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Reviewed 13 May 2008

We stayed here for 5 days in mid-April and could barely find a fault with the place. An amazing setting (one of th nicest pools in the world), wonderful staff (kind & friendly), great food, clean & comfotable rooms.

would recomend to anyone - the best place to relax on a quiet beach and read books in the sun...

The ONLY draw back would pobably be the bar/dining area which could have been a little better, but thats really going out of our way to say!

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1  Thank David P
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Reviewed 20 April 2008

Stayed for 4 nights. Staff were attentive, friendly but not overpowering. Food was excellent with a varied selection and the opportunity to change according to needs. Accommodation was fabulous, directly on the beach. Location is secluded, with a beautiful beach, pool is also great. Excellent value for money, cannot fault it, except that the music could do with updating!! i would recommend this for anyone travelling to Zanzibar.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2008

Ponwge beach hotel was much more than we bargained for. My Wife and I spent 4 very memorable nights of our honeymoon in this VERY private paradise.
The facilities are not 5 star but the smiles of the people who serve you and the view from your window is!
Set in a remote village away from everything and everyone, with white sandy beaches, we couldn't have made a better choice of were to spend this short time. What can I say? It was priceless!!!
Is it the time we spent swinging gently in the hammocks scattered all over beach or the time spent smooching in the pool or the sea food platter dinner on the beach. Pongwe is very private, you tend to forget there is anyone else around.
The girls (Heidi & Sandy) excellent and honestly caring, we forgot to thank them for the beautiful flowers and wine waiting for us on arrival in our room (sorry girls we don't drink). Abdul our driver was great, Mohamed very wise, Juma at the front desk was kind and Stephen (waiter), every time we remember you it brings a smile to our face.
We look forward to coming back again in August; this time for longer.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank owambe
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Reviewed 23 March 2008

We have just returned from a 3 week honeymoon in Tanzania, 2 of which were spent on Zanzibar.

Our second week was spent at Pongwe Beach Hotel and it was just absolutely lovely. A really nice setting - pure white sand on a palm fringed beach with lots of sun and also lots of nice shady areas.

The food was superb - really good standard. We stayed on a half board basis where we paid for lunch and drinks on top, but everything is fairly reasonably priced. Lunch was $5-12 and was delicious. Drinks are around $5 for a beer, $7-8 for a cocktail.

The staff were very friendly and attentive without encroaching on our very relaxing holiday.

There is a lovely pool and the sea was so warm and gets deeper very gradually so it is nice for bathing.

Highly recommend staying here if you plan a trip to Zanzibar - perfect for honeymooners, couples or small families.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank futurefabric
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Reviewed 23 March 2008

my wife and i and our two year old son went to zanzibar in january and had a great time. we stayed in stone town, at ras nungwi and matemwe bungaloes but pongwe, where we started, was our favourite and great value for money. the staff were really lovely, especially in catering for our son 9the only child there!) and the food was homely and mostly very tasty. the beach is just something else and the most idyllic spot on the island. I did get stung by one of the many little jellyfish but i think i was unlucky and i recommend pongwe 100% we had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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4  Thank Superraph
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