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Pole Pole Bungalows

Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island Tanzania
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#1 of 9 hotels in Mafia Island
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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
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Shuttle bus service
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island Tanzania
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hjadam wrote a review Mar 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom19 contributions2 helpful votes
Julia made us feel home and looked after us throughout our stay. Her team worked so hard and went beyond their duties to make sure we were happy. Everyone was polite, always friendly and smiling, nothing was too much trouble for them. Even brought me some aloe vera when I got sun burnt. The food was delicious and plenty. Only seven bungalows so very quiet, no Wi-Fi, no music, no tv. Tables in the restaurant are well spread giving you privacy. Julia arranged a private dinner for us on the beach. The surprise couples massage was a real treat. This place is the perfect hideaway for families too, although you would expect a resort like this to be 18+ only. During our stay there were neap tides and only the following excursions were available: Chole island tour, sunset cruise and snorkelling. You cannot do diving and snorkelling the same day as both activities depart at the same time. Packed lunches were great too, loved the fruit skewers and I had the best tuna sandwich in my life. Would I recommend Pole Pole? Absolutely if you love bare foot luxury, back to nature relaxation, fresh sea food and friendly service. Will we return? Sadly no, not till Mafia Diving Centre are their activity provider. Do yourself a favour and walk a further 100metres, where we found a friendlier and more professional dive centre at cheaper prices. Tipp: If you are a light sleeper and do not want to be awaken by a cat, raven, cock or by religious music early every morning bring some earplugs.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Frogy007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa302 contributions76 helpful votes
If you are looking for a quiet. peaceful holiday - this is the right spot to be! Staff is well trained, management always visible,very friendly, prepared to go the extra mile. 5 Chalets and 2 family units making Pole Pole a small and private place with the most beautiful little beach on the doorstep. Calm water offers perfect conditions for swimming, snorchling or diving. Daily excurisions included. Morning tea or coffee is delivered to the bungalow, delicious food (also vegan options), wonderful spa, ... Simply a peace of paradies. Hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
JTZ wrote a review Feb 2020
Ashtead, United Kingdom248 contributions282 helpful votes
If you want peace and relaxation this is the place or alternatively if you want lots of activities then this is also the place - the choice is yours. We loved our three days at Pole Pole and hope we can return very soon. The cottages are great, spacious and airy and the day bed is a great place to take a short afternoon siesta. Julia is a brilliant host and with her team make you feel so welcome. We enjoyed the wonderful food, we loved the crispy crab claws and the home made ice creams, sorbets and granitas! There is a brilliant tie up with the Dive school - David and Zoe visited in the evening to advise what trips were available the following day – we enjoyed some great snorkel trips – the Coral gardens were beautiful but for us Big Rock was superb - the corals and sponges are looking colourful and healthy and the fish were amazing. We were also able to experience turtle hatching on a local island. If you have time book a massage - they are really good. A simply brilliant place to stay on Mafia.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Yaronadi wrote a review Feb 2020
64 contributions28 helpful votes
We have been in many places in the world and in many luxurious hotels but nothing is like Pole Pole. From the minute you arrive to the minute you leave it feels just like paradise. Julie, the manager, is so nice, professional and pay attention to all the small details that made our vacation just perfect. You can see how much she loves what she is doing and her commitment to make sure you'll have the nicest time. We can't thank enough to Julie for giving us such an experience. We miss Pole Pole already and as promised, we'll be back Thank you Mafia, thank you Pole Pole, thank you Julie!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Céline M wrote a review Feb 2020
Djibouti, Djibouti160 contributions36 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights at Pole Pole and we enjoyed every single second. The location is excellent inside the Marine Park and the bungalows are surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. Julie the manager made everything to please us and make our stay unforgettable. The food is tasty, healthy and fresh. The staff is excellent, professional and so helpful. Thanks to their close partnership with the dive centre we could book our next dive trips every night at the restaurant without leaving the hotel. The massage on the last day was the cherry on the cake! We can only recommend this wonderful place!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pole Pole Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Pole Pole Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Chole Bay (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pole Pole Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Pole Pole Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pole Pole Bungalows?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pole Pole Bungalows have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pole Pole Bungalows offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pole Pole Bungalows have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.