Lovely resort situated on a beautiful white sand beach with bright turquoise waters. The beach is raked every morning which leaves it immaculately clean. Staff friendly and attentive although didn't feel as personal as the lodges we stayed in on the mainland (probably due to it being a reasonably large establishment.) rooms very nice. Spacious. Clean and facilities good. Salt water showers and pool (which is stated on their website so was not a surprise) which is tiresome after 5 days. Food lovely although some of the meal options are very small and "a la carte" style with others being very big....so a bit of inconsistency there however the buffet night was great. Free use of kayaks and mountain bikes and cheap snorkelling and fishing excursions (although to their own admission the snorkelling here isn't great.) nice quiet location but easy to get out and about if you want.
Good presence of staff on the beach (security) which makes you feel safe, especially at night.
Be sure to be in the restaurant just before dinner is served at 7pm to see the resident bush baby's come for some bananas.
- 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