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At Matemwe Beach we have guests and not clients, they relax; make themselves at home amongst our books, games and huge cushions. They make great friends with the staff and the other guests. Our aim is a simple one: to provide authentic, stylish and comfortable accommodation, in an atmosphere of relaxed hospitality and friendliness, while services are provided effectively and efficiently. We live in peaceful co-existence with the villagers who conduct their lives amongst us.

Zanzibar Pearl
Boutique Hotel & Villas

Not a hotel and not a resort and we regard this as a matter of pride!

Located on the north east coast of Zanzibar, close to the Mnemba Atoll, the Matemwe area is a very special part of Zanzibar. Those photos you see of long white beaches, aqua waters and swaying palm trees... At Matemwe Beach that is our reality! 

But despite being outstandingly beautiful Matemwe has not been taken over by resorts or haphazard and ugly developments. We are 45 minutes away from Stone Town and an hour from the airport on a good tarmac road.

Rest your head

From the Pearl Suites to The Pearl Villa, our approach was simple: what do you need & want when on holiday? This has resulted in thoughtful touches like beach baskets, sunhats, sarongs and bottled water...

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Pearl Suites

Simple rooms furnished in beach style with shades of neutrals, blues and green. These rooms have self-contained bathrooms and lots of little extras to make the stay more comfortable. The Pearl Suites have sea views. These rooms are grouped in twos and threes and are perfect for those wanting a great place to stay, but wish to spend their money on safari, diving and so on.

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Oyster Suites

Simple rooms furnished in beach style with shades of neutrals, blues and green. These rooms have self-contained bathrooms and lots of little extras to make the stay more comfortable. The Oyster Suites look out on our garden. These rooms are grouped in twos and threes and are perfect for those wanting a great place to stay, but wish to spend their money on safari, diving and so on.

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The Oyster Villas

Funky and romantic, spacious and stylish the five Oyster Villas offer a couple or small family space to relax and enjoy themselves Matemwe Beach style. In The Oyster Villas you can literally swing from the rafters and you will feel like a king on our throne! Designed by the same team that created The Pearl Villa.

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The Pearl Villa

The ultimate romantic choice – usually booked by honeymooners or those wanting to celebrate their love this Villa is completely self-contained: your own chef, plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower and beach ensure you never have to leave your indulgent seclusion.

Hunger & Thirst

Our restaurant caters for all meals as well as offering a small snack menu available at the pool bar and all during the day. 

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The restaurant is situated in the main thatch area of the lodge. The atmosphere is relaxed and social and we are frequently asked to move tables around so guests can sit with new friends!

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Daily menus are small but carefully planned to please all seafood lovers, non-seafood lovers and vegetarians. And we have a few surprises in store – where will dinner be tonight? Round the pool, in the boma...

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For the starry eyed couples we organize dinner under the starry sky!

Only one couple a night though. The management team ensures all honeymooners get a romantic dinner or two!

Body & Soul

Such beauty and peace has to be food for the soul!

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ENJOY NATURE'S WONDERS

Long walks on the beach
Discover life as it has been lived for centuries, time set by the sun and tides

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FOOD FOR OUR SOUL

Meditate on the beach at sunrise...
Watching the local “regatta” as the fisherman set sail for their daily catch
Rent a bicycle

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THE LITTLE THINGS

Treat yourself to a traditional massage with Zanzibar oils, a manicure or pedicure
A quad bike tour - great fun and really interesting

All activities/excursions/transfers are preferably paid for in cash. Payment by credit card is only possible with a surcharge of 5%.

NB!! There are no ATMs close to Matemwe. They are available at the airport and in Stone Town.

No work, just Play

Play in the pool, in the ocean, dive, snorkel, jog along the beach, sail in our ngalwa, hire a bike, challenge the villagers to a friendly game of football (you had better by good!) or your partner to a heated game of Scrabble. Go fly a kite, build a sand castle...

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INTERNET

While we do provide an internet and phone service from the reception office the connection is weak and unreliable. If you need to work while on holiday Matemwe Beach is not the place for you! But if you want to relax, chill, unwind and have time out then hurry up and make a booking! 

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RELAX

Treat yourself to a traditional massage, manicure or pedicure. We know you don’t want to be in your room or the sun all day. The suites all have plenty of chilled spots in which to relax and the standard rooms have verandas, but there are many communal areas as well. The coffee corner, the cushion lounge, the dhow lounge and the pool bar as well as shady beach bandas. So if you want to chill with a book or enjoy some great African music and good company – we have a spot for you!

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DIVING & SNORKELING

Diving is of course the primary activity for guests of Matemwe Beach. We are very lucky as Zanzibar’s premier dive operator One Ocean has a dive centre within our premises. They are the longest running and most experienced dive centre in Matemwe and while their priority and emphasis is safety and responsibility they know how to have fun with you!

Tie the Knot & Honeymooners

Simple, special, sublime ... for parties of 2 to 40.

As it is a quiet and romantic spot and we don’t charge the earth Matemwe Beach is popular with honeymooners. And we know how to look after them too!

“The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure" - Samuel Johnson

Contact us

Phone    +255 777 322 158
Email    info@zanzibarpearl.com