Pongwe Beach Hotel
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Here at Pongwe Beach Hotel, there's not much to do, just lie on your sun lounge and take in the view, and the gentle sounds of the sea. If you are feeling energetic, there's a walk on the beach, or snorkelling.
In the night you can hear the 'bush babies" cry out...little arboreal primates, much like lemurs. we left some banana out for them to …
We set off from Lobo Lodge at 8.30am for a quick game drive (including a last minute cheetah just by the airstrip) and arrived just in time for our flight. The documentation told us to be there an hour early which was a bit of a laugh given that the airstrip's only building was two drop toilets, and there were no staff – the plane arrived, …
A great way to start your holiday is to spend it relaxing on the beach. Doing nothing but laying in a hammock, swimming when it gets too hot, and eating when hungry. It allowed us to get over the 34 hours of travelling and for me, to forget about work. I was impressed with how …
We get to Matemwe Beach Village just after 8, this is one of the places we thought of staying at (later when we see our place I am happy-Pongwe is way cooler), the dive centre has a branch here, we get our gear, leave our luggage, and hop onto the back of a daladala for the drive to the site A daladala is an open sided pick up with benches on the …
Mambo, Quinn, Sarah, and I left in the morning on Friday. It was still dark out when we arrived by taxi at the ferry docks. Should you ever take the ferry to Zanzibar early in the morning, try not to show up while it's still dark out. SCETCHY!!! We did however make it on the boat unscathed. The trip from Dar to Zanzibar went by pretty quickly for …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pongwe Beach Hotel
Following a very minor hitch upon our arrival, we had finally found paradise and sanctuary at the Pongwe Beach.
My wife and I stayed at Pongwe for five days in February 2006.Val and the team went out of their way to make us feel at home-New manager Heidi was super.Rooms were excellent and location superb.Food was surprisingly good and the biggest decision we had to make in the day was what to eat- a total relaxing switch off! It is not for people who want "bright lights-big city" but superb for couples and honeymooners. The staff were very friendly and tried really hard.We will definately be back. On the downside, although there was a strong sea breeze at night which cooled the room down a/c would have been nice -but this is Africa and the generators are switched off between one and six in the morning.All in all -superb. Only downside, being Irish, we had this English lot who were very noisy in the middle of the night- Ah well, can't have everything !!!!!!-Just joking Michelle and Barry !!!!( look forward to seeing you in Belfast soon )
We have stayed in Pongwe for 5 days, Feb.12-Feb.17 2006, and have been overall very pleased with this hotel. The beach seems to be one of the best in the world - it is just so perfect that you can't believe it is natural. The hotel is small, so you don't have noise and don't hear or see too many of other people, which was ideal for us.
Beautiful but a bit boring
The colors of the beach are astounding,the hotel and the rooms beatiful. The meals system seems us to elaborated,with timetables and differences between lunch and dinner, after all it's a lodge, not a city hotel. If your goal is to relax, Pongwe Beach is perfect, but there is nothing else to do. Apart from fishing ( to expensive ), snorkeling was disappointing, and the surroundings not interesting and pocked with new constructions. I reccommend it for few days. Excuse me for my english.
Agree wholeheartedly with all the glorious reviews except for one thing....the elecricity is shut off between 2-6 in the morning. If this happens to be low tide then it is unbearably hot in the room.
Otherwise the beach is perfect and the staff is super. Wish they would have more variety in food though...
fantastic spot , fabulous food , lovely rooms and staff.[ But excrutiating meet and greet from the manager which lasted for 40 minutes .]
Couldn't fault it
Being the first place we rocked up at on our holiday to Zanzibar we were glad to be very warmly welcomed at Pongwe and taken to our beautifully situated bungalow right on the beach.
The food is very good, although as most people are on half board the set evening meals tend not to be particularly adventurous. The lunch menu is excellent.
The beach is lovely but the tide goes a long way out on the east coast and being able to swim will depend on when in the tidal cycle you arrive. Also watch out for the urchins.
The owner Val runs the place like clockwork and his staff are motivated, friendly and on the ball (more than I can say for some of the other resorts on the island). More suitable for couples though.
We stayed at Pongwe for four nights at the start of the month (Nov 2005) as part of our honeymoon trip to Zanzibar - it was a perfect introduction to the 'beach paradise' lifestyle. We really can't fault Pongwe - Val and his team were great, the staff in particular were wonderful - attentive without being obtrusive and genuinely friendly and helpful, we loved our time there. The beach and setting is truly stunning, the accommodation, food, service and 'attitude' absolutely spot on. Great attention to detail too - we had champagne on arrival, fresh flowers on our bed every day, the equipment that was available - from the top end mountain bikes and snorkel gear to the stunt kites for the beach - was quality stuff. Pongwe is very much a place to wind down, even with a full quota of guests we often had the beach to ourselves and hammocks in abundance. Not really a place to get too social or active (we actually got to know a couple later at Matemwe who had also been at Pongwe while we were there), but if you're looking to get that 'picture postcard' experience as a romantic couple then I really doubt you could do any better. Thoroughly recommended!
We just spent four idyllic days at the Pongwe Beach Hotel in Zanzibar.
Great place to relax
We just got back from a few days at Pongwe in Zanzibar- it was great- a completely private beach, an excellent friendly staff and simply one of the most beautiful views on earth.
It is the perfect place to go after a safari to relax, read and forget the world.