Reviews of Pongwe Beach Hotel
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A little gem!
We stayed at Pongwe Beach Hotel after a six-night safari and had a very relaxing time. The cottages were beautiful and the beach and gardens were idyllic. We were so happy that we'd chosen to stay there, it was just the right size of hotel and didn't feel like a resort, which we wanted to avoid.
The service was excellent and the food in particular was delicious, we looked forward every day to finding out what the luch and dinner menu was!! Dinner on the beach was a lovely touch, I'd highy recommend it.
Pongwe is a real gem in a stunning setting!
Just the perfect place after safari.
The beach is fine, white coral sand with palm trees giving welcome shade, and the beer is cold and the sea is warm. The staff are attentive and friendly, and the food, particularly the sea food, is excellent.
We stayed three nights and did very little. Perfect for total relaxation, but If you stay longer you may start getting restless as it is quiet and secluded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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