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“Absolute paradise”
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Pongwe Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pongwe
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

We stayed there seven nights and it wasn't long enough. This hotel is absolutely wonderful.

Everything was superb: the beach, the rooms, the restaurant, lobby and the staff. The food in the restaurant was excellent really high standards - best seafood ever!

Everything was pretty much said before so we’ll keep it short. We just wanted to mention that the brackish water in the showers is not a big issue and that the tide does go a long way but even if you’re a sea swimmer (like us) you can still do it when the tide is high – there’s plenty of time during the day…

Special thanks to Heidi for being a great help when booking and after we arrived.

As somebody said before "Can we go back now, please?"

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2010

We had only one night booking but when we discovered this place we ask every others nights they had left and could return 2 more nights after...
Staff, beach, swimmingpool, bungalow, situation... everything makes it unforgettable!!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2010

This place is fantastic, white sand, blue indian ocean view and palms, a good place for a romantic getaway! The warm welcom from a friendly staff makes you feel special. Food is good, with variaty enough for a longer stay than we did. The seafood they serve is fresh from the ocean and the portion is large!
If you have forgotten to bring a book to read when you relax under the palmtrees, you can borrow one from the reception, the selection includes other languages beside english as well.
We enjoed the full day deep sea fishing and snorkeling at the Mnemba atoll, beautyfull tripp and exciting, we didn't make the big catch, but we did sea both the Barracuda and Tuna breaking the surface. Even got a brief encounter with some dolphins
Rooms were ok, without ac, but the wind was enough to keep it cool during nigthtime.
A good place.

Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

It was great to have the opportunity to go back to Pongwe for the second time in less than 12 months. Just 16 bungalows, serviced by Heidi and her staff of 68(!) means that this paradise location is matched by excellent and friendly service and great food, wine and cocktails. All we wanted to do was watch the tide come in and out - viewing from our room, our terrace, the infinity pool, the bar or the beach - or pretend to be beachcombers scouring the extensive beach at low tide. Relevant only to the current electricity crisis on the island (which is hell for the islanders and now looks to continue until March 2010) Pongwe is fully self suffiicient with its own generators operating 24/7. Go on, spoil yourself too!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2010

My wife and I came here for our 15th wedding anniversary, and we couldn't have been happier!

Although it was about an hour drive from the airport, it was well worth it. Their beach is magnificent. Not only that, but it is very private due to rock outcroppings that block off outsiders from walking onto their beach. This is great because it keeps those wanting to sell you things away (which you get a lot on the west side of the island) and allows you to truly relax.

The white sand and crystal clear waters was made even more enjoyable with the many hammocks that are scattered around their beach.

The food was terrific! Great sandwiches and snacks and a wonderful dinner with even better service.

We are American's living in East Africa so we have seen our share of the good and the bad. This is definitely way up on the "good" list.

Thank you, Pongwe for making our anniversary one to remember!

  • Stayed: January 2010, 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: $191 - $310 (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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