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Pongwe Beach Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pongwe Beach, Pongwe, Tanzania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is such an amazing place to stay. Perfect white sand beach and really comfortable rooms. The food is delicious. We particularly enjoyed our candle lit dinner on the beach. Such a romantic way to spend the evening :)

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect hotel, perfect beach, perfect super-fine white sand, minimal rain and no mosquitos at all. What can I say, this is THE place for ultimate relaxation. Food was GREAT but the deserts mediocre. Lunch is their best meal. When I am looking at our photos I can not believe we spent some time in this natural beauty. The problem is... More

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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Hatem, Thank you for taking the time to share your Pongwe experience. We are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us despite the late (and unusual for this time of year) rains. We definitely have to agree with being the winner of the "Do Nothing Award " :) Just sit back and relax!... More

Chandler, Arizona
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A sea view room with lounge chairs on the veranda and a hammock were just what was needed after an 8 day Tanzanian safari. The room was spacious and well attended to by the friendly staff who sprayed for mosquitoes and turned down the comfortable beds nightly. We were able to totally relax and saunter over to the restaurant for... More

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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Octsky, Thank you for taking the time to share this lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and have taken home with you happy memories of Tanzania and Zanzibar. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Pongwe in the future. More

London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night on the last day of our Zanzibar holiday. As we were used to staying in cheaper places this was a real treat for us. The pool especially was completely gorgeous, and has to be seen to be believed. I have a photo I took lying on the sun lounger of the view and I... More

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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 115Jess, Thank you for taking your time to share this lovely review. As fresh water on the island is limited, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible at Pongwe…hence the naturally filtrated, brackish-water showers. We are happy that this did not bother you too much. We hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you to Pongwe... More

London, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having read the amazing reviews, we thought we were going to blown away by Pongwe, but ended up being pretty disappointed. Whilst the suite with plunge pool was nice and the setting was beautiful, the service and food were not up to the standard we would have expected. We were probably spoilt having just come from the Selous Impala camp... More

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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to share your opinion about your stay. We take your feedback as an opportunity to improve our service. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations in our meals provided and that the staff did not seem happy. This is very unusual as our staff are always highly praised for... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are a family of four (two teens, 18 and 16) and stayed at Pongwe Beach 11th-17th July. We stayed in a sea view suite with its own private plunge pool - truly luxurious. 15 metres beyond our deck and private pool was the hotel's infinity pool and then the sea, so we woke each morning to the sound of... More

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23 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an exceptionally gorgeous property with fantastic rooms overlooking the gorgeous beach. Exploring the ocean during low tide is a lot of fun and can find lots of interesting ocean life. Once the tide comes in the swimming is excellent and the pool is very enjoyable. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We were one of only 3... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stunningly beautiful beach with its white, white sand, lovely large rooms right off the beach with ocean views, an open-air dining room with scrumptious food, pool, hammocks, what more can anyone want? We walked down the beach to find a large native canoe and a man bringing in sea weed on a pole across his back. All very romantic. In... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Pongwe Beach Hotel is in a gorgeous location. On the other side of the island from Stone Town it is a little rustic paradise. We were a Honeymoon couple staying for 2 weeks in a beachfront bungalow. We had welcome drinks and sparkling wine waiting in our room on arrival. Our first dinner was set on the beach. So romantic.... More

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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

First time staying at Pongwe Beach Hotel in September 2013 and it is just absolutely incredible. Traveling with my husband after a safari in Tanzania this was the idyllic place for some relaxation, very secluded and quiet - the beach is stunning, pool area amenities are also excellent. A special mention has to be about the food however, amazing! Some... More

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Address: Pongwe Beach, Pongwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pongwe Beach Hotel 3*
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Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar

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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 ten traditional sea view cottages 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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