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Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We stayed at Matemwe Retreat for 6 nights after a safari. Aim for us was to have a relaxing week along the coast of Zanzibar. This we accomplished to our full satisfaction. The retreat facilities were very comfortable. The service, especially that of George our "butler" was very friendly and good. The food was delicious, we were spoilt with fresh...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your stay with us - we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time and that you were able to do and see so many things that our beautiful island has to offer. We really do hope to see you back at Matemwe in the future! Warm wishes...

Ulm
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We, a little group of ten, been on a beach walk from our resort. If we have seen the nice retreat we decided to go inside for a refreshment. We looked in the menu and took a seat. The waiter told us that he called the manager. Then the manager came in and told us that we don´t get anything....

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Pros: The people who run the resort are lovely and very helpful. The resort is beautifully located and serene. The infinity pool in the lodge is wonderful and beautiful but I never used it because I had a villa with a rooftop plunge pool. Free laundry! Wonderful and attentive butler and personal chef. Wonderful rain shower. Gorgeous tub with a...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Becky, Thank you for your review - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed spending time with us and will take on board your comments regarding improvements. We really do hope to welcome you back to Matemwe in the future! Warm wishes from Zanzibar, The Matemwe Retreat Team

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The entire resort is extremely old, rundown& neglected. There's no TV or radio. It's not a luxurious beach resort but more accurately " bush camping", as the environment & grounds are very crude &unkempt, not remotely manicured & maintained; the amenities are very frugal & the landscape is not lush tropical growth with colourful flowers & palms, but instead dry...

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AsiliaAfrica, Guest Relations Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

We're very sorry to hear that you were not entirely satisfied with your stay at Matemwe Retreat. We value all guest feedback and try our best to use this constructively. We are surprised that you feel the rooms, grounds, service, and meals were not up to scratch and that you found our management staff insincere; we’ve never seen dissatisfaction of...

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We stayed for five nights in NURU one of the luxury retreat lodges at Matembe. We were looked after superbly by our own butler Nteki and our cook Chef John. The manager Ross was attentive and considerate. The lodge was amazing and the whole experience was unique and special. We were particularly impressed with the connection with the local community...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello John, Thank you for your lovely review - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed spending time with us and thank you for your acknowledgment of our positive impacts in our community. We hope to welcome you back to Matemwe in the future! Warm wishes from Zanzibar, The Matemwe Retreat Team

Reviewed 8 February 2017

The Retreat is the ultimate luxury experience! The villa is spacious and has everything you need, not to mention perfect views and a rooftop pool! We were looked after with utmost care by the Matemwe team, while every detail of our trip was meticulously planned by TrueAfrica. What a gem!

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello Jaques, Thank you for your lovely review - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed spending your honeymoon with us and really do hope to welcome you back to Matemwe in the future! Warm wishes from Zanzibar, The Matemwe Retreat Team

Bogota, Colombia
Reviewed 24 January 2017

OUR PERFECT HONEYMOON!!! After 5 days of Safari we decided to relax at this magnificent place for 5 nights. All the team is wonderful, they make you feel comfortable and respect your privacy hundred percent. There were many surprises during our honeymoon that I will not describe so the forthcoming honeymooners can enjoy :) Faki our butler is such a...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to put together your lovely review! We loved having the opportunity to spend your honeymoon with us and we would really love to see you back at Matemwe in the future! All the best, The Matemwe Lodge Team

New York City, New York
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We spent four nights at the Matemwe Retreat. But we could have easily spent four YEARS there. What a luxurious getaway. Our two-story villa was gorgeous. We were so content sunbathing by our private plunge pool, enjoying the tropical breezes and lounging on the daybed and hammock, that we often didn't feel like leaving. And we never had to leave...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to put together such a detailed and lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we would really love to see you back at Matemwe in the future! All the best, The Matemwe Lodge Team

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 January 2017

They are not great marketeers on line, the private butler and massive villa was a nice surprise. Lots of privacy and perfect service, coming back from a reefwalk and then being met on the beach with a cold glass of water is just that little extra that makes me happy.

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we would really love to see you back at Matemwe in the future! All the best, The Matemwe Lodge Team

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This place is truly a dream. Not only is the location itself incredibly beautiful but the amount of attention the staff put into our stay did not go unnoticed. Everything was taken care of without the slightest hitch thanks to our amazing butler George. George was truly amazing- so sweet, accommodating, knowledgable... Not a day has gone by since our...

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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we are patiently waiting to see you back at Matemwe in the future! All the best, The Matemwe Lodge Team

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  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy your own private tropical escape at Matemwe Retreat. The four elegant villas that make up the retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. With its secluded location and dedicated private butler, the retreat is considered one of the most exclusive choices of accommodation on Zanzibar Island. If you are looking for pure escapism, these villas - which combine the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of comfort - were designed for you. The private plunge pool, personal bar and spacious roof terrace with day bed and loungers are so appealing that we would not blame you if you relaxed in your hidden sanctuary for your entire holiday. Echoing the white sand beaches and the changing turquoise hues of the tropical waters, the fully air-conditioned Matemwe Retreat villas are a reflection of their tranquil island surroundings, filled with locally produced materials and furnishings. The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area, cool and airy double bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with double basins, shower and a sunken bathtub with impressive views of the sparkling ocean. Outdoors, impressively comfortable and very private lounge areas invite you to make the most of the tropical climate.The rooftop deck with sparkling blue plunge pool offers panoramic Indian Ocean views. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa

Address: Matemwe Beach, Matemwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Price Range: €693 - €1,304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Matemwe Retreat, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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