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“Paradise on Earth” 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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Amman, Jordan
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“Paradise on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The north of Zanzibar might be a place to go if you are looking for a party but if you are looking for a piece of mind and have a special connection with nature and surroundings, the Pongwe Beach is your ultimate choice. We stayed at Pongwe Beach Hotel for 3 days and have only good things to say about this charming hotel. It is very well maintained and looked after, with friendly staff who are ready to help with anything. We were worried a bit about the food as there is not much of a choice to go around, but breakfast and dinner were delicious and different from day-to-day. Loved the atmosphere where we felt like at home and that white sand beach... check out my photos and for more details visit alextravelblog.com

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The north of Zanzibar might be a place to go if you are looking for a party but if you are looking for a piece of mind and have a special connection with nature and surroundings, the Pongwe Beach is your ultimate choice. We stayed at Pongwe Beach Hotel for 3 days and have only good things to say about this charming hotel. It is very well maintained and looked after, with friendly staff who are ready to help with anything. We were worried a bit about the food as there is not much of a choice to go around, but breakfast and dinner were delicious and different from day-to-day. Loved the atmosphere where we felt like at home and that white sand beach... check out my photos and for more details visit alextravelblog.com

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We just returned from Pongwe and cannot recommend this place enough. While the rooms are fairly basic, and could benefit from an upgrade compared to other mid-range hotels in Zanzibar, this is more than offset by the amazing, friendly and attentive staff and the beautiful beach setting of the hotel. All the staff greeted us by our first names after the first evening and they all took great care in talking and joking with our four year old daughter, who loved this place. Moreover, the beach and sea is absolutely stunning at Pongwe and far better than other places on the East coast of Zanzibar. Amazing. We also truly enjoyed having dinner at the beach and watching the sun set and moonlight. Cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We have just returned from 7 nights at Pongwe and cannot stress enough what a brilliant time we had. The beach is incredible and the sea is beautiful. The staff were very friendly without being overbearing and the food (as numerous others have mentioned) is great. We ate on the beach 3 nights which was lovely and highly recommended. A fantastic place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Pongwe Beach Hotel. The hotel is located on one of the nicest beaches in Zanzibar (or Africa for that matter). Nice, well maintained and spacious rooms and excellent food from a South African chef. Staff was very friendly, helpful and welcoming. A great place to unwind for a couple of days (or weeks). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A great find, very pleased we were able to be flexible with our dates to find a 3 night stay here in late September (they fill up quickly).

It is a smallish hotel, less than 20 rooms, around a lovely stretch of beach. You can swim in the sea straight from the beach even at low tide (not really possible in all places in Zanzibar).

The food was genuinely really good - the best of our near three week stay in Tanzania - cooked by a young South African chef who knows what he is doing. We opted for bed and breakfast so as to have a choice of evening meal and because we generally only eat one course (either the main course meal offered or lunch menu if the former was not to our taste), but unless you are small eaters like ourselves you are probably better off going for the half board option. It is not as if you can walk out the front gate to a restaurant further down the street (you would need a taxi to take you to another hotel).

One of my favourite experiences was seeing the bushbabies coming into the bar just after sun set, you can even feed them some banana. I have often heard them in Africa and seen them in the distance in a tree, but till then never had a chance to see them close up.

The only real downside is the salt water showers, a fairly big downside for me, but it says something about how much they have got right that I still give it 5 stars.

Finally, the good points above combined with good and friendly management with friendly staff make this a place I would definitely return one day.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Pongwe Beach Hotel for 2 days and it was so difficult to leave - I could have happily stayed there for much, much longer. The beach is truly spectacular - one of the best I've ever seen, rivalling Fiji, Cuba, Indonesia and Thailand. The hotel is gorgeous - the main public area/restaurant is a great place to relax, eat, and meet people. We spent a lot of time playing cards and chatting with the friendly staff, who were thoroughly attentive and kind. The bungalow we stayed at was simple, but impeccably maintained. The attention to detail remains unparalleled.

My husband and I have travelled to many countries and stayed at many beach-front hotels. I can easily say that the Pongwe Beach Hotel blows them all away.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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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