My personal highlight:
A peaceful hideaway where to slurp an exotic fresh juice and spent hours observing the crystal clear Zanzibar sea
Welcome to Sevi Boutique Hotel ! This little pearl is located in the village of Matemwe on the north-eastern coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, between Mwangaseni and Kigomani.
A day at Sevi Boutique Hotel starts with a hearty welcome from the staff and a delicious breakfast! Homemade bread, croissants and jams combined with fresh juices to boost your energy. All of this was served on a spacious terrace overlooking the sea. The African dream!
After breakfast, there is the choice to either relax at the pools. One is the infinity pool overlooking the sea, the other is embedded in a beautiful garden. For those who choose a Spa day, choose out of their massages and get a swim at the pool in the SPA area after your treatment!
My mornings often started with a walk along the white sandy beaches admiring the incredible wide tides! The scenery is amazing and nature full of surprises.
What I loved best about this place is its tranquillity. Travelling from the northern part of Zanzibar is busier and crowded with tourists and all-inclusive resorts, this spot is unattractive for beach boys. All hotels here are relatively far apart.
Sometimes in the evening, you see local boys and kids playing football, I enjoyed this bit of action in the hood!
My personal suggestions: As almost everywhere on the islands, the beach is dependent on the tides. At low tide, the sea can get beyond the coral barrier. An accommodation with pool is therefore recommended.
Find 14 different villas or Bungalows in the traditional Bandas style. The rooms are very spacious and decorated with natural materials. Little details such as a hammock in the garden or a private little pool make your stay extra special. I loved to do my morning yoga on the 2nd floor of my Bandas and get a bath in my cosy private pool! All rooms are surrounded by a well-maintained garden, this offers good privacy between every bungalow. Of course, there is a mosquito net around your kingsize bed and AC.
As honeymoon travellers or on family holidays with kids opt for the Villa. It offers a seafront and all comfort you need on 250 sqm on two floors. The view out of the balcony on the second floor will leave you lots of unforgettable memories to bring back home.
Book your room here and ask for the actual rates!
Food & Drinks
As a food lover, I was very happy to enjoy fresh seafood every day. The fish is caught practically in front of the hotel. The menu choice is small but special every day. There are dishes for vegetarians, too. I was happy to discover various local Swahili dishes with excellent curry during my stay. Get a variety of raw tuna carpaccio to grilled lobster combined with local vegetables and spices. Be prepared to fall in love with special aromatized salts such as curry or cinnamon and fresh-baked bread!
What to do around Matemwe & Sevi Boutique Hotel
Matemwe is ideally located for snorkelling or diving at the Mnemba Atoll, one of the diving hotspots of the island. If you are planning several dives, Matemwe is a good choice. Ask the Diving specialist at Sevi to advise you. A snorkelling morning is around 45 USD which I found reasonable, all equipment used was of good quality, wet suit, water, coffee & snacks included. Of course, you can choose a service from the local fisherman that are around the beach. Prices are cheaper but service quality varies. The staff of Sevi Boutique Hotel and Manager George are very happy to assist you with any kind of activity.
I would like to take the occasion here to say thank you for the time spent at Sevi and hope to be back soon!
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