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Pole Pole Bungalows

Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island Tanzania
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Seven bungalow suites overlook the infinite hues of blue of Chole Bay, the core of Mafia Island Marine Park. Pole Pole is an exclusive eco-resort, renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury and respect for local culture and environment it is the perfect place to relax after a safari and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wanders of Mafia Island. With a touch of style.
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Free internet
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
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Shuttle bus service
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Private balcony
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Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island Tanzania
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We recently returned from a family holiday of a life time - a week in the Serengeti followed by a magical 6 nights at Pole Pole in Mafia Island Marine Park. It was the perfect place to slow down and relax after days of driving around seeing migrations. The bungalows were authentic, comfortable, spacious and clean and nicely separated to feel absolutely private. The meals were absolutely delicious with the menus well thought out and beautifully presented. Our trip included daily excursions - all of which were thoroughly enjoyed in a calm and generous spirit. My favourite was sunset on a sandbank. Great snorkelling and diving from the well equipped dive centre, and we loved visiting the nearby village of Chole. Best of all were the staff who were so welcoming and could not have done more to make us feel so at home. Well done and 'asante sana'!
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Great room, with view past the palm trees to the ocean. Food was exceptional - the home made chocolate Ice Cream was the best tasted anywhere. Staff where friendly and attentive, but un-intrusive. Arrangements with nearby diving centre for exclusions worked well and there was a good range each day - use of traditional boats was a great touch. A place to kick back and forget about the world for a few days.
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We have just returned from a fantastic few days at Pole Pole and want to tell others how absolutely lovely it was. It's 7 bedroom huts face the stunning Indian Ocean with the swimming pool, restaurant and bar all with their own palm huts too. The service from all staff was exceptional and always with a smile; no request was too much bother and everything had a personal and thoughtful touch. The excursions available as part of the price were excellent and varied including a dhow boat ride to see the sunset and an interesting trip to a small island to see a local village. Others were also available at extra cost, including a journey around Mafia Island with a beach barbecue and hippo sighting. My daughters favourite was the trip to see the turtles hatching and of course the diving. And last, but definitely not least, the food was amazing and plentiful- all in all a holiday full of special memories.
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Pole Pole is without doubt one of the best places to relax and recover from a long safari. Its eco-lodges are superbly furnished to a very high standard ,each with a lovely view towards Chloe Island. We were given a very warm welcome on arrival at the airport and at Pole Pole itself. Every evening one is informed of the excursions for the following day one of which is free. The one we most wanted was to see the Turtle hatching on Jouani Island and were lucky enough to find it one of the options, it is not free but highly recommended. The food was very good indeed, a variety of different cuisines , Italian and local food, all of which was excellent. The Bar offered a wide selection of cocktails, beers and wines. The Staff were all extremely polite, helpful and made our stay extra special. A very special place and one I would love to return to . Thank You all at Pole Pole, you are all wonderful and so friendly.
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As much as I want to keep this experience of a lifetime to myself I have to praise the love and care that was put into this place, from the inception of the project to the way it's operated today. The design of the rooms, the integration into the nature (you could barely see this is a hotel/resort from a boat), the overall efficiency and the lovely people that make this experience is utterly impressive. The food is plentiful and amazing, the cocktails on point and the beer is icy cold. Don't miss out on this place. It's very special.
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TanzaniaPwani RegionMafia Island
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