Pongwe Beach Hotel was absolutely superb - a great place to relax after a demanding safari. Quite small - only seems like a handful of 'beach huts' which makes it seem very exclusive. Very friendly staff. The style and decor was quite 'African' - much preferable, in my opinion, to a modern style hotel. No problem sleeping at night due to the regular sea breeze which kept us cool as well as the overhead fan in the room. Lovely large bed with mosquito nets but I didn't see a mosquito while I was there. Tea delivered to the veranda each morning. Beach was like a paradise - white sands and warm water. Infinity pool made a nice change from the beach. Staff climbed the nearby trees and prepared coconuts for us to drink and eat one afternoon and 'Captain Ali' offered to go and collect us fresh mangoes which we ate the next day. Only criticisms at all were that the snorkelling masks were not very good - if you're a keen snorkeller then take your own. And, the free laptop to internet was so slow as to be unusable though I didn't bother to mention it - and they charged for wireless which wasn't particularly fast. That said, who wants to waste time on the internet when the Indian ocean is just outside? My wife and I agreed we would certainly go there again.
Food was the best we had during our trip around Tanzania.
- 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