Pole Pole is an efficient, well-run lodge with a lovely laid-back atmosphere. Not only is the service friendly, but the food is particularly good. The rooms are comfortable rather than luxurious, and the beach, although lovely, is fairly small. Nevertheless, Pole Pole is a wonderful place to come to relax, especially after a busy safari.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Pole Pole sits alongside Chole Bay on the island of Mafia just off the coast of south-east Tanzania.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The seven bungalows are raised on stilts and have thatched roofs. They sit along the top of a hill with wonderful views across the sea to Chole Island. They are spacious and comprise a bedroom/living area, a covered veranda, and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and twin basins. At the far end there are two newer family bungalows with a double and twin room on either side of a bathroom.
There is a fabulous new swimming pool set in a locally-sourced coconut wood deck, a small spa on-site and a dive school next door. The sea life is particularly impressive and ranges from large turtles to tiny seahorses.
It is probably the most upmarket lodge on the island and is a great option for divers and people wanting to keep away from the Zanzibar crowds.