Matemwe Retreat


Matemwe Beach, east Zanzibar

Accommodation Type

A luxury private villa resort

Accommodation Level


Accommodation Level
DeluxeSomething special. Indulge yourself with a high-quality experience.
Price Guide

Matemwe Retreat

If you are looking for a secluded romantic location on Zanzibar, Matemwe Retreat offers just that. There are four villas with magnificent ocean vistas from their elevated vantage point. Add to this your personal butler, luxurious surroundings and you have your exclusive escape.

Matemwe Retreat was designed with couples in mind. The four spacious villas offer total privacy with personal service. You have your own butler and chef who will design a menu for you from locally sourced supplies and you can decide when and where you would like to eat. Nothing is too much trouble, you can enjoy a picnic lunch during excursions, or savour an evening meal on your own private terrace. If you want company then stroll down to Matemwe Lodge where you can enjoy a scrumptious seafood buffet in the stylish restaurant.

This is romance at its best with luxurious trappings to boot. You can watch the dhows bring in their catch from your balcony and relax by the plunge pool on your private roof terrace, opting for a sunny or shady spot. Location wise, you are ideally placed for diving and snorkelling the reefs of Mnenba Atoll. It’s just 30 minutes by boat to Mnemba Island where you have a good chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins. Stone Town is about an hour away, perfect for day trips. Other interesting sites on the island are easily accessible.

Times to Go

Zanzibar is especially good to visit in the dry season from June to October. Most rain falls between March and May with light rains possible in November and December.

Matemwe Retreat highlights

  • Four luxury villas with private gardens and plunge pools
  • Butler service
  • Spa treatments
  • Picnic on Infinity Sandbank
  • Elevated location

Matemwe Retreat location

Matemwe Retreat


  • 4 private villas
  • Closed April & May
  • No children <18


Guests at Matwmwe Retreat can enjoy the facilities at Matamwe Lodge, these include:

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Lounge
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Spa 
  • Watersports centre
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service


(All optional)

  • Dhow cruise
  • Stone Town
  • Spice tour
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Village visit
  • Reef walk

Matemwe Retreat Villa

Matemwe Retreat has just 4 villas which have been designed to be your own personal retreat for the duration of your stay.  The villas are spacious and fully air conditioned. They have been furnished with locally produced items and finished with vibrant fabrics. 

The ground floor of the villa has a bar area and an airy double bedroom with king size bed draped with a mosquito net. The en-suite bathroom has double basins, sunken bathtub with a view and a shower. Outside you will find comfortable lounge areas where you can enjoy the sea breezes. The rooftop deck has your own private plunge pool which looks out over the Indian Ocean.  As well as air conditioning you have a small safe, hair dryer and mains power. 

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Matemwe Retreat is owned by Asilia who work with the Kamitei Foundation providing funding for facilities and teaching aids for Kigomani Primary School on Zanzibar as well as scholarships for its students, promoting education as a means of escaping poverty”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.