Like so many other travellers have written, Pongwe is uncredible! Honestly I was a bit worried about a few things before coming to Pongwe. Since I am extremly tidy and also almost afraid of eating things abroad because of stomachproblems, I had a hard time believing that I would find Pongwe to be as perfect as everyone seems to think. I was so, so wrong. All worries for brackish water destroying the hair, dissappeared after my first shower. Although the water do is brackish, showering in it makes you feel clean and the hair is fine with a little conditioner. I hardly saw any insects in the room, and the staff sprayed all rooms during dinner-time. The rooms are spacious, and although there aren´t a lot of furniture in them, they fulfil your needs (which basically consist of just sleeping in a nice, clean environment since you´re rarely in the rooms during daytime). Electricity is off a few hours during nighttime, but it´s hard to think it would bother anyone since it´s way past sleeping time. The fans are off during these hours, but the room never got too hot anyway, maybe because of the wind from the sea. Regarding the food, I have to say again I was worried for nothing. All the meals live up to the standards of a good restaurant in Sweden, in flavour as well as in presentation. What I thought would be a one week diet turned out to be a wonderful culinary experience! Finally, it must be said that the staff and service is flawless in a easy-going way instead of traditional waiting, which I really appriciated. Everybody is eager to help, in a sincere way aswell. I must compliment the tip-box system and the fact that everything is paid on your departure, you never have to handle money around the hotel. Oh, and one other thing, I never felt so comfortable leaving my belongings on the beach and by the pool. You feel completly safe because of the small number of guests and the intimate atmosphere. See, I can´t stop writing how good this place is....
- 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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