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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Zanzibar & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Pongwe Beach Hotel overview

Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, Pongwe Beach Hotel is a paradise retreat on the east coast of Zanzibar. It is a modestly sized hotel with an intimate atmosphere. With a beautiful beach in a secluded bay protected by a coral reef, this is an ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar's distinctive, mellow pace. 

The sea is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. The hotel also has kayaks which are free to use and their own boat for big game fishing and leisurely cruises. At low tide you can go for long walks along the beach. There are plenty of hammocks and sun loungers on the beach and in the pretty palm-filled gardens and there is an infinity pool for that cooling swim.

Guest cottages are scattered throughout the grounds with views of the beach or gardens. They have traditional lime wash walls and thatched roofs made from woven palm leaves. All have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water, walk in showers, basins and flush toilets. You'll find a supply of toiletries in the bathroom. Each cottage also has its own private terrace where you can enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. each of the 4 seaview suites has its own plunge pool. 


Open: Pongwe Beach Hotel is open from 1st June till 30th April.

Location: Pongwe Beach Hotel is on a quiet bay on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. It is 35kms from Stone Town, about an hours’ drive.

Rooms: There are 20 rooms in total including 13 facing the beach, 3 overlooking the garden and 4 beachfront suites with private plunge pools. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, hand basins and flush toilets. The showers use salt water. They also have private terraces with chairs or hammocks. Towels and bottled water are provided. Rooms are cooled by fans and sea breezes. Beach bags, hats and sarongs are provided.

Activities: Popular activities include swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and diving in the ocean, sunbathing on the beach or by the pool, relaxing in a hammock. At low tide you can take walks along the beach. There are bikes for rent. Pongwe can arrange excursions to Stone Town and other places of interest on the island, big game fishing and a variety of boat trips including sunset cruises.

Facilities: The hotel has lovely gardens and hammocks are strung up between trees where you can relax. There is a salt water infinity pool by the beach with a wooden deck and sun loungers. The thatched, open-sided restaurant is spacious and serves high quality food and wine. The hotel has a lounge bar and a library with a wide range of books including fiction. The reception is staffed 24 hours a day. Pongwe offers a laundry service, to be paid for locally.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a computer which can be used for free, and Wi-Fi internet access to be paid for locally.

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client reviews

Mr. David Starling (01/03/2018)

"See above. The beach and view exceeded anything we hoped for. Best beach place ever."

Mrs. Annabel Heward (26/12/2017)
"Lovely location, and very welcoming staff, accommodation great.. but food a little average. Very generous portions- we would have welcomed the opportunity for half portions."
Mr. Alan Barber (02/11/2017)
"Again, just what we needed, lovely staff, excellent food & what a view out over the Indian Ocean. We did become lazy, & quickly gave up any idea of seeing more of Zanzibar. A truly delightful hotel."
Miss. Amy Harley (29/08/2017)
"Could not fault the room the service the staff any of it.. We have room service for no extra cost!! Such a great vibe and looking forward to going back."
Robert & Ursula McCormack
"Just an excellent, lovely place with extremely helpful and friendly people. The beach is lovely, too. Too bad, that nearby at the fishing village the beach is terrible, full of plastic and debris. It's sad to see the absolute ignorance to environmental matters. That has of course nothing to do with our lovely place, it's just saddening. "

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