Valentine’s Day Redemption

By Wandering Maasai | 10 February 2016

Valentine’s Day. The one day in the year that almost the entire world agrees to focus on love and every husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or secret admirer has the opportunity to tell and show the one that they love just how much they care. And you forgot.

Ok, so we’re not going to point any fingers, it has happened to the best of us. You had a mad deadline to meet for a client, a family emergency, someone came to stay over unexpectedly or… the elephant in the room, you just plain forgot, no excuses.

No matter the reason, you want to make it right, but what to do?

Sure you could buy some Belgium chocolates or a bouquet of those yellow daffodils but what if this time (cause let’s face it, it probably isn’t the first time that you forgot) you need to haul out the big guns?

Don’t sweat it. Asilia Africa has your back…

Introducing… (insert drum-roll here) VDR.

What is it you ask. Well, quite simply VDR is the ace up your sleeve, the solution to your dilemma the gift that will keep on giving. VDR is Valentine’s Day Redemption, brought to you exclusively by Asilia Africa and we spell redemption M-A-T-E-M-W-E.

Matemwe is a private hideaway on the shores of Zanzibar, a small island off the East African coast. The saying goes that good things come in three’s and Matemwe is testimony to this maxim. Choose between our Matemwe Beach House, Lodge or Retreat properties, each unique in its own way, but all sharing the same breath-taking views, intimate setting and guarantee of privacy.

Matemwe Beach House

The warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean are on your doorstep, which means snorkelling, kayaking, boat trips and diving excursions are easy to arrange – although you may find lazy days relaxing in the private swimming pool and soaking up the tranquil surroundings equally appealing. Earn extra brownie points, because neither you nor your partner has to lift a finger. A team of staff – including a private chef and butler – is dedicated to looking after your every need, so you have the freedom to relax completely. Click here to find out more…

Matemwe Lodge

Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Matemwe Lodge provides an unbeatable island escape. Each of the 12 beach-chic chalets scattered through the lush gardens has a private sea-facing veranda. Leave the busyness of your everyday life behind and step into the relaxed sway and pull of island life. Here the tides govern the rhythm of the tranquil days. The pristine Mnemba Atoll lies just off the coast, and it is in these tropical waters that you will find the best snorkelling and diving and superb fishing. Catch your own supper, have a table decked out on the beach for just the two of you and feel those VDR points grow like grass after good rains. Click here to find out more…


Matemwe Retreat

If you are looking for pure escapism, these villas – which combine the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of comfort – were designed for you. The private plunge pool, personal bar and spacious roof terrace with day bed and loungers are so appealing that we would not blame you if you relaxed in your hidden sanctuary for your entire holiday. Unplug and unwind. Show your true love that they are the only person who matters to you with the ultimate expression of luxury and privacy at this idyllic Retreat.

Click here to find out more…


When the time comes to go explore beyond Matemwe, Zanzibar offers a smorgasbord of activities to suit everyone, from the most adventurous to the most laid-back couple. Head out on a deep sea fishing trip or if you prefer being closer to shore, hop on a kayak and explore the crystalline waters surrounding the islands. From there, jump overboard with your snorkel and goggles and swim with schools of brightly coloured tropical fish and enjoy visibility that stretches on forever. Speaking of forever, if you time it right you can head out to infinity island, picnic basket in hand and crack open a bottle of bubbly and drink to your happy ever after on this stunning sandbank island. If your sea-legs are a little shaky, and you prefer terra firma, go on a Matemwe Village visit or explore the history and sights of Stone Town. Another option is to allow yourselves to be swept away on an aromatic journey into the past with a Spice Tour where you can smell and taste the wonderful array of exotic fruits and spices found on the island.

So, if you want to make memories that last long after the chocolates have been eaten and the flowers have withered and truly show your loved one just how much you care, click here to get in touch.


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