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SPICES RETREAT

Starting from € 800 per day

General

Private Retreat  with uninterrupted views of the turquoise Indian Ocean, designed to cater for those looking for pure escapism and total privacy, as they feature in- house dining and private butler service. Situated slightly North of Matemwe in an elevated position, this Retreat can host 2 persons featuring a private bar area, an air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with double basins, shower and a large oversized bathtub looking out towards the ocean.

A spacious veranda equipped with a comfortable couch and large hammock provides the perfect spot to unwind and watch the fishing dhows returning from their day at sea. The private roof terrace hosts a plunge pool complete with both sun and shade decks.

This Retreat is part of Four self-contained, private villas each with independent entrance and private service. The villas were constructed by local craftsmen using local materials wherever possible: walls were made of local stone and the roof of Makuti thatch. Most of the furniture was made from locally produced coconut wood, while the soft furnishings were produced by Zanzibari women.

A personal butler will look after all your needs throughout the duration of your stay. Your chef will visit the villa on a daily basis, to discuss meal plans for the day. All meals are freshly prepared in the kitchen which is adjacent to the house.

Your butler  will serve all meals and act as housekeeper during your stay. There is a 24 hour electricity supply with back-up generator. All meals  are served at a time of your choice. There is no set menu, so you can simply decide each morning what your individual menu will be for the day. The chef will make suggestions depending on special deliveries and the catch of the day

The exceptional cuisine is a fusion of traditional Zanzibari and international flavors. Seafood is a speciality, an fresh fish is prepared on a daily basis

The private bar  is stocked with a variety of cool drinks, wines, beers and spirits – and should you require any drink not stocked in the bar, your butler will do his best to oblige.

Snapshot:

  • Ideal as a honeymoon retreat: total privacy and personalised service
  • Pure relaxation with warm waters, spa, white sand beaches, private terrace and pool
  • Snorkelling, diving, fishing, kayaking and sailing, plus Zanzibar island culture to enjoy

Perfect for :

  • Romantic travel
  • Tropical seclusion
  • Ultimate escape

Rooms & Bathrooms

Private Villa with bar area,  air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with double basins, shower and  large oversized bathtub ocean view. Spacious veranda equipped with a comfortable couch and large hammock, private roof terrace with plunge pool  with both sun and shade decks.

Alfresco Dinner

Alfresco Shower

Car parking

Outdoor features

Wi-Fi

Air conditioned

Free parking

Hair dryer

No smoking

Outdoor pool

Safe

Screen on windows

Towels for the swimming pool

Features & Amenities

Private plunge pool

Air conditioning

Personal bar

In-room lockable box

Hair dryer

Laundry service

Power: 240V mains

Internet

Outdoor Features

Swimming pool

Outside furnished dining area

External parking place

 

Included Services

Full board service

All drinks (except alcholic drink, cocktails, cellar wines)

Manager on site

Cook

Linen, towels, beach towels

Daily House-Keeping

Laundry

Butler service

Snorkling with boat ( one trip per person)

Guided reef walks

Guided cultural village walks

Extra Services

Airport Transfer

Drinks

Massages and treatments

 

Activities

Reef walk

Snorkeling

Village visit

Diving: at extra charge

Dhow trip: at extra charge

Stone Town visit: at extra charge

Spice tour: at extra charge

Max 2 adults

Children below 12 not allowed

No Smoking Villa

Not suitable for disabled guests

Check in and Check out flexible

Getting there

Airport Transfer (extra cost)


Distances

1 Km Matemwe

2 Km restaurants, shops

55 Km Stone Town

60 Km Zanzibar Airport

Area Information

The history of Zanzibar has been influenced by many nations, including the Arabia, Persia, India, Portugal, Britian and local tribes from the African mainland. This is clearly noticed in the architecture. Stone Town is a place of narrow lanes, intricately carved wooden doors, towers, terraces and fabulous mosques. In 1964 Zanzibar united with Tanganyika to form the present day Tanzania, although it still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the unified state. Zanzibar is an archepelago of islands in the Indian Ocean that lie 30km off the coast of Tanzania. The two largest islands are Unguja (usually referred to as 'Zanzibar') and Pemba. Zanzibar Town (including it's old quarter of Stone Town) is the capital of Zanzibar, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tourism and spices are Zanzibar's main industries are spices and tourism. It is often still referred to as the Spice Islands due to the production of cloves, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon.

The north-east part of Zanzibar Island is an area famous for its fine sand beaches, the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around the Mnemba Island.Here the tides govern the rhythm of the day. At high tide the fisherman stream across the lagoon in their billowing dhows, delivering a dream opportunity 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. At low tide the sea goes right out making the lagoon too shallow for swimming but it does reveal a fascinating reef which you can explore for hours.

 

Important cultural considerations 

Zanzibar has a long history of religious tolerance and although the islands are 99% Muslim, alcohol and tobacco are freely available. Visitors are, however, requested to show consideration for the culture of Zanzibar by dressing modestly and refraining from public displays of affection. When walking in towns and villages, women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees. Men should not walk bare-chested or wearing swimming trunks. Many visitors refuse to cover up and this causes offense and often outrage amongst the local population, even though these feelings may not be directly expressed. As one sign says, “Short skirts are like nude” On the beaches swimwear is acceptable, but topless sunbathing is not. During the fast of Ramadan, it is considered the height of bad manners to eat and drink in public places or while walking down the street. Non- Muslims should not enter mosques unless specifically invited to do so. Only take pictures of people if you have their permission, and don’t peer too obviously through the doorways of private houses in Stone Town.

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