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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

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Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The perfect place to go and relax after a safari. Jan, the owner, makes you feel at home.The pool is lovely, the whole setting very peaceful and the chef does an amazing job. The white-sand beach - only a few steps away from the hotel's terrace - is very quiet and also a great place for walkings. In the morning...

Thank Unaviaggiatrice M
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxing accomodation and place after safari. No parties. Quiet and peaceful. Excellent scuba diving. Comfortable but room is a bit dark and small. Staff is ok. Food is rather small portion, you can walk to other places to have meals.

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GoZanzibar, General Manager at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for the review. I see you have noticed that our rooms are a bit dark, and we are thinking of improving lights during the low season. There are however a couple of reasons for this darkness. In January when you stayed with us the electricity from the grid was very low, and we cannot allow ourselves to...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and l spent a week recently in this idyllic boutique style hotel in Matemwe, Zanzibar. It was a great experience with a beautiful white sand beach, fabulous surroundings, attentive staff and best of all wonderful peace and quiet. Without a doubt one of my best holidays. We will be back. Thanks to Jan and his staff for making...

1Thank Lee M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here 4 nights’ mid-march. It's a very lovely hotel located in a very lovely location. Actually everything here is lovely: room, breakfast and swimming pool. The service is excellent and the staff and the owner Jan really make you feel welcome. We only had dinner her once, and that was a mistake. It was fantastic. Very peacefully and...

Thank SoerensenKim
Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Nice little hotel (only 12 rooms) with a personal atmosphere. The friendly Finnish chef says hello to every guest nearly every day. The beach is only 20 steps away from your room. From the terrace of the hotel where you have breakfast and other meals, if you like, you look out on the sea through mangrove trees. By the little...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I was at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel in March 2017 with friends. Fantastic food, nice and clean room with wi-fi. The hotel has a wonderful location on the white beach. The transportation from the airport was perfect. The staff is really nice at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel and I will soon come back to Janne and Salome who made my first trip...

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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This was our first stay in Zanzibar and the amenities and location were fantastic. Nothing was a problem to organise through the hotel and owner was a wealth of knowledge with plenty of tips . Clean , professional service . Thank you

Thank Scott M
Wedel, Germany
Reviewed 3 March 2017

A most friendly small retreat, only 12 rooms at the beach. Very relaxed atmosphere and well suited for both couples, families with small children or scuba divers. No night life or beach parties. Almost no noises at all just the waves and the wind. As the sun goes down it turns really dark. The restaurant offers well cooked and tasty...

Thank 332tosv
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Everything about this place is amazing. The pool, the food, the beach, the facilities, the staff. Such a nice atmosphere. Jan the owner is helpful and welcoming, all of the staff are delightful. Everyone looked like they enjoyed working there. Lesukiru and Janet were so good at looking after all the guests each evening. The kitchen served some of the...

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Regular visitor to Zanzibar (third time), this retreat is stunning, well maintained with excellent rooms (favourite hotel by far in Zanzibar). Everything is done really well, from the lavender scented rooms, decor, fresh towels, food, location and service! Location in Matemwe is close to Mnemba Reef which is some of the best diving in Tanzania!

Thank Daz W

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The hotel is situated directly on the beach. Its a peaceful and tranquil setting with plenty of shady places for you to relax. There is a 16x8 meter pool perfect for a refreshing swim when the tide is out. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a well-stocked bar to accompany. We are proud to have a good reputation regarding food. We work consequently with proper waist management, and support education in the village. Most of our suppliers are from the village, and we try our best to have a good relation with the whole village. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

Address: Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Price Range: ₹ 5,121 - ₹ 18,540 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Zanzibar Retreat Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Zanzibar Island/Matemwe
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“Order a room with sea view”
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332tosv, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Several rooms are adjacent to the pool and dining area. If you're sensitive to noise, ask for a room away from these areas.”
ORD2Anywhere81, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 9 and 10 have sea views and very comfortable.”
KakaiM, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are two rooms on first floor with seaview. We didn't have that, but didn't need it. All rooms are nice!”
lenersted, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 9 and 10 have a sea-view.”
PuckPasha, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
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