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Beautiful and relaxing!

The rooms are beautiful and relaxing. The private roof deck is a great spot to lounge, and the private pool is a must given the heat! Our butler, George, was excellent! We had never had a butler before, so found it a little awkward, but that was no fault of George's. The food was excellent and we were stuffed the entire time. The scuba center, ScubaFish is top notch. A great relaxing holiday!
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Anne S (US) | Stayed in March, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat

Fantastic place to visit

My wife and I decided on Matemwe retreat for our honeymoon. Upon arrival we were met by Martin, our butler, who took us through to our villa Nuru. The place is amazing and was certainly everything we had hoped for! Everything and anything is catered for and Martin went out of his way to ensure that we had the most memorable honeymoon. We will certainly be back next year as Matemwe just allows you to get away from everything and relax. Thanks to all the staff that made our honeymoon unforgettable and especially Martin for an unbelievable experience!"
Tim K | Stayed in February, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat

perfect post-safari!

This place is everything it says on the tin and more. We stayed in the Retreat - our own villa, plunge pool and sunbathing on the flat roof with long sofa seating in the shade and bedroom, bathroom, outside verandah on ground level. Views of the ocean and the fishermen and palm trees - bliss. We had our own 'butler' George who was brilliant - very personal, tailored attention - comes when you want something or meal times and stays away when you don't! The whole team are very friendly and although we only met other guests on the BBQ night when we went down to the lodge for dinner - everyone seemed mellow and relaxed. We stayed four nights - and will definitely return. The Spa is stupendous - the messages are to die for if you like it strong to relive the tension of two weeks safari- ing"
Alison B (UK) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat

amazing service

We recently spent a week of our honeymoon at the Matemwe Retreat. I could not be happier with the choice of staying at the Matemwe Retreat. The staff - whether it's the management, the servers in the dining room, the bartenders, the spa, or the housekeeping - all were extremely professional - and knew our names on day 1. The food was excellent - better than any meal we had eaten during our 3 weeks in Africa. The property itself is beautiful and serene. The beach is not meant for swimming - and that was ok for us - we were much more interested in the views, the people, the charm - and we ended up taking a drive to a nice swimming beach for a 1/2 day. Glad we stayed in a quiet place instead of the tourist traps of the main beaches of Zanzibar. 
We will recommend the Matemwe to all our friends that plan to visit Zanzibar!"
HongLong (Asia) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat

Absolute Perfection!

We arrived not knowing what to expect since the approach was daunting, What we found was the most wonderful, relaxing resort on the water in our private villa, with superb staff, management and food. Martin was our outstanding, pleasant and attentive "butler." His response to any need was "no problem!" Sandy, the manager, made sure that the resort ran efficiently but with a very personal touch. While this was not a honeymoon for us, nonetheless we felt as if we were honeymooners. This was the most perfect place to spend time post safari. If we're ever in "the neighborhood" again you can bet we will stay there! I envy anyone who has the opportunity to stay there since we left."
Brenda L (US) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Matemwe Retreat

Conde Nast Traveller

“Matemwe is on the last strip of sand before the beaches give way to cliffs on the dry north-east coast of the island, which feels very unspoilt (in neighbouring Matemwe village, people still make their living from fishing and selling coconuts). It is honeymoon heaven here. Overlooking a shallow, rocky lagoon fringed by a coral reef, the double-storey thatched villas are wonderful for hanging out in a hammock on your balcony, or taking a dip in your private rooftop pool while watching fleets of dugout canoes and dhows sail with the tide.
www.cntraveller.com/recommended/beaches/where-to-stay-in-zanzibar/matemwe-retreat"
“The Spice Islands of Zanzibar" | Stayed in March, 2012 at Matemwe Retreat

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Acacia House, Maasai Mara
Acacia House, Maasai Mara
Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara. Acacia House, Mara House and Topi House are ideal for a couple, family or group on safari.
Kimondo Camp (North), Kenya
Kimondo Camp (North), Kenya
Kimondo is a migration camp, following the herds as they migrate across the plains of the Serengeti, ensuring that guests are always within striking distance of this age-old natural wonder.
Kimondo Camp (South)
Kimondo Camp (South)
Kimondo is a migration camp, following the herds as they migrate across the plains of the Serengeti, ensuring that guests are always within striking distance of this age-old natural wonder.
Little Oliver's, Tarangire
Little Oliver's, Tarangire
Little Oliver’s is built in complete harmony with the surrounding environment and guest accommodation consists of 5 expansive tents each with en-suite facilities, indoor and outdoor bucket showers and decks.
Mara House, Maasai Mara
Mara House, Maasai Mara
Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara. Acacia House, Mara House and Topi House are ideal for a couple, family or group on safari.
Namiri Plains, Tanzania
Namiri Plains, Tanzania
Namiri Plains is for the serious big cat and carnivore enthusiast wanting a high degree of comfort combined with an exclusive and authentic safari experience.
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low-key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury tented camp.
Ubuntu Camp (West), Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp (West), Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Ubuntu Camp (North), Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp (North), Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
On a private conservancy, that is an example of conservation and communities working together, Naboisho offers an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem.
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
This upmarket camp is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
Ubuntu Camp (South), Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp (South), Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.
Olakira Camp (South), Tanzania
Olakira Camp (South), Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes Oliver’s Camp a firm favourite amongst safari enthusiasts.
Olakira Camp (North), Tanzania
Olakira Camp (North), Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
An exclusive camp nestled on an uninhabited island, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the elusive sitatunga.
Topi House, Maasai Mara
Topi House, Maasai Mara
Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara. Acacia House, Mara House and Topi House are ideal for a couple, family or group on safari.
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Combining the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, Matemwe Retreat’s secluded villas are considered the most exclusive choice on this exotic island.
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
On the chalk white Matemwe beach lies Matemwe Beach House; the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
This small, exclusive camp combines raw beauty with simple excellence. Kwihala is renowned among safari enthusiasts for its excellent standard of guiding and intimate knowledge of Ruaha National Park.
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