Reviews of Matemwe Lodge
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45 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Matemwe Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A beautiful retreat, fabulous staff & food!"
Our bungalow was perfect inside as well with a high thatched ceiling, two comfortable double beds with quality linens, one on the main floor and one upstairs both with well placed.fans. The bathroom was huge, with a beautiful tub and great walk in shower, and a separate toilet. we were so happy we were staying 4 nights!
The meals were fantastic in their presentation, variety and taste. The dining room was well situated overlooking the water as was the infinity pool. A second pool was closer to the bar lounge area and was equally as nice with a small waterfall.
We utilized the sports centre for assisting us with an afternoon kayaking out to the reef, a wonderful boat ride and snorkelling outing to a distant reef and a swim with the dolphins and a walk to the fish market and a village tour. The staff at the centre were very helpful and friendly.
Overall the front desk staff, the bar and wait staff were all excellent and attentive. i also really enjoyed my massage treatment. This resort and the staff put on a fantastic and swahili dinner and entertainment fun night which all the guests really seem to enjoy and learned a few new dance moves! I highly recommend this resort as a great place to unwind and relax." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"A real beach beauty!"
The lodge itself was exactly what we wanted in that it was a wind down/get in the mood place for our forthcoming safaris on the mainland. We stayed in room 11 and it fulfilled our needs. The decor and ambience was spot on. We would have liked a fridge in the room with some drinks in it to avoid having to walk to the bar area or ring room service. Completely fresh sheets every day was a real treat!
The food was very good if not overly adventurous. The staff were pleasant to chat to and courteous throughout our stay. However, the finer points of service need to be reinforced; while sitting at the pool for instance we were never asked whether we wanted anything. If one went and found a staff member and asked for something it normally arrived but we would have liked them to be slightly more attentive and proactive. We arrived on Sunday which was the African dance evening - this really set the mood for our stay - great fun and everyone got up and danced. Wednesday night was the seafood BBQ and was an excellent last night of our stay. I am glad we hadn’t arrived on Thursday and left Sunday as I don’t think there is any other evening event during the week.
It is a pity that it is not really safe to swim in the wonderfully warm sea due to the many spiny sea urchins, especially as the sand on the beach has to be experienced to be believed! However, many small touches at Matemwe (honesty beach bar, double hammocks in the villas etc) make enjoying the sea from the land very bearable! There is not much to do at the resort so 3 days/4 nights was enough. If you want to explore locally perhaps add another day. We did nothing day 1, followed by a reef walk day 2 and boat trip on day 3 which was enough for us." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
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An important attraction of the lodge is that it is located close to a working village, so there was always plenty of activity with fishermen setting out and returning with their catch. Despite its proximity to the village, the beach was generally uncrowded and not as affected by rubbish as we had feared might be the case." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
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Although we are not typically water sports- oriented, we did take advantage of the snorkeling tour (2 hours) offered and saw incredible marine life on a coral reef off of Mnemba Island, as well as dolphins playing.
This was a magical visit from start to finish." See all these reviews: 6n in Zanzibar
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The biggest concern which you should tell others was the inability to enter the sea due to thousands of sea urchins.The village you had to drive through was quite distressing to see the poverty and squalor and the road into the lodge was in dire need of repair and improvement. Apart from these few issues we would not hesitate to recommend this resort.
We would definitely go back" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar
The stretch of beach is public but no one is there during the day so it seems private. It's a wonderful spot to decompress and meditate. Great diving, food, and professional staff. They even surprised us on our last night with a candlelight dinner on the beach.
Our only advice is if you are running low on cash stop in Zanzibar Town when you arrive because you will not want to Matemwe Lodge once you arrive (it takes a solid hour from the airport to the lodge)." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Zanzibar for relaxation"
We had an excellent excursion for snorkelling and also had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Apart from this excursion, swimming was difficult. The pool was very small (only a plunge pool really) and the tides were generally low while we were there which made swimming from the beach impractical.
Overall though a very nice place to relax for four days" See all these reviews: 7n in Zanzibar; 6n in Tanzania
"Matemwe Lodge review"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"Matemwe Lodge review"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Zanzibar; 7n in Tanzania
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Service in the restaurant was indifferent, probably caused by lack of training and supervision. It improved very considerably after we complained." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
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.
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