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Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

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Portland, Maine
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jan, the owner, and Karin, the manager, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. They create a true family atmosphere in this small (10 room) beach side resort. The food is incredibly good. The staff are loyal, gracious and obviously well-trained. The rooms are lovely and well appointed. Jan and Karin have great suggestions about things to do and see....

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Ardala, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This hotel gave us some very good days,we really loved to stay there.Everbody took care of us in such a nice way.The hotel is built in a typical style for Zanzibar,local materials put together in a really nice way,the layout gives privacy,the rooms are nicely decorated and when entering the room You are met by a lot of flowers laid...

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Port Elizabeth
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited this little paradise for 4 days and we were very satisfied! The hotel is incredibly cozy and intimate and located right down on Zanzibar's beautiful beach.The staff is very helpful and service minded and the hotel manager Karin was very kind and helpful and made us feel very welcome! The restaurant with the view over the ocean is...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This place is a little piece of paradise on the Indian Ocean. From the moment we arrived Karin made us feel as welcome as if we were long time family or friends. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and is literally right on the beach. The restaurant is on the patio and looks out over the ocean-beautiful! The food in the...

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 15 October 2016

My wife and I had a really lovely 4 day stay two weeks ago. Karen was a wonderful host, very welcoming and attentive to our needs. The hotel staff are very friendly, courteous and helpful, making you feel right at home. The food here was excellent. There's plenty of choices and new offerings each day at fairly reasonable prices. Our...

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

My daughter and I stayed in Zanzibar Retreat Hotel for 4 nights after our camping safari trips in Kenya and Tanzania. The hotel is very beautiful and comfortable. We had a room upstairs with seaview. The sea is so blue with an outside reef not so far from the beach and the sand is white powder. Karin, the manager looked...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We really felt at home at this beautifull place. Great location right on the beach. The manager Karin made us feel really welcome as did all the staff. The food was awesome, loved the advocado and shrimp salad!

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We stayed for about a week in August and enjoyed it very much! This is a small hotel with a personal touch and Karin was an excellent manager, making us feel very welcome. The location is excellent, right at a beautiful beach and the food is very good. We also liked that the hotel actually works with the local community...

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We had a standard room. Very beautiful and relaxing place. Karine is a great and very welcoming and caring host/manager. The pool and the beach are great - best beach we went to in Zanzibar ! Many snorkeling spots are close to the hotel. The food is fine, and more specifically the soups are very good. Great value for money....

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We travel a lot and stay in lots of different hotels and this is one of our favourites. The location right on the beach is amazing, with lounges on the sand, plus hammocks and loungers by the pool. The staff are amazing and the Swedish manager is the kindest lady who makes you feel so welcome even taking you out...

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about Zanzibar Retreat Hotel

Address: Matemwe Beach | Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Price Range: RM392 - RM1,175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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Zanzibar Retreat Matemwe
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
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“Room 9 and 10 have sea views and very comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles KakaiM, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are two rooms on first floor with seaview. We didn't have that, but didn't need it. All rooms are nice!”
 of 5 bubbles lenersted, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 9 and 10 have a sea-view.”
 of 5 bubbles PuckPasha, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Ocean view rooms are amazing. :-)”
 of 5 bubbles gghiggins7, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Room 10 has best views. Room 9 almost as good.”
 of 5 bubbles jackityjack, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
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