Pongwe Beach Hotel is set on a most beautiful small beach with Dining Room and Bar looking out over palm trees soft sand and onto beautiful green waters of the Indian Ocean. The staff are friendly and helpful. Food good on the whole - a few strange things but that all added to the originality and "African" attraction of it all. Our room was older than I expected and looking a little worn - the bathroom floor stayed constantly wet all week with the humidty so you had to be careful not to slip. Its salt water showers - we were aware of that - water has to be brought into the hotel for cooking / drinking. They were ok and perfectly acceptable and necessary.
the beach was quiet, plenty of sunloungers and hammocks. The pool nice and never busy. Staff occasionally struggled to understand English but always tried hard and with a smile. The hotels boat is great and Ali and his helper are both so helpful and fantastic guys. we did snorkelling - or rather I tried! and fishing. Local village next door is friendly - they do appreciate if you dress appropriately and show respect. We are after all invading their village.
We stayed 6 nights and that was maybe just a little too long as there is little to do apart from swim read relax and eat doing that for a few days fine - 6 was a bit too long but that's me
Trip to Stonetown is well worth it but its an hour away so you either book one car or offer to share and if they can manage that then it reduces the cost.
It is very much a honeymoon paradise.
Garden well tended. Room clean cup of tea brought every morning to veranda about 7 - much appreciated. Staff could not do enough to help including management which was brilliant
- 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