I stayed in Vals room for poor 2 nights - wishing it had been for a week!
Vals room has, to me, the perfect location,a little away from the other bungalows, right on the beach,- inches from the ocean.
It has a complete private, huge terrasse, with sunbeds and a lovely 'lounge'area for some shade.
Pongwe staff is VERY welcoming and friendly, allthough it can fell kind of forced at some point.
The place was fullybooked while i was there, and thank you for the large grounds, so it didn't actually feel that crowded.
But i hope they do not add anymore rooms, or i could be afraid, that it could attend to lose that private/secluded/isolated feel that guests seem to appreciate and value so much.
The service is outstanding!!!
Everybody seems to go out of their way (and longer!) for guest to feel good, appriciated, welcome and no guest is lacking nothing! (if they do, it's their own responsibility!)
The brakish water some former reviewers complain about - i actually didn't notice it at all!
As for being a solo travelling female, residing in the 'isolated' Vals room, i felt 100% safe and secure - noticing from the corner of my eyes, the masai guard discretely following me , when i walked to my room in the dark evening, and continously patroling around the room throughout the night.
The food was nice - if you didn't quite fancy the menu, there was absolutely no problem of changing it at your taste and choice.
Debbie and Robyn - you girls are so kind and so patient, i thank you both for being you ♥
I love this place, and i will definitely return - and stay for a lot longer next time!
- 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