Matlai Boutique Hotel

  • Small and exclusive boutique hotel in Zanzibar
  • Fabulous beach location
  • 4 luxurious rooms with lovely sea views
  • Excellent facilities including swimming pool, spa, snorkelling
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We think this is the best small boutique hotel on the island. Intimate and friendly with extremely good service, it offers luxury without the price-tag to match!

We are very impressed by Hotel Matlai. Guest feedback has been extremely positive as everyone seems to have good things to say about it – intimate and friendly atmosphere, lovely rooms, excellent food, superb service – all these at a very competitive price considering the competition. It is a beautiful villa that is family-owned and run. 

Hotel Matlai is situated in Michamwi on the south-east coast of Zanzibar.

The hotel sits in a beautiful tropical garden overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the four guest rooms has been individually designed and beautifully finished with furniture made by local craftsmen. All four are extremely spacious and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies with ocean views, and en suite bathrooms that are partially open-air.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and just a stone's throw from the beach. There are various different areas where guests can lounge in privacy. The service is outstanding. As the owners manage the hotel, they are able to ensure that everything runs smoothly and add all sorts of personal touches. Each set of guests have their own personal butler to look after them. Food is also impressive. The chef specialises in traditional Swahili cuisine and delicious dishes featuring freshly-caught fish. Dinner is served in a different area each night, making every meal a different guest experience.

Guests can enjoy a large variety of activities – swimming in the inviting palm-shaped swimming pool, snorkelling in the area just off the beach, beach volleyball and boules.

"Small, boutique and a great location see Matlai as one of, if not the very best, boutique property on the whole of Zanzibar! This is a firm office excellent little lodge."
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