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Boutique Hotel Matlai

A great new addition to the island where service is everything

Outstanding Five hearts from 18 votes
Boutique Hotel Matlai - pool
Boutique Hotel Matlai - pool

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A superb new property on the south eastern coast of the island, Boutique Hotel Matlai manages to tick almost all of the boxes. The main feature here is the management and the rooms…featuring a menu of your choosing, stunning sea views from all of the rooms, beautiful open air bathrooms and great little features such as open air cinema, bar, restaurant. The only drawback for us is that the beach directly in front of the property is not as good as it could be.


As mentioned in our brief intro above, the only drawback to the property is that it doesn’t have the best beach on the island. Located on the northern tip of the south eastern coastline of Zanzibar, near the Mchamwi peninsular, the beach up here is nice and isolated. This being said, with space on the island becoming more and more of a premium, Hotel Matlai has had to set up on a stretch where the rounded coral bedrock has to be negotiated before you get to the soft sand for which the island is famous. For us, this is not a huge problem as this is not sharp rock, but it may put a few off.


One of the really great features of the property is the rooms and the amount of thought and effort that has gone into making them nice and roomy. Each offers direct views out to the sea with full ceiling to floor French doors and private balcony. Off to the side of each are the open-air bathrooms which feature showers and baths that look out to the sea. Definitely some of the best on the island.


Llocated around a central, circular swimming pool, the layout is unconventional but logical at the same time. Sitting two by two on either side of the pool, the layout makes a lot of sense and really makes a feature of the pool and the fact that the property is slightly raised from the beach. The beach restaurant and bar also make a lot of sense and make the most of the beach front location.


We have a price match guarantee on this property that means, as preferred suppliers, we can guarantee you the best rate available for the property.

Contact us for a quote or call 01525 840 149.


This property is also featured on our Top 5 Hotels for Honeymooners blog.

Great service and flexibility, small and intimate, excellent rooms

Beach is not the best

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