My husband and I stayed at Pongwe beach hotel for 4 nights on our honeymoon. This was our first stop, and after our very hectic lifestyles in London, it is exactly what we needed!
The hotel staff gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived. There was a bottle of champagne in our room with a very sweet congratulatory message from the hotel. We really appreciated this and it was a great start to our holiday! The room was clean and quite large. There were sunbeds on the verandah outside the room, along with a towels/clothes drying rack. The bathroom was a decent size. The only downside was the brackish water in the shower but to be honest, for 4-5 days, it wasn't bad at all! There was no air conditioner, but we didn't need it either!
The beach is supposed to be the best on the island and I seriously doubt you'll find a better beach elsewhere. The water was warm like being in a jacuzzi..different shades of turquoise and white sandy beaches. It's a private beach when the tide comes in, so there are no vendors selling stuff etc. The hotel has an infinity pool which is gorgeous! It's also absolutely necessary because during low tide, the water goes out so far that it is impossible to swim in the sea. It's quite an amazing sight though! Both the pool and the beach have sunbeds/hammocks and it's very relaxing.
The food was really good. They served a full 3 course meal at dinner and a full breakfast (hot and cold) and there was always plenty of choice for lunch. One of the nights, my husband and I had the seafood platter ($40 per person) on the beach and it was beyond amazing! We would have easily paid $150 for the amount of seafood - lobster, crab, prawn, squid..amazing! The only downside concerning food is that the waiters are very persistent and ask about 4-5 times if you are ready for dinner, even if you have given them a specific time.
There is also absolutely nothing to do at Pongwe. If you are looking for a hotel with lots of activities, then this is not the place for you. Yes they have snorkelling and kayaking etc. but in general, besides reading (they have a library), sleeping, eating, sitting on the beach/by the pool, drinking - there is nothing to do! It's a place for honeymooners or couples on a special holiday and not for families.
All in all, our stay was very comfortable and it was the perfect start to our honeymoon. It is truly great value for money - you won't find another place like this for the amount they charge. We would definitely go back again and highly recommend it to those who are looking to have an amazingly relaxing holiday in paradise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on what could perhaps be described as the best beach in Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach Hotel is a tranquil place where one can escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. It is modestly sized, with 4 Sea View Suites, 13 traditional Beach Villas as well as 3 Garden Rooms and has an intimate, personal atmosphere. Set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach is a true paradise retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island