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One of the Most Secluded Places on the Island, Perfect for a Relaxing Holiday

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Last updated: 11/07/2014

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

There are few better places to enjoy a carefree family holiday than a tropical island, and the homely Matemwe Beach House offers the perfect bolt hole for a family or small group looking for an exclusive beach retreat. The house offers three bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, making it the ideal option for families looking for both space and privacy.

Set a few metres from the white sands of Matemwe Beach in
north east Zanzibar, this private residence allows travellers to write the schedule for their tropical escape. A team of staff including private chef and butler are dedicated to looking after every need, offering guests the freedom to truly relax.
Diving, snorkelling, canoeing, reef walking and swimming are just some of the activities open to residents, who also have access to all the restaurant, spa and sporting facilities of the neighbouring Matemwe Lodge.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 150 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Hotel
  • Hotel


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Included In Price
  • Dinner - Included In Price

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Children of all ages are welcome...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside the property however one can smoke in the outside areas. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The property has some stairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    En-Suite bedroom approx 25 square meters...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    approx 25 square meters...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 child bed

    Mezzanine Floor bedroom ideal for children approx 20 sqm...moreless

  • *The master bedroom on the ground floor offers a king-sized bed with a framed mosquito net and en suite bathroom with shower. * Second bedroom, also on ground floor, offers king size bed with shared bathroom with guests in Mezzanine. * An upstairs room with 2 further single beds suitable for children (steep stairs so not suitable for young children). This floor shares the second bathroom. * Both ground rooms have A/C, but top room has a ceiling fan and a stand up fan. * All beds have an entirely covering mosquito net....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Toiletries, slippers and bathrobes are provided....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Toiletries, slippers and bathrobes are provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except drinks mentioned under excluded), private room attendant service, laundry, snorkelling with boat (one trip per person), guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks. Rates exclude: Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cocktails & mock tails, shooters, health drinks (sold in spa), all transfers, diving and all other activities & excursions not mentioned in the 'included' section, Mnemba Atoll conservation fees, massages and treatments. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Games


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Reefs

Local Services & Businesses

  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Dining can be enjoyed in the privacy of the house or at the main lodge. The chef stops by each day to introduce special menu suggestions & the fresh catches of the day,the specialty at Matemwe. ...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Both ground rooms have A/C, but top room has a ceiling fan and a stand up fan. All beds have an entirely covering mosquito net....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Complimentary internet is available from a Lodge computer. Complimentary WIFI throughout the lodge. We also have an i-pad available to borrow. Enquire at reception or with your Villa attendant. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Please note that the dining room/common areas are open....moreless

  • Parking:

    Self drive is not recommended however if guests choose to parking can be provided. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry is available on a daily basis and included in the rate. It is returned within 24 hours, weather permitting....moreless


  • Dishwasher:

    Your villa attendant will serve all meals and act as housekeeper during your stay....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The chef will visit the villa on a daily basis, to discuss meal plans for the day. All meals are freshly prepared in the kitchen which is adjacent to the house....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A personal villa attendant will look after all your needs throughout the duration of your stay. ...moreless


  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Boat:

    Ngalawa cruises up and down the lagoon, along the coast. Duration depends and tides and winds...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Borrowing of kayaks, volleyball, soccer ball, rackets and balls, Frisbees, lilos, reef shoes, all complimentary. Guided kayak trips, on the lagoon, up or down the coast. (At extra charge)...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Walks to the local village and the fish market are led by a local guide (inclusive)....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Guests are welcome to join the main restaurant for a barbecue of fresh seafood twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) (at pool or beach, tide and weather permitting)....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    2 large couches, bean bags & sun loungers create a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy tasty & fresh food as well as relaxing in the shade during the day or enjoying sundowners overlooking the ocean. ...moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll is included. Diving: all levels of divers have the opportunity to explore the underworld of Mnemba Atoll. Both recreational & training dives can be arranged (extra charge)...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    At Matemwe Lodge - Please note no children under 6 years allowed at Matemwe Lodge. ...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    A pool and loungers with complete privacy for sunbathing and a cooling dip. There is also some private loungers on the beach in front of the house....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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45 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Zanzibar International
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Zanzibar Ferry Terminal
10 Metres
Nearest Beach
Matemwe Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House are situated on the north east coast of the island where the mood and pace is quieter and more relaxed. The Matemwe experience is genuine ‘island-style’ because Matemwe village is the hub for all local activity in the area. It is the third largest fishing village on Zanzibar and life there carries on as it has since time immemorial. As casual bystanders, guests can watch the fascinating daily routine of the village play itself out from the ocean and the outlying fields, onto the streets and into the local marketplace. A short boat ride away from Matemwe is Mnemba Atoll, a private island that is recognised as one the world’s premier diving destinations. Because the area is a marine reserve, the scuba diving and snorkelling off Mnemba is nothing short of spectacular.

Arriving on Zanzibar & Transfer to Matemwe :

Check in is from 2pm and check out by 11am. Should you wish to check in earlier or check out later please enquire prior to arrival if this is possible. While we will do all we can to accommodate your request, occupancy levels will determine if this is possible. However you are welcome to use all the facilities at the lodge while you wait. We also offer day rooms, which can be booked in advance.

The drive from ZNZ airport to Matemwe will take approximately about 1 hour and 15 minutes. About twenty minutes from Matemwe Lodge you leave the main tarred road and follow a narrower sandy road that leads you through the middle of the Zanzibar-style fishing village of Matemwe. As you slowly negotiate your way through town you briefly become part of village life. The going can be slow because the rules of the road determine that livestock, chickens and humans (not necessarily in that order) have the first right of way. Once you have passed through the village, Matemwe Lodge, the Retreat and the Beach House are only 1 kilometer away.


To ensure a stress-free arrival at Matemwe, we strongly recommend booking a transfer with us. The cost for a one-way transfer from Stone Town or the airport is US$ 65 per vehicle for up to 6 people (subject to change). Please contact us with your flight details or pick up/drop off details to book this. Pre-payment will be required.


Matemwe is an area, on the northern side of the East Coast of Zanzibar and is difficult to find. There are no road signs that will direct you there and, PLEASE NOTE, we cannot be held responsible for guests losing their way and arriving late because they chose to book their transfer independently.


We do not recommend self-drive or public transport. We strongly recommend booking your transfer through Asilia.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2004

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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch


  • Verandah & Deck

    Verandah & Deck

  • Bathroom


  • Family BBQ

    Family BBQ

  • Bedroom 2

    Bedroom 2

  • Deck and Swimming Pool

    Deck and Swimming Pool

  • View from Deck

    View from Deck

  • Turtle Conservation Project

    Turtle Conservation Project

  • Snorkelling


  • Sailing


  • Daily activities board

    Daily activities board

  • Chef with kids

    Chef with kids

  • Reef walk

    Reef walk

  • Exterior


  • Snorkeling with Dolphins

    Snorkeling with Dolphins

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • View from Deck

    View from Deck

  • Mezzanine Level

    Mezzanine Level

  • Massage


  • Turtle Conservation Project

    Turtle Conservation Project

  • Diving Instructors

    Diving Instructors

  • Snorkelling


  • Kayaking


  • Football on the beach

    Football on the beach

  • Sunrise


€3,430 per week (EUR)
Minimum stay: 7 nights
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian, dutch
  • Calendar last updated 11/07/2014
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