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Matemwe Beach Village Zanzibar Reviews
Fantastic place to chill for a couple days Sep 08, 2013
We enjoy 3 nights here in a triple room that has 1 single and 2 double beds with 2 good pillows and a large decorative pillow. Mosquito netting is provided for every bed. The bathroom is basic with a shower, with good water pressure, sink, and flush toilet.
Upon arrival we are greeted with a sweet spiced cold refreshment and the manager gives us a briefing on the property. There is wifi available at $5 per room per stay. There are some excursions on the resort, like 20 sailing ride or reef walk at low tide for $5 per person. There is a lovely large sitting area which featured low benches with lots of blue and purple pillows which we take advantage of frequently. Beside this is the dining area. All of the bedspreads, table cloths, light fixtures, furniture, and even the hats and coverups and soap that are provided for use are made locally in matemwe village. They also employ the services of the local villagers for most of their staff. The chef is from South Africa and is brilliant. There is laundry service available which is actually provided by the cleaning ladies directly for 500 shilling per item (about 35 cents) and is returned later that day.
The grounds have a small pool, a towel service, and poolside bar/restaurant. Right beside the grounds is a PADI dive/ snorkelling centre that has excursions and rentals available. We did use them for one snorkelling excursion to Mnembe atoll.
The food here is absolutely divine, definitely the best we had in all of Rwanda or Tanzania. We dine on fish, octopus, wraps, desserts, all wonderfully prepared and so delicious. The chef's name is mike and he checks on his diners to assure they are satisfied. On one day after he finds out I'm burned, he gives me his after sun lotion which I thought was very sweet and generous of him.
The beach itself is public, and quite often there is seaweed on the sand and in the water. A low tide, the woman of the village are nearby seaweed farming which can be interesting to watch. At high tide, swimming in the warm waters is nice. The sand on the beach is baby powder soft and soooo nice! We found the water to be a bit wavy and windy.
The staff have all been very friendly and welcoming. We also meet the owners when we are there, very lovely people.
For a moderate priced hotel, I would definitely recommend this place. I am very pleased with their "give back to the community " ideal of hiring local people and buying their goods. I should mention there is also a boutique with local goods for sale.
Part of the Rwanda and Tanzania 2013 travel blog
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