ZANZIBLUE
beach resort
"What a fantastic place, excellent throughout!!!! Bonus is the in house chef that blew us away with his fantastic food. Thank you for a memorable magic stay!!!!! We will definitely be back!!!"
Philip, South Africa
"Amazing place, great host. Cristina and her team go above and beyond to make you welcome and comfortable, before and during your stay. House is massive, comfortable, with plenty of space for a family. Location is on the beach, with a great private pool. Service is amazing and you can have meals delivered to your house. If you look for a private home (versus resort), this is the place."
Rene, Canada
"Amongst all the potential places/beaches in Zanzibar where we could have stayed, we chose Matemwe mainly because we fell in love with the pics from zanziblue the moment we saw them. And oh boy, it did not let us down. The hotel has been beautifully laid out and furnished to very good standards by the owners who have a great eye for detail. The villas are all very comfortable."
Oscar, UK
"Zanziblue is the perfect place to spend your vacations if you want to have a relaxed carefree holiday, getting spoiled, enjoy absolutley delicious food (no need to search for restaurants) that will be served to your room/ porch/villa. Great choice for breakfast , lovely varied lunch and dinner. The owners Chris and Christina are superfriendly and caring and are providing help and information, help with booking activities or organize you a driver whenever needed. Christina even upgraded us from a Kingsizeroom to a whole Beachfrontvilla (felt like a princess) The stuff is extremly friendly and caring. The rooms are stylish, clean and spacious, the setting of the 4 villas is very well thought of. This place is the perfect place for those who enjoy a private hideaway instead of an unpersonal big resort or hotel."
Victoria, Austria
"Wonderful view, so relaxing. The personal care and attention to detail was astonishing. We are already planning to come back"
K, South Africa
"The facilities are superb, the beds are big and comfy and the bath was clean and spacious. We really enjoyed our breakfast and dinner (delicious and fresh!) in our room and on the balcony and the staff was super friendly and helpful (thanks again Sharlene and everyone else). The hotel is also situated on a lovely beach, off the beaten path in a quiet area. We loved it!"
Tina, Germany
"We were honeymooners at zanziblue and we were so pleased to stay nearly a week here. It’s so serene and close to the beach. Every morning we woke up with the sea view. Service is excellent, friendly and considerate staff. Snorkling trip to memba island is cheap. We ate so healthy with various fresh sea food and tropical fruits. This is paradise place for people who want to be away from hustle."
Thu, Finland
"Great luxurious yet small / private resort on a pristine piece of beach on Zanzibar's east cost. Everything was taken off and we loved our stay. The team takes care of all your needs including day trips, transport and meal requests. All was perfect!"
John, Netherlands
"Amazing staff ready to help with all your needs - from organizing trips around the island to getting you fresh coconut from the palm. General manager is always ready to go extra mile to meet guests needs and such a sweetheart. Just by the ocean and have a beautiful territory. We like that you can choose where to have your breakfast/lunch/dinner - villa, by the poolside etc. Prices for food, transfers and island tours are very reasonable (we checked the market). We had dinner one time - delicious! Breakfast choices are good, more than enough. Minibar is also full of choices - from fresh juice to champagne by a reasonable prices. Water was free and filled on demand."
Krystyna, Ukraine
"Nice pool area & personal jacuzzi on the porch Very nice and accommodating staff Awesome room with kitchen Breakfast served on porch."
Jenny, Sweden
"Cosy, family atmosphere created by Cristina and Sharine. Perfect composition of the African style and atmosphere with full comfort and convinience. Good cousine."
Rafal, Poland
"Very delicious and reasonably-priced food. Although the menu is small, it changes daily. Very personalised and prompt service. The manager Sharlene and staff were very friendly and accommodating to our requests. Sharlene was super efficient and really cool! The staff organised an awesome BBQ dinner for 3 families (including our friends not staying there). Facilities were amazing. Clean comfortable rooms, love the coconut bar soap, great kitchenette, lovely pool and personal jacuzzi on the terrace, cosy terrace to have our meals, nice fine white sand all around the villas, nice layout and good space for kids to run around. Gorgeous view of the beach and ocean. Feels like home away from home! We love it and will definitely be back!"
Michelle, Tanzania

4
Villas

16
Rooms

Stunning
Seaviews

Personalized
Service
Karibu, welcome to
Zanziblue

A warm welcome to Zanziblue, your home away from home on the amazing white sands of Matemwe Beach - the north-east coast of Unguja, Zanzibar. Our resort was created with an oasis in mind, where our guests can truly unwind in a tropical setting.

We aim to create a homely space with a Zanzibari feel and include modern conveniences such as internet access, warm water, and air conditioning. The design of the resort combines privacy for families and groups of friends staying at the villas with opportunities to interact with other guests at the share pool and beach areas. The authentic environment is met with highly personalised service making for a luxurious beach stay.

Dining

Spa

Activities

Authentic
Villas
Choose from our four villas right on the seafront, surrounded by white beach sand. Tangawizi, Karafuu and Iliki are rented as units with 3 bedrooms and a suite in the attic. Pili-Pili has four separate studios and is rented by room.
Karafuu Villa
Karafuu Villa

Oceanfront private villa. Accommodates 8 to 10 guests.
Breathtaking ocean views from all rooms.


3 Bedrooms
(AC/1 double bed)

1 Attic Suite
(1 double & 2 single beds)

4 Bathrooms
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchen

1 Living / Dining

1 Jet Pool
Iliki Villa
Iliki Villa

Oceanfront private villa. Accommodates 8 to 10 guests.
Breathtaking ocean views from all rooms.


3 Bedrooms
(AC/1 double bed)

1 Attic Suite
(1 double & 2 single beds)

4 Bathrooms
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchen

1 Living / Dining

1 Jet Pool
Tangawizi Villa
Tangawizi Villa

Oceanfront private villa. Accommodates 8 to 10 guests.
Other than one room all bedrooms and terraces enjoy breathtaking ocean views.


3 Bedrooms
(AC/1 double bed)

1 Attic Suite
(1 double & 2 single beds)

4.5 Bathrooms
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchen

1 Living / Dining

1 Jet Pool
The most comfortable
Rooms
With four villas right on the seafront, Zanziblue offers 4 separate studios (Pili Pili villa), 6 queen rooms (Iliki, or Karafuu villas), and 3 Master Attics (Iliki, Karafuu, or Pili Pili). You can enjoy stunning sea views from all balconies.
King Room
King Room

Large beachfront room (55 m2 including terraces).
Perfect for families.


1 King bed

1 Single bed
(upon request)

1 Bathroom
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchenette

1 Large Patio

1 Jet Pool
(groundfloor only)
Queen Room
Queen Room

Private room (30 m2) in a villa with spectacular ocean views.
Great for couples.


1 Queen bed

Stunning Seaview

1 Bathroom
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchen
(shared)

1 Living / Dining
(shared)

1 Jet Pool
(shared)
Master Attic
Master Attic

Spacious quadruple room at the second floor of Iliki, or Karafuu.


1 King bed

2 Single beds

1 Bathroom
(towels & toiletries)

1 Kitchen
(shared)

1 Living / Dining
(shared)

1 Jet Pool
(shared)
Explore
Zanzibar

Long white sand beaches are not just for calendars and screensavers. Experience the exotic and vibrant Zanzibar island with us here at Zanziblue.

Explore the depths of the turquoise Indian Ocean, swim with dolphins or paddle through an unforgettable wild mangrove forest. Guests can also enjoy a wonderful sunset on a big traditional wooden sailing boat called a "dhow". For land based activities, visit the endemic Red Colobus Monkeys of the Jozani National Park, go on a guided walk through the colourful streets of Stone Town or feel and taste locally grown spices and other essential Zanzibari ingredients while visiting one of the Island’s farms. Are you ready to explore?

If you have any questions feel free to
Enjoy Refined Cuisine
Mzee Husa Restaurant
Swedish Chef Jussi Husa has over the last 25 years created a unique fusion between Nordic, Mediterranean and Swahili cuisines. He believes there are no shortcuts to a well-prepared dish and so many of the ingredients are harvested from our edible garden or otherwise sourced from quality suppliers with a focus on sustainable practices. The dual level space with rooftop is stripped back allowing the dishes and natural surrounds to take centre stage. The menu, as with life, is to be savoured.
Breakfast
Breakfast

Your continental breakfast is served from 7am to 10am and includes eggs your way, exotic Zanzibar fruits, freshly made pastries, freshly squeezed juices, hot drinks and more. Everything is local and homemade.

Lunch
Lunch

An a la carte menu is served from 12pm to 3pm and includes a selection of small bites, salads, hot dishes, pastas, curries, and gourmet burgers.

Dinner
Dinner

In addition to the lunch menu options, we fire up the grill for freshly caught seafood or juicy beef steak. Try our refined tabletop barbecue grill for a unique experience. Dinner is served from 6pm to 10pm

Desserts
Desserts

Finish your meal with Chef Jussi’s mouth-watering desserts, or simply enjoy an exotic fruit platter.

Cocktails
Cocktails

Wind down while sipping on one of our signature cocktails. Do not be shy and challenge our barmen to create you the perfect holiday drink.

A perfect location for celebrations
Events
Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding location or wish to celebrate another occasion in style, our natural setting and architecture offer clients near to a blank canvas. Contact us about hosting your private gathering, as well as corporate events or exhibitions.
Weddings
Weddings

Our resort offers a range of locations and backdrops, as well as direct access to the expansive Matemwe Beach. Whether you choose to host your ceremony on the white sand out front, alongside our fresh water pool or under the shade of the palms, our property offers a romantic, tropical setting for the momentous day.

Quality, service, style and authenticity are just a few of the things that we are renowned for, so you can relax and be sure of a truly memorable event.

Private events and celebrations
Private events and celebrations

From birthday parties to gala dinners and even special surprises, we have ample experience and a strong supplier network to execute a wide range of events. Our property has a number of areas that are suitable for a range of different sized gatherings. We can serve 50 people at one seating in our restaurant (dining area and rooftop), or 100 guests when served on the beach or around the pool. When it comes to events, clients have referred to our team as professional, trusted and recommended.

Corporate events and retreats
Corporate events and retreats

Our spectacular location together with our hands-on front of house and kitchen teams will take your conference, team building event, presentation, business dinner or retreat to the next level. We are committed to ensuring that every function is executed with professionalism and style.

Explore
Zanzibar

We offer a selection of personalised activities for our guests to discover the archipelago in an enjoyable and safe way. Please contact us for more details and prices.

Around Matemwe
Meet the corals

A short car transfer and boat ride will get you to Mnemba Island, in fact you can see the island from our resort. This spectacular marine conservation area offers scuba divers an opportunity to view brightly coloured fish and corals up close. There is also a high probability of seeing dolphins in this area.

Half day trips leave around 7:30am to beat the crowd and so that you can return to our resort in time for lunch.

For an even more special experience, we can organise a private BBQ on the white sands of Muyuni Beach.

Dive in another universe

Tanzania is known for breathtaking safaris and in Zanzibar this takes place underwater. Dive into the Indian Ocean and see ocean life up close. Some of the best scuba diving spots in Zanzibar are also around Mnemba. If you are an experienced diver or you want to discover scuba diving for the first time, we will be pleased to arrange it for you.

Catch your own fish

Set off by boat into the Indian Ocean in search of Tuna, Barracuda, Kingfish, Dorados and many other delicious species.

You will leave very early in the morning and return early in the afternoon. Our chefs will also be pleased to prepare your catch of the day.

North of the island
Visit Nungwi village

Enjoy a half day trip to Nungwi in the afternoon in time for a show stopping sunset. Nungwi in the north-west is the touristic part of the island with many restaurants and bars, offering many options for sundowners or dinner on the beach. We recommend coordinating this trip with a visit to the Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary, a large natural tidal pool dedicated to the rehabilitation and breeding of green turtles.

Sailing off into the sunset

Take in the sunset without the crowds while cruising the Indian Ocean on a big wooden local sailing boat, heading south between the main Island (Unguja) and Tumbatu Island. You can witness the sun sink towards the horizon from the vantage point of the sun deck and also see how the captain maneuvers his triangle shaped sail. As the sun sets behind Tumbatu, you can enjoy your pre-ordered drinks.

The cruise starts at around 4pm in Kendwa (on the west coast of the island) and takes approx 2 hours.

Stone Town and around
Walk the cultural city centre

A guided walk through the colorful streets of Stone Town includes the City's key attractions - Forodhani Park, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders. Also worthwhile seeing is the Darajani Fish, Fruit and Spice Market but be prepared for the smells.

The guided walk takes approx 1 - 2 hours and can be arranged for any time of the day.

Prison island

About 5km’s north west of Zanzibar Town, a 20 - 30 minute boat ride away, you will reach an island once used to detain “recalcitrant” slaves and later as a quarantine station. Today, it is better known for its colony of giant tortoises. There is also a small beach and a nearby reef, perfect for a bit of snorkelling. We recommend combining this trip with a visit to Stone Town.

Spice it up

If you are curious to learn more about what cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices look like in the wild, then we definitely recommend that you visit one of the many spice farms on the island. Tours take approximately half a day: 1 hour transfer to the plantation, 1 - 2 hours visit and 30 minutes for an exotic fruit tasting and opportunity to shop the spices.

You can combine this with a Stone Town visit in a one day trip.

South of the island
Jozani National Park

This is the largest area of mature forest left in Zanzibar where you can discover populations of the rare Red Colobus Monkey, as well as Sykes Monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterflies, about 40 species of birds and several other animals. Adjacent to the park is a fascinating mangrove forest, which can be explored via a winding boardwalk. The park is open daily from 7.30am until 5.00pm. The guided visit takes approx 1 hour.

You could combine this with a trip to The Rock, Paje or Jambiani for a full day exploration.

The Rock

Uniquely positioned on top of a boulder in the middle of the Indian Ocean, The Rock is a charming, exclusive restaurant that has in a short space of time become one of the icons of the island. When the tide is low, visitors can reach the restaurant by foot. When the tide is high a boat service is provided.

We will be pleased to make the arrangements for you (book a table for lunch, dinner or drinks only).

Paje & Jambiani

The south-eastern coast of Zanzibar is well known for its world class kite-surfing spots and picturesque seaweed farm dotted with seaweed mamas.

You could tie this in with a trip to Jozani National Park or The Rock restaurant.

The Zanzibari Safari
Blue Safari

Enjoy a full day journey by dhow (Zanzibar’s traditional sailing boat) into the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean for some snorkelling, a fresh seafood barbecue, exotic fruit tasting, dolphins spotting and more.

This full day trip will see you leave early in the morning around 7.30am to go to Fumba (southern part of the island where you embark). You will return in time for dinner.

Mangrove Safari

We are proud to be among the very few on the island who can organise this unique, off the beaten path day trip to Uzi Island, to experience the authentic and unspoiled stretches of Zanzibar, combined with a paddle (SUP or kayak) through the wild mangroves. A village tour, a generous seafood lunch and the amazing mangrove paddling are part of this unforgettable safari.

This full day trip starts after breakfast (around 9am) and you will return before dinner.

Chumbe Coral Safari

In 1991 a private nature reserve was founded for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar. The reserve includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbours rare wildlife, a visitor and education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments.

Starting around 8am, this full day trip will finish before dinner.

Contact us
We are looking forward to hear from you
Get in touch
Address: Kilimajuu, Matemwe, Zanzibar
Phone / Whatsapp: +255 68 525 6242
Email:
Frequently Asked Questions
We want you to have access to as much upfront information as possible, so here are the most frequently asked questions about accommodation, facilities and the island. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always ready and happy to help.
COVID-19
Have you trained your team about health and safety measures?

Our team is trained to keep a safe distance, to disinfect their hands regularly and to disinfect several times a day the common areas, machines and buttons with which our guests are in contact.

Do you do extra cleaning in the rooms and common areas?

We have always carried out a thorough cleaning in our villas, rooms and common areas. However, since the beginning of the health crisis, we have been using more powerful products and disinfectants, which allows us to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.

Location and Transfer
How far is Zanziblue from the airport?

Zanziblue is located in Kilimajuu, a small fishermen village, part of the Matemwe region on the North East coast. Expect an approx. 60-80 minutes drive from the airport. Please let us know if you want us to arrange for a car and driver to come and pick you up.

Restoration
Do you offer a breakfast service?

We offer our guests a breakfast service delivered on your terrace included in the accommodation price.

When is breakfast served?

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10.00am.