Our Rating
7.4
Overall

Zanzibar Pearl

Zanzibar & Tanzania, Zanzibar

from $100 per person sharing

Our Rating
7.4
Overall

Zanzibar Pearl

Zanzibar & Tanzania, Zanzibar

from $100 per person sharing

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Our Verdict

Recently renovated (and renamed) beach lodge on one of the island's finest beaches - a great value choice for divers with it's PADI dive centre whilst normal beach lovers will love the laid-back vibe!

Our Ratings

7.4
Overall
6.5
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
7.0
Activities
8.5
Chill-Out Factor

Our Ratings

7.4
Overall
6.5
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
7.0
Activities
8.5
Chill-Out Factor

What's Hot

  • We love the stunning pool area with it's adjacent bar and restaurant area - the perfect place to while away many happy hours!
  • Situated on a great stretch of idyllic palm-lined beach with sand the consistency of talcum powder - this is the real-life version of the idyllic picture that most people have in their heads when they think of Zanzibar!
  • Scuba diving enthusiasts will find this place hard to beat given the excellent dive centre on site as well as the lodge's proximity to the prime reefs at nearby Mnemba island
  • The lodge gets consistent rave reviews for the delicious food on offer here!
  • If you don't fancy the standard suites, then the Oyster Villas and the Pearl Villa are some of the most original rooms on the island - the Pearl Villa in particular is perfect for honeymooners!
  • There's a more sociable ambience with less self-absorbed honeymooners than some other lodges


What's Not

  • Pity that the Oyster Suites and Oyster Villas are not right on the beach (although they’d probably cost more then)
  • With any change of ownership, we'll obviously have to wait a little while to see exactly how smoothly the lodge runs under its new management
Zanzibar Pearl

Zanzibar Pearlswop dive stories around the sociable bar over an ice-cold Kili or take your drink and flop down into one of the cosy alcoves that are invitingly spread under the makuti thatch

Lodge Profile

Recently renovated (and renamed) beach lodge on one of the island's finest beaches - a great value choice for divers with it's PADI dive centre whilst normal beach lovers will love the laid-back vibe!

Quick Overview

Rooms
10 Pearl Suites (sea-facing); 10 Oyster Suites (garden); 5 Oyster Villas and the Pearl Villa
Distance to Beach
60m
Air Conditioning
Not in Suites, only in Villas
Pool
Yes
Recommended Stay
4 - 7 nights

Now under new ownership, recently renovated (mid 2019) and renamed Zanzibar Pearl (for many years it was known as "Matemwe Beach Village"), this lodge occupies a lovely position on the island's famous north-east coast with views across the turquoise lagoon to Mnemba Island. There's something here for just about everyone - for people watching their pennies there are the 10 Pearl Suites (close to the beach) and the 10 Oyster Suites (similarly styled rooms but set back in the gardens); pay a bit more and you can stay in the very imaginatively designed Oyster Villas (5 in total); and finally, for a really romantic treat, the lodge boasts the fantastic Pearl Villa which is a real favourite for honeymoon couples with its private plunge pool and more private location just off the beach - not to mention your own private chef! Add in a great dive centre, excellent pool and a couple of lively bars and the consistently excellent guest reviews aren't hard to understand!

We're waiting for new images of the freshly renovated rooms but you can expect simply furnished but comfortable rooms with typical Zanzibar features including screeded floors. One thing to note is that the cheaper Suites don't have air-conditioning, only fans. Perhaps the most unusual rooms are the double-storied Oyster Villas which boast wonderfully original circular styling – we especially liked the upstairs chill zones (some with hanging day beds) whilst the “throne” loos have to be seen to be believed! The only pity is that they’re also set back about 60 metres from the beach and not right on the edge of the sand.

This place is really a haven for scuba divers with an excellent dive school and easy access to the famed dive sites of Mnemba. At night swop dive stories around the sociable bar over an ice-cold Kili or take your drink and flop down into one of the cosy alcoves that are invitingly spread under the makuti thatch. The lodge’s signature Dawa cocktail comes highly recommended – a deceptively innocent tasting but potentially lethal concoction of vodka, freshly squeezed lime juice and honey – stir well and enjoy!

Meals are taken down at very welcoming main lodge complex. The main lounge area lining the beach is inviting, whether you just want to relax with a good book, play one of the board games that stud the area, or have a chat with some of your fellow guests. Once ensconced in the piles of comfortable blue cushions you’ll find it increasingly difficult to persuade your body to do anything more than stretch for another sip of ice-cold Kilimanjaro.

With a great new pool area complete with very cool bar, there’s also a ready escape from the heat of day during the low tides which affect the east coast. Add in delicious food and unfailingly friendly service and what more could you ask for?

Pricing

per person sharing

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Child Policy

  • Children aged 0-2: stay free of charge
  • Children aged 3-12: 30% of adult rate