Matemwe Lodge

Stone bungalow

There are twelve bungalows at Matemwe all of which were refurbished and upgraded in 2005. Six of the rooms are split level with a second double bed on a mezzanine floor, whilst the origianl six rooms have only one floor. However all of the rooms are spacious and comfortable with a private veranda, Zanzibari appliqué throws on the beds and colourful woven mats on the polished concrete floors.

The newer rooms feature a sunken, cushioned baraza which looks through wide corner shutters to the veranda and sea beyond. On the veranda itself, a double hammock and a sofa make the perfect seaside retreat. The older rooms are slightly different with a small lounge area inside the room, while their veranda tempts with a comfy sofa as well as a double hammock.

Standard throughout the rooms is constant mains electricity, 3-pin UK-style sockets, a solar-powered hot-water system, retractable mosquito nets, large Zanzibari safe box and a relaxing day bed. They also share a lovely Zanzibari character, which can be lacking in some more resort style hotels on the Island.

The six split-level stone bungalows at Matemwe all have spacious en-suite bathrooms with a European toilet, twin sinks, a shower and large stone bath.

The bathrooms in the older, single-floor cottages have single sinks, a large shower and a sunken bath. Bottles filled with bathing condiments and tall candles are welcome finishing touches to both rooms.