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Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is located in Matemwe, a 10 seconds walk from the beach. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and certain rooms have a seating area. Featuring a shower and a private bathroom, a hairdryer is available on request. At Zanzibar Retreat Hotel you will find a pool area and a private beach. Other facilities offered at the property include massage, a tour desk an luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, diving and snorkelling. The property offers free parking. Kisauni Airport is 41 km away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Zanzibar Retreat Hotel has been welcoming guests since 4 Sept 2014.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.2)

Great Food: Meals here are highly recommended

Breakfast info


Free private parking available at the hotel

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Room type
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
2 single beds
1 large double bed
2 bunk beds
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
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Guest reviews


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  • Sarah
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Fantastic, small hotel, attentive and friendly staff. We didn’t leave the front door once. Food is excellent. Would recommend for anyone looking for a peaceful stay with a stunning beach and lovely rooms.
  • Anu
    very chilled out vibe, attention to detail and creative restaurant.
  • Murtaza
    The personal interaction of the owners. Especially ‘small Jan’. The tranquility of the place… you want to forget the world, you’re at the right place. The pool, the water and beach sports. Their ability to respond to your special requests… A...
  • Heather
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Zanzibar retreat is a little gem, it has everything you need the staff are amazing and all of the food was delicious. I would highly recommend this place going to miss the morning sunrises on the beach.
  • Dr
    Nice spot at Matemwe beach. The place is well maintained and things are in good order. Food is good and breakfast is nice. Stuff and owner(s) are helpful at any time.
  • Guendalina
    Stunning dinner view, staff super friendly and accommodating in a very intimate and romantic environment. Definitely recommended
  • Vincenzo
    Quite location (compared to Paje) Good food choice and quality Welcoming staff
  • Karen
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    This hotel is in a beautiful location right on the beach. We had one of the sea view rooms on the first floor. Lovely private balcony with sun loungers. We didn’t use the pool area but it looked very well maintained. The hotel is decorated in a...
  • J
    Small, comfortable and tidy compound direkly at the beach. Excellent combination of European standard and local connections. Matemwe is a quiet area with beautiful wide sandbeaches, without big party-restaurants around. Excellent restaurant with ...
  • Hugo
    The ocean view room with balcony is gorgeous. The food is superb. Nice swimming pool. Friendly and helpful staff.

Property questions and answers
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  • Is your private beach next to the property or do I need to use a means of transportation to go there?

    Our property is directly on the pristine beach of Matemwe.
    Answered on 24 August 2020
  • How much is transfer for 2 persons from ZNZ airport to hotel? How much is PCR test / transfer to local hospital to do the test ?

    Transfer is 50 usd from airport to the hotel (about 1 h drive). PCR-test costs 80 usd and can be done close to the hotel. Taxi costs about 15 usd.
    Answered on 22 August 2021
  • is the hotel near to the beach

    The hotel is actually located directly on the beach.
    Answered on 15 September 2020
  • When is the best time to visit your property for the perfect beach holiday?

    You can enjoy the beaches the whole year around. The hotel is normally closed one month around April-May due to the rain season. Temperature is around..
    Answered on 6 August 2021
  • Are the rooms air conditioned?

    Yes, all our rooms are air conditioned. Really necessary in this humid climate. Welcome to book with us. :-) Reservation team of Zanzibar Retreat Hotel
    Answered on 13 April 2023
  • Hello! I would like to find out if you have a twin room available from the 10-14 July?

    Hello Im afriad we dont. Sorry Best Jan
    Answered on 10 July 2022
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Hotel surroundings *

2 restaurants on site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      Seafood • Local • International • European • Croatian
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Lunch • Dinner • High tea • Cocktail hour
    • Ambiance
      Traditional • Romantic
    • Dietary options
  • Restaurant #2

    No additional info available

Facilities of Zanzibar Retreat Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Family rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Private beach area
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Sun terrace
  • Private beach area
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Happy hour
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Beach
  • Badminton equipment
  • Snorkelling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Living Area
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    Reception services
    • Private check-in/check-out
    • Luggage storage
    • Tour desk
    • Currency exchange
    • Express check-in/check-out
    Entertainment and family services
    • Kids' outdoor play equipment
    • Board games/puzzles
    Cleaning services
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Ironing service
      Additional charge
    • Laundry
      Additional charge
    Business facilities
    • Fax/photocopying
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Key access
    • 24-hour security
    • Safety deposit box
    • Shuttle service
      Additional charge
    • Minimarket on site
    • Designated smoking area
    • Air conditioning
    • Mosquito net
    • Wake-up service
    • Hardwood or parquet floors
    • Private entrance
    • Car hire
    • Laptop safe
    • Packed lunches
    • Fan
    • Family rooms
    • Ironing facilities
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Outdoor swimming pool
    • Open all year
    • All ages welcome
    • Pool with view
    • Shallow end
    • Pool/beach towels
    • Sun loungers or beach chairs
    • Sun umbrellas
    • Sun loungers or beach chairs
    • Massage
    Languages spoken
    • Danish
    • English
    • French
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • Swahili

    House rules

    Zanzibar Retreat Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 13:00


    Until 11:00



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children of any age are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    0 - 3 years
    Cot upon request
    4 - 12 years
    Extra bed upon request
    US$50 per child, per night

    Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

    The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

    All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There is no age requirement for check-in


    Pets are not allowed.

    Mastercard Visa Cash Zanzibar Retreat Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

    Please inform Zanzibar Retreat Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    FAQs about Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

    • Room options at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel include:

      • Twin/Double
      • Double
      • Family

    • Guests staying at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.2).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Continental

    • Zanzibar Retreat Hotel has 2 restaurants:

      • Restaurant #2
      • Restaurant

    • Zanzibar Retreat Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Massage
      • Cycling
      • Snorkelling
      • Diving
      • Fishing
      • Beachfront
      • Private beach area
      • Beach
      • Badminton equipment
      • Walking tours
      • Swimming Pool
      • Happy hour
      • Bicycle rental

    • Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is 400 yards from the centre of Matemwe. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The nearest beach is just 50 yards from Zanzibar Retreat Hotel. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The prices at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

    • Check-in at Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is from 13:00, and check-out is until 11:00.