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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Pole Pole with my bf for a week. This is an absolute paradise on earth. Beautiful gardens, very lovely lodges and romantic views over the ocean. The staff treats all guests like kings and queen and you can really switch off at Pole Pole. The restaurant food deserves Michelin star - only local ingredients, all fresh, freshly...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed 4 nights at this hotel while on a diving trip in Mafia Island. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped, the property is beautifully landscaped, the staff are friendly and well trained, and the food is really top notch. The food was particularly surprising, you can really tell the Italian owners / managers spent time paying very close...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Mafia Island to dive and get away from "it all" and left feeling as though we received so much more. We did! Pole Pole's natural beauty is intoxicating. The service is outstanding. The food is delicious, creative and so fresh. The management and staff make all of their hard work look so effortless..The service was flawless and...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is probably the best on Mafia Island. The staff are super nice and helpful. It is just not for everyone. The rooms have mosquito nets, but have holes in them. Even though they spray insecticide every evening, you still have mosquitos. One night I saw a rat in my bathroom, which the staff apologized saying it was possible...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our relaxing, quiet post safari stay here. We found it very comfortable for our one week stay. Small and intimate, Italian run and owned with 7 unconditioned (ceiling fans), comfortable, spacious, ensuite, sea view bungalows, 5 are stick and thatch set on stilts with open decks, 2 are plastered concrete with thatch roof. All have good privacy, and...

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Dymchurch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Pole Pole for drinks and dinner. The setting is wonderful with bar/restaurant area looking out over the sea. Last Friday, it was Swahili night, as near as you'll get to traditional Tanzanian cuisine, and it was delicious and, not huge piles of food - just right. The coconut sweetmeats with coffee were amazing. The price for dinner $35...

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Shropshire,UK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pole Pole was our first stop on a trip visiting 4 places on the Tanzanian Coast. We were immediately made to feel very welcome. We liked the lay out of the property especially as we were given Bungalow number 6-second from the end so quiet though it was not a noisy place anyway. We were very happy here and the...

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england
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Generally a very good stay. We were here for 6 nights which was maybe a little too long. The room was absolutely beautiful and very comfortable. Early morning coffee was delivered to the room with biscuits which was a lovely start to the day however one of the male serving staff smelled terrible and I can't believe the management don't...

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Long Beach, California
Reviewed February 7, 2017

There are no words for how perfect Pole Pole is. This was the perfect end to a long safari. Here are some of the things that made it so great: THE GROUNDS. It's just gorgeous. Beaches and palm trees and huts. The beach is on a bay with severe tides, it's true. But it's beautiful to watch them come in...

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Santorini, Greece
Reviewed February 6, 2017

I have been traveling around the world. Never I got such an exceptional customer service. Paola helped me with everything, from flights tickets to diving tips. Anyone who goes to Pole Pole is assured to have a wonderful experience from the time they book to when they get there,

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pole Pole Bungalows

Address: Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $194 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pole Pole Bungalows 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Pole Pole Bungalows Hotel Mafia Island
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See which rooms travelers prefer

“Bungalows 6 & 7 are family rooms [2 bedrooms] so more spacious and private at the end of the row of bungalows.”
  • Main bedroom Bungalow 6
  • Pre dinner drinks on our terrace
  • Dhow at high tide from our terrace
 of 5 bubbles luka99, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“All rooms are good”
 of 5 bubbles Avnerb10, Jan 24, 2017 | Read review
“2-roomed bungalows have less good views and the second bedroom is not great.”
 of 5 bubbles MFDtraveller, Dec 21, 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are in a good position.”
 of 5 bubbles tjs663, Oct 3, 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in No.1 (of only 7) and would recommend it highly”
 of 5 bubbles 12tonyb, Jan 17, 2016 | Read review
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