Matemwe Lodge

Stone bungalow

There are twelve bungalows at Matemwe all of which were refurbished and upgraded in 2013. 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. Two of these rooms #9 and #10 – have their own private plunge pools.

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, digital safes 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 basins, a shower and large stone-style cement bath.

The bathrooms in the older, single-floor cottages have single basins, a large shower and a sunken bath. Nice toiletries and tall candles are welcome finishing touches to both rooms.