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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Tanzania
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#3 of 9 hotels in Pongwe
2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private beach
Private balcony
Bottled water
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Swahili
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matkur872 wrote a review Apr. 9
4 contributions
Excellent hotel with superb service. The location is 11/10. Spacious room. Beautiful pool with an ocean view. Delicious food, especially fruits and vegetables. Not too many vegan choices, but the chefs are really helpful with finding solutions. No AC in rooms. Beds somewhat hard.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Superfastfox wrote a review Apr. 7
Dubai, United Arab Emirates356 contributions124 helpful votes
Beach was lovely but a few locals being pushy with tourist tat, resort does its best to discourage this but still happens on the public beach. There is a really nice infinity pool overlooking the beach. But was the other end of the resort so we didn’t use much. Spent most of our time lazing on the beach and in hammocks. Family/couples orientated so expect a few screaming children around at all times We obviously missed the welcome drink/orientation and were charged our 1st breakfast due to our early arrival time on the first day, check-in 8/9 am? Which wasn't an ideal start to our week's holiday. The cleaning team wasn't exactly 100% felt a bit like 'island time' which was expected but annoying when you're still waiting for towels at 5 pm. Moody one of the Head waiters always friendly Agness 1? Genuinely friendly unlike the others who feel a bit robotic and like they are reading a script. Great breakfast with daily rotating cooked menu After 3/4 days staff started pushing 'special beach dining' and boat tours which we politely declined (as we've done many of these things previously) Staff aren't amazing at English but are friendly anyway way, and their English is better than my Swahili so 🤷🏼‍♂‍ Looked like they were closing for the offseason
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Date of stay: March 2021
Zoe094 wrote a review Mar. 2021
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
This was my third time to stay at Pongwe Beach Hotel and it is my favorite place in the world and I try and come once a year. The staff and service are exceptional, the food is magnificent. Its peace and tranquility along with the spectacular beach and beautiful cottages and infinity pool are what dreams are made of. I look forward to returning next year again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Karel wrote a review Mar. 2021
Prague, Czech Republic4 contributions
Secluded paradise on Zanzibari coast. Comfortable rooms with nice air, no ac is the benefit due to the fresh ocean breeze at night. Beautiful beach just in front of the hotel. Very friendly staff, excellent waiters and waitresses, and food is coming always directly from heaven. Great seafood platter. Definitely place to come back again for much longer stay!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Kremena A wrote a review Mar. 2021
Varna, Bulgaria710 contributions123 helpful votes
Let me be honest. You get from the airport to the hotel and it is like heaven. A picture like beach, premises, a tranquil sport. The beach is one of the best, few sea urchins, clean water, few people. However, the beach boys are intruding and follow you into the water to offer some stupid things and not useful at all. For example, you cannot get a scooter for a good price neither here nor anywhere close. The white sand is perfect, the veranda is large and with good views so we spent most of the time there. The staff is very polite and well trained. However, at the reception you will get unrealistic high taxi fares. Don't bother to ask. Just find a taxi on the internet. Breakfast is good but not comparable to the standard of the hotel. More fruit at a free choice would be well worth the price. You can get out of the hotel and walk to the village but again there are few places you can buy anything. We managed to buy bananas and mango. Food at the hotel is a limited choice. You have few options and the prices are European or even higher. The food is well presented and some items are delicious. But you are left with the impression that you eat beautiful things at the expense of delicious ones. Don't get me wrong. It is not a bad thing to have a fixed menu but at 35 US pp on Zanzibar it is a robbery. Especially, when you can't eat all this food or you don't like the idea of eating it all. It turned out that we could order only the main, but it was not stated at first and even that was unrealistically high-priced. Later on our vacation we tried other places, some of them offering real good food at reasonable prices so I can compare. The thing is that that you are confined to the hotel for dinner. Due to the tides and lack of a scooter you get yourself at an isolated place. We tried their neighboring hotel for dinner, it was nothing special. The room is spacious and they clean it every day. There is no safe but it is not a problem. There are no windows, only mosquito nets. This tradition is not a problem for me but one day it got cold and rainy and windy. Thank God, there are blankets in the room. The bathroom is large and clean. You will feel relaxed. The place is safe. But somehow having read all these good reviews, I expected more.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$213 - US$274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pongwe Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (6.5 km), Uroa Bay (6.0 km), and Kiwengwa Caves (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant, La Base JungleKite, and Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pongwe Beach Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pongwe Beach Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pongwe Beach Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Afrikaans, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Pongwe Beach Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (6.2 km).
Does Pongwe Beach Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.