Pole Pole

Reviews of Pole Pole

Excellent(94%) From 99 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 99 of our travellers who have visited Pole Pole, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
M & C from London
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole review

Loved Pole Pole - well run, good links with the dive centre, responsive to our needs. Would happily return.

The manager, Julie, has imbued the hotel and staff with her natural warmth, making this a great environment to stay in.

The Chole tour was excellent.

It did rain for long periods while we were there (December), which was disappointing, but enough sunshine to make it worth the visit.

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Mr & Mrs S from E Sussex
Arrived on: 15-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 6 nights
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A place to Chill

Julie the manager certainly knows how to treat guests, between her and her staff nothing is too much trouble.

Room number 7 our accommodation was private, spacious and very colonial and we enjoyed our time here.

Julie arrange most evenings a different location for us to dine such as the library overlooking the beach or the beach itself, very ambient.

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T & S from North Carolina
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole - A Perfect End to Safari

What a great way to wrap up after 15 days in four safari camps. Flying from the bush to Mafia Island and winding down in the comfortable, laid back and delightful atmosphere of Pole Pole resort was a blessing. You could do nothing, something or fill your days with island activities. - snorkeling, scuba, sail, cruise, explore, lie around the pool, or get expertly performed massages rejuvenating body and spirit.

Julie, the relatively new hostess/manager, already had local contacts in the community and a perfect working relationship with Mafia Island Diving who make it easy to schedule your water activities by coming each evening to the bar and meeting with all the guests individually, explaining tidal influences on timing as well as coordinating how to fit in the most experiences during your visit. Julie knew what was going on in every square foot of Pole Pole and her pleasant demeanor made everything run smoothly. She frequently gave us special "treats" simply because she is a generous, nice person.

Food was delicious and you chose your menu ahead of time. Spirits were fairly priced and the service was very good. The cottages were lovely with outside day beds and in our case we had a 2nd bedroom. The bed in the main room was strewn with flowers when we arrived and overlooked the jungle and ocean. Tea or coffee and biscuits arrived on the patio each morning at whatever time you requested. (So did a crow that wanted his share and managed to break numerous glasses and crockery making us look like the clumsiest couple in the world.)

We met people from around the world staying there and we truly did not want to go back to the states, but when we had to Pole Pole packed us lunches so we could eat them on the plane and arranged to get us to the airport with no stress or worry.

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Mr and Mrs G from Bucks
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Blissful, living up to its name

One long stretch of relaxation, beautiful beach and bungalows, amazing tides, all staff very caring and kind.

Snorkelling was fabulous, as was the trip to Chole island, extremely interesting to see how people live and hear about their daily routines.

Pole Pole was blissfully quiet as a surrounding, food very good with interesting choices and some local foods on offer. Wireless access only in reception area, which made it very relaxing.

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Mr & Mrs D from Worcs
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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So relaxing!

This was a lovely place. The staff were very friendly, but also did not intrude.

It was so relaxing - we spent lots of time on our balcony just gazing at the sea and doing not a lot. We also went snorkeling and saw lots of amazing underwater life.

Strongly recommended.

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Mrs C from London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderfully relaxing and laid back hotel

Great staff

Fabulous rooms and wonderful pool

Great location and food

Loved the excursions

Very peaceful and relaxing

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Mr Geoff from Sunbury
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Great choice for last stop

Pole Pole was not as laid back as I expected but that was in part because it was nearly empty.

On my five nights there I was the only guest on two and one of 3-5 on others. The staff were great , Paula and Mleica in particular. The free excursions were good, sunset cruise in a dhow and a trip to Chole Island also by dhow

I also made 5 scuba dives with the adjacent dive centre Mafia Diving out on the reefs . All were excellent on pristine coral with much to see. Transport again by outboard and sail in a dhow

If I hadn’t done the diving I think I would have been disappointed by the Pole Pole beach and large tides which render the beach submerged for much of the day

My hut was great No5, clean, good fan and excellent bathroom and also near the pool and massage areas which I used. I would return but probably choose a busier time for as a solo traveller company and atmosphere in the evening is importent

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Mrs P. from Cumbria
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Peaceful Retreat

Pole Pole is a very relaxing, peaceful place to stay. They have a spa and massage room, which was very good too.

The rooms are built from wood and palm leaves and blend into the scenery, so it is almost hidden . A real hideaway. I loved the sundowner trip on the old wooden Dhow....very special to see the sunset from a boat. The staff were very helpful too. If I had to make a very small complaint.....my lodge seemed to have a family of resident squirrels which I could hear running around in the roof all night. Actually, it was quite sweet to see them, but they were very noisy at night.

A lovely place to stay right by the sea.

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Mr & Mrs J from Herts
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic resort

Pole Pole is a beautiful hotel. The bungalows are clean and comfortable with a verandah that overlooks the sea. We loved the swimming pool and the bar area. The food was of an extremely high standard. The staff were charming, helpful and very friendly. The Swedish massage, Emerald Cruise and snorkelling trips were excellent.

Species seen.
Zebra fish, Parrot fish, Unicorn fish, Angel fish and various other fish and jellyfish during the snorkelling.

Birds included Black Kites, African Paradise Flycatchers, Southern Flycatchers, Pied Kingfisher and African Fish Eagle.

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Mr S. from Albuquerque
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pole Pole review

We enjoyed our time here. Fortunately we were in bungalow with a permanent foundation ( I think #6), I am not sure we would have been happy with the thatched ones as it appeared they did not have proper windows and natural light. The beach was small and not conducive to swimming as it was basically a reclaimed mangrove area.

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