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Boutique Hotel Matlai

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On the beach, white sand, sun loungers, beach towels
On the beach, white sand, sun loungers, beach towels
Outdoor pool, an infinity pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, an infinity pool, sun loungers

Overview of Boutique Hotel Matlai

Boutique Hotel Matlai

4.0 star property
Michamvi beachfront hotel with outdoor pool and restaurant

10,0/10 Exceptional

35 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Lounge area
Michamvi Beach, Michamvi
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach bar
  • Room service
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Airport shuttle
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 66 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Coconaut - 6 min walk
  • The Rock - 12 min walk
  • Emma Bay Beach House - 4 min drive
  • Mangrove Sunset Beach Bar - 4 min drive
  • Wing'it by sunshine - 4 min drive

About this property

Boutique Hotel Matlai

At Boutique Hotel Matlai, you can spend time at the beach enjoying volleyball, beachside drinks, and sun loungers, plus activities like scuba diving and snorkeling are nearby. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in deep-tissue massages, facials, and mani/pedis, and the outdoor pool provides fun for everyone. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this upscale hotel include a snack bar/deli, free bike rentals, and a terrace. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and comfortable guestrooms.


English, French, German, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests will receive an email 2 weeks before arrival with check-in instructions; your host will greet you
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (12 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No stag/bachelor or hen/bachelorette parties

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beach bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Private dining
  • Private picnics
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boat tours
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Pool loungers


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2012
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Pillow menu
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Furnished balcony
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms available. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages, facials, and body scrubs.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: TZS 2321.34 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of TZS 110.000 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between May 1 and May 31.

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Parties and events are allowed on site.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Boutique Hotel Matlai
Boutique Hotel Matlai Michamvi
Boutique Matlai
Boutique Matlai Michamvi
Hotel Matlai
Matlai Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotel Matlai Michamvi, Zanzibar
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Boutique Hotel Matlai Michamvi
Boutique Hotel Matlai Hotel Michamvi

Frequently asked questions

Is Boutique Hotel Matlai currently open?
The property is closed between May 1 and May 31.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is TZS 110.000 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Boutique Hotel Matlai?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
What is there to do at Boutique Hotel Matlai and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like volleyball, cycling, and boat tours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Boutique Hotel Matlai also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Boutique Hotel Matlai?
Yes, Several dining areas offers alfresco dining, international cuisine, and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Coconaut (6-min walk), The Rock (12-min walk), and Kae Funk (2.1 mi).
Does Boutique Hotel Matlai have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Boutique Hotel Matlai have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony.
What's the area around Boutique Hotel Matlai like?
Boutique Hotel Matlai is located a short 3-minute walk from Pingwe Beach.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

A Boutique Hotel worth of its name. The team will welcome you with a smile from the heart and you will have the most pleasant stay in a place that is close to a piece of heaven on earth! You will not have to worry about anything as the Matlai team will get all your needs covered from out trips to transportation to snorkeling gear to anything you might need. The outdoor cinema was a charm and the beach bar was great. Do not hesitate to book your stay with Matlai Hotel. You won’t be disappointed. special thanks to Justus and Mohammed from the Matlai team
Patrick, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Best hotel I have ever stayed in!
If I could give this hotel a higher rating I would. Everything was perfect from the time we arrived to when we left, our only regret was we wish we had booked for longer! We stayed for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon. Inge arranged our airport transfer, when we reached the hotel we got out and didn't need to pay (they put it on our room bill) and took our cases to our room, handed us fresh coconuts with Malibu and got us checked in quickly. We arrived late and ordered our dinner which we ate on our balcony served by the hotel butler. I love the little quirks of this place: - You can eat anywhere you like and there are SO many beautiful spaces! - Cooked to order breakfast you can eat whenever you like and as much as you like with local delicacies - The room balcony was beautiful and incredible views - Food is exceptional and well priced - Service is also exceptional - It's so relaxing, peaceful and quiet - The bath and local bath salts are a beautiful touch - I LOVED the bedtime stories! - The room spray choice is such a nice touch - The hotel bar/ restaurant is well decorated - All the décor is outstanding - You can pay for everything on your card, even hotel transfers Do not hesitate about booking this, we would absolutely come back. Traveller tip: Don't waste your money going to the Rock Restaurant for over priced, below average food and poor service. Eat here and get amazing food for incredible quality with exceptional service!
Ellyn Dryden, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Mátlai boutique hotel is a dream and a little piece of paradise, the owners (manager, director) Tim, Inge and the rest of the staff specially Muhammed, justice and Regina made our stay very special, the view of our room was amazing, the food and service was impecable and We were able to borrow the snorkeling gear (free to use) and we were also able to watch a movie in the outside cinema setting at the hotel (quite romantic and another movie 🍿 in our room. The matlai hotel is my favorite place and I hope I can be lucky enough to come back every year, it was the most special 5 days I have had in a long time. Thanks to the matlai team for sharing and giving us such a special time. Ana Beltran
4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A piece of paradise in Zanzibar!
Paradise! Both in terms of service and grounds. Totally recommend this hotel to those looking for a unique experience in Zanzibar.
Julian, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Best hotel we have ever stayed at!
This hotel is a 10/10, you will not regret booking it. The owner Inge is very helpful and attentive from the moment you book and all the staff during our stay was phenomenal. This hotel is a very good value, especially considering other hotels with similar offering are more than double the price. From the food, to the service, to location, to the individually decorated rooms, everything was perfect! Given there are limited rooms and the hotel is located on a large property, it also never feels crowded and you can enjoy your privacy.
Simone, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Book it already. Amazing time.
Amazing hotel with the bestest of service. The owners were beyond nice and the staff was the most enjoyable and professional. Great experience and would definitely stay again. Only thing that could be improved is the wifi speed.
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10/10 Exceptional

Great hotel, amazing staff
I turned up and was very slightly disappointed. However, the staff are amazing and more than made up for my initial thoughts Great location and a walk away from The Rock
8-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Heaven on Earth!
Never in my life have I been to such an amazing hotel! Beautiful ocean views, gardens, lounging areas. The only thing better than the breathtaking hotel itself is the amazing staff. So incredibly friendly and helpful, they made you feel like you were the most important person there. And the food....delicious! If there was more than a 5 star rating, this place deserves it! Everyone should have a chance to visit this place at least once in their lives, truly paradise on Earth! - Adam and Terri
Terri, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

zanzibar paradise
Boutique Hotel Matlai is a wonderful place to stay - everything from the beginning to end was perfect! All the staff was amazing, Tim the general manager was friendly and helpful. The room was well designed, spacious, had every comfort needed. Our room was a few feet from the beach - incredible view - couldn't ask to for a better location. With only 6 rooms great attention was paid to all details and to making every guest feel as if they were at home. Food was very good and it was the only place in Zanzibar that we found could make a good aperol spritz! We had a fantastic 4 day stay - I would only change one thing - to have stayed longer!
Roberta, 4-night romance trip
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