north east coast

Matemwe lies perched on a coral rock, surrounded by the best beaches and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkelling.

Matemwe Lodge consists of 12 bungalows, built from local materials and surrounded by lush garden. Each suite has a private veranda with a hammock and couch, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The bathroom is large and has a deep bathtub and walk-in shower. Although mosquitoes are rare in Matemwe, all rooms are equipped with a large mosquito net. The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean and has a tranquil lounge area. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. Lunch is a buffet offering a delicious mix of African and European flavours. Dinner offers a choice of main courses with fish, meat and vegetarian options. Matemwe has a multi-level swimming pool surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.

Matemwe Retreat consists of 4 fantastic villas, each with a ground floor area of 150 m2 (inside plus verandas). The bedroom is air-conditioned and leads into a bathroom with shower and a bath overlooking the Indian Ocean. The large verandas offer a cocktail bar and plenty of space for private dining. The top floor features a private sun and shade terrace and a plunge pool (10 m2). The facilities of Matemwe's main lodge are accessible for Retreat guests, dining can be enjoyed in the privacy of the room or in Matemwe's main lodge. The chef stops by each day to introduce special Retreat menu suggestions and the fresh catches of the day, the specialty of Matemwe's acclaimed cuisine.

Matemwe Beach House is a 3-bedroom beach house just metres from the beach, within its own walled garden, and looks out over the plunge pool to the beach and sea beyond. Three great options, at a genuine beach lodge, in a great location - casual African beach chic at its best.

Ngalawas, fleets of traditional wooden sailing boats, pass by Matemwe - delivering a dream for any photographer - and the lodge is a daily stop for the fishermen who sell fresh crab, lobster and fish to Matemwe for lunches and dinners. Enjoy this sight at early morning, when fresh coffee and delicious cookies are served on your veranda. In the evening, the full moon rising out of the sea is a serene and romantic experience.

Matemwe Lodge - 12 rooms; Matemwe Retreat - 4 Villas; Matemwe Beach House - exclusive use villa