My husband, mother and I came to Zanzibar and stayed at the Pongwe Beach Hotel for a few days at the end of a safari vacation. It was a perfect place to relax and spend some beach time, after a pretty aggressive schedule on a ten day safari vacation in the Serengeti. The property is beautiful. Our rooms were oceanfront and the beach was perfect. When the tide was out and you couldn't swim, you just had to walk over to the infinity pool and swim there. When you get to your room, fresh flowers are on your bed to greet you, and there are hats and robes to for your use at the beach - a really nice touch. The food was really good, and if you didn't like what was on the menu, you could ask for something else. Service was very good, though there was a bit of a language barrier with some of the staff, but that's to be expected, since we were in a different country. I really couldn't have asked for a better way to end a safari vacation. I'd probably give it five stars, if I wasn't still in awe of Sayari Camp where we stayed in the Serengeti, which was really a tough place to leave. Tip 1: Ask the bartender about the bush babies. Tip 2: Check the tide tables when you first get to the hotel. In most of Zanzibar (I hear) it's not easy to swim at low tide, because it's too far out to walk, but if you plan around the tide, you could go to Stone Town (for example) when the tide is low and get back for some beach time at high tide.
- 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