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Pongwe Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
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Reviewed 12 June 2008

I spent 5 days with my girlfriend in December. This place is a dream and is very well managed.
The manager was an absolute star making sure that everything was absolutely perfect.
It is not a five star hotel, so if we look for air con TV etc. this is not the right place for you, but everything else is absolutely amazing beach staff food etc.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marcode29
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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!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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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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Address: PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
Price Range: $184 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pongwe Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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