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“Paradise at the beach”
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Pongwe Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 November 2010

I would have expected something of a smaller scale, that dis does not bother you at all in practice. Nice two-under-one-roof bungalow, you can see the ocean from your terrace with lazy loungebeds, very pleasant garden indeed, the beach is attractive for a stroll of about 45 minutes (in the morning). High level of service, the staff is more than friendly, coffee or tea delivered to your terrace every morning, and a good choice of excellent food during lunch or dinner. Try the Paul Cluver chardonnay. We really had a great time here!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 November 2010

All my life I have been looking for Pongwe!
A simple, comfortable, place. A beautiful spot on the Indian Ocean.
The food was incredible, the bungalows were clean, but the best part of the place is the wonderful staff. They are so very kind and did EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to make my stay memorable. The service was excellent!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 November 2010

Gorgeous location on the beach, simple but excellent food, especially the fresh seafood, and I mean just caught the same morning! Lovely service, we felt so very well looked after. You don't need more than this for a break away on the Indian Ocean.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

We stayed here for 4 nights after a 4 night safari trip in Tanzania arranged through Imagine Africa. Fantastic arrangements from start to finish of the holiday. Would definately recommend Imagine Africa. Flew to Zanzibar from Arusha on a small plane and were met at the airport and whisked off to Pongwe Beach hotel.

We were greeted on arrival by Heidi and the resident cat Dean and could not have been made more welcome. Heidi guided us through to the bar, for welcome cocktails, where the view onto the most stunning white sandy beach took our breath away.

Our room was perfect with the beds decked out with a welcome note and fresh flowers. A celing fan and a stand alone fan keep the room nice and cool and there was always plenty hot water. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate was delivered to our terrace every morning - with Dean the cat waiting in hope that my daughter would give him some of her hot chocolate.

The food was excellent with the menu decided each day depending on what fish/food is available. If there is something on the menu you don't fancy then the staff are always happy to provide an alternative. The fish and seafood dishes we ate were amazing and
we had a seafood platter one evening which was excellent. The bar was very pleasant and it was fantastic to see the bush babies coming into the bar for some fruit.

The beach was stunning and the water just perfect. The place was lovely and peaceful and felt like paradise. The staff were lovely and could not have been more attentive and kinder. We were very sorry to leave and will definately return.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

Pongwe classifies as one of the best customer service experiences I have ever had. Everyone is friendly and extremely helpful, even via e-mail before arriving at the hotel. They even leave personalized welcome cards in your room upon arrival.

The food is delicious and every meal is a delicacy. At night, we had fun playing boardgames over cocktails and appetizers before dinner was served.

The only drawback is that most other travelers were couples on their honeymoons, while my friend and I were very much not so. Still, we mingled with the guests and had a great night, ended by feeding bananas to an odd looking monkey!

Luckily I live close by and cannot wait to relax again at the Pongwe Beach Hotel!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Amazing white sands & palm trees, lovely bungalows on the fabulous beach, great food and an ideal place for couples to chill. Don't expect to walk out in the evenings as there is nothing else around. However, this is the perfect place to chill. The staff are great and the place is paradise. There are only 16 bungalows so nowhere is crowded. When we got up to see the sun rise, we also watched the local villagers fish, which was fascinating. We used the free kayaks, which was fun, although the snorkelling was disappointing. Loved it!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

After a week on safari, this was PERFECT! The accomadation was nice looking out over the beach.
Talcum powder sand and Turqouise sea - picture postcard.
Days were spent lying in hammocks reading books and playing in the sea.
Snorkelling straight from the beach is very limited but when you go out with the boat, it is really worth it - lots of fish!
Service lacked the personal touches that we had recieved previously through our trip, but it was still fairly good.
The food was nice and fairly flexible when wanting to change the set meals. The Seafood platter on the beach was LOVELY!
Cocktails and games in the bar before dinner was really nice.
Bear in mind that many people really stick to being in couples at this resort so not overly social but perfect if you want to have some time out.
Pure Relaxation!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: £123 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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