Matemwe Beach is one of the most peaceful places on this lush tropical island. With a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon, it is the perfect place for a tropical beach holiday or to relax and unwind after a busy game-viewing safari.
The waters off these mesmerising coral reefs provide brilliant sightings of colourful reef fish, turtles and many species of dolphin, while the deeper Indian Ocean gives you the chance to see humpback whales on their annual migration route between July and November.
Perfect for groups & families who enjoy home-from-home island hospitality
Pure relaxation with warm waters, direct beach access, private pool & spa at the Lodge
Diving, snorkelling, dhow trips & visits to Stone Town & community villages
Fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy – at high tide, fishermen can be seen sailing across the lagoon in their dhows. The lodge has a close relationship with the local fishing village, Matemwe Village, situated under the palm trees on the far side of the beach. It is home to many of the Matemwe staff and many of their children attend the local school.
Stone Town’s ancient history as a trade centre is revealed in Swahili and Islamic architectural influences: minarets, intricately carved doorways and the 19th-century House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace are just some of the gorgeous landmarks you will see.
The island is also accessible through a few international airlines that offer direct flights to Abeid Amani Karume International airport, which is located on the island’s southwest coast. Transfers from the airport to Matemwe Beach are by road and take approximately 90 minutes.
The humidity of November is relieved by afternoon showers. From December to March, temperatures cool down slightly (a good thing) and the northeast winds back off quite considerably; you can still expect occasional rainshowers, but all things considered this is a great time to visit.
We strive to create a lasting, positive impact everywhere we operate. We believe in better.
We are working hard to put our aspirations into action and make a meaningful impact on conservation and community development in the Matemwe area.
We have environmentally friendly waste management and recycling both at our Matemwe properties and in the surrounding community. In addition we focus on energy-saving practices and procure our materials and food locally.
Asilia is proud to be the first travel company in Africa to achieve the highest five-star GIIRS rating and B-Corporation status. And yet, we trust we do even more. By being creative and developing new models for travel, we try to further increase benefits for nature and local people.