Boutique Hotel Matlai, Zanzibar
Asili House Villa Kidosho
Asili House
Villa Kidosho

Boutique Hotel Matlai, Zanzibar

Boutique Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere.
 The hotel contains of two spacious villas, both directly on the beach and embedded in abounded blooming and scented plants. The different designs in construction and interior of the two villas combine the African and Oriental influence of Zanzibar. The hotel is projected for people who are expecting something remarkable. The idea was to create an environment where guests feel as if to dwell in the midst of a paradise-like garden, where they only have to stretch out their hand to plug the most delicious tropical fruits and where the scent of countless exotic flowers caress their noses. Matlai is an idyllic haven, which you will always fondly remember.




Paradise is not on earth, but you may find a piece of it here ... Matlai is an owner-operated family enterprise, it offers a high level of privacy and flexibility. We have only six rooms, all with fantastic sea view, two swimming pools, a huge tropical garden, flexible meals and mealtimes, private on-call butler service. The stunning turquoise blue ocean, a huge sand bank in front of the hotel with a nice snorkeling spot, and a tidal creek where one can swim during low tide make this place a paradise.

Need to Know

All rooms are equipped with dressing room, bathroom and balcony or terrace and have a fantastic sea view. Facilities in the rooms: AC, fan, hairdryer, beach towels, TV and DVD player (Asili House on request), Minibar (Villa Kidosho). The entire villas or single rooms/suites can be rented. The high level of privacy makes it perfect for families, friends and honeymooners.


Hotel Matlai is the perfect hideaway for some relaxing days after a safari or to explore the incredible underwater world of the Indian Ocean. The warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean is home to about 2,000 species of fish. Almost the entire east coast of Zanzibar is preceded by a still largely intact coral reef, ideal conditions for getting to know the fantastic underwater world of the island. We organize snorkeling, diving and dolphin watching tours.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

In our garden: a huge colony of weaverbirds. In Jozani Forest: One of the most famous residents of the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the Red Colobus Monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Red Colobus is recognized as a separate species and is said to be endemic here. A visit to Zanzibar is not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world. In Kizimkazi: the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins or the bottlenose dolphins.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Watersport: - Snorkeling - Diving - Kite surfing - SUP (Stand-Up-Paddling) - the world heritage site Stown Town - Jozani Forest & Butterfly Farm - Spice Tour - Seaweed Center in Paje - Fishing - Dhow cruises


- two dramatic, private pools, leading out to ocean horizon from lounge area - large tropical garden with various dining areas and sun decks - open-air cinema, with large selection of DVDʼs - separated recreation area for volleyball, boules, cross-golf - separated from the hotel ground the Matlai ZanziBar with Table Soccer, Dart, Sports TV - 24 hours butler service - flexible meals and traditional Kiswahili cuisine with freshly caught seafood - several dining areas: on the balcony or terrace, in the garden, on the beach, in the bar


Asili House has - four, themed sea-view bedrooms, on two storeys, and gardened alfresco lounge - Alfresco bathrooms with bath and rainshowers, private verandahs with each room - sea faced terraces with sun lounger and dining table - dramatic private pool Villa Kidosho has - two themed suites with fantastic sea view - not visible from the beach - and a huge lounge - sea faced private terraces with sun lounger and dining tables - a private infinity pool with jacuzzi jets Both villas have a sitting area, coffee bar, guest library, dining table and direct access to the pool.


Tripadvisor "2014 Certificate of Excellence" Tripadvisor "2014 Travellers Choice" winner in our category Tripadvisor "2015 Certificate of Excellence" Safari Awards 2015 Finalist


Dry season from June to October and from November to March. Rainy season from March to mid of June and in October/November.

Average StayAverage Stay

5-6 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

from US$ 200 in low season to US$ 325 in festive season per person/per night full board. Special packages for honeymooners. Wedding can be arranged.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children in the room of their parents: up to 4 years stay for free, between 4-12 years pay 25% of the rate. Children up to 14 years in a double room with one adult get a discount of 25% of the rack rate.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Boutique Hotel Matlai, Zanzibar's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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