The north-east part of Zanzibar Island is known as Matemwe. This area is famous for its fine white sand beaches, the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around the Mnemba Island. Here the tides govern the rhythm of the day. At high tide the fisherman stream across the lagoon in their billowing dhows, while at low tide the sea goes right out revealing a fascinating reef where you can explore for hours.


Matemwe boasts one of the best stretches of beach on the east coast. This beach has not been noticeably altered by tourism and remains an important thoroughfare for locals. Activities such as fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy. Matemwe is just 60 minutes drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to the many different and varied interesting places on offer in Zanzibar.


On the chalk white Matemwe beach lies one of Zanzibar’s most homely family escapes. Matemwe Beach House is the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line. This privately contained house is just a stone’s throw from the sea where activities such as snorkelling, diving, canoeing, reef walks and so much more await you. The sea breeze, palm trees and the sound of the waves are a constant reminder of the tranquil setting that this house is situated.

The three bedroom traditional beach house sits just five paces from the beach with your private pool deck that lies between the two. The house sits in its own enclosure and looks out over the plunge pool to the beach and blue sea beyond, both of which are accessed by a private path and gate.

Two of the rooms are en suite with a third situated on a mezzanine floor – ideal for children. You will be looked after by your own team of staff led by a Matemwe chef and butler who ensure that the food and experience at the Beach House is tailored to your family or group.



One of the main attractions of Matemwe is the world class diving at Mnemba Atoll. This area of ocean offers some of the best snorkelling and diving possible off Zanzibar, with a high chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins in addition to the diverse and colourful coral reef fish.

But for many guests simply doing nothing is considered a serious activity. Do not be surprised if you are quite content to simply soak up the sun lying in a hammock with a good book or cocktail.

Regardless of whether you are feeling lazy or energetic the lodge has a number of activities and experiences on offer.

Water based activities

  • Snorkelling & diving at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll
  • Full range of diving courses available through ScubaFish Zanzibar so please take a look at their website to find out more:
  • Kite-surfing
  • Scenic kayaking along the reef
  • Guided reef walks to explore the tropical marine life
  • Local/traditional sailing & fishing
  • Deep sea fishing


  • Escape to Infinity remote sandbank excursion
  • Day trips to historic Stone Town
  • Spice tours
  • Jozani Forest tour
  • Guided Matemwe Village walk
  • Sundowner dhow trips

Matemwe Spa Treatments

  • Back & Neck Massage
  • Full body massages
  • Reflexology foot massage
  • Back & Leg Hot Stone massage
  • Aromatherapy Facial


Prices & Inclusions

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Important Note:

Matemwe Beach House is a private, exclusive use villa that consists of 2 bedrooms with king size beds (both about 25 square metres, incl. air conditioning) and an extra mezzanine floor with 3 single beds (over 20 square meters, no air conditioning) located right on the long, sandy Matemwe beach, just south of Matemwe’s main lodge and opposite Mnemba Island. One main bedroom is en-suite while the other bedroom shares its bathroom with the mezzanine level. The private villa has its own swimming pool (20 square metres) and pool deck with views over the Indian Ocean. Although guests will find all they need in the villa and on the beach, the facilities of Matemwe’s Main Lodge are accessible for Beach House guests (no kids under 5 years at Main Lodge pools allowed). Dining can be enjoyed in the privacy of the house or in Matemwe’s Main Lodge. The chef stops by each day to introduce special Beach House menu suggestions and the fresh catches of the day, the specialty of Matemwe’s acclaimed cuisine, and a house attendant is always available to assist with any further needs. Massages and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in the SPA of Matemwe Main Lodge. Matemwe Beach House has the same luxury and privacy as the Matemwe Retreats but children of any age are accepted in the Matemwe Beach House. Bookings for Matemwe Beach House are exclusive.


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DATES FROM DATES TO Rate for House Per Night
20-Dec-22 05-Jan-23 1544 USD
06-Jan-23 31-Mar-23 928 USD
01-Apr-23 31-May-23 Closed
01-Jun-23 30-Jun-23 997 USD
01-Jul-23 31-Jul-23 1273 USD
01-Aug-23 31-Aug-23 1659 USD
01-Sep-23 31-Oct-23 1273 USD
01-Nov-23 19-Nov-23 997 USD
20-Dec-23 05-Jan-24 1659 USD
*Unit Price for maximum of 4 adults and 2 children under the age of 16 years

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

Inclusions: Full board accommodation (all meals), tea, coffee and filtered drinking water, private room attendant service, laundry, snorkeling with boat (one trip per person), guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks, kayaking.

Prices do NOT include drinks, diving, activities and excursions not mentioned above, Mnemba Atoll conservation fees, massages and treatments, additional lunch.



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