Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe, about halfway up Zanzibar's east coast, has a real gem of a beach - true Indian Ocean style - making Pongwe Beach Hotel an authentic paradise retreat. The bay's clear blue waters, protected by the reef one kilometre from the shore, are ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

An unassuming and mellow hotel, it concentrates on simplicity with style. Food is one of the highlights at Pongwe. Consultant chef Adrian trained to gourmet standards in Europe, and meals are served in a big palm-thatched building overlooking the beach,

There are only 16 cottages, lending the hotel a wonderfully intimate air. Zanzibari in structure, with palm-leaf thatched roofs, mosaic floors and handmade wooden furniture, they're set right on the beach front or 20m back amongst the beautiful green gardens. An absence of TVs or radios means the whole place is blissfully quiet.

Getting There

Situated on the north east of Zanzibar Island the hotel is approximately an hour's drive from Stonetown and Zanzibar Airport.


Day cruising, fishing snorkelling, diving. Jeep, motorbike and mountain bike hire.

Read what our previous clients thought of Pongwe Beach Hotel

Review of Pongwe Beach Hotel

Melissa Rupnaraine & Jordan Baboolal

Typical beach resort. Rooms are okay. Food was lovely. Beach is amazing. It did not blow us away but it was nice to be in an intimate setting given it was our honeymoon. Extremely hot and no AC in rooms was a bit on the uncomfortable side, and also having only salt water to shower with/wash hands with drove us insane. I know they are in remote location but this…

28/02/2017 Read full trip review

Review of Pongwe Beach Hotel

Karen Dawaf

This hotel is in a idyllic setting. Staff again were friendly and helpful. The food varied from being very good to average on occasion.

15/10/2014 Read full trip review

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