We are a family of four (two teens, 18 and 16) and stayed at Pongwe Beach 11th-17th July. We stayed in a sea view suite with its own private plunge pool - truly luxurious. 15 metres beyond our deck and private pool was the hotel's infinity pool and then the sea, so we woke each morning to the sound of the waves and looked out onto aquamarine sea and pure white sands. Pongwe is a fairly small hotel with a lovely cosy atmosphere - the staff are friendly and helped us to learn some Swahili. Bush babies visit the bar in the evenings (the bar/restaurant has a high thatched roof and open sides) and the barman got our kids to come behind the counter and feed them little bananas! We stayed for a week but the majority of guests were probably only there for 3 or 4 days, and many were couples (honeymooners?) but we were made a fuss of as a family, so definitely didn't feel it was a no-kids hotel. Ours are older teens and happy to laze around the pool and on beach loungers all day - might be harder to keep active younger kids occupied as there is not much nearby. Hotel has a fishing boat which you can pay ($15) to take a trip out to the reef offshore and do snorkelling or line fishing. They also have a kayak you can borrow to paddle around in the shallows. Trips are available (half day snorkelling/scuba diving at Mnemba Atolla off the northern point of the island; spice tour; StoneTown tour) but reasonably pricey. We hired a car for a day and took our chances with the crazy Zanzibar traffic, and managed to combine spice farms and Stone Town for half the cost - great day out. The hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquillity - no TVs or telephones in the rooms (although they had a TV in the staff quarters to which guests were invited to watch the World Cup Final!), no mosquitoes to speak of, no hassling on the beach from locals selling stuff as their resident Maasai with a staff patrols the beach all day and night - the perfect place to unwind after a week of safaris! Can't recommend it enough!
- 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