Luxury private villas on the Indian Ocean

Enjoy your own private tropical escape at Matemwe Retreat. The four elegant villas that make up the Retreat are set high in the palm trees with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. With its secluded location and dedicated private butler, the Retreat is considered one of the most exclusive choices of accommodation on Zanzibar Island.

If you are looking for pure escapism, these villas – which combine the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of comfort – were designed for you. The private plunge pool, personal bar and spacious roof terrace with day bed and loungers are so appealing that we would not blame you if you relaxed in your hidden sanctuary for your entire holiday.

A spacious veranda with comfortable day bed and loungers, made from locally produced coconut wood, is the perfect spot from which to watch the fishing dhows return with their catch. Upstairs on the private roof terrace, enjoy lazy days beside the plunge pool with both sun and shade decks. In the evening, savour dinner cooked by your private chef under the stars or stroll down to the main lodge for a seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant.

Matemwe Retreat – the rooms

Matemwe Retreat offers four exclusive private villas set just metres from the Indian Ocean. The spacious villas are decorated in a vibrant island motif. Days at the Retreat are all about indulgence, from the private butler catering to your every whim to the chef stopping by each morning to discuss your preferred menu for the day.

Echoing the white sand beaches and the changing turquoise hues of the tropical waters, the fully air-conditioned Matemwe Retreat villas are a reflection of their tranquil island surroundings, filled with locally produced materials and furnishings.

The ground floor of each villa features a private bar area. Also a cool and airy double bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with double basins, shower and a sunken bathtub with impressive views of the sparkling ocean.

Outdoors, impressively comfortable and very private lounge areas invite you to make the most of the tropical climate. The rooftop deck with sparkling blue plunge pool offers panoramic Indian Ocean views.

Map and travel information

Flight information

To Tanzania: fly directly from the UK to Nairobi in approximately 8 hours 30 minutes

To Matemwe Retreat: 1 hour drive from Stone Town.

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Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

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Henley-on-Thames, OXON RG9 2AH