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Matemwe Retreat

Private beaching in the lap of luxury

Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat is open from June to March and can be found just to the North of its sister accommodations Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Beach House. Privacy and exclusivity are what set this great escape apart from the rest. It consists of four luxury villas on a private beach with individual plunge pools. Indoors, warm rustic charm meets elegant island style, while outdoors the verandas offer exceptional ocean views. Take advantage of the services from you personal butler and never lift a finger (except perhaps to sip a cocktail). Every morning plan your days meals with your own chef, providing exceptional cuisine all day long. Welcome to paradise.

At the lodge

The hotel

Each private villa is completely self sufficient, with private dining and lounge areas. The interiors posses a blend of island funk and luxury. Every spot is designed with relaxation in mind - wonderful veranda areas with soft puffy pillow couches, a hammock, and exceptional views of a private beach and Mnemba island beyond. Private meals are best enjoyed on the deck. Should you wish to enjoy the restaurant’s festivities, Matemwe Retreat is just a ten-minute walk to the main lodge.

The rooms

Matemwe Retreat villas are en-suite with showers and a sunken bath tub that has views looking out over the Indian Ocean. Large, luxurious king-sized beds with mosquito netting look straight onto the private beach, so you’ll know you’re in paradise from the minute you open your eyes. A large spiral staircase leads to a refreshing plunge pool. Light fabrics, fans and air conditioning also offer respite from island heat, while simple designs create a cool and soothing atmosphere.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at Matemwe are mostly aquatic and as such are governed by the tides. Guests can partake in snorkeling, diving, canoeing, guided reef walks, kite surfing, deep sea fishing, scenic kayak tours along the reef, boating and dhow trips. There are also day trips to explore the island’s ancient history, Jozani forest and exotic spice trade. If all that has you exhausted, there’s always a rejuvenating treatment on hand at the main lodge’s spa. Just ask your personal butler to help you organise your activities.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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