Matemwe Retreat

  • On the north-east tip of Zanzibar
  • Fabulous views of the Indian Ocean
  • Four extremely luxurious private villas, each with a roof terrace
  • Butler service and in-house dining – a wonderful place to chill out and relax
"Paying the high prices here brings you into the market of properties like Baraza, Kilindi, and White Sands... where the beaches are superb and service is top draw."


This is the perfect place for travellers who want time to themselves – somewhere intimate and romantic. It is the more luxurious elder brother of Matemwe Lodge.


Matemwe Retreat is located on the north-east tip of Zanzibar, about one hour’s drive from Stone Town and the airport.


Matemwe Retreat consists of four private villas. These are extremely stylish and wonderfully luxurious. The ground floor of each villa consists of a spacious bedroom, a fabulous bathroom, and a large decking area outside with a comfy sofa and small bar section. Upstairs, there is an amazing roof terrace, with decking in both sun and shade, and a lovely plunge pool where guests can cool off. The four villas are set slightly back from the ocean and do not have beaches, no matter what you read on other websites! The beach that guests would use while staying here is a 10-minute walk away, past Matemwe Bungalows. However, with the private roof terraces, most guests do not venture out of their villas.

Service is particularly special. There is a butler to serve your every whim, and you do not even need to go out to a restaurant in the evening, as you can dine in the privacy of your own roof terrace. You simply tell the butler in the morning, what you would like to eat that evening.


 There are also numerous activities available nearby, including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, boat trips and spa treatments.


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