The main house - a hotel within a home.
Utupoa Lodge, Matemwe, Zanzibar
Utupoa Lodge, Matemwe, Zanzibar
12 hostes
6 dormitoris
7 llits
6 banys i mig
12 hostes
6 dormitoris
7 llits
6 banys i mig
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A unique beach Lodge where we ask our guests to become family.
Choose between 6 separate Listings for our 6 different rooms.
Whichever room, we want you to feel you are at home within a hotel.
This Listing is for the Utupoa, Kijiji bedroom.


Lying opposite Mnemba atoll on the dazzling Matemwe beach, 'Utupoa' is Swahili and means people are 'fresh' or 'humanity is cool.' Karibu to our unique house with its huge roof, hidden somewhere between the East African tall palms and utopia.

Matemwe represents one of the quieter parts of the island with the most beautiful white stretch of working beach. The fishermen head out daily on their ngalawas and bring the fish into auction and ladies farm seaweed in the low tide.

We have 3 ensuite bedrooms available in Nyumba Safi. 'Ngalawa', a tribute to Swahili sailing culture; 'Sultani', echoes of Stone Town; and 'Kijijji' after our own local village. We can accommodate singles, couples, or groups of 6-8. If you are traveling with more people, let us know and we'd be happy to try sort something out. The house comes with its own very well equipped kitchen and a third floor lounge area with TV featuring the famous DSTV channels and a computer with WiFi.

In our main house Nyumba Kubwa we have two rooms available, recently remodelled and each with its own veranda leading onto the beach. We charge a bit more for these rather special rooms and we invite our guests to make themselves at home and enjoy the use of the whole house.

For meals we are very flexible, inviting you to eat with us or to cook for yourselves or just advising you on the best nearby restaurants. We can certainly organise traditional dinners of fresh seafood brought straight to our front door and cooked by our fabulous Swahili cook Tano.

We are set up as a place to stretch out, shut down, sail our ngalawa, watch the sea (or DSTV), and leave recharged - as strongly as our solar back-up system!

Please always send us a message to inquire about availabilty as we have more than 1 room.

Karibu kwetu!

Serveis i zones comuns

Our simple, ensuite Kijiji double room on the first floor of Nyumba Safi honours Zanzibar's grandmother Bi Kidude, the famous taarab singer who drank and smoked and traveled the world and never married and lived to 100 and barely ever wore shoes as she traipsed through the kijiji - or village - greeting people.

Interacció amb els hostes

As our guests at Utupoa, we invite you also to use our home as your own and, in particular, to join us for breakfast and any other meals, especially dinner at the famous round table. Joyce and I will be around to advise you about transport

Altres aspectes destacables

"This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond."

Elements bàsics
Persones addicionals €35 / nit més de 2 hostes
Descompte setmanal: 5%
Fes servir sempre la plataforma d'Airbnb per a la comunicació
Per tal de garantir el teu pagament, no realitzis mai cap transferència bancària i fes servir sempre el lloc web o l'aplicació d'Airbnb per comunicar-te amb l'amfitrió.
Normes de la casa

As we like to say, 'utupoa' means 'humanity is great.' We like to live up to this in terms of how we treat the beach, each other, and our relationship with the local village.

Our location dictates that we look after the environment. Water is a precious resource and electricity is still very much a privilege, not a right here. We ask that our guests respect and understand this paradise we are lucky to spend time in, and to help us protect it.

És important saber
A l'allotjament hi viuen animals de companyia
Mesures de seguretat
Extintor d'incendis
Estada mínima de 2 nits

173 avaluacions

Perfil de l'usuari Xènius
agost de 2017
En poques paraules seria injust donar les gracies aquesta gran família de gent excelsa! Et fan sentir un més a la família. Son gent honesta i amable, tanmateix el més important es que son feliços i ho contagien. Tots els serveis que ofereixen (Wi-fi, menjar, activitats, etc.) son immillorables! Estem molt agraïts per la nostra estada aquí, 200% recomanable i t’emportes a casa una experiència única i gratificant.

Perfil de l'usuari Fernanda
desembre de 2016
The house is a world itself, full of cozy spots where you can read, watch or simply enjoy the soul of the tradicional architecture combined with the creativity of the people living there. The staff couldn't be more friendly and attentive, not to mention the delicious Tano's dinners. You will have in front of you a beautiful beach, but don't forget to visit the village. Thank you Joyce for the music, the conversation, and for driving me to my next destination. Big hug for everybody :)

Perfil de l'usuari Carlos
agost de 2016
Tim and Joyce's Utupoa is probably the most interesting and impressive lodge we've ever visited. The rooms are clean and beautiful and the main house is a work of art. We had a great time and enjoyed the common breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Tim and Joyce are excellent hosts and we had very interesting conversations over dinner. Also, Matemwe is a perfect spot to relax, so if you're looking for a quiet spot in Zanzibar, Utupoa is a great choice.

Perfil de l'usuari Xavier
agost de 2016
Tim and Joyce are wonderful people: empathic, kind, intelligent, interesting,... They do anything needed to make sure your experience in Zanzibar accede your expectations: from a very warm welcome to booking a taxi when needed. The house is beautiful: spacious, well-decorated, quite, peaceful... One does feel in a paradise. You can use the main facilities, with lots of places to rest while looking at the beach. Besides visiting all places in the island, one can enjoy their house in multiple ways: talking with them, lying on the hammocks, sofas and beds, listening to music, etc. The house has direct access to a wonderful quite beach with white sand and no noise around. It is close to diving centers. We ate all meals there every day and those were excellent, both for adults and children. The cook is superb, with high quality ingredients and a large variety. Joyce was so thoughtful to cook our children´s favourite meal one of the evenings (she had asked them once what their favourite meal was).

Perfil de l'usuari Leire
juliol de 2014
Estuvimos unos días en Utupoa. La atención de Joyce y Tim fue fantástica, proporcionándonos todo tipo de información que necesitábamos. La casa es encantadora, con todo tipo de detalles y arte por todas partes de la hija de ambos. Otro aspecto a destacar es la exquisita cocina de Fatma! Impresionantes sabores, geniales olores y su eterna sonrisa y hospitalidad. El ambiente de la casa te hace querer pasarte horas ahí. La playa es genial para relajarse. A diario vacía porque es una zona poco turística, hay que tener en cuenta las mareas pero en nuestro caso nos resultó un detalle con mucho encanto. Por las mañanas podíamos adentrarnos caminando por el mar, con la marea baja, y ver a los locales trabajando en el cultivo de moluscos y algas. Sin lugar a dudas, volvería mil veces más para encontrarme con la simpatía y el humor de Joyce y su familia. Hicimos varias excursiones muy interesantes. A destacar la limpieza de la casa también. Una estancia inolvidable; un lugar paradisiaco.

Perfil de l'usuari Alejandro
maig de 2013
Really nice place . Beautiful surroundings and a great service . REALLY recomendable .

Perfil de l'usuari Alejandro
març de 2013
The reservation was canceled 38 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Matemwe, TanzàniaMembre des de octubre 2012
Perfil de l'usuari Tim & Joyce

Tim was a pilot in the Middle East when we first came to Zanzibar on a flight he was operating. It was 1992, before electricity, tarmac or cell phone networks. We fell in love with Matemwe and have made it our home. It is a home that we like sharing, and are very happy to welcome guests to experience the fantastic beach, food, hospitality and weather that Zanzibar has to offer.

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