Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet northeastern coast of Zanzibar Island,Matemwe Lodge’s blissful location and famously relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal place to unwind. Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Matemwe Lodge provides an unbeatable island escape.
Zanzibar is just a 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a 2 hour flight from Arusha, and a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, Kenya, making it a convenient stop pre or post safari.
The island is also accessible through a few international airlines that offer direct flights to Abeid Amani Karume International airport, which is located on the island’s southwest coast. Transfers from the airport to Matemwe Beach are by road and take approximately 90 minutes.
Matemwe lodge is sourced locally (including fruit and vegetables), and seafood is bought from local suppliers who use sustainable techniques.
Meals are a mix of gourmet-style cooking and traditional Zanzibari cuisine with loads of seafood. The buffet-style breakfast includes fresh fruit, muffins, croissants, cereal and yogurts as well as a full English breakfast.
Lunch and dinner are three-course meals: choose between two starters, three main dishes (including a meat, fish and vegetarian option) and two desserts.
Built using local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each of the 12 chalets at Matemwe Lodge has a private veranda with hammock and sofa, where you can relax and take in the spectacular views of the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Six triple-bed chalets are available, and there are two that have a private plunge pool. The large bathrooms have a deep bathtub and walk-in shower, and beds are all enclosed by mosquito nets.