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.
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
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
-excellent food. mostly seafood.
-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!