African-Style Villa in Matemwe, Zanzibar
Luxury Villa with Private Pool on the Beach
Our personal review (visited 2012)
Located on one of the most sought after beaches on Zanzibar, this luxury villa is right next to Matemwe Beach Resort on a large enclosed property with a well-maintained garden.
On entering the villa through a traditional Zanzibar door, we were impressed by the large collection of well selected wooden artifacts and the wooden floor which covers this spacious villa furnished in earth coloured tones. The ample living and dining area spills out onto a wooden veranda with a magnificent view overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean.
The indoor living space extends onto the veranda with a solid dining table as well as a comfortable lounge area overlooking the ocean.
The pool is situated to the left of the veranda and furnished with ample, comfortable sun lounges and deck-chairs. A flight of stairs leads down from the decking, through a gate, directly onto the white sandy beach below.
Walking into the villa, on the ground floor to the left, are two en-suite bedrooms and a guest-bathroom. To the right, is the staircase leading to the master bedroom above, one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a bar with pool table and the kitchen.
Starting from the left, the spacious bedroom can accommodate up to 4 guests as it has two queen-sized beds, each bed in the traditional Swahili style. The room is decorated with local wood and overlooks the pool and ocean. The open plan bathroom consists of a sink, shower and toilet.
The second bedroom consists of a spacious king-sized Swahili bed with a sofa and coffee table and the open plan bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower.
The third bedroom on the ground floor has a Swahili king-sized bed as well as a single bed. The bedroom is furnished with a sofa and coffee table. The bathroom is open plan and consists of sink, shower and toilet.
The kitchen is probably the only room that you will never need to enter unless you wish to cook for yourself or if you wish to have the professional cook show you how to prepare traditional Zanzibar dishes. Having said that, the kitchen is fully equipped and very large, offering everything you need for preparing a sumptuous meal.
The upper floor of this luxurious villa is entirely dedicated to the master bedroom. An extra large double bed is right in the center of the room, offering a stunning sea view through the french doors that lead onto a private veranda. A stone built bathtub to one side and a shower cabin to the other as well as a separate toilet round up the master bedroom.
Each bedroom has air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan.
The villa is situated a good hour's drive from Zanzibar International Airport. The main road to Matemwe is in good condition up to the village. The last 5 km are quite roughly surfaced leading through small local settlements and fishing villages.