We loved it here. (March 2011 - bit slow in reviewing) Mainly because you were made to feel very special. But no place is perfect, so I'll try to give a balanced review. We are a couple in our 20s, we are fairly well travelled. We had been on safari for 4days before 6days in Pongwe.
Cons - Salt water in the showers. It's not terrible, but it may bother some people. No air-con. But plenty of fans and I never felt too hot in the room, but the restaurant gets no air and I found it a bit stuffy in the humidity. Humid time of year, so I looked like Shakira for most of the stay despite trying desperately to straighten out my hair. But none of these things bothered us because it is a 3* hotel, not a 5*. Who can control humidity eh?
Pros - On arrival a cool cocktail and cold flannel. Beautiful setting. I would add my photos but they look just like everyone elses. The private beach is raked every morning to get rid of debris. Food was excellent, fresh fish, something different everyday. Great service, and everyone has the opportunity to a candlelit dinner on the beach. It feels sooo relaxing, quiet, no background noise, waiters offering you drinks during the day by the pool and on the beach. Free bottle of water 1.5l everyday left outside your room. Room is like something from a James Bond movie, a wee thatched roof house with 4 poster bed and flowers everyday. Nothing is plastic, all natural woods etc making everything feel luxurious. We fished one day for around £15 I think, which was lots of fun. Also went snorkelling - beware, I had on factor 30 and still burned my back stupid - wear a t-shirt. It was like being in Finding Nemo.
Overall it feels very romantic and luxurious and the staff are awesome. It's quite expensive, but having been away on student budgets before, the extra money was definitely worth spending here. We are not people who go to the same place twice, but we have recommended it to all our friends wishing to visit Zanzibar. Would be a great honeymoon destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on what could perhaps be described as the best beach in Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach Hotel is a tranquil place where one can escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. It is modestly sized, with 4 Sea View Suites, 13 traditional Beach Villas as well as 3 Garden Rooms and has an intimate, personal atmosphere. Set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach is a true paradise retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island