Accommodation Tropical islands
Lodges & hotels on the tropical islands
Matoke Tours stands out for over 10 years in its accommodation concept: We visit all accommodation ourselves to be able to select the best accommodation for you and to give you advice from personal experience!
Our selection criteria are focused on the view, service, location, style and price of each lodge. We also select accommodation based on the feedback from previous clients.
Have a look below at Matoke Tours' selection of lodges and hotels in each area of Zanzibar, Mafia Island, Pemba Island, the Kenyan coast and Mauritius! We give options in different standards to fit your budget. From lovely budget accommodations to a luxury private island experience.
How We Rate Accomodation
“Budget” - Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms are available. Service and amenity standards won't be high and you are likely to share facilities with other guests, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour.
“Mid-range” - Matoke Tours originally focused mainly on the mid-range market and therefore has a special ability to choose the best accommodation of this standard. This is your best option for comfortable, self-contained ('en suite') accommodation set in stunning locations that don't cost a fortune.
“Semi-luxury” - Accommodation falling in this category is more comfortable than the mid-range. The locations are similar, but the details are further refined. These lodges often have a swimming pool, as well.
“Luxury” - The luxurious accommodation is fully equipped, comfortable and usually more spacious than the mid-range options. They often have facilities like swimming pools, masseurs and sometimes even private butlers.
Zanzibar - North coast
Z Hotel (semi-luxury)
Set in a tropical garden with steps to white powder of nungwi’s award winning beach and temperate indian ocean, the Z hotel will provide you with everything you need for a unique away-from-it-all holiday but with all the advantages of modern living, including lcd tv, cable tv, wifi & docking stations in all rooms.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar (luxury)
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is nestled in a natural cove on the northern tip of the island, overlooking the Indian Ocean. This lodge combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place.
Most of our clients stay in a Garden View suite ensconcing themselves in stylish spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof. Once you are comfortable, make the most of your amenities, pick your favorite drink from your personalized mini bar, freshen up under a solar-heated shower, or lie back on the king-sized 4-poster bed. All 40 suites have a spacious master bedroom, as well as a lounge and outside terrace or balcony.
Upgrading to an Ocean View Suite, Ocean-Front Suite or luxurious Villa is possible. Feel free to contact us for the rates.
Warere Beach Hotel (mid-range)
The Warere Beach is nestled on a secluded strip of beach, east of Nungwi, one of the most popular beaches in Zanzibar. Nungwi is known for its crystal blue water, phenomenal sandy beaches, snorkeling and great night life.
While most hotels in Nungwi are crowded into Nungwi village, Warere Beach is located in a quiet, isolated stretch of beach that allows for privacy and pure relaxations, yet easy access to all the action in Nungwi.
Each of the 15 private bungalows reflects our commitment to sustaining the local environment. All rooms feature balconies with private views of the Indian Ocean.
Langi Langi Beach Bungalows (mid-range)
Named after the aromatic flower, this lodge is situated in the beautiful Nungwi village on the northern tip of the island, one of the few areas on Zanzibar were you will find a lively nightlife. This area of Zanzibar is also famous for deep-sea fishing, fantastic swimming beaches and dhow making.
Langi Langi has a swimming pool in the garden and a sun-deck with sea-view.
Our standard offering is a Garden View Room (mid-range) with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge and safety deposit box. Each room has its own private verandah overlooking the beautiful tropical gardens.
Upgrading to sea view rooms or semi-luxury suites is possible.
Kendwa rocks (budget)
Kendwa Rocks is found on the northern tip of the island at one of the most fantastic beaches of East Africa. Sunbathing may be enough, but you can also snorkel, dive, fish, and take small boat trips on the turquoise waters. Beautiful sunsets are an everyday thrill and moonlit nights on the white coral and seashell beaches make an unforgettable experience.
This accommodation is a must for backpackers and/or party-people; every Saturday there is a beach party in Kendwa Rocks! There is no swimming-pool, but the rooms are surrounded by coconut trees and lush tropical gardens.
Zanzibar - North East coast
Sunshine Marine Lodge (semi-luxury)
This new hotel located on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, in the northern part of Matemwe, close to Muyuni Beach, just opposite Mnemba Island. The perfect location to go for scuba diving.
Situated on a beautiful cliff, with direct access to the Ocean, away from other hotels, Sunshine Marine Lodge offers peace and spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll, one of the most bio diverse coral reefs on Zanzibar. The Lodge has three swimming pools, a wooden jetty and nicely arranged areas with sun beds or hammocks, ideal for sunbathing or reading a book in a shade of an umbrella. It is a perfect get away for those, who would like to relax, be active and explore away from the crowds.
Next Paradise Boutique Resort (luxury)
This is a lodge facing the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean and protected by a coral reef just off shore which is the perfect place for snorkling.
Guests choosing the highest calibre rooms will stay in either the Ocean Front or Panorama Suites, each with two queen or one king-sized bed and excellent views of the ocean.
Zanzibar East coast
Seasons Lodge (semi-luxury)
Seasons lodge is a family built, and family run, hotel, opened in 2011 by the Clarkes, an Irish-Ugandan family, based in Zanzibar. It is situated in Pongwe on the east coast of Zanzibar. It is just under one hour’s drive from the airport and from Stonetown – on a tarmac road. The lodge has an amazing view overlooking the ocean and a lovely pool to refresh yourself. Welcome to paradise!
Blue Oyster Hotel (mid-range)
Eventhough Blue Oyster Hotel is not having a swimming pool, it's is one of Matoke Tours favorite lodges in Zanzibar. The atmosphere is great, the beach on this side is amazing and the food and service are outstanding. The rooms itself are comfortable, spacious and all of that for a very friendly pricing. One of your best picks in Zanzibar, loacted at Jambiani beach on the Southeast coast of Zanzibar.
Mwezi Boutique Resort (mid-range)
Its strength is in the beauty of the pristine place, combined with a new idea for a resort in Zanzibar: merging the ancient building technique using clay and wood and the characteristic makuti roofs, with a modern and exclusive taste , in order to give the resort a unique charm and imprint.
Mwezi Boutique Resort is a resort that embodies the essence of the purest and most authentic Africa, with its rhythms, its perfumes, its colors, but where you'll find a simple and familiar hospitality, that will make you feel at home.
At Mwezi you will feel at home because as our slogan says, it’s “your home on the beach “
Nur Beach Hotel (mid-range)
Nur Beach is recently opened in Jambiani on the East coast of the Island. This lodge is perfect for people who are on a budget but still want to stay at an amazing lodge.
10 bungalows with ocean view are awaiting your stay. Each not only self-containing but also with a veranda and barazas, the Sansibarian sofas. Here you can enjoy every moment of the day and let the winds from the Indian Ocean carry you away.
Fun Beach Hotel (mid-range)
Fun Beach welcomes you to a tropical paradise of Palm trees, Banana trees and a lush garden with local flowers, white sandy beaches, sparkling clear warm water in turquoise lagoons and colorful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life. Fun Beach is known for its excellent service.
All rooms are en-suite and have a private terrace and garden. Take a refreshing dive in the large swimming pool, dine at the restaurant or enjoy the BBQ area!
Zanzibar - South West coast
Unguja Lodge (luxury)
This lodge was built with the idea of creating a special and intimate atmosphere where guests could experience Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean; a place where it was possible to be in a peaceful unspoiled environment and yet enjoy all the modern comforts.
The Sea View Villas have private terraces overlooking the Menai Bay. Inside, guests will find a spacious bedroom with double bed, ceiling fan, safe, open-plan sitting room, open-plan bathroom, a loft with an extra double bed, and a private terrace with a sea view. The lodge has a pleasant swimming pool. It is located near Kizimkazi where you can swim with wild dophins!
Fumba Beach lodge (semi-luxury)
On one of Zanzibar’s most secluded beaches is a luxurious, imaginative, peaceful hideaway. Set on forty acres of the Menai beach conservation area, Fumba beach peninsula is both a large marine haven, and an eco-project. The essence of Fumba is privacy, relaxation, serenity, excellence and attention to detail. Fumba peninsula is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1998, by the World Wild Life Federation. There are ample opportunities to dine- in a range of environments, with legendary food prepared by trained chefs.
Jafferji House (luxury)
Located deep in the heart of Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town, Jafferji House is an elegant boutique hotel. Recapturing the romance of travel, it beautifully combines modern luxury with the mesmerizing heritage that has shaped Zanzibar’s history. Taking its name from its owner who once used the building as his family home, Jafferji House has been lovingly restored and styled to reflect its original splendor.
Kholle house (semi-luxury)
Built in 1860 by Princess Kholle, the daughter of the first sultan of Zanzibar, the Kholle House has undergone a meticulous renovation by the current proprietors. Nestled in the heart of Stone Town, Kholle House stands as a quiet oasis offering you a private sanctuary from the bustling city life. This luxury boutique hotel is designed in an elegant fusion of Swahili and French-Creole. Refresh yourself the our swimming pool or enjoy the breathtaking 360° view of Old Stone Town and the Indian Ocean from the roof top tea house.
Swahili House (mid-range)
The Swahili House was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that followed the building became a home to one of the many Sultan families that inhabited Zanzibar and then became a hotel in 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, which makes your stay at The Swahili House a real Zanzibari experience!
The impressive building has 5 floors that are all built around a beautiful traditional Zanzibar courtyard. The hotel offers 20 rooms, spread out over 4 floors. The rooms all are restored and decorated in traditional Swahili style, but adjusted to Western standards. The Swahili House would definitely not be the same without our rooftop terrace., which houses a bar, restaurant and a very relaxing plunge pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Up here you can enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner while indulging in stunning views of Stone Town and the Swahili Coastal view.
Zenji Hotel (budget)
The laid back atmosphere, combined with Zanzibar hospitality and Western comfort, makes Zenji hotel a welcome and friendly place for travellers looking for a relaxing stay while exploring Stone Town. The breakfast buffet with homemade products is served on the Rooftop Cafe. All nine authentically styled rooms have air conditioning and there is free use of wireless Internet.
Chole Mjini lodge (luxury)
With only seven treehouses, carefully placed and designed, privacy is assured. Open to the elements, with the king-size bed the throne-like centerpiece, each thatched platform is reached via sandy paths that lead through the natural vegetation. All have views of the sea; some are close enough to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the tide trickling back through the mangrove roots. Most treehouses have a second level to accommodate children.
Butiama Beach (semi-luxury)
Butiama Beach is situated on the west coast of Mafia Island, close to the main town of Kilindoni and outside of the Marine Park boundaries. There is a casual and relaxed atmosphere catering to couples, friends or families. With only 13 bungalows and a maximum occupancy of 32 people, it is the perfect beachfront retreat to relax and unwind.
Magemani Beach camp (mid-range)
Magemani is located right on the coconut fringed white beach on the Northern tip of Mafia Island. If you are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of Zanzibar and Pemba. There are very few hotels and lodges on the island hence you will get an authentic experience. The food is prepared with organic vegetables and the fish is straight out of the ocean. The focus is on Swahili cuisine so expect to find coconut as one ofthe ingredients in the dishes.
Manta Resort - Under water room (luxury)
Imagine yourself encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swimming lazily by - sometimes in three or four layers of different species above the reef floor.
This is the heart-stopping experience that awaits you in the underwater room. The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provides three levels, those above the water clad in local hardwood, and each an experience in itself.
Manta resort - Garden room (mid-range)
Our standard rooms are open plan makuti thatched rooms situated in our gardens. They all feature a centered king size bed covered by a mosquito net, open plan en-suite bathroom, and a comfortable verandah to relax on. These rooms offer great value and are part of our Fully Inclusive product.
They are not air conditioned, but do have a fan in the room.
The Bay (semi-luxury)
Beachside views, locally inspired menus & shabby chic rooms. Nestled on the West Coast in Black River, our guests come for the ocean in front, the mountains behind and the warm greetings all around.
Blending natural beauty with a celebration of Mauritian culture, The Bay brings our guests the friendly, homely nature of a beach house with sumptuous food and drinks. All with a view that captures the unique heritage of our special island. The Bay is your ultimate beachside hideaway to eat, sleep and relax. Our guests like our delicious fusion cuisine, handcrafted local drinks and our warm, friendly welcome.
Hotel 20 Sud (luxury)
This beautiful Boutique Hotel is hidden in an old palm plantation at the end of the bay of Grand Baie. This hotel has an incredible peaceful atmosphere and is beautifully designed by Flemish designers.
20° Sud is a perfect honeymoon hotel with honeymoon packages with romantic sea view rooms in an antique way. The hotel has a teak wooden boat form the 17th century which they redesigned to a floating restaurant. It has 36 rooms which are divided in charm, sea view, suites and honeymoon suites. They also have a relaxing spa and a library. Their motto is peace and tranquillity.
Bleu de Toi (mid-range)
Between Pereybere and Grand Baie this cosy guesthouse is tucked away from the busy streets. Bleu de Toi is a small, personal and very clean guesthouse with 8 rooms and a garden house. 4 rooms are standard, 4 rooms are deluxe and the garden house has two bedrooms and a small kitchen. There is a terrace with tea and coffee and a barservice. There is a swimmingpool, a jeu de boule court and wifi available. They also have bicycles available for rent. The guesthouse is very close to both Peyrebere and Grand Baie which have plenty of entertainment and bars and restaurants. The beach is just a few minutes away from the guesthouse.
Waterlovers Beach resort (semi-luxury)
WaterLovers is a quaint beach resort on the tropical shores of the Indian Ocean. A mere 35 km from Mombasa, it is located in Diani Beach, on Kenya's South Coast, which is known for its white sands and turquoise warm waters - a perfect setting for a holiday in paradise by the ocean
The resort accommodates eight very spacious Suites, a Penthouse Apartment and a self-contained Villa, all oceanfront and luxury equipped. Waterlovers offers a sea view restaurant, a beach bar, a wonderful turtle-shaped infinity pool, a Spa, an art boutique and a beach house for water sport activities.
The Sands at Chale Island (luxury)
Specifically built with nature and the environment in mind, The Sands at Chale Island is one of the most low impact hotels in Kenya.
Spread out to offer the utmost in privacy and romance, even when at full capacity one has a tremendous feeling of peace, tranquility and seclusion.
The combination of white beach, tropical plants, laid back island flair and Kenyan hospitality is what dreams are made of.
Diani Blue (mid-range)
Diani Blue is a charmingly small, intimate and exclusive beach lodge, lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean.
the rooms have been designed to echo the spacious elegance of the colonially styled Swahili villa.
Diani Blue offers an al fresco dining terrace, a resident’s lounge with private bar, an airy veranda with views over the pool, a dedicated beach health spa and a palm-shaded beach restaurant – The Edge, which looks out over Africa’s most famous bay.
The Sands at Nomad (luxury)
Unrivalled in terms of its idyllic situation, exclusivity and tranquility, The Sands at Nomad is the first Kenyan coastal resort to excel in the creation of the “Boutique” concept.
Unparalleled in terms of the discretion of its service, the excellence of its cuisine and the range of its leisure options, The Sands offers the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat.
The Majlis Hotel (luxury)
The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury beach hotel
on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya’s Northern Coast.
With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation
for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya.
The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.
The rooms, all presented in timelessly elegant Lamu Island style, are very spacious, well appointed, and fully air-conditioned. The Majlis restaurant will not fail to impress with a panoramic view of the bay and the finest cuisine.
Additional state-of-the-art facilities include two bars, two swimming pools,
and an activity center that co-ordinates a wide variety of water sport activities.
Lamu House (semi-luxury)
Lamu House Hotel, located in Lamu Town. The property was originally one house and an empty plot that were remodeled and combined to form the Hotel as we know it now. There are eleven rooms, three pools and a restaurant.The hotel preserves all the charm of traditional Swahili architecture and it is designed to satisfy the needs of clients and travellers that choose to stay in the historic center of Lamu for their business or holiday.
Songo Songo Archipelago
Fanjove Lodge (luxury)
Fanjove Lodge is truly an exclusive experience. Offering accommodation to only a handful of guests at a time this really is your own private paradise. The Banda’s are open fronted and strategically positioned to ensure each has an uninterrupted ocean view with the upstairs balcony offering far reaching vistas of the coastline. Local sourced building materials and solar power ensures the lodge keeps its environmental footprint to a minimum. A percentage of the profits made by Fanjove are given back to the island meaning guests of the lodge are also helping to preserve the untouched coral reef and the marine life that calls it home.