MWATEMWE RETREAT BEACH

Brief History

Matemwe village, on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar, looks out to the small and exclusive island of Mnemba. Unlike many of the other beaches on the island it has stayed relatively untouched by tourism until recently.

It is possible to see why this beautiful and expansive beach has become so popular. As with many of the beaches on Zanzibar, it is true that the tidal range is very large and so the beach really becomes vast at low tide...but it is still possible to swim here throughout the day and, when the tide comes in, it really is of a paradise

Matemwe Retreat offers a private and remote location on a magnificent stretch of land, north of Matemwe’s main lodge on Zanzibar Island. The experience at Matemwe is intimate and personal and caters for only 6 guests at a time in beautiful villas surrounded by some of the most magnificent beaches in Zanzibar. The villas are spacious and luxurious and offer private verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. The island offers a fusion of history and culture with delicious fresh seafood served daily on your rooftop terrace or in a private spot in the garden. Emphasis is placed on service and personal attention and whether guests opt for a relaxing massage in their private villa, a cold cocktail on the beach or exploring the magnificent island, the choices are endless.

Matemwe Retreat offers a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy ocean trips, snorkelling, and sailing or discover the local reef or the small island of Mnemba Atoll opposite Matemwe. Diving trips can also be organized with the professional diving centre and kayaks are available to explore the crystal clear sea. Local snorkelling/diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers. Visits to the neighbouring village can be arranged for those who want to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life and for those who wish to learn about the community projects that Matemwe is involved in. From Matemwe, day-trips can be arranged to the historic centre of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island. Spice Tours are also available where guests will learn about the fantastic variety of spices that the island is famous for.