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Pongwe Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

First time staying at Pongwe Beach Hotel in September 2013 and it is just absolutely incredible. Traveling with my husband after a safari in Tanzania this was the idyllic place for some relaxation, very secluded and quiet - the beach is stunning, pool area amenities are also excellent. A special mention has to be about the food however, amazing! Some of the best food we've ever tasted - we still talk about it now!!! Staff, service and hospitality are excellent - would love to return one day, hopefully in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

We had been on the road exploring sub Sahara Africa for almost 7 weeks. This was a welcome respite. Our cottage was wonderfully appointed, and looked out on the beach. We would strongly recommend that anyone who stays here opt for the cottages that look out over the ocean.
The beach which is an incredibly white expanse of sand is lapped by the azure blue Indian Ocean.
We enjoyed the happy hour, drinking a glass of wine and looking out over the ocean.
The dinners were delicious, the food well-prepared. The highlight was the Swahili buffet with the live Swahili music. Be sure to purchase a CD from the group if you are fortunate enough to hear them on the night you are there.
We cannot recommend this lodge strongly enough.

Stayed June 2014
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roskilde, denmark
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at Pongwe beach hotel three times. It is the most amazing place you can imagine. beautiful cabins, nice beach and pool, friendly staff who will do everything for you. the food is top notch and can compete with the finest restaurants. we will come back

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Sunndalsora, Norway
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The most easygoing and romantic hotel stay of my entire life was at Pongwe Beach Hotel. The hotel lies almost on the beach. The staff is excellent, food and bewerage, bungalows, everything just amazing! I´ll be back for sure.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This is paradise, not only the location but the food was excellent. The chef was kind enough to show us his vegetable garden. No wonder the veggies were so fresh. This a place we will be back to. Thank you to the staff of Pongwe, it was bliss.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

We like Pongwe so much that we've been there twice. It really is a small piece of paradise on earth. White sandy beaches, blue sea, sunny sky's - what more can you ask for? The food is so fresh, you can watch the evening's fish course being carried up the beach! Just watch out for the bushbabies trying to take the fruit from your cocktail in the bar.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We landed in Zanzibar after spending 3+ weeks traveling in Tanzania, including an 8-trek up Mt Kilimanjaro and a 10-day wildlife safari. Our goal for this part of the trip was to just relax and unwind at the beach. We spent a few nights at Pongwe and did exactly what we wanted. The property is not expansive but it's perfect. There's beach throughout the day in July - the white sand, lounges, landscaping, and hammocks strung between palm trees are perfect for napping, relaxing and catching up on reading. The pools are splendid, the open air dining area and lounge are comfortable. Staff is very friendly and interested in making the stay perfect. The food was delicious. The staff is very accommodating and appropriately attentive. We had no trouble with requests for veg/seafood only meals. Highlights other than our outstanding room and the meals included the nightly happy hours with abundant treats and the Sunday afternoon pick-up soccer match between staff and guests. Husband went out on the small fishing boat for a couple hours and had fun. I highly recommend the hotel for couples.

We had transportation provided by Zanzibar Unique as part of our package with our tour company (Access 2Tanzania). We added a spice tour when we returned to StoneTown. Highly recommend local tours.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pongwe Beach Hotel
Address: PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pongwe Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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