HODI HODI Zanzibar | Matemwe, Zanzibar | Boutique Beach Houses
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Hodi Hodi – Beach Houses on the powder-white sands of tropical Zanzibar island.


Meaning ‘prayer’ or ‘blessing’, Dua House is built in a colonial Arabic style, allowing the sea breezes to flow through spacious cool interiors. There are two sun terraces for power-tanning – one facing the moonrise, and one the sunset.  You have an interior sunken lounge for watching films or chilling, and a well-equipped kitchen if you want to bring your own, or do some self-catering. Book the whole house for your private house party of up to six people, or for a family group of eight.


With a cool modern look, Poa House is designed for flexibility and privacy. It can be occupied either by a party of six or eight people – or as three separate rooms for individual bookings – with double or twin beds. Upstairs, the family suite sleeps four, and has a private rooftop sun terrace as well as its own sunset lounge-bar.  Downstairs, we have private double rooms stepping straight out onto the beach.


The third mini-villa has a ground-level family suite, with a double and 3 single beds.  One single shares with the double bedroom, and there are two bunks in an adjacent room.  Toto House is perfect for a family that needs their own space, sharing facilities with the other Hodi Hodi houses but .. a little private.



A little restaurant .. a gorgeous beach .. a plunge pool.. home from home .. good times. An ocean of calm away from the real world, Zanzibar is intoxicating – and Hodi Hodi is a beachside sanctuary for small parties of people who want to celebrate, unwind and relax.


The HODI HODI philosophy is about responsible tourism and providing an authentic and sustainable experience.
We buy locally and we reduce and recycle.
Our waste is collected by donkey cart.
We use water and power with care.
We leave shells on the beach, and try to make a very light, bare footprint.
Our food has inspirations from Spain, India and the Middle East, but is all sourced from the islands, and set in a pallet of Zanzibari spices.
All our staff and suppliers are from the nearby village of Kilima Juu and the small primary school receives learning gifts from our guests.
We dress demurely in the village and towns in respect of the local Muslim traditions.


Zanzibar is a legendary archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania.

Explorers such as Livingstone and Stanley began their journeys to the interior of Africa from Zanzibar, and the Sultans of Oman made the island their capital.

Known as the original global village, for a millennia it has attracted a colourful diversity of seafaring – and now airfaring – people who come to discover, to trade, to escape, and to seek fortunes, love and enlightenment – and who mingle and make their home here.


By Sea

 Diving Mnemba Atol – The private island playground of modern kings and captains of industry.  It sits just on our horizon, so a short boat ride takes you to its dazzling coral gardens for snorkeling and diving.


 Safari Blue – The one and only dhow-sailing, dolphin-watching, lagoon-swimming, sandbank-lounging, exotic fruit and seafood-eating adventure of an ever-memorable full-day seaside extravaganza!

By Land

Zanzibar has been a hub of seafaring and an island trading post for centuries. Riches from the East were traded with goods from the islands and the African interior – like gemstones, ivory, spices, and slaves.  Spices are still traded and a good guide will take you to a spice garden and explain their traditional medicinal and magical properties.

 There is a lot to discover on a guided walking tour of Stone Town.

Step back in time to hear about explorers, missionaries, slavers, merchants, and a cast of characters which has passed through the ancient alleyways and crumbling architecture of Stone Town.