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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly phenomenal stay, the type of place that embodies that perfect vacation stay. The room was perfect, with fantastic views to a great beach. The service was above and beyond, with a butler who encouraged you to take your meals anywhere on the property. The hotel was filled with all the small details that make you feel exceptionally pampered,...

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 4 nights at Matlai after our safari in Tanzania, and it was absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Moto room, which was decorated every day with flowers and had the most stunning view of the ocean. We had breakfast every morning on our balcony. The owners made us feel so welcome and someone was always on hand to...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned from a great trip in which our group of eight friends spent 4 nights in Asili house. The hotel is on beautiful stretch of beach set in lovely surroundings which has several secluded areas in sun or shade if you need to escape the suns rays. The staff were all very friendly and helpful with lovely food too,...

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Elmhurst, Illinois
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This hotel is heaven right here on earth! The rooms are GORGEOUS; the staff is friendly and attentive; the food is FABULOUS and the bar has some drinks that we tried and loved! Bring beach shoes for IF you can pry yourself from the lounge chairs, the pools and the hammocks! It's not a typical sandy beach at this spot...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 15 January 2017

My wife and I stayed 2 nights in June for our honeymoon and had a fantastic stay and experience. We will definitely visit again. We were met by the German mother and son who own and run the hotel. We were provided with cold towels and coconut drinks upon welcome. The son and butler then showed us the room and...

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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 4 nights in Matlai during which our already high expectations were exceeded time and time again. The spatious room was beautifully decorated, the milieu was gorgeous with a lot of activities available in the gardens and in the vicinity and the service was excuisite. What struck us the most, was the attention to the smallest details that made...

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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at some very good hotels in the last 10 years but this surpassed them all. The view over the reef and shoreline from our room was astounding and with only six rooms the personal service quite outstanding. We were fortunate enough to spend our Anniversary there and the hotel made every effort to make it 'special' -...

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Inge B, Owner at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Phil and Catherine, Thank you so much for your fantastic review, I got goose pimple when reading it. When our guests spend their special days in our hotel and love their stay so much this is a mighty reward for us. I forwarded your praise to Mohammed, he is quite new in our team, and was very happy when...

Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 6 December 2016

This place is simply paradise. We have staid at Matlai Hotel for 4 days to relax after a Safari and this is the perfect place for it. The Hotel has only 6 rooms and it is amazing how every little detail is taken care of. The staff, guided by Tim, is extremely nice and helpful - they will do everything...

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Inge B, Owner at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this great review. The crab soup is indeed our favourite, not only for our guests, also for us. We are going to write a cooking book with the recipe of the soup as well as of other favourites of our guests. And you can do a cooking class to...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Absolutely stunning hotel in an incredible location! With only 6 rooms you really get a very personal service and everyone working there including management are so friendly. They really go out of their way to make your stay as special and relaxing as possible. We particularly enjoyed the luxury private island safari they organised. The rooms are very large and...

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IngeBB, Owner at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you so much for your great review. The luxury private island safari is always a very special trip, not only for honeymooners as a part of the package, but also for other occasions to celebrate. Or just to enjoy a memorable day. For families or a group of friends Matlai is perfect indeed. You can stay together...

Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Matlai Hotel is just fantastic, nothing to add! The location and the architecture of the hotel couldn't be any better. The service is outstanding. And the best point: You can eat wherever, whenever and whatever you want. We already miss the wonderful breakfast served on our private balcony! Thanks to Inge, Tim and their team! They have created a true...

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IngeBB, Owner at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thanks you so much for your great review. After traveling ourselves for many years it was very important for us not to start the day with running to the restaurant because breakfast time is over at 10. And if you are hungry at 3 pm, you have to wait until dinner time. This is not a relaxing holiday...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere. The hotel contains of two villas, Asili House and Villa Kidosho. Both villas are directly on the beach, embedded in abounded blooming and scented plants. Asili House is designed with natural African and Swahili elements, Villa Kidosho in oriental style. Therefore the villas combine the typical african and arabic influences which have shaped the character of Zanzibar. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Boutique Hotel Matlai

Address: Pingwe, Pingwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pingwe
Price Range: RM1,417 - RM2,491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Matlai 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Rooms on the first floor have a nice balcony with views of the ocean”
 of 5 bubbles ash_o1987, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“there are only 6-8 rooms and we had two of them - each more gorgeous than the next.”
 of 5 bubbles TheSullys7, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Two rooms on upper floor of Asili House have best views”
 of 5 bubbles stevesK1028PA, 12 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We liked our Moto Room (1st floor) very much”
 of 5 bubbles LiundBa, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Only four rooms in main building so all beautiful and sea facing.”
 of 5 bubbles richardwt789, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
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