Pongwe Beach Hotel

Reviews of Pongwe Beach Hotel

Excellent(95%) From 79 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 79 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 & Mrs S from Weymouth
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

Not much happening outside hotel grounds, Sea and Beach not particularly clean although hotel tried there best to keep beach clean, Breakfast and dinner were excellent.

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Mrs & Mr S from USA
Arrived on: 18-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Heaven on Earth

Pongwe Beach Hotel was paradise! Loved the location, layout and beach. This place was perfect for my husband and I. Very charming, peaceful and low key. We stayed in a beach cottage and the view from our porch was gorgeous. Great room and the canopy bed that has a cooling remote was nice. We stayed cool and comfortable in our bed at night.

We throughly enjoyed the infinity pool, hammocks, swing bed, lounge chairs on our private porch, long walks exploring the beach at low tide and so much more. Very relaxing atmosphere! The staff was friendly and attentive. Moody was a riot. He kept us laughing. We were able to arrange activities through the front desk. Food was delicious and seating at dinning, bar and pool areas are lovely. Being that this is a smaller resort you also get to know other guests which we enjoyed. We even exchanged emails with new friends we met.

This hotel also allows you to hang out and enjoy facilities if your airport shuttle is after check out time on your last day. They even have a shower and changing room for you to use. We had an amazing time here! I’m still dreaming about the turquoise waters!

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Mary from Cornwall
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel Review

This really was a little bit of paradise! Beautiful white sands, warm sea, palm trees, relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff who responded to all our needs with a smile on their face. We didn't want or need evening activities or any extra facilities.

The food was excellent, rooms totally satisfactory and all the staff friendly and helpful. It had a large inter tidal zone which was fascinating. It was possible to walk out a long way at low tide and spot star fish, sea urchins and other sea life as well as the sea weed beds which provide a living for the local women. Nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff. Each afternoon one of the boat crew would shin up a palm tree to cut down coconuts to give out to anyone who wanted a drink of fresh coconut milk. Staff also came round with trays of fresh fruit. Tea and coffee were available all day.

The rooms were provided with pretty beach robes so there was no need to change out of swim wear if you needed to get a cup of tea, or if you felt you had had enough sun. At high tide the beach was cut off and was private and at low tide, when you could walk along the beach to the nearby village, we were never bothered by locals selling their wares because Masai men patrolled the beach.

We went to Stone Town for a day because we felt we ought to, and although we enjoyed seeing people going about their daily business it was lovely to return for a refreshing swim in the warm sea at Pongwe. In hindsight we wished we had visited the Anglican Cathedral which now houses the Slave Trade Exhibit. We will have to return one day!

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Mrs C. from Horsham
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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An idyllic setting with wonderful facilities

This small beach resort was ideal for chilling and relaxing after safari. The food and wine were excellent. The room comfy with all needed facilities. The view in the beach front room was worth the extra cost. Staff were excellent.

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Mrs C. from Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pongwe paradise

A lovely place to finish our holiday. Our room was literally on the beach. The communal areas were very pleasant but the high level of service, attention to detail by the staff and their permanently cheerful approach made our stay really great. We were so well looked after. Breakfast and dinner were excellent. There isn’t really much to do other than relax, swim and read (it was too windy for scuba diving) but it was what we wanted for the end of our holiday. It’s difficult to list all the great staff, but we loved Mary, Moody, Esther and Fatuma.

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Mrs S from Leatherhead
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Stunning Beach and Wonderful People

After 4 days of safari Pongwe Beach was paradise.

Stunning white beach and beautiful clear water. Exploring the ocean bed when the tide went out, kayaking on the still waters of early afternoon then jumping in the waves in the evening - we had lots of fun.

The staff made us feel so welcome and we met some wonderful characters, by the end of the week they felt like friends. The food was fantastic and the main lounge/restaurant area a great place to relax, have a cocktail, play cards. The photos on their website do not do justice to this area of the hotel, it is much nicer than we expected.

The bungalows are right on the beach so you go to sleep to the sound of crashing waves. They are more basic than the public areas of the hotel, but are sufficient.

Highly recommend.

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Mr Peter P from USA
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

We had a fantastic time there.

Should have stayed at least an extra day.

Very good food and pleasant staff.

Great place to relax after the safari.

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Al & Jules from Australia
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Pongwe in the rain

Our feelings about Pongwe were coloured by the rain that seemed to persist for over half the time of our stay. Luckily the days here were mainly to wind down before the long flight back to Australia, so the weather didn't distract us totally.

As a beach resort, it's a bit limiting as for quite a few hours each day the tide is so low that swimming isn't possible. We also missed the options of nearby attractions, as the villages around had little except for their fishing/seaweed industries. Further to that, the cost of $US100 return to travel to Stone Town, or other tourist locations, was off -putting.

We enjoyed the menu and food options as well as the cheaply priced drinks.

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Mr & Mrs D from Sydney
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Pongwe Beach Hotel review

Service was a bit amateur.

The staff all tried hard but there were many little things that just weren't quite right.

Lovely beach and location divine.

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Mrs H from Bristol
Arrived on: 11-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Returned after 7 Years - Even Better

We stayed at this hotel 7 years ago and really enjoyed it, so when an opportunity arose to return we decided to go for it - we were not disappointed. We stayed for 5 nights in December and had a great time.

During our stay we had a couple of chats with Heidi, the manager who is really friendly and was keen to hear how we were finding our stay compared to 7 years ago. We told her that over the 7 years Pongwe has got even better. The beach is just as lovely, but the bathrooms have been upgraded and the food and restaurant service has definitely gone up a notch (or 2!!). The bar has also been extended giving the whole place a more spacious feel. The staff are also really friendly and are always around offering to do anything they can for you. We loved it so much we didnt leave the hotel during our 5 nights there. We left feeling truly relaxed and pampered.

Hopefully it wont be another 7 years before we return

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