|Destination: ||North East Coast|
Matemwe Beach Lodge is a comfortable guest lodge situated on the North Coast of Zanzibar. The lodge is near to the Island, which offers some of the best diving off of the Island. The clean makuti-thatched lodge and bungalows lie along a strip of palm-fringed beach. The main lodge has comfortable living areas, friendly staff and a very relaxed atmosphere generated by the type of clientele they attract. All rooms offer cheery sunhats, beach baskets, khi-kois (local sarongs) and umbrellas and everything needed for a relaxing day at the beach. If youre on honeymoon or just want to spoil your partner, splash out on the romantic new honeymoon suite with its open living spaces, circular pool, outdoor bathroom, own chef and private beach. It's certainly one of the best suites on the island.
5-star PADI-affiliated dive centre, One Ocean
Dhow for diving and cruising
En-suite bathrooms (cold water only)
Room service in the honeymoon suite
The lodge will arrange taxis and transfers
Area AttractionsAccomodation at Matemwe Beach Lodge
There are 16 rooms and 6 suites, one of which - the Asali suite - is completely self-contained. The 16 thatched rooms are in close proximity of the beachfront. They have good views of the ocean from their verandas.
A popular addition to Matemwe Beach is the ultra-romantic Asali honeymoon suite. Its situated almost on the beachfront, some distance from the rest of the lodge, creating a private getaway for newly weds or romantic couples. This enormous house has a double room, main living area with a plunge pool in the centre and a little kitchen. There's also an indoor bathroom. Although considerably more expensive than the standard rooms, the Asali suite is definitely worth splashing out on. If you're after even more seclusion, a dedicated chef can be booked to serve your meals in the suite. You can, of course, always find lively company at the main lodge when you need it.
In response to the Asali Suites popularity, 5 Shamba Suites were recently added to the existing accommodation options. While not entirely as self-contained as the Asali Suite, these funky and uniquely decorated suites offer a romantic setting for couples and a comfortable space for families. Their individual design allows for specially arranged romantic dinners, great for honeymooners.
Dining at Matemwe Beach Lodge
The restaurant is situated in the main thatched lodge area. Such is the pleasant vibe at Matemwe, that guests often move their tables together. If you want a particularly romantic evening, you can dine on the beach (only two couples a night though) while sitting on reed matting and cushions. If you're booked in the Asali honeymoon suite, you'll probably opt to have meals brought to you by the suite's dedicated chef.
Swahili recipes are used in combination with fresh, local ingredients, so you'll taste authentic Zanzibar cuisine. The menu changes daily and includes options of fish, chicken or red meat with vegetarian dishes available on request.
The breakfast menu also changes from day to day and includes fresh fruit, cereals and fruit juices as well as cooked options of pancakes, eggs, bacon etc.