Matemwe Lodge

Reviews of Matemwe Lodge

Good(88%) From 30 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 30 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 J - Ashbourne
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Rooms:
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Service:
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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
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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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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Mr S & Miss P - honeymooners - Bath
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Matemwe Bungalows review

This was a perfect place for us to visit after 4 days on safari.

The place is idyllic with white beaches and blue sea plus an amazing tide that goes right out during the day meaning you can actually walk out to the reef and enjoy seeing starfish, eels, crabs, etc. These walks are provided free by Matemwe's experienced guides who are very helpful and great fun too.

Everything is taken care of at Matemwe - all you have to do is relax and enjoy the sunshine - either by one of the two swimming pools or on one of the beaches. All food is provided and of great quality - with some of the best seafood we've ever had. Even though it is a buffet style there is such a great variety - prepared by a talented chef - that there is always something for everyone.

The staff are extremely helpful too. They can never do too much for you - even getting recipes from the chef for us - and are keen to make your experience as relaxing as possible. We even had Swahili lessons from a few of the team.

The Bungalows are on a working beach and Matemwe is a working fishing village so as you drive to the Bungalows you do pass through the local village - and the conditions that the local people conduct their lives in. Initially we felt a little guilty about going to enjoy ourselves when some locals are clearly struggling but this feeling dissipates when you find out the integration that Matemwe Bungalows has with the local village and investment they make in the area.

Some of the locals are employed as staff, there has been investment in local projects and you can also go on a village walk to meet some of the locals and interact with them. By showing respect and inetgrating with the local community there is a real sense that the money invested in the resort does actually help improve the local village too.

To summarise, we had an amazing honeymoon at a beautiful resort with helpful staff and fantastic food. Couldn't have asked for more.

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Mr D & Mrs B from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
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Relaxing wind down

Good reception from Jolene especially after the the uncomfortable last couple of miles over truly appalling roads.

Accommodation was wonderful with a perfect setting. Service was excellent.

Breakfast and lunch were always good but dinner was patchy and the barbecue food was poor. Internet service worked well. Good relaxing bar and ambience overall excellent.

Unfortunately the snorkelling trip was cancelled which we understand happens quite often.

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Mr & Mrs F - York
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Matemwe Bungalows review

luxurious place, were able to relax there, enjoyed the snorkelling trip.

The deep sea fishing seemed incredibly expensive so did not do, however I have not tried this before so have nothing to compare with

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Ms F from London
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Matemwe Bungalows review

Glorious place.

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The P family from Herts
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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White sands in paradise

Cannot find any fault.

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Mr & Mrs S from Cheshire
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Good
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A week on the beach at Matemwe

Great staff, great food, comfortable accommodation all in a lovely spot.

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Mr and Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 11-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Another unforgetable experience

The bungalow was excellent, comfortable and well fitted out. The bathroom was a palace. There was even coffe and tea making facilities in the bungalow which was a surprise. The two pools, bar and restaurant areas were in top class condition and the gardens were beautiful.

The place was a bit of a surprise being a bit off the beaten track yet all the facilities you could ask for. There was so much at Matemwe bungalows for so few guests that we felt very special.

The food was good however I think we had been spoilt having just come from Pole Pole where the food was out of this world. The bay has a lot of stones and sea urchins thus is not suitable for swimming except with shoes and then only in one or two sandy areas at high water.

With restricted sea access we were a bit concerned at the high price for a boat trip to the corral bank for snortelling and the trip for lunch on the sand bank was priced far too high in our opinion

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Mr & Mrs B - East Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Matemwe Bungalows review

This was a fantastic location for relaxing after our safari. The room (room 11) was nice and large, although didn't have the finish of a top-class resort (e.g. showers and bathroom), but we may have been spoiled after the &beyond lodges! They were a bit hot at times, even with the fan going. We particularly enjoyed the veranda area where we

We liked the snorkelling in easy reach on the Mnemba reef and felt as though the guides enjoyed it as much as we did. The snorkelling was made even better by a lucky encounter with a group of dolphins.

We would have liked more advance indication of the cost of activities - some of these seemed quite high, and it felt like we were a captive audience. We were also a little unfortunate in the timing of our visit, as due to the neap tides, some of the activities were unavailable for that week.

We thought the communal areas felt like they belong to a bigger resort, so it never felt crowded. The gardens were really beautiful and well maintained.

We would have liked a fridge in the room or the option to have drinks delivered as we found that the large bottles of water that were left for us did not stay cool for long, and it was a long walk to the bar.

The food always good, although there was an odd mix of buffet and waiter service. It wasn't always clear what the service would be each night. We really enjoyed the freshly made fruit juices from fruits we had never heard of before!

On our last night, the staff arranged a honeymoon dinner for the two of us, which was absolutely magical. This was a perfect end to our time at Matemwe.

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