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Matemwe Lodge

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Bar (on property)
On the beach, scuba diving
On the beach, scuba diving
On the beach, scuba diving
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas

Overview of Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

4.5 star property
Matemwe beachfront lodge with spa, outdoor pool

9.4/10 Exceptional

63 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Bathtub
  • Bar
Matemwe Beach, Northeast Coast, Matemwe, Zanzibar North Region

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Nungwi Beach - 46 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 76 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Matemwe Rock Local Restaurant - 9 min walk
  • Makuti Beach - 5 min drive
  • Nangani Restaurant - 8 min drive
  • Dolphin Local Restaurant - 10 min drive
  • Mtambo Sisi Kawa Sisi - 11 min drive

About this property

Matemwe Lodge

With access to on-site scuba-diving, Matemwe Lodge is a great choice for your beach stay in Matemwe. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps and reflexology. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat, and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. A poolside bar, a terrace and a garden are other highlights at this luxurious lodge. The helpful staff and overall property condition get good marks from fellow travellers.


Dutch, English, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 12 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Free reception
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Scuba diving
  • Kayaking nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 17 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2000
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • No lift (single-level property)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Dressing gowns and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Furnished patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep-soaking bath
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The on-site spa has 2 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, facials and body wraps. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including reflexology.

The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 6 years old are not allowed in the spa.


On-site venue – This restaurant overlooks the ocean.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 130 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Local area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Renovations and closures

The property is closed during April and May.

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Guests under 6 years old are not allowed in the spa, and guests under 18 years old are only allowed with adult supervision
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Matemwe Main Lodge Asilia Africa Hotel
Matemwe Lodge Lodge
Matemwe Lodge, Asilia Africa Zanzibar
Matemwe Main Lodge, Asilia Africa Hotel Matemwe
Matemwe Lodge All Inclusive
Matemwe Lodge Matemwe
Matemwe Lodge Lodge Matemwe

Frequently asked questions

Is Matemwe Lodge currently open?
The property is closed during April and May.
How much does it cost to stay at Matemwe Lodge?
As of 30 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Matemwe Lodge on 2 February 2023 start from NZ$617, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Matemwe Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Matemwe Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Matemwe Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Matemwe Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Matemwe Lodge?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Matemwe Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Matemwe Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 130 per vehicle roundtrip.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Matemwe Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Matemwe Lodge and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as scuba-diving. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. Matemwe Lodge also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Matemwe Lodge?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers ocean views. Nearby restaurants include Matemwe Rock Local Restaurant (9-min walk), Nangani Restaurant (2.4 mi) and Dolphin Local Restaurant (2.9 mi).
Does Matemwe Lodge have rooms with private hot tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep-soaking bath.
Does Matemwe Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Matemwe Lodge like?
Matemwe Lodge is located a short 18-minute walk from Muyuni Beach. Travellers recommend the lodge for its quiet location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

This is our second stay at Matemwe lodge in about 4 years. It is isolated and luxuriously private with just 12 bungalows. Staff, services, reef diving and food are all 5-stars. It doesn't get better than this Travelling to Zanzibar from Nairobi by air can be very frustrating and stressful
John, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The property was ok. They had great employees. The only problem is it’s a little far from all the vacation all popular beaches and activities. It’s 1hr away from stone town and airport.
6-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great Couples Vacation Destination
Gorgeous resort - quiet and serene during low season. Thoughtful kind service, staff genuinely cared about our stay - dinners on the beach and great activities - snorkeling, reef walks, kayaking.
5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Perfect relaxation
This is a wonderful place to relax and do nothing, or walk along the endless beach, snorkel, dive, explore the local village.
Anon, 4-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Couple stay ❤️
Everything was perfect. The service, the food, just everything . Thank you Matemwe
2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Good hotel \ secluded \ not a swimming beach
The hotel is very nice with tasteful rustic bungalows that blend in well with the island and surrounding environment. Staff & mamangement friendly & very courteous. They tried to be very helpful but sometimes felt like they were trying too hard and weren’t as knowledgeable as tried to be. My problem with the hotel is how secluded it is which maybe great for someone looking for minimal interaction with others but it was a bit too much for us. I can’t recommend this hotel because of the beach access problem. The reef and the tide make it almost impossible to swim and you’d have to take a boat or venture out in a taxi to other beach towns. This hotel is a good one but definitely not for everyone.
Aboud, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Experience the Matenwe Hospitaility
The perfect "escape from it" all break. The staff could not be more helpful without being intrusive. The location was stunning and very peaceful. Food and beverage standard higher than similar properties. Would not hesitate to recommend to couple wanting a relaxing break. The short off-road track approaching the hotel was in poor condition due to the recent rain, but it did not retract from our excellent stay.
Perry, 5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Magical Villa Experience
I enjoyed every single part of my stay. The villa is spacious, clean, and very peaceful. The view of the ocean is spectacular, and I just loved relaxing on the hammock watching the sun rise. The all inclusive meals were filling and delicious. Also the staff was attentive and courteous. I appreciated having my excursions arranged by the hotel, and felt completely safe on the grounds. I would HIGHLY recommended the lodge to anyone seeking seclusion, peace, and quiet. I look forward to visiting again.
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10/10 Exceptional

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