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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing. It’s like your own piece of paradise!!!

It exceeded all our expectations and more. There seriously was not one thing we could comment on, aside from the fact that they provide too much butter at breakfast so it goes to waste haha :)

The beach is literally yours and the rest of the guests at the resort and is beautiful with the ground keeper continuously
Cleaning away any seaweed or debri (if any). Like someone else said in a review, you can pay 5 star and stay at the resort next door, but it doesn’t have a beach.

The lack of air-conditioning is not a problem at all- although this was a worry of us. The sea breeze keeps things really cool and the rooms have wonderful ventilation and big fans!

The best thing about this place is the management and staff- nothing is too hard! The staff are attentive and helpful and provide great service Africa standards.

I am Coeliac also and cannot eat gluten and they catered considerably for me.

I suggest trying the seafood platter dinner for two one night. There is enough seafood (lobster, crab, prawns etc) to feed an army! Certainly value for money.

Also the little touches are lovely (I want say what these are to spoil it for you) but all the little things they do, are wonderful.

Also the cocktails are delish!!

We certainly did not want to leave the resort- it was a perfect place of relaxation!

We will certainly return should we ever get back to Africa.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Michwood
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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you very much for your comments. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay with us!! Best wishes from everyone here at Pongwe!

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Very nice place.
We enjoyed a lot the environment, beach, room, ocean, food and especially the kindness of the staff.
We‘re looking forward to come back again in 2018 and we hope that at this time we can stay some days longer.
All the best for the whole pongwe team.
Asanteni na kwaherini
Tutaonana

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank giryes2018
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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you very much for your comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again this year!! Warmest regards from everyone at Pongwe.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We had a much needed break for the family at this wonderful spot - a little bit of paradise. It was truly exceptional - friendly staff, great food and wonderful service. I find the people in Tanzania so friendly and welcoming. The staff made plans for daily excursions around the island which we thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday!! Warm regards from all of us at Pongwe.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We stayed with my family 5 nights we had the most amazing expirence. The beach is amazing, the food is great and the room are perfect. Moreover they have an amazing swimming pool and the hotel staff I just amazing

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you very much for your compliments! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay!! Warmest wishes from the Pongwe Team.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Background: Family consisting of 5 adults and 2 kids (under 5). We did a lot of research before choosing Zanzibar and Pongwe Beach Hotel (PBH) as our December holiday. Our decision to choose PBH was based on TripAdvisor reviews and pictures.

On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff. The rooms were spacious, clean and well maintained. The view was majestic since we had a beach view. The beach is awesome! In general many people warned us of the low tide in the east side of Zanzibar. However, PBH ensures the beach is cleaned every morning so there is no sea weed to ruin the view. Also, you can walk into the ocean at low tide. This was a great experience since we could walk up to 1-2 kilometers in. You get to see diverse sea life and plants. At one point during our walk in we came across hundreds of small silver fish swimming and jumping between us.

At high tide the beach was great for swimming, canoeing and (at times) fishing, which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. There is also a pool at PBH that kept the kids busy while we relaxed at enjoyed the sights and sounds of the ocean. The staff also had games for the kids to play as well as beach toys available.

The staff is very accommodating since they brought fresh milk every morning for our little. They also ensured the vegetarians were taken care of since the chef even spoke to us on what he had available to make for lunch and supper. In general the food is of 5 star quality. We were not short of a great spread for breakfast, lunch and supper.

We were sad to leave after our 7 day stay, but we will return to enjoy the great service and beach at PBH. Well done to the owners, staff and management for a great experience.

Room Tip: Family room 1 and Vals are great for a beach view.
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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PONGWE, Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you very much for your comments and compliments. We are so pleased that we were able to give you an enjoyable holiday!! And we every much look forward to having you back with us! Warmest regards from the Pongwe Team.

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