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Pole Pole Bungalows

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Sweden
Reviewed 3 November 2014

At the entrance gate it says Pole Pole, but it might as well say: Heaven. The bungalows are beautifully constructed facing Chole Bay and well equippped including hot and cold water. There is a nice beach, pool and spa. The restaurant is excellent as stated in all reviews with an Italian touch. Daily excursions are included in the full package....

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bournemouth
Reviewed 22 October 2014

We spent 3 nights at Pole Pole as part of our honeymoon. What a wonderful, relaxing resort. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, the accommodation was very clean and comfortable and with only 7 bungalows it was very peaceful, the perfect place to relax after safari. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it! If you are...

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1Thank monkey201085
Switzerland
Reviewed 17 October 2014

We'd rather keep it secret, but ...a shabby chic tiny resort where authenticity and community- friendly really mean something, from the biggest to the smallest with whale shark encounter and awesome seahorse experience, gorgeous food and cool beers, Anne always here to answer your questions and have a nice chat, smiling, efficient and non obtrusive staff, glorious weather and diving......

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1Thank happyfew753
England
Reviewed 2 October 2014

We have just returned from a wonderful few days at Pole Pole, An ideal place to relax and unwind with lovely people and great food. We found the staff charming, polite, friendly and ever helpful. The rooms are spacious with a well seperate and screened bed area, that felt like sleeping in a little gingerbread house. The daybed on the...

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1Thank Lynne F
Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 September 2014

After a few days in Ruaha and Selous, Pole Pole, by the ocean, is the ideal place to rest. From manager to housekeepers, the whole staff offers excellent service. The meals are an everyday feast with the fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood from the island. If you don't want to be active snorkeling or visiting the neighboring islands, just relax...

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Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2014

We've just returned from 6 very special days here after 10 days on Safari in the Northern Serengeti.What a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy excellent food and service.Nothing was too much trouble for Anne and her genuinely kind and caring staff.We felt like part of the family in this intimate atmosphere where a total of 7 lodges ensure that...

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1Thank Graham M
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 16 September 2014

We went here based on high recommendations from friends and were a little disappointed. The service was distinctly average, the food was distinctly average and finally the rooms were poor. My wife was pregnant and our mosquito net had so many holes that Mosquitos could swarm in. Not good in a malaria area. The sundowner drink service at the room...

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PolePoleMafiaIsland, Owner at Pole Pole Bungalows, responded to this review

A polite disagreement.... We were saddened to hear that Camilla and Charly didn’t enjoy Pole Pole as much as their friends and our many other clients did. Of course, we strive to make everyone happy, but we understand that different people have different tastes and opinions, and we respect that. We thank them for sharing this review, and are only...

Montreal
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Read all the reviews; they are accurate. Its not just that i am lazy- they are 5 star for the right reasons, nothing much to add. Highlight: the staff, real local people who were friendly and caring. Diving locally is also first class.

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1Thank pete s
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Reviewed 26 August 2014

We stayed at Pole Pole for 7 nights in August. It was a fabulous way to end a fabulous trip. The hotel was peaceful and beautiful in very simple ways. The staff did everything to make us feel relaxed and comfortable. The service was outstanding. It is a very special place that will stay in our memories for a very...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We stayed 6 days there to go diving after safaris in Serengeti and Ruaha. An off track little lodge for wildlife lovers. Wonderful food and excellent service in this very remote island off the Tanzanian cost. Very few tourists and well appointed diving club nearby, after a 10 minutes walk in the mangrove. For non divers, many excursions on offer...

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Seven bungalow suites overlook the infinite hues of blue of Chole Bay, the core of Mafia Island Marine Park. Pole Pole is an exclusive eco-resort, renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury and respect for local culture and environment it is the perfect place to relax after a safari and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wanders of Mafia Island. With a touch of style. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pole Pole Bungalows

Address: Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $281 - $327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pole Pole Bungalows 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Pole Pole Bungalows Hotel Mafia Island
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Bungalows 6 & 7 are family rooms [2 bedrooms] so more spacious and private at the end of the row of bungalows.”
  • Main bedroom Bungalow 6
  • Pre dinner drinks on our terrace
  • Dhow at high tide from our terrace
luka99, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
Avnerb10, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“2-roomed bungalows have less good views and the second bedroom is not great.”
MFDtraveller, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are in a good position.”
tjs663, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in No.1 (of only 7) and would recommend it highly”
12tonyb, 17 Jan 2016 | Read review
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