Although we havent stayed in many hotels in Zanzibar, and therefore not really qualified to make the above comment, what we loved about Pongwe was its intimacy. There are only16 rooms, and all except 3 are beachfront villas. The rooms are large and clean and yes, the salt water in the bathroom takes a bit of getting used to, but after a while you accommodate it quite easily. As all the photos on this site show, the sand is white and the sea turquoise and when you first arrive, your first word is WOW. The staff are lovely and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble and they were always on hand to give information. We were immediately christened Babu and Bibi, meaning grandfather and grandmother, and this spread to all the staff during our stay. This made us feel special. The food was lovely, with several choices for lunch. If there was something on the dinner menu that you didn't like, this would be readily changed for something to suit. The main course at dinner would normally consist of fish. The tropical fruit provided at lunch and breakfast had a taste like we have rarely experienced. The mango and pineapple were so sweet and gorgeous. There is a laptop provided, with free access to the internet. Also in this area, a very large library providing a book exchange, in several languages. It was wonderful to chill out here with a book, after our safari in Northern Tanzania. Yes, the hotel is remote and a return taxi to Stonetown is going to cost $100, but if you are looking to chill, take long walks along the beach and experience paradise, then look no further. I think if you are looking for a honeymoon destination, then this hotel ticks all the boxes!!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com and Booking.com so you can book your Pongwe Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.