets are constructed from local materials and feature large king sized beds draped in mosquito netting. The bathrooms are similarly spacious with deep bathtubs and walk-in showers.
The main area features a multi-level swimming pool surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean, where Ngalawas, fleets of traditional wooden sailing boats, pass by. Matemwe is a daily stop for the fishermen who sell fresh crab, lobster and fish to the Lodge. An open-air dining room features the fresh catches of the day, with all produce bought daily from the local markets.
The pristine Mnemba Atoll lies just off the coast, and it is in these tropical waters that you will find superb snorkeling, diving and fishing opportunities. In this pristine underwater landscape soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound – home to a staggering array of fish species. Dolphins are often seen and whales can be spotted. Kayaks can be used to explore the clear waters from above.
Visits to the neighboring village of Matemwe are offered for those wishing to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life, and learn about the community projects that Matemwe Lodge is involved in.
Set on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll, the Sea and Spice Spa offers a variety of luxurious treatments using organic ingredients inspired by Africa’s ancient energy and healing traditions – perfect after a day of sun and sea.
Matemwe Retreat offers an exclusive tropical enclave set high in the palm trees, with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. Its four elegant villas combine with spirit of Zanzibar with high levels of comfort and style. These sanctuaries include a plunge pool, personal bar and spacious terrace with day bed and lounge chairs. With its secluded location and dedicated private butler, the Retreat is an outstanding choice for those seeking a private island experience.For more information about Matemwe Lodge and Retreat call toll-free: 888.227.8311
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