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.
Our philosophy is to give our guests many special moments every day for a perfect dream of holidays. At the same time it is very important for us 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 our 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.

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 we buy at farmers and fishermen in the area and we integrate local people in the selection of hotel employees. Biodegradable soap is purchased from local cooperatives.
We improve our 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.


For us it is natural to respect the Islamic culture and its rules. We would ask our guests 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. We would appreciate any contribution from our guests to the implementation of planned projects, such as better schooling conditions or promotion of local craftsmen.