Matemwe Retreat

Stone villa

The villas at Matemwe Retreat are spectacular. Each has a private veranda with sea views, an enormous bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with a sunken bath, a roof terrace with day bed, and a plunge pool.

As you walk in through the ornate Zanzibari door of the cottage, you step onto a very large private veranda. Here there is a comfortable lounge area and bar/breakfast bar. Big French windows lead through to the air-conditioned bedroom so you have the choice of allowing the sea breeze to pass through, or sleeping in air-conditioned privacy.

Each of the villas has one bedroom containing a kingsize bed with crisp high-quality sheets and mosquito nets. Louvred doors keep the room cool. At the back is a spiral staircase leading up to the roof terrace where there's a rooftop lounge area with a delightfully cool plunge pool.

Matemwe Retreat's villas have been artfully designed, mixing clean, modern, minimalist elements with characteristics of more traditional Zanzibari style. The colours are natural, make them feel warm and relaxed, and the use of beautiful fabrics and lots of reclaimed dhow wood has ensured each cottage has plenty of character and style.

The bathroom, like the bedroom, is painted in warm natural colours, with his-and-hers basins moulded out of the wall, a shower, and a bath that overlooks the Indian Ocean through a large picture window.