Reviews of Pole Pole
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relaxing Pole Pole
supposed to have been a bit more relaxing after 2 safaris but it wasn't - dive centre a 5 minute walk away.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Beach esclusive life
The lodge is very small, with lots of space, very welll maintained. Beautfiul view from the rooms.
High quality rooms, with plenty of attention to details.
Maybe the lodge is even too quiet.
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Paradise in Pole Pole
This was the ideal end to our safari holiday.
Woderful beach side location, very comfortable bungalow, outstanding food, fabulous staff.
Our swimming with whale sharks was a memorable experience.
Pole Pole review
A lovely relaxing way to end a holiday.
I was surprised snorkling was only available by going on a boat trip rather than straight off the lodge beach.
5 days at Pole Pole
We went for relaxation and diving. Both parts were superb, but the highlight was whale watching up close in a Dow and then having a private lunch on a sand bank!
Can't imagine a better time for any of us.
Can't wait for the time for all of us to return!
Perfect trip ending at lovely Pole Pole
Again great management from Robyn.
The best food of our trip & also the accommodation.
Great beach & pool.
Pole Pole Review
We were greeted by Robyn on arrival at Pole Pole and shown to our bungalow which was very comfortable with a lovely sea view.
This once again was a very relaxing resort with excellent facilities, attentive staff and a lovely quiet location. We spent some time chilling by the pool which was very quiet and welcomed at times when the tide was out. A very good addition to this resort.
It was nice to have fresh fish at meal times and once again all the meals here were fantastic although we struggled a little with the portion sizes.
Nothing was too much trouble to organise and we thoroughly enjoyed the sunset cruise and snorkelling trips that were included in the room rates. The local diving centre was very well organised with good equipment and experienced staff and the reefs within the bay area were lovely with a huge variety of fish. Nice to see hardly any dive boats in the bay.
The highlight for us (and reason for choosing Mafia over Zanzibar) was having the chance to swim up close with 5 whale sharks. Absolutely wonderful!
The restaurant area was very pretty and relaxing for a drink before dinner and the romantic dinner for two was very much appreciated!
The only small improvements to be made would be to the service, as there were a couple of times that morning wake up and tea didn't arrive and an evening where balcony drinks orders weren't taken.
Overall a first class resort with friendly staff.
Pole Pole review
We really enjoyed our stay at Pole Pole after staying in safari camps. It was very relaxed and designed to allow visitors to chill out. Excellent room with a terrace and day bed. With the package comes a free activity each day - we chose a snorkeling trip in a dhow followed by lunch on a deserted island and a trip to Chole island where we saw the remains of the old slave market, a modern dhow building and hundreds of fruit bats.
A trip to swim with the whale sharks (not free) was a wonderful experience.
The down side of Pole Pole as mentioned elswhere is the tidal nature of the site. Activity timings depend on the tide and swimming from the beach is not easy. We were disappointed that the new swimming pool was not available - we understood it was to be finished in January.
Expert Africa comments
“We sent through this feedback to Pole Pole, who were delighted to hear these travellers had a great stay. They wanted to pass on their apologies that the pool wasn’t finished when these travellers stayed. A number of complications meant the opening date had to be delayed, hwoever they’re pleased to announce that the pool is now officially open, and getting great feedback. They invited these travellers back to see it at some point in the future!”
Pole Pole review
Pole Pole was an amazing place, and just the thing for our last week on holiday. After a busy week on safari it was the perfect antidote and helped to send us back home fully relaxed.
We particularly liked:
- The massage (Robyn the manager gave us both free massages as it was our honeymoon)
- The staff were really friendly and approachable
- Our room was of a really high standard
- The food was really well prepared, fresh, and had lots of really nice fish!
- The diving (and dive guide Tiego) were excellent.
Although it was brilliant, on the whole, there are a couple of things that could be improved. The room service was slightly random: sometimes it came late, sometimes it didn't arrive (morning coffee, for example). We weren't too fussed by this, and just took it as part of the 'relaxed' approach.
Most of the diving was done within the Mafia bay. We were lucky to get a couple of dives outside the bay which were absolutely stunning. It would be nice if guests going there specifically to dive could get a little bit more information here - will it be possible to go out of the bay, are the tides OK, etc.