Green and blue is a brand new resort built with a focus on attention to detail.
Green and Blue: Our full report
Green and Blue has a picture-postcard setting on a sweeping curve of white sand in the Matemwe area of Zanzibar’s north-east coast. A lot of effort has gone into the room design here, and the grounds are well looked after. This area represents pretty much the northern end of a long stretch of beach, so there is little passing foot traffic along the beachfront.
We first visited Green and Blue a month before it opened. Although it was still under construction, we were greeted by an extremely polite and friendly receptionist and could see how it would look when complete. We went back to have a good look around in July 2016, and although it was quiet, we got a good sense of what this hotel is like.
The lodge’s accommodation consists of a collection of 13 inviting bungalows and a sea-front villa, all dotted around colourful landscaped gardens filled with leafy tropical plants. The gardens are in raised beds, between concrete paths. Some of the spiky agave plants are beginning to intrude on the paths a little - they're going to need to cut them back to avoid impaling visitors.
Apart from the view (garden view rooms #1–7, pool front #8–12 and ocean view #13–14), the two-storey thatched bungalows are all built to the same plan, with a mosquito-net draped double bed on the ground floor and two single beds upstairs. The upstairs area also doubles as a comfortable lounge. The air-conditioning unit is downstairs (though it's worth noting that with shutters on some windows rather than glass, this isn't as efficient as it might be), with a ceiling fan inside the double bed's mosquito net. Upstairs, a standing fan is set up for the twin beds. Ochre-washed walls make the place seem bright and spacious while finishing touches such as blue sheets, coconut-wood furniture, a ‘baraza’ sofa and arched windows add to the high-quality feel.
In front of each bungalow is a veranda shaded by palms and banana trees, which also offer some privacy from the surrounding rooms. On this veranda in bungalows #7–14, there's a stylish plunge pool as well as an outdoor shower decorated with shells. There is real attention to detail here: the planting on the roofs, for example, helps the bungalows blend into their surroundings.
The ocean-front villa (#14) has similar facilities, but has two double rooms. The ground-floor master bedroom has a sea-view shower with a seat, and there’s also a living room.
Upstairs in the villa is a second double bedroom with a sea view from both the bed and the balcony. This room also has an en-suite shower and twin basins.
On a cantilevered deck by the beach, overlooking the sea, the restaurant at Green and Blue is built around a boat-shaped bar. In the evening, the restaurant is lit by lamps, creating a romantic atmosphere. However this section wasn't open when we visited in 2016.
In the chilled-out upstairs lounge, there’s a large Swahili table, and windows create a perfect frame for views of Mnemba Island out to sea.
Set in the centre of beautiful gardens is the spa, which is surrounded by a wall for privacy and has two treatment rooms and its own small pool. Here, well-trained therapists offer body massages, head massages, manicures, pedicures and cosmetics in two therapy cabins. Private spa sessions and candlelit treatments for couples are offered. Blue and green towels are provided, in keeping with the colour scheme.
Two further fresh-water infinity pools are found by the beach, and are surrounded by sunloungers. One pool is shaded by a yellow muslin sail while the other runs over into the second. It is possible to walk under the first pool, where there are a couple of beach-facing seats.
The powder white beach in front of Green and Blue is beautiful, with a few shady sunloungers that usually manage to escape the high tide. At low tide however the tide retreats significantly, meaning that swimming is not possible from the beach. The diving school Dive Point, based out of Sunshine Marine Lodge, has a branch outlet at Green and Blue.
Our viewWith high levels of quality and attention to detail, Green and Blue has become a reputable base on Zanzibar’s east coast. With a beautiful beach and stylishly designed rooms, it has become a great choice if you're seeking an attractive and relatively exclusive beach retreat.
Ideal length of stay: At least three nights
Directions: Green and Blue is located in Matemwe, about an hour’s drive from Zanzibar airport.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Christian Wymetal
Staff: GM Alois Inniger
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: The chef at Green and Blue, Mr Erasmo, offers a daily, changing menu.
The rates here include breakfast and lunch or dinner. Dinner is served in the restaurant and although we have not had the opportunity to eat her ourselves we understand it to be very good.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: No drinks are included.
Further dining info: Rooom service is available.
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Green and Blue.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.
Special activities & services: There are no specific activities for children here.
Equipment: Green and Blue does have a limited number of highchairs and babycots.
Generally recommended for children: Although families do stay here, Green and Blue is a fairly adult-orientated lodge, and children may find more entertainment elsewhere.
Notes: Children must be under parental supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is 24 hour electricity in all the rooms, with generator backup kicking in when required.
Communications: WiFi is available throughout.
TV & radio: There are no TVs.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Bottled water is supplied in the rooms.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The lodge has a first-aid kit.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There are security guards on the premises 24 hours a day.
Fire safety: Both the bungalows and the villa have fire extinguishers.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at a small extra charge.
Money: Green and Blue can exchange money – pounds, euros, dollars and Tanzanian Shillings are all accepted.
Accepted payment on location: British pounds, euros and US dollars are accepted here as well as Tanzanian shillings, Visa and MasterCard are taken (not Amex) with a 5% surcharge.