Pongwe Beach Hotel
Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
based on 7 nights
Prices are based on a per person sharing per night for 7 nights in a Garden View Suite on a bed and breakfast board basis
At a Glance
At high tide the water cuts Pongwe's stretch of beach off from the rest of the island, offering you true exclusivity
A calm, crystal clear bay, sheltered by a reef, creates the ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling
A peaceful and idyllic beach getaway at an amazing price
An idyllic infinity swimming pool overlooking the azure blue waters and palm-fringed beach
Great for honeymooners looking for something more intimate and authentic
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
Situated within a secluded bay on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, the Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat. A small boutique hotel, with sixteen traditional beach cottages, and an intimate atmosphere, located on a stretch of white-powdery sand.
Pongwe Beach offers the perfect place to relax on the white sand beach, nestled between two outcrops of coral rock, with the clear crystal waters of the Indian ocean stretching out before you. The calm blue waters are protected by the coral reef one kilometer from the shore, creating the ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling. Then if the strength of the sun becomes too much for you, you can retreat into the cool shade of the leaning palm trees that line the white sand beach and collapse into a hammock or sun-lounger. Pongwe's beautiful infinity pool looks out over Pongwe cove providing the most idyllic setting imaginable.
The quiet bay on which Pongwe is situated is on the north-east coast of Zanzibar and the size of the hotel grounds ensures an intimate and exclusive atmosphere on the beach, even during peak season. At high tide the water cuts Pongwe's stretch of beach off from the rest of the island then at low tide you can walk round to nearby coves.
Pongwe's relaxed bar and restaurant are found under a spacious and traditional 'Makuti' thatched roof. The lunch and dinner menu are changed daily to ensure you get to sample a wide variety of delicious fresh food and there is also a snack menu for anyone who gets peckish whilst lying around the pool.
Pongwe beach hotel offers three types of rooms: Sea View Suites that have a private plunge pool and are a 30 second walk to the beach, Beach Front Villas that are just a step away from the beach, and Garden Villas nestled among Pongwe's tropical garden.
There are 16 whitewashed villas, all of the comfortable and airy, each with a private veranda with either sunbeds or seating. All of the bedrooms have comfortable double beds, locally woven wardrobes, en-suite showers and mosquito netting and fan. The sea view suites come with their own private plunge pool, the garden villas are surrounded by the beautiful tropical gardens, and the beach front villas are mere steps away from the sea. Each of the rooms can accommodate additional beds for triple/quadruple rooms and little touches such as fresh flowers in the rooms make them incredibly welcoming. There is also a family bungalow which has two interlinking rooms.
Children of all ages are welcome at Pongwe Beach Hotel and cots and highchairs can be provided on request. Children under 4 years old are welcomed free of charge.
Infinity Pool, Restaurant, Bar, Well-stocked library, Wi-Fi, Laundry services
Complimentary kayaks, complimentary mountain bikes, Jeep hire and excursions, diving, snorkeling and hand-line fishing (game-fishing can be arranged), sailing, wildlife viewing, boat trips, borrow the hotel's frisbee, kite, football or french boules set and have a game on the beach, motorbike hire, spice tours, Stone Town excursions
A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.
A historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Explore Jozani Forest
Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.
With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.
Location & directions
Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
It takes around 35-minutes to fly to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam and then it is a one hour car journey to Pongwe Beach Hotel.
How to get there
8.5-hour international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and then a short flight to Stonetown Airport in Zanzibar.