Reviews of Pongwe Beach Hotel
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"Pongwe Beach Hotel Review"
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!" See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"An idyllic setting with wonderful facilities"
"Stunning Beach and Wonderful People"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Zanzibar; 5n in Kenya
"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"
Should have stayed at least an extra day.
Very good food and pleasant staff.
Great place to relax after the safari." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Pongwe in the rain"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar
"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"
The staff all tried hard but there were many little things that just weren't quite right.
Lovely beach and location divine." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Returned after 7 Years - Even Better"
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" See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"Idyllic beach stay"
Staff very accommodating and welcoming." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya; 4n in Zanzibar
"Another great stay at Pongwe Beach"
Our apprehensions disappeared when we were welcomed home and recognized from our first visit by reception. Our stay this time was in one of the hotels new sea-view suites that we really liked. We initially thought the suite's plunge pool was too cold until we learnt to appreciate it during the heat of the day.
The hotels location, beach and infinity pool were all still stunning. the staff were amazingly friendly and service excellent. We could not fault the standard of food and had an wonderful seafood platter on the beach on our last night
We will go again as this beach hotel really suits us" See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar; 1n in Kenya
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