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Santa Maria Coral Park
Tas, Aus
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“Disappointing, poor service”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

We stayed in a banda which was basic but nice with a fan and a little shelf area for bags. The beach was quite dirty and as with alot of places the tide goes along way out and whenin its very shallow water so not great for swimming. The breakfast was good but the other food was not great. Some staff were helpful but others were not.We emailed ahead to book this place and got charged more than people who turned up. We walked up the beach and looked at other places which had nicer rooms and better priced including the Queen of Sheba which is owned by the same people.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

We stayed here for 6 nights at the beginning of October. The beach was beautiful but the tide was often out. This meant that you wold have to wait for high tide before you could go swimming or head around to the next bay along where you can swim during low tide. On the plus side when the tide was out we walked over the coral where we would see the local marine life including small crabs star fish and small fish.

The room was lovely and clean. It was simply and beautifully furnished and decorated with a lovely wall hanging. The rooms were cleaned daily and fresh flowers were often left afterwards.

The Staff were very friendly and always willing to help. They were able to give good advice on the area. The breakfast was great. It consisted of fresh fruit, juice and eggs.

The evening menu was simple and tasty. The food we ate was very nice and mainly consisted of fresh fish and they were reasonably priced.

Overall I think that the Santa Maria is very good value of money. It is very quiet and relaxing and a great place to stay if this is what you are looking for

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Umea, Sweden
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights, 60 dollars per night and we can just say that it's a great place. We stayed in a bungalow, 150 m from the ocean. There was 1 room and a toilet, sparsely furnished with a zanzibar bed and small table. There was hot water (not all time) and they had a generator that ran during electricity-cuts.

The hotel is actually made up of a sandy beach with a lot of coconut-palms. There is a restaurant with a rather small menu but pretty cheap. We had a couple of drinks in the bar which wasn't the best we've had but maybe it depends on who's working in the bar.
Breakfast is nice with toasted bread, fresh fruits and eggs.

The staff is very friendly and helpful.

We would definitely recomend this place if you wan't a laid-back place for chilling out a couple of days!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 18 June 2011

If you like to be far away from the crowds, have an (almost) private beach, sunrise and a beautiful scenery you really have to stay at Santa Maria Coral Park in Pongwe.
Diving and snorkeling are possible in the neighbourhood.
Breakfast is included in the price and is really nice. Furthermore you can order nice drinks in the beach bar which is open all the time. The staff is very nice and friendly. Dinner is on the beach if you like with a bonfire. The menu is amazing and really fresh. They like if you make your choose before 16.00 so everything can be arranged in time.
The accommodation is very cosy and clean. You can choose between bungalows and really lovely huts, all with thatched roofs. We stayed in the Sultan, right at the beach. A very nice place to be and to relax.
Best regards, Dennis and Silvia (Dutch, living in Norway)

Ps. if you like to party, this is probably not the place to be.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of our Zanzibar trip and so pleased we found it! We had the 2 storey bamboo hut right on the beach and woke to the sounds of the sea every morning. Luxury this isn't but if you're looking for rustic, cute huts, a stunning wild beach and peace in a hammock then this is it! Note that the beach is low tide much of the day and had quite a bit of seaweed on it but this is the only hotel on this stretch of beach so you have it to yourself. A highlight for me was the swarms of birds that do synchronized dances over the water in the afternoons (I had never seen anything like it), the downside was the odd bit of rubbish seen on the beach (not near the hotel) but they said that was down to recent storms. Another highlight for me was the snorkelling trip with a local fisherman. The snorkelling nearby is pretty good and if you're into fishing (my friend wasn't - I discovered I was after catching 7 Changu fish!) then that's worth a go too.

Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2011

we stayed for 2 nights in october (low season) and were the only guests the 2nd night. the hut was basic, nicely furnished, okayish clean. the huge problem was sleeping at night: the first night we had millions of mosquitoes in the hut and under the mosquito net (which had holes), there were some animals running around and under the hut. the 2nd night we didn't get any sleep! there was a bush baby or rat or anything about that size that crowled INTO the hut and found some crackers inside my handbag. well, my own fault that i had food in the room (which i did forget about...) but the roof had a massive hole thru which the thing came in and ran out. the management gave us a discount on the room rate - but the fearfull but sleepless night was really, really disturbing!
during daylight however the hotel is wonderful! the white sand, the palm trees and the quiet empty beach were amazing. food was ok, price not really.
i would reccomend the hotel if your willing to risk some sleep and really get away from other people.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Oxford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2011

A totally relaxed beach experience, with thatched (recommended) or brick huts, and owners who seem dedicated to resisting the onslaught of the totally organised tourists who proliferate along the eastern coast of Zanzibar. Just chill out in a hammock, and watch a member of staff climb for coconuts. A place for travellers not tourists.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Santa Maria Coral Park
Address: Pongwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Pongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering beachfront accommodation in Pongwe, Santa Maria Coral Park has a restaurant and bar on site and offers special diet menus on request. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the surroundings. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout. Each room has a private balcony, and mosquito nets over the beds. There is an outdoor seating area and a private entrance for each unit. The private bathroom is fitted, and the room offers sea views from the balcony. Santa Maria Coral Park has a beautiful tropical a garden. Services include a tour desk and free parking. Zanzibar International Airport is 45 km away and Jozani Chwaka National Park is a 30-minute drive from the property. ... more   less 
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