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Pongwe Beach Hotel, Pongwe

Pongwe beachfront lodge with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free WiFi
$248 CAD
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel, Pongwe
  • Infinity Pool
  • Beach
  • Beach
  • Infinity Pool
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  • We visited Pongwe Beach after a week bumping around on safari, like most visitors. The…

    Dec. 6, 2019

  • Just the nicest staff and environment, perfect place

    Mar. 20, 2019

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  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 20 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Beach sun loungers

Feel at home

  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Pongwe Beach - 2 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 25 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Mapenzi Beach - 7.6 mi / 12.3 km
  • Uroa Beach - 4.4 mi / 7.1 km
The property is closed between April 18 and June 01.

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  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Beachfront
  • Suite, Pool View
  • Double Room, Garden View
  • Triple Room, Garden View
  • Quadruple Room, Beachfront
  • Triple Room, Beachfront


  • On the beach
  • Pongwe Beach - 2 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 25 min walk

What’s around


  • On the beach
  • Pongwe Beach - 2 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 25 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Mapenzi Beach - 7.6 mi / 12.3 km
  • Uroa Beach - 4.4 mi / 7.1 km
  • Marumbi Beach - 7.4 mi / 11.9 km
  • Muyuni Beach - 10.6 mi / 17.1 km
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 9.5 mi / 15.3 km
  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park - 11.8 mi / 19 km
  • Kigomani Beach - 14.2 mi / 22.9 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 70 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance


  • 20 cabins


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-8:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Kayaking on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library


  • In-room accessibility

Languages Spoken

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Turndown service

Things to enjoy

  • In-room massage available
  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Small print

Also known as

  • Pongwe Beach Hotel
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island
  • Pongwe Beach Kiwengwa
  • Pongwe Hotel
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island
  • Pongwe Hotel Zanzibar Island
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel Lodge
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel Pongwe
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel Lodge Pongwe

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50 per vehicle (one way)


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines and the Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) sanitization guidelines.

For transfers, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • The property is closed between April 18 and June 01.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Pongwe Beach Hotel.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Queen of Sheba Beach Lodge (15-min walk), Cheap local food (4.3 mi), and Pesce Biricchino (4.3 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 per vehicle one way.
  • 10.0Exceptional

    loved the pool, the beach, the staff, the food, the very comfy and unique robes in the rooms

    LisaD, 3 night trip, Feb. 12, 2019

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    One of the best

    Second time, always the best! Rooms are great, people fantastic and great food! Unique atmosphere

    marco, 4 night romance trip, Jan. 15, 2019

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    The best hotel I have ever stayed in

    I have never stayed anywhere quite like this and would advise that you install another option that is higher than "exceptional". Cannot rate the hotel high enough, for quality, location, scenery, facilities, food, drink, flag and best of all, the staff.

    Annette, 5 night romance trip, Oct. 12, 2018

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  • 6.0Good

    Good not great beach hotel

    Pongwe Beach Hotel was a much-needed detox from our 7-day mt Kilimanjaro climb. Location was good not great. It’s located in a lesser developed region of the eastern coast without easy access to Nungwi to the north or Jambiani/Paje to the south—both would have been >30 min cab rides amounting to >$50 USD. The beach/pool and the food were definitely highlights. I would have gone with the full board option instead of just breakfast included had I known the lack of alternative options in the area. Our first night the AC broke and the management graciously spent an hour from 3-4 am repairing it. However, when they relocated us the next day to another room, the water pressure on the shower was minimal. All in all, it was a nice hotel with extremely friendly staff, but we’d likely stay in nungwi or paje next time around.

    Not Provided, 2 night romance trip, Sep. 3, 2018

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    Great hotel with lovely staff

    We have never stayed in a tropical beach hotel before and we found the whole place wonderful. The facilities are great (we had a room with plunge pool), the staff are amazing and the location is beautiful. The food was also delicious and we highly recommend this hotel.

    Ian, 5 night romance trip, Aug. 13, 2018

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  • 8.0Very Good

    Fabulous resort and staff but a couple of points

    The stay was amazing. Staff, food, beach, and the beachfront room with private plunge pool was very spacious. Two things to note:- 1) our room (20) was great but right next door to the Tulia resort just a few metres away and right next to their evening entertainment area. Quite loud but very pleasant music some nights. Earplugs are provided in the room but we didn't use them a) music was good, and b) stopped at 10pm so not a problem. 2) We tried to reduce our stay from 5 nights to 4 in the free cancellation period but 'system doesn't allow' !! We were offered the 5 night refund and a new booking elsewhere - not at all what we wanted. The hotel would clearly have preferred to sell the 5 nights to someone else rather tha to us and maybe not sell the one cancelled night. Disappointing but did help us out.

    David, 5 night romance trip, Jul. 30, 2018

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    Excellent hotel in a very quiet area which is what we wanted. Food very good. The beach is just incredible.

    AVML, 2 night trip, Jul. 31, 2018

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    Great staff, excellent service. Restaurant is really good

    6 night trip, Jul. 11, 2018

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    Idyllic vacation

    Our stay was all that we hoped for. The site is beautiful and the service is impeccable. We found the staff to be gracious, welcoming, and all helped make our stay a vacation we will always remember.

    Ann, 3 night romance trip, Jun. 5, 2018

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  • 10.0Exceptional

    very pleased with the beach and staff,excellent food.

    Angela, 7 night trip, Jun. 2, 2018

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