Why we like it
- Intimate and luxurious beach lodges
- Each suite has a private veranda with hammocks and couches overlooking the Indian Ocean
- The open air restaurant serves fresh Zanzibari and Western cuisine all day
- Large bathrooms with baths and walk-in showers
- All rooms are equipped with a large mosquito net (though mosquitoes are quite rare)
About Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge is situated on a coral reef overlooking a fine powder beach and distant coral reefs on the northeast coast of Zanzibar Island. Rooms are stylish and rustic cottage accommodation, with beautiful flowerbeds lining the private paths that link the rooms to the open air restaurant. Combining delicious food, eco credentials and fantastic (but unobtrusive) service, Matemwe Lodge is a haven of bougainvillea-filled gardens, palm-fringed beaches and diving hotspots at Mnemba atoll reef just offshore, perfectly suited to laidback honeymooners and equally great for families. We think there's nothing better than kicking back in a double hammock on the private terraces, drifting off to the sound of the nearby ocean.
Rooms are quietly stylish, with white-washed walls, dark wooden furniture, beamed or thatched ceilings and natural touches, such as coconut bowls and bamboo and hemp clothes racks. More spacious than your average beachside suite, they have proper seating areas and some even come with a loft space with single sofa bed (perfect for little ones).
The Lodge runs on solar power and natural air conditioning comes from the refreshing sea breezes, while telephones, televisions are left behind as you relax in to your own beachside paradise. You'll not be at a loss for things to do, however: activities include sailing in Ngalawa outriggers, snorkelling and scuba diving in one of the coasts finest atolls with the onsite dive school, fishing, reef walking and cycling. You could hire a bicycle and take a picnic to another part of the island for a change of scenery, or pay a visit to the local fish market for freshly-landed lobster and tuna. Alternatively, hang out by the split-level freshwater swimming pool and make the most of the poolside bar.