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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Discover 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. An unassuming and mellow hotel, it concentrates on simplicity with style.

There are only 22 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 beachfront or 20m back amongst the beautiful green gardens. The 4 suites have their own plunge pool. 2 of these suites have 2 bedrooms, making them perfect for families. Food is one of the highlights at Pongwe. Meals are served in a big palm-thatched building overlooking the beach, and the menu combines the best of fish, seafood, vegetables, and meats that Zanzibar has to offer. Most people are attracted to Pongwe with dreams of sipping cocktails in the infinity pool and unplugging in a hammock. When you are feeling more energetic though, you can swim and snorkel in the ocean straight from the beach, fish or sail from the hotel’s boat, or borrow mountain bikes and kayaks.

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Expert View

  • One of the island’s best beaches
  • Infinity pool overlooking the ocean
  • Laid back and unpretentious
  • White sand, hammocks, and palm trees – bliss

At a glance

  • 22 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • Bed & Breakfast - Half Board
  • Beach Icon Beach

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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Don’t move from your hammock when you are feeling peckish, just glance over the snack menu and make your order."

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Adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most.

  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
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From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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