Boutique Hotel Matlai

Indulge in the beauty of Hotel Matlai

Find your piece of paradise in this luxury Boutique Hotel Matlai in Michamwi, on the south-east coast of the fair and beautiful island of Zanzibar, East Africa. You will find a unique and extraordinary beach accommodation embedded in an amazing tropical garden overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. Boutique Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere.

Hotel Matlai has 2 large villas, Asili House directly on the beach with 4 unique rooms and Villa Kidosho, a low-rise house directly on the beach with 2 suites.

Hotel Matlai is personally managed by the owners, Inge Becker-Boost and her son Tim Hennig. Tim Hennig is a certified hotel expert and has a university degree in tourism and event management. The other members of the team are chosen and trained carefully not only for professional competence but also in accordance with their team philosophy.

Both construction and furnishings as well as the care of their guests are guided by individualism and careful attention to any detail. As a privately owned boutique hotel it is their greatest concern to pamper you within a warm and friendly atmosphere and to make your stay an unforgettable vacation of your dreams.


To protect the natural resources of Zanzibar, Hotel Matlai is operated eco-friendly as much as possible. Water dispensers makes the use of problematic plastic water bottles obsolete. Foods such as fish, vegetables and fruits are bought at farmers and fishermen in the area and they integrate local people in the selection of hotel employees. Biodegradable soap is purchased from local cooperatives. They improve their net waste generation by strictly separating waste, reducing wastage and minimizing waste packing. Matlai was one of the first companies in Michamwi to work together with the waste disposal company Zanrec.

Their philosophy

In the Kiswahili language of Zanzibar Matlai means the first wind in the early morning that blows into the sails. For the Zanzibari, especially the fisherman, this is a very special moment.
Their philosophy is to give their guests many special moments every day for a perfect dream of holidays. At the same time it is very important to protect the beauty and uniqueness of this wonderful place and to meet the Zanzibari people in mutual respect and acceptance.

Matlai is located at one of the most beautiful parts of the Spice Island of Zanzibar. The hotel is bound with the intention to provide the ultimate experience for discerning guests seeking privacy, excellent accommodations, and the most attentive and friendly service.
To keep their guests completely contented and to offer them an entirely comfortable stay, an around-the-clock personal butler service is available. The kitchen team will spoil you with an ingenious cuisine based upon all kinds of exquisite seafood, vegetables, fruits and spices provided by the island.
Matlai is an idyllic haven, which you will always fondly remember.

For them it is natural to respect the Islamic culture and its rules. They would ask you also to respect the local traditions as well as the dress code. Please do not take pictures of people without asking first and give children no money. Hotel Matlai would appreciate any contribution from their guests to the implementation of planned projects, such as better schooling conditions or promotion of local craftsmen.


The village Michamvi, situated on a small, 10 km long peninsula on the southeast coast of the island, consists of two parts: Michamvi-Pingwe and Michamvi-Kae. Michamvi-Pingwe is found on the right side of the peninsula, facing the east and the open sea. Michamvi-Kae is found landwards on the left side, facing Chwaka Bay.

Hotel Matlai belongs to Michamvi-Pingwe. Coming from Zanzibar Town or from the airport, it is a one hour and 15 minutes drive on a good tarmac road. Taxis as well as Daladalas (public minibus) can be used. For hotel guests transport from and to the airport and to other places of the island can be arranged on request.

The peninsula is known for its stunning turquoise blue ocean, barrier reef and palm trees and you will find just a handful of high-quality beach retreats. The beach is mostly full sandy, but sometimes a bit rocky - it depends on the direction of the monsoon wind, that moves the sand around the island - an interesting natural phenomenon. In their bay you can also swim during low tide in a tidal creek, where always enough water remains.

Air Connection

Direct -> Ethiopian Airlines, Oman Air, Condor, Allitalia, Turkish Airlines, Qatar et al. 
Via Dar-Es-Salaam, Nairobi -> Precision Air, Coastal, Fly 540 et al.

Useful Information

For entry into Zanzibar, a valid international vaccination certificate with yellow feaver vaccination is required. No yellow feaver vaccination is required when traveling directly from non-endemic areas, e.g. Europe. Zanzibar is considered to be malaria-free. Please contact your doctor for more information.


PO Box 3464, Michamvi-Pingwe


This not only interesting for those who like to enjoy sun and beach. A lot of interesting activities are waiting for you. Visit their tour desk where you can get a lot of information and book all kinds of trips.

For those who like to know the area around the hotel, bicycles are available for trips to the village, to Ras Michamwi or, if one is sportive and has no problem with the heat, to the next villages Bwejuu and Paje. On low tide you can walk close to the reef, because it is not too far. When the water recedes, small tidal creeks remain, where different sorts of marine animals have accumulated, awaiting the return of the tide. Especially for children, it is very interesting to explore the underwater world with a walk. For all water activities it is advisable to wear water shoes. You are interested in learning about the Zanzibari culture and the workaday life in the village? They are pleased to arrange a visit to the village Michamwi.
There are not so many places on earth as romantic and unique as Zanzibar for that very special day.

A wedding Paradise

You are looking for a small, cosy and intimate spot for your dream wedding? Surrounded by family or friends or just by palm trees, tropical flowers, blue sky and the incredible turquoise water of the Indian Ocean ...The Matlai team will turn your dream wedding into reality.

The Garden

The Garden is huge and a feast for all the senses with plenty of palm trees, fruit trees, tropical flowers, butterflies, birds and so much more.

  • Several dining areas, loungers and hammocks invite you to relax
  • Open-air cinema with a wide range of DVD's
  • Recreation area for volley ball, boule, ladder golf and other outdoor games

Bar & Restaurant

The Matlai ZanziBar & Restaurant is located directly on one of the nicest beaches of Zanzibar. You will be served an excellent cuisine of national and international dishes, variety of wines, ice cold beers, exotic tropical cocktails and much more.

Other activities

Dart, table soccer, bonfire - their daily offer for the evening pastime.
You do not want to miss sport events even on holiday? Whether it's football championships, UEFA league or Olympics - it is fun to watch it with others.

Dancing with great music under the stars or listening to traditional Zanzibari live music around the campfire - parties are always after consulting the hotel guests.

Dunia room

Double room

A unique designed double bedroom.

Rates : on request

Hewa room

Double room

A unique designed double bedroom.

Rates : on request

Maji room

Double room

A unique designed double bedroom.

Rates : on request

Moto room

Double room

A unique designed double bedroom.

Rates : on request

Suite Jua


Suite Jua is the Sun suite.

Rates : on request

Suite Mwezi


Suite Mwezi is the Moon suite.

Rates : on request

Rate Information

  • Rates mentioned are per person per night based on 2 people sharing, unless otherwise stated.
  • Rates mentioned are in USD.
  • Rates mentioned include all taxes and levies.
  • Rates mentioned include Half-board including breakfast & 3-course-dinner.
  • Rates mentioned include Menu of guests’ choice, to be agreed with chef.
  • Rates mentioned include Flexible dinner times between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm.
  • Rates mentioned include water, soft drinks, tea, coffee.
  • Rates mentioned include free access to all hotel facilities.
  • Rates mentioned include Butler Service.
  • Rates mentioned include WI-FI. 
  • Rates mentioned include 24 hour German/English-speaking management.


  • Airport transfer.
  • USD 50 per car/up to 6 persons.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Premium meals (lobster etc.) extra charge.
  • Laundry-service (at cost).

Extra Rate Information

Rates for the complete House Asili are based on 8 guests.
  • Low season USD 1406 per night
  • High season USD 1786 per night
  • Festive season USD 2014 per night
Rates for the complete Villa Kidosho are based on 4 guests.
  • Low season USD 874 per night
  • High season USD 1064 per night
  • Festive season USD 1178 per night

Seasonal Information

  • Low season is from 15th March -  15th June & 1st Nov. - 20th Dec.
  • High season is from 4th Jan - 14th March & 16th June - 31st Oct.
  • Festive season is from 21st Dec. - 3rd Jan.

Property Information

  • Minimum stay of two nights, three nights during peak season.
  • Full Board on request (plus USD 20 per person/per night).

Child Information

  • Children up to 12 years are allowed for bookings of the entire villa, otherwise only on special request.
  • Children in the room of their parents, up to 4 years stay for free.
  • Children 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.
  • Extra bed adults is 50% of the rate.
  • Single Room Supplement is 70% of the rate per person.

Pet Information

  • Pets are not allowed.

Booking Policy

  • To guarantee the booking a valid credit card is required.
  • To guarantee the booking 25% non-refundable deposit must be paid within 14 days of the booking.
  • The full payment must be done 30 days in advance of arrival. 
  • Offers that are published after the booking can not be applied.
  • For credit card Payments they charge a fee of 3.5%.
  • All banking and transaction fees will be charged to the guest.

Cancellation Policy

  • For cancellations up to 91 days and more before the planned arrival date, no fees will be charged.
  • For cancellations up to 90 days before the planned arrival date, they will charge 25% of the total booked amount.
  • For cancellations up to 60 days before the planned arrival date, they will charge 50% of the total booked amount.
  • For cancellations up to 30 days before the planned arrival date, they will charge 100% of the total booked amount.
  • In case of an early departure or no-show, they will charge the full amount of the total booked amount.

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

PO Box 3464, Michamvi-Pingwe


  • Eco-friendly
  • Nature
  • Cultural


  • Leisure
  • Honeymoon


  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Car park
  • Honeymoon
  • Weddings
  • Personal
  • Outdoor pool
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Infinity pool


Checkin : 2:00 pm
Checkout : 10:00 am