Zi Villa

private villa in matemwe

Situated opposite the famous Mnemba Island, Zi Villa offers a wonderful blend of intriguing architecture, a glorious secluded beach, and the best diving in East Africa on your doorstep!

Zi Villa sleeps 14 people (but there are also 6 separate little cottages on the adjoining property, with additional accommodation if required!)

Property Type
private beach villa
4 bedrooms
kids welcome
dive centre offsite
massage service

Experienced, friendly staff and sumptuous food

Great secluded location, with stunning views of Mnemba Island

It's really great for a big group as you can also book one of the seaview or garden cottages for extra space.

The rooms and living areas are very spacious, and all bedrooms have Aircon.

There is a bar with a pool table for family fun.

Beautiful elevated pool deck, that’s very private.

There’s a lovely beach cove just a few steps from the villa, but swimming is dependent on the tides.

The decor feels quite 'busy', and is more comfortable than stylish.

The main Zi Villa beach house has 4 bedrooms (sleeping up to 14 people) that all feature:

  • air-conditioning
  • ceiling fans
  • mosquito nets
  • private en-suite bathrooms

For larger groups, there is also Zi Beach Cottage (a separate little house on the adjoining property, with 2 additional bedrooms.

The total capacity of both houses is 18 people.

Sultan Suite

The Sultan’s Suite is upstairs, with doors leading onto a private outside deck. The bedroom is 90sqm in size, is equipped with a jacuzzi bath and separate shower and toilet. A huge bed fit for a Sultan lies under mosquito netting. There is also a TV set and video machine.

King Suite

The King Suite is downstairs, with glass doors leading directly onto the wooden deck at the pool. This bedroom is furnished with a king size bed, plus a separate sofa couch which converts into a double bed. There is shower and toilet en-suite.

Queen Suite

The Queen Suite is also downstairs with glass doors leading directly onto the wooden deck at the pool. The bedroom is 80sqm and is furnished with 2 queen size beds under mosquito netting.

Zi Villa Suite

Downstairs adjoining the bar with a king size bed under mosquito netting. Toilet and shower are accessed through the adjoining bar.

Zi Villa also has 6 separate little cottages located on the adjoining property, which are easily accessible via a gateway in the garden.

These cottages were especially built as stand-alone cottages for honeymooners, couples or small families… but they’re a perfect option for large groups staying at the Villa that require extra space. 

Facilities include:

  • air-conditioning
  • ceiling fans
  • mosquito nets

Zi Villa is staffed by:

  • Manager and Foreman to maintain generators, fuel, water and generally assist guests with holiday planning
  • Housekeeper to clean, make beds and wash up
  • Night Watchman on patrol from 6pm – 6am
  • Chefs – The villa is rented on a full board basis and meals are prepared and served by the 2 resident chefs

Zi Villa is rented on a half board basis and meals are prepared and served by the 2 excellent resident chefs.

There is a huge lounge of around 100 sqm with 4 large sofas, TV set, music system and library (stocked with English books). The lounge leads onto a pool deck through 3 different glass double doors. A guest toilet and basin adjoins the lounge.

Dining Rooms
Zi Villa has two options for dining:

  • Outdoors, overlooking the beach (seats 10)
  • Indoors, in the lounge (seats 8)

There is a minibus available 24/7 for hire at Zi Villa, with a driver who knows the island and is able to take you north to the restaurants and beaches, south to the spice plantations and to Stone Town for souvenir shopping and sightseeing – or to the extreme south where one can swim with the dolphins, etc. Hire is around $80 per full day for the minibus, including driver.

Zi Villa’s manager can also organize a boat anytime you need it, and they will collect you from the beach directly in front of the house. There is a large selection of fins and masks in every size available at the house, which you are welcome to use for snorkeling from the boat or whenever you like. He can also organize scuba diving if you have any divers in the group. There are also canoes and paddle skis available for your use (complimentary).

Map & Location