About the Property
Vibrant yet laid-back Matemwe Lodge has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet Northeastern coast of Zanzibar Island, Matemwe Lodge’s blissful location and famously relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal place to unwind.
Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Matemwe Lodge provides an unbeatable island escape. Each of the 12 beach-chic chalets scattered through the lush gardens has a private sea-facing veranda. The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is a specialty of the house, and all produce is bought daily from local fishermen and markets. The multilevel swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs is perfect for days spent soaking up the sun, and the poolside bar with fresh cocktails and drinks completes the island experience. Here the tides govern the rhythm of the tranquil days. The pristine Mnemba Atoll lies just off the coast, and it is in these tropical waters that you will find the best snorkelling and diving and superb fishing.
Food & Drink
The establishment emphasizes the utilization of locally-sourced ingredients for its culinary offerings, with a focus on procuring fruits, vegetables, and sustainable seafood from nearby suppliers who employ environmentally conscious techniques like line fishing. The menu at this venue combines elements of gourmet-style cooking with traditional Zanzibari cuisine, highlighting a profusion of seafood. Guests can indulge in a buffet-style breakfast replete with an array of options, including fresh fruit, muffins, croissants, cereals, yogurts, and a full English breakfast. For lunch and dinner, patrons can relish three-course meals, complete with a choice of two starters, three main course selections (featuring options for meat, fish, and vegetarians), and two delectable desserts. The dining experience is enhanced by special themed nights, with Tuesdays and Fridays dedicated to barbecues featuring a diverse selection of seafood and meats, while Sundays offer a Swahili buffet with a wide assortment of traditional dishes.