Reviews of Pongwe Beach Hotel
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86 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Pongwe Beach Hotel and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Fantastic Relaxing Beach Hotel at Pongwe"
A very high standard of service with friendly, helpful easy going staff. Simply decorated but high quality rooms with great views and outside decks.
Brilliant food, great selection of sea food and happy to accomadate dietry requirements if requested. Great cocktails and bar area. Would return and recommend." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Great place to relax at Pongwe"
We did a spice tour en-route to Stowntown with Fisherman tours, and although it was interesting, we couldn't help but feel this tour didn't take place in a 'proper' spice farm, and we were unsure where our money had actually gone. We bought spices as had been told it was the best and cheapest place to get them, but found we'd had the wool pulled over our eyes a little when we found the same spices in Stowntown for about a quarter of the price! Although this is probably all part of the experience, we felt a little disappointed as also found when we got home our 'ginger' tea was not ginger, just tea!!
I suppose it's important to remember that Zanzibar is much more geared up to tourists than the remote camps we stayed in on the mainland, so just doesn't feel as authentic an experience." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 6n in Zanzibar
"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"
The service it outstanding - very attentive but relaxed and not in your face, which is just what you want if you are on your honeymoon as we were.
The beach is I think one of the very best on the Island." See all these reviews: 8n in Zanzibar
"Pongwe Beach Hotel review"
Some nice touches, the kimonos and wraps add a bit of pampering and set the tone for your stay, and the Zanzibar beds with sheets turned back and mosquito nets set up whilst you are dining add a touch of the exotic.. Food was excellent and well presented at all times. Eating on the beach is a further magical experience.
Didn't really get to see much of Zanzibar from here, although we had an enthusiastic response when we wandered through the local village - take supplies of pens if you really want to do this and you will be rewarded with the greatest smiles.
Snorkelling was interesting but not spectacular; lots of zebra fish and a small turtle being the highlights. As there is not much else to do in the area one or two more activities organised at the resort would have been nice and broken up the indulgence but if you are after an all action stay you probably wouldn't choose this resort." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Romantic, relaxing beach break"
It is a very romantic setting and ideal for a lazy beach end to a busy holiday.
Service was excellent and the staff most friendly and helpful. The food was great and the management outstanding." See all these reviews: 8n in Zanzibar; 5n in Tanzania
Very efficient transfer from Impala.
Very friendly staff at pongwe - very keen to please.
Accommodation was very well located and thre separate beds in the childrens room was much appreciated by them.
Good hot water but bathrooms got a bit damp - not helped by some unseasonal rain showers in the first three days.
The lodge is understandably insulated from the surrounding environment and this gave the resort a slightly surreal air, which was reinforced by the fact that we were the only family in a sea of honeymoon couples. This was fine for 5 days but could have grated after a while!" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
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