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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
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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We recently spent 12 days staying at Pole Pole and it is a measure of how good somewhere is that when you do have an issue they literally take the place apart to resolve it! Our visit will be remembered for the wonderful staff, great food and relaxing atmosphere. Nothing was too much trouble and we left with such fond memories. We dived most days and looked forward to the nightly reviews of the day and detailed plan for the next trip over drinks in the bar before supper. One word of warning - if you are going to use the internet there is only one place - the reception area, which is alive with mosquitoes - a pennance for having the temerity to want to keep in touch with the outside world in a resort where winding down and relaxing should be the order of the day. Many thanks to
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My wife and I have just returned from a 7 night stay at Pole Pole. Mafia was our only destination in Africa on this trip and selected for the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and for diving and snorkelling, it did not disappoint. Pole Pole is brilliant! We are in our 60’s and have travelled pretty extensively and to a very high standard. The eco lodge idea was a little scary as we are fond of luxury, we need not have worried. The best thing about Pole Pole is the people. The Manager, Julie, is the best host we have come across, she appears as if by magic to deal with tiny worries you did not even know you had, really and truly nothing is to much trouble. The team of ( I think) nearly 40 people are a delight, the service is excellent, with out being in the slightest,
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We have just finished a wonderful stay at this secluded eco lodge where they have thought of everything.  From the moment we arrived (when we received a face towel and fresh coconut juice), the service levels were exceedingly high - they even offered us an in-person wake-up call with tea and biscuits at 05:45. Our stay was full board and the 3-4 course main meals and breakfast were all made using fresh ingredients and were delicious. The complex itself is massive for a max. of 18 people. The en-suite bedroom and decking with day bed were spacious and a joy to while away our time, serving as an excellent base to get some R & R before and after our early morning Whale Shark excursion. PP also went above and beyond by giving us a packed lunch to take to the airport on the way
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Wow. Julie makes this place so charming and tranquil that you forget it's not home. We stayed here for 7 nights after a safari and loved every minute. The bungalows are superb - really comfortable, well-appointed, and serviced immaculately. The cocktails on your balcony at 6pm really kickstart the evening wind down, followed by some great classic cooking. We loved the Swahili night! Drinks are good value as well - incredibly so given the surroundings. Activities can be booked every night in the bar through the equally excellent dive centre - take advantage. The spa was also worth a visit although not our top priority in any location. Essentially we would recommend this to anybody travelling here to dive, snorkel, or just relax. It's brilliant.
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After a trip to Sands River in Selous and Ikuka in Ruaha, we finished our trip with 5 nights at Pole Pole on Mafia, for some r&r and diving. What a wonderful, relaxing place this is, completely fitting with its name. Julia, the manager, was delightful – we so enjoyed our evenings chatting with her – and her staff were so friendly and helpful. Life at Pole Pole moves at a marvellously unhurried pace to ensure a really restful experience. Everything, from the relaxed meal timings, to the sundowners – a member of staff glides by your room every evening to take your order so you don’t need to lift a finger – is gloriously leisurely. We had a lovely room (number 6), very private, with a big bathroom and spare bedroom. One of my favourite moments from the whole of our trip to
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