We think Pongwe is a fantastic place to stay. It is particularly special, with a phenomenal beach and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere – all this at incredibly good value. As a result, it is one of Zanzibar's most sought-after properties. Make sure you book well in advance if you wish to stay here.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Pongwe Beach Club is situated halfway up Zanzibar's spectacular palm-fringed East coast. It is approximately one hour's drive from Stone Town and the airport. It sits in a secluded bay, looking out onto a beautiful white sandy beach and the crystal blue sea of the Indian Ocean.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The accommodation is in 16 beachfront cottages and 4 garden-view cottages, all with thatched roofs made of woven palm leaves, traditional lime-wash walls and mosaic floors. The rooms are decorated in a Zanzibarian style and are comfortable and unpretentious. Each cottage has an ensuite bathroom and a private terrace where guests can sit out. Although many of the cottages share a wall with one neighbour, they still feel completely private. There are also four sea-view suites with private plunge pools.
The hotel has an extremely relaxed atmosphere, with friendly staff and excellent food.There is a well-stocked library and a spacious restaurant. Outside there are lush gardens and a large infinity swimming pool.
The main activities revolve around the sun, the sea and swimming. Snorkelling equipment is provided for guests, while motorbikes and cycles are available for hire.
Please be aware that guests may have a very long walk out across the sand to swim at low tide as Zanzibar is extremely tidal. If it weren't for this, we think that Pongwe would be the best beach lodge on the island.