Matemwe Lodge

Reviews of Matemwe Lodge

Good(88%) From 28 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 28 of our travellers who have visited Matemwe Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Matemwe Lodge review

Matemwe Lodge has a superb location by the coast. It was magical for our room to be so close to the sea and hear the waves crashing on the reef whist we were in our room.

The staff and managers were all very helpful and friendly and provided excellent service.

We felt that our room 12 was very good, but on first impressions was a little tired. .

The Lodge was very quiet when we were there probably under half full which detracted from the atmosphere.

We were slightly disappointed with the food, and enjoyed the food more at the safari camps. The range was slightly limited and we expected more variety in the seafood, this may be due to the low number of guests. However, the barbeque night was excellent.

we went on a trip to Stone Town and a Spice Tour organised by the hotel which worked well.

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Mr and Mrs Z Cambridge
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Activities:
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Matemwe Lodge review

It was slightly difficult coming off a busy safari routine to such a peaceful retreat and we did feel slightly at a loss when we first arrived as it is very low key. However, the staff were amazingly helpful and welcoming, helping us to plan activities, for example snorkling and island visits. The lodge is situated next to a fishing village and it was fascinating being shown the village by a member of staff who lived there and seeing every day life in a rural community.

Matemwe Lodge's beach is very beautiful, however it is worth noting that while we were there it was very difficult to swim due to the reef and the many sea urchins. The lodge does have lovely pools though. The food was delicious and the staff friendly and welcoming. We particularly enjoyed the barbecues with the live music. It's worth noting that it is quite a long drive to some of the island's tourist attractions but the hotel were great about organising transport and guides.

We were slightly unprepared for the changeable weather - it was quite windy and sometimes we had short bursts of rain. But a lovely holiday all in all and Matemwe is perfect for a relaxing retreat.

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Mr & Mrs W - London
Arrived on: 6-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Matemwe Lodge review

Location and restaurant service were both a little disappointing. Although it was possible to visit the local village with a guide, there were no facilities available outside the hotel - not even a bar on the beach.

Service in the restaurant was indifferent, probably caused by lack of training and supervision. It improved very considerably after we complained.

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Expert Africa comments

We were concerned to read the comments from these clients about Matemwe Lodge and sent the feedback through to the manager. They apologised for the slow service in the restaurant, and explained that a lot of last minute bookings at the lodge had meant there was a slight strain on the staff. Since these travellers visited they have re-shuffled and re-balanced the team. They were very grateful to these travellers for bringing it to their attention while they were there - and we'd encourage all our traveller to do the same!

We would also point out that Matemwe Lodge is a little remote - which is part of its charm. Activities can easily be arranged for guests who would like to visit the local village. During the day there are a couple of hotels you can wander up to to have a drink, although for the most part - guests should be aware that it is a quiet beach retreat.

Mr M & Ms T from Washington DC
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
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Matemwe Lodge review

Beautiful grounds. Great room with a view of the ocean. Nice service.

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Mr & Mrs F from Marlow
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Matemwe Lodge review

After 5 days' safari, standards of accommodation were not as high on Zanzibar. We found the room to be dark and slightly jaded, the quality of decorations basic, not the same level of attention to detail as in Selous e.g. quality of bed linen low, lights not working, fan only half working, body lotion in the hair conditioner bottle(!). However, the common areas were excellent - the pool, restaurant, bar area were extremely welcoming. Throughout the hotel, the service was excellent and you had the impression that the young staff were trying very hard to please.

We visited the local village and were shocked by the level of living conditions of the inhabitants. We were quite taken back by this and feel that it would be better to warn people in advance. I heard other guests saying they found it 'shocking' - I wouldn't go that far but I feel it would have been good to know what we could expect. It would not have put us off going but would have just made us aware. In addition, I think more should be made of the local community work carried out by the Matemwe Lodge which is excellent, despite the challenging conditions. We deliberately asked to visit the school and it was a memorable experience but we had wished we had taken something that we could have given them, like footballs or books.

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Mr & Mrs D - London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Matemwe Lodge: perfect to kick back and relax

Matemwe Lodge is picture postcard. Set on the black coral coastline but with white sand beaches that feel like flour under your feet for miles in both directons, this is the architypal island hideaway. The sea views of azure blue waters are nothing short of spectacular.

And the team at Matemwe work very hard to make the most of their prized location. With good rooms (not that you spend much time in them other than sleeping) and nicely presented communal areas underpinning the place, the real success story are the ataff. Unendingly friendly and determined to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible they work tirelessly to help you make the most of your expereince. Whether that's the deliciouness of the food, the Swahili night to introduce you to a bit of the local culture, or the arranged activities, the effort is plain to see.

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Mr & Mrs G - Richmond
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Average
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Average
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Average
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Matemwe Lodge review

The brochure and website pictures do not match up with the reality! The place really needs an refurb. Our shower was worn out and sprayed water everywhere. Holes in mosquito nets. Mosquito coils not lit at night and no useable matches left to do it yourself. All looked a bit tired.

We took the guided walk of the town. This was poor. The guide hardly spoke any English and just took us to see the school and that was it.

Tried to arrange a boat trip to Mnemba - just told that we could have a boat to go to one of the resorts back down the coast - not very helpful. Not enough options.

Toilet in reception needed checking more regularly - ran out of paper / towels, etc. and not replaced even when I told them! Flowers were nice in the facility but should have been removed when dead.

Food very good and service very friendly.

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Expert Africa comments

We were sad to hear that these guests did not enjoy Matemwe as much as they had hoped. The team at Matemwe are planning a refurb and so this will go a long way to sorting out the issues mentioned by this traveller. They have also taken on board the other comments made and will work with the team at the lodge to improve things.

Ms L & Mr DB - Oxshott
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Matemwe Lodge review

Extremely satisfied with this lodge.

However, the charges for excursions to other parts of the island were very high.

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Mr & Mrs J - Ashbourne
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Matemwe Lodge review

Lighting in room could have been a lot better.

Food was very good quality, but sometimes a menu option had run out. On one occasion we did both have mild stomach upset (after BBQ).
Our purpose was to chill out so we did few activities (only reef walk). It was good because it was really quiet. Views of boats and fishing in the lagoon were great.

Staff were very helpful and informative.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Matemwe Bungalows review

Beautiful location, you could spend the whole day watching the scene from your bungalow as view changes with the tide, the dhows come and go and the villagers forage on the reef.

We were slightly disappointed that the beach is not really ideal for swimming or snorkelling. Even at high tide the sea was a seaweed soup and you have to watch out for a sharp reef and spiny sea urchins. Good activities, snorkelling near a local island, reef walking and sailing in a dhow.

Enjoyed being closer to the local population than while on safari.

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