Matemwe Lodge, Asilia Africa

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First, let me say the idea of staying at anything remotely beach resort or "all inclusive" has always sounded like torture to me.

Recently a group of coworkers convinced me I needed to open my mind and try Matemwe Lodge in Zanzibar. I have to admit, I loved it.

Matemwe is a small lodge, which was fantastic.

Each hut feels private and looks out on the ocean and not a common area like a pool.

I could have walked around topless if I'd wanted to.

As a vegetarian, food is often an issue.

Not at Matemwe. The food was fresh and amazing.

A friend was eating a raw vegan diet and with no problem the chef cooked up something yummy for her at each meal.

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The Lodge excursions were all fun and well planned.

All guides were solid and enjoyable.

A friend was having a birthday and without asking the manager had arranged a private table and a cake ahead of time.

On the day before when I asked about a birthday dinner, she said it was already taken care of. 5 star service or ESP?

Either way, I was well taken care of.


-excellent bungalow, right on a bluff right on the water
-excellent staff.

i lived in tanzania for 2.5y and never met such a professional group of locals. they were uniformly helpful, nice, and attentive to details in a way i have never seen before in the country.

-extreme attention to detail - really nothing was overlooked
-free wifi
-excellent food. mostly seafood.
-nice pool
-free kayaks, guided beach walk and village walk
-they are very chill about checking in early or leaving a little late


-no AC (if thats your thing)
-no TV (if thats your thing)

Drink prices were very reasonable and on check out there were no odd charges on our bill. I would recommend Matemwe to anyone and will hopefully find myself in Zanzibar again!

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