Pongwe Beach Hotel

Reviews of Pongwe Beach Hotel

Excellent(94%) From 50 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 50 of our travellers who have visited Pongwe Beach Hotel, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr W - Surrey
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A perfect place to relax

We spent three nights at Pongwe Beach after a safari and it was the perfect place to relax and chill. The beach is beautiful and well maintained and the bedrooms very spacious and comfortable. The timing was just right – any longer and we’d have wanted more options for eating and activities – but for a couple of days it was great.

The food was good, but you were meant to decide on dinner choices straight after breakfast – I guess this reduces waste, but it felt a bit unnecessary. The service was very friendly, but variable at times, some long waits and once main course arriving before we’d finished the starters.

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Mr & Mrs M from Tadley
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

We absolutely loved our time at Pongwe Beach Hotel, it definitey came up to expectations. The hotel was just as you had described: simple but with all necessary mod cons and we couldn't fault any of it. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and couldn't have done more for us. Food was excellent: an uncluttered menu with everything cooked to perfection. Our little "cottage" was only just finished - I think we were the first occupants - and it included our very own plunge pool which was an added bonus.

There is no fresh water at Pongwe, as you know, and this is a problem which they will need to address. After a day of swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, etc. it would be really nice to be able to get free of all the salt with a fresh water shower and at present this isn't possible. You never really get rid of all the salt! A very small gripe was that there are NO hair driers in the hotel - I could easily have packed mine but didn't because we were urged to keep our luggage to a minimum. They should think about this, too.

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Miss B & Mr B - Middlesex
Arrived on: 9-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Over rated

After reading some really amazing reviews about Pongwe Beach Hotel we were rather disappointed that the room we stayed in ( vals room) for four nights was not as expected. The bed was really small and the room did become rather uncomfortable when the cooling breeze stopped during the night. Fans were provided but they did not seem to be effective through the thick mozzie netting.

Meals were good at lunchtime and dinner, but we would have liked more of a choice at breakfast.

Lunch menu averaged around 12$ pp which is quite expensive, dinner around 30$ pp but as we were half board dinner was included.

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Mr & Mrs R - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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relaxing with great beach and food at Pongwe

Our room was right on the beach and we could lie in our creaky bed and watch the sunrise. Our room was basic but comfortable.

We wanted a laid back hotel with great beach and food and we got it.

Pleasant staff who looked after us well and we enjoyed the board games in the bar before our excellent dinners. Great romantic dinner on the beach.

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Mr & Mrs M from Bracknell
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

Perfect beach location. Superb, fresh and well-cooked food. Friendly, helpful and informal staff. A really enjoyable place to stay and relax.

Rooms a bit basic and showers use salt water, but that doesn’t matter for a short post-safari relax.

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Miss S and Mr L - Washington DC
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Great, private beach resort.

We had a great time at Pongwe, where we stayed for 5 nights to end our trip. Got to know the staff very well, and they went out of their way to make our trip special once we got to know them. Great food, relaxing atmosphere. Beach has white sand and perfectly clear green-blue water. Snorkeling was very nice. Spent time both on the beach and at their infinity pool, depending on the tides.

Had fun at the bar/lounge before dinner where the bushbabies visit the bar each night for a snack. Food was great, no repeated meals for 5 days and they were all top-notch. Maximum of 33 guest on the whole beach, was very quiet and private.

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The A family from Suffolk
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

Great hotel in a brilliant location.

Staff in the main were excellent, but not getting this out of perspective, because you could give most of the staff 10 out 10, - there were a couple who gave the impression of being bored - this is not a complaint.

The food was truly outstanding and consistently so.

A stunning set up.

Things to do better - resolve the boredom - small issue in an otherwise great experience

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Mr L & Ms F from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pongwe Beach hotel

Our time at Pongwe was wonderful, a perfect way to relax of the excitement of the safari. The staff were so kind and welcoming, and out food was again top notch.

We loved the 'flag' system on the beach - all we had to do was place our flag in the sand and wait to be waited on. Wonderful

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Mr & Mrs G - Huntingdon
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

Much more luxurious than I expected! Stunning location and gorgeous room, the food was delcious and the staff were just lovely. Not a huge fan of the singing duo on our first evening (Swahili night on Fridays), they did go on a bit and Rod Stewart would be very unimpressed with their version of 'Sailing'!

I loved the infinity pool, particularly as the sea completely disappeared when the tide was out, but you could then walk miles. Very quiet place so not suitable for anyone wanting a lively location but ideal for relaxing after a busy safari.

Beware the rather large bar bill at the end - wine isn't cheap and a 5% credit card surcharge is added. Wifi is charged at $10 for entire stay but it only really works near reception.

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Mr & Mrs P from Bucks
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Typical quality tropical beach hotel

Came here for three days post safari rest and this was achieved.

Unfortunately visit coincided with very strong winds which restricted sea activities. Lovely walks along the beach when the tide is out.

Location is somewhat remote, however we were content just to use the hotel facilities. Service could have been better - eg some confusion over our rooms on arrival and it took a couple of days for morning tea to arrive! Food was reasonable but they were hampered by the storms which were restricting the sourcing of fresh fish.

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