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Imagining Paradise in Matemwe

With sincere condolences to our many friends on Canada's wintry west coast.

sunny 33 °C

Imagine a pristine beach with icing sugar sand so white that it reflects the tropical sun and stays cool even at midday...
Imagine a crystal clear lagoon sheltered from the turbulence of the Indian Ocean by a coral reef, where the gently lapping water is as warm as a soothing bath...
Imagine a tropical land where cloves drying in the sun by the roadsides scent the afternoon air...
Imagine a leafy shoreline fringed with lofty coconut palms swaying in the soft evening breeze as the sun sinks into a clear blue sky...
Imagine the tropical night air perfumed with the fragrance of a thousand frangipane blossoms...
...and a Garden of Eden delicately painted with the blooms of roses and bougainvillea..
Imagine dining under the stars by the side of a warm pool...
Now imagine all of these things without noisy throngs of happy-hour tourists; without beach bums and kiss-me-quick hat merchants – just an endless tropical beach, a glassy aquamarine lagoon and a pretty waitress to serve you dinner before you slip into a peaceful air-conditioned sleep in a luxury bungalow...
Now you have imagined paradise. But you don't have to imagine any of this. You too can find paradise in Matemwe on the remote north east coast of Zanzibar. Here you will discover an idyllic corner of an island paradise where Kamila and her staff will be waiting to serve you with a smile at the Villa Kiva...
As a certain fictional detective turned author once penned, “If this be a dream, wake me never – that I may not suffer the pain of disillusionment.” But wake we must, and soon we will leave this paradise island in search of another. Stay tuned.

Posted by Hawkson 06:49 Archived in Tanzania

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Happy for you two to enjoy this paradise. I suspect you find paradise wherever you go although this particular one is extraordinary. Keep on enjoying life!

by Trudy

We are there with you.

by Sue Fitzwilson


by Janet

Thanks for once again introducing an off the beaten path idyll. Could use even a day there this stormy northern November.

How now brown dhow? Take the ferry.

by Tom

What an amazing place. A piece of paradise indeed. Seems that all your senses were open to the experience

by Bronwyn

Zero degrees on Gabriola this morning as I look at your photos. Trying to think of appropriate comment......

by R and B

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