Pole pole is well named - it means slowly slowly in swahili and that is indeed its ambience. Its a small lodge - just 7 rooms - and thus peaceful. It has a small beach (note: noth facing so looses the sun before it goes down). Every day the lodge runs complimentary snorkelling trips to reefs in Chole bay - it takes less than 30 mins to get there and the reefs and fish are superb (better gthan Pemba where we went before). There is also complimentary lunches on a sandbank - they bbq the fish they caught that morning. The rooms a nice - not deluxe but large and comfortable. Each lodge has a large verhandah which has a large day bed and chairs - nice sea view through the trees - i like the sun so i was a bit disappointed that the rooms were north facing and thus lost the sun after 10am, but it did make them a nice cool shady place to relax to the sound of the sea and great views. The small beach in front of the lodge is nice and never busy - as the sea is tidal swimming is only possible for part of the day. Food was good - not deluxe but very tasty - mostly based around seafood and pasta, with salads. Dining was not communal and tables were well spaced for privacy. One night there was a swahili buffet when there was communal dining. The manager Lynne was very attentive and helpful. The staff were pleasant but their english was quite basic. We did the option trip to look around the local Chole Island village which was very nice - they all seemed very happy and no begging children or anyone trying to sell you anything (there was opportinity to buy local made products). At the end of this village there is a great bar to have a sunset cocktail before sailing back over to Pole Pole.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Pole Pole Bungalows Hotel Mafia Island