Reviews of Matemwe Beach Village
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Matemwe Beach Village review
We felt we didn't really get Matemwe and its style didn't particularly suit us. It is very relaxed and laid back and having come off climbing Kilimanjaro and safari we would have liked somewhere that was more luxurious. Of the 7 nights we were there, on 3 of those we had to share tables for dinner.
As Matemwe seems to specialise in families and honeymooners the idea of sharing dinner probably doesn't suit either. We also found having a suite a little bit of a waste. As the main room, which contains the shower is open at the roof it was a haven for mosquitos. While coils and spray were provided it wasn't and area you could spend much time in and having the shower there didn't make sense. With the problems Zanzibar has being experiencing with its electricity supply, there were restrictions but these weren't unreasonable.
On the plus side the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and made a really big effort for Christmas night and New Year's Eve. We did get to have dinner one night in the beach hut and the food was of exceptionally high quality. The flower petal arrangements left on the bed every day were really cute. The diving was excellent and we also did a snorkelling trip which was very enjoyable and well run. The dive centre was well run with helpful staff.
I wouldn't recommend against going to Matemwe but the "No news, no shoes" catchline is worth keeping in mind!
Matemwe Beach Village Review
The food was good and the service was professional and attentive. There was enough variety to keep you happy for a week or so.
The pool area was very pleasant and the beach was relaxing although the water was well farmed with seaweed and the beach was busy with fishing and walkers.
In order to snorkel and dive a boat was required to take you to nearby Mnemba. We thought that the snorkelling was good but perhaps not as good as the Maldives, Greek Islands or Australia and the trips at $45 were fairly expensive although that was a good ratio of staff to assist.
It was surprising that the hotel didn't make some excursions easier - perhaps spice tours, visits to a different part of the island, or down South to see the dolphins. This meant the there wasn't a lot of activities which would be perfect if you were seeking simple R&R.
Chilled and casual Matemwe Beach Village
A beautiful spot and superbly relaxed again.
One slightly downside comment - for the first few days, we were obviously 'out of season' and you could tell by the effort the staff put in and the quality of the food. As soon as 'season' kicked in, everything changed and the service was much improved. We had a much better variety and quality of food too - they should put equal effort in. Didn't ruin the experience but it's worth noting. Guests are guests, no matter the time they arrive!
The staff were very helpful in organising a day trip to Stone Town which was useful. Given the time of our departure flight it might have been better to stay in Stone Town on our last night but that was our decision. We didn't mind really.