VANILLA BEACH HOUSE
Starting from € 1000 per day
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Beautiful private three bedroom villa just set on the fine sandy beach, overlooking the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around the Mnemba Island, popular for snorkeling. Its private and walled garden garantee you the maximum privacy. This beach house comes with full butler service, so you can simply chose to relax or you can choose activities such as diving and snorkeling. The house sleeps six people (four adults and two children up to 17 years old) in two double bedrooms on the ground floor and has a mezzanine bedroom with two single beds, all with mosquito nets. All bedrooms are air conditioned. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower and the second bathroom contains a bath and shower.
A hammock and large sofa take prime position on the wooden deck outside, a shady spot in which to while away an afternoon or enjoy evening sundown cocktails overlooking the ocean. The private pool completes the outside space and shares the same impressive views of the shimmering Indian Ocean.
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 assist with activity bookings, and recommend leisure interests depending on weather and tide conditions He 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.
Rooms & Bathrooms
Double Swahili bed, private bathroom with shower, mosquito nets, sea view
Double Swahili bed, private bathroom with bath and shower, mosquito nets, sea view
Twin bedroom with mosquito nets
Screen on windows
Features & Amenities
Private plunge pool (with pool net)
Air conditioning in bedrooms
In-room lockable box
Power: 240V mains & generator back-up
Outside furnished dining area
External parking place
Spa (at the Lodge)
Full board service
All drinks (except alcholic drink, cocktails, cellar wines)
Manager on site
Linen, towels, beach towels
Snorkeling with boat ( one trip per person)
Guided reef walks
Guided cultural village walks
Airport Transfer per vehicle one way approx Eu 60
Drink as mentioned above
Massages and treatments
Max 4 adults and 2 children
Children not under 6
Not suitable for disabled guests
Pets allowed on request
Check in between 2pm – 8 pm
Check out before 10am on the day of departure
We organize transfers from/to the airport
1 Km Matemwe village
2 Km restaurants, shops
50 Km Stone Town
44 Km Airport
Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for snorkelling. Mnemba Island is 4.4 km from Matemwe Beach House, while Muyuni Beach is 5 km away. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including diving and canoeing. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is 44 km from the property.
Personal attention, accommodation and service come together to give you a once-in-a-lifetime tropical island escape. A superb range of activities – from snorkelling, kayaking, boat trips and diving excursions – keeps the entire family entertained. The private swimming pool is perfect for lazy days in the tropical sun.
Matemwe Beach itself has not been noticeably altered by tourism over the years and remains an important thoroughfare for locals. Fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy – at high tide, fishermen can be seen streaming across the lagoon in their dhows. Matemwe Village, situated at the far side of the beach, is home to many of our staff, whose children attend the local school.
A 30-minute boat ride away is Mnemba Island and the world-renowned coral reef that provides some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the world. Here you have a good chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins, in addition to the colourful reef fish that dart around the coral. Stone Town is just 60 minutes from the villas, allowing for easy day trips into the winding streets of the historic town, and excursions to all corners of this fascinating island.
Further details: 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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