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“Amazing place with wonderful hospitality...” 5 of 5 stars
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Pongwe Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pongwe
Toronto, Canada
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“Amazing place with wonderful hospitality...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My wife and I just stayed for 1 day, and I have to say that we really wish we could have stayed longer. The facilities are clean, and well thought out. The beach is gorgeous, and there is a lovely pool that overlooks the ocean.

We didn't really know what to expect, since we'd stayed in other resorts in Africa for the 2 weeks prior, but we found that the staff and facility was top-notch. Unfortunately the wireless is limited to the reception area, but we've consistently found this wherever we stayed (if they had internet access at all).

We had dinner on the beach (which is an option that you can choose for free), and I have to say it was the highlight of our experience. The weather was gorgeous, the sky was clear (countless stars) and it felt very intimate. My wife and I were lucky, I guess, that we were the only couple on the beach that night.

Anyhow, to make a long story short--FANTASTIC place. Private, quiet, great service, great value, and very clean.

The one down side, even though we didn't care, was that the hotel uses salt-water for the showers. They were up-front about it, and I believe they said they are working on a fresh-water option.

Thanks Pongwe Beach Hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hamburg, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

this is the place to be if you just want to chill and reflect and enjoy a natural beach environment. Staff are extremely friendly and looked after our every need and seemed to enjoy their work! Simple accommodation under the palm trees. Go to sleep listening to the waves, there is nothing more soothing. Food and drinks were great. We took full advantage of happy hour cocktails! Gorgeous poolside area for when the ocean is too far away to swim but dont miss the rockpools then! Boat trips available out to the reef, island tours can be booked too if you stay longer than a couple of days. Great place we want to return to one day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

Amazing place to stay. We spent 1 week there and everything was just perfect, from the food to the beautiful beach.

Don't expect too many things to do as the place is rather secluded (which is a great thing by the way)

A special mention for the staff, super friendly and helpful. Highly recommended, and if you can afford the beautiful honeymoney suite do not hesitate, very nice private swimmingpool...

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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35 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We (my husband and I in our mid-sixties) were lucky enough to spend 4 nights in a beachfront room at Pongwe. It was wonderfully relaxing and very beautiful. We were lucky that the high tides corresponded with the middle of the day when we were there, so if that's important to you and you have some flexibility, it's worth checking the tide tables. The high tide made a real difference compared to other resorts on the East coast and also the fact that the Pongwe tide doesn't seem to fluctuate so much as other places (even during low tide) made it a real draw. We only had to use the pool once even though it was quite a nicely designed 'infinity' pool. The seawater was really lovely. It was quite windy on a few days though. I 'd say that Pongwe was my second favourite beach after Kendwa.

The other factor that absolutely made our stay here was the fantastic food - especially seafood; very creative menus, well-cooked with a lot of variety - both lunch and dinner.

It was also great that they had good wifi for $10 per stay, a comfortable room but not opulent, good bed, lots of fresh towels for beach and personal use, and locally-made gowns, plus it was very clean.

I was extremely impressed with all of the happy, smiling starving- whether kitchen, rooms, garden or security; they were all very warm, friendly and welcoming.

We thought the price was good value for low season but sad that there is going to be a significant price hike next year - above our budget although I understand that returning guests get a 20% discount.

Asante sana to all the staff at Pongwe!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Yes I know that the fictional Shangri La was supposed to be in the Himalayas but I just can't get over how idyllic this place was. Lovely surroundings, intimate atmosphere, exquisite private beach and fabulous gourmet food from the new chef.

It all made for a wonderful contrast after a week of climbing Kilimanjaro. My only caveat was the service in the dining room. The toast arrived independently from the rest of my cooked breakfast if it arrived at all and half the time, I did not get the food invoice until the next day. These were minor administrative inconveniencies though in the scheme of things.

I would highly recommend this location to romantic couples and anybody wanting complete peace and quiet in a luxury environment. Book an ocean view room if you like to hear the waves at night as my wife and I do.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, BC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We only had 2 days to enjoy the glorious beach of this charming resort.....but the highlight was the fabulous dining thanks to a new chef from South Africa.....we LOVED his innovative menus - .. Currently there are concerns regarding service in the dining and lounge areas....hopefully this can be corrected in the near future...BC Canada

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We came to Pongwe after spending 2 days in Stonetown. Loved the beach area with hammocks strewn about...... We stayed in a "suite" at the very end of the resort. Quiet area. The beach area was the best part of this stay. Restaurant large could be more intimate and decorated better. Food was ok. We did a spice tour we arranged ourself with the taxi driver who brought us there. Pool very nice but not much shade around it. Kayaks were fun to use. Lots of sunny and shady area on the large beach area. We would stay here again, if you want a exquisite beach you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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