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ABOUT THE HOTEL

Pongwe Beach Hotel is situated on the beautiful tropical island of Zanzibar. Our Zanzibar hotel is situated on a picture perfect beach with white powdery sands, turquoise waters and shady palm trees – the perfect holiday destination! We pride ourselves on running one of Zanzibar’s most relaxing hotels with a stress free environment in a stunning location.

We opened our Zanzibar hotel over 15 years ago and we are proud to have worked with the local Zanzibari community from then and till today. We still source most of our foodstuffs and building materials from the nearby villages. Through working with the villagers we have developed a variety of excursions and trips throughout the island including snorkelling on our own house reef just offshore and visiting the spice plantations which made Zanzibar what it is today.

LOCATION

When we opened Pongwe Beach Hotel Zanzibar appealed to us as a relaxed and peaceful location — and we have aimed to make our the lodge one of the most relaxed hotels on Zanzibar; designed and run to follow the pace of this sleepy area.

Pongwe Beach Hotel is located in a quiet bay on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Locally known as Unguja,

ROOMS

We have three different room types spread around our property; some on the white sands and others within the well tended tropical gardens. All our rooms are tastefully decorated in authentic African art and offer a range of facilities while still incorporating our eco-friendly principles. Our suites offer a stunning private plunge pool – what more can you need on your Zanzibar holiday.

All our hotel rooms have been built in a traditional Zanzibari style using a labour force from the nearby Pongwe village. The rooms have a coconut palm thatched roof (with the leaves sourced from our own Zanzibar beach), lime wash walls and hand-crafted wooden doors. Within the rooms themselves there is hand crafted furniture and a large en suite bathroom with Moroccan style walk in showers.

We have a total of only 20 Zanzibar hotel rooms to maintain the intimacy of the hotel; this is split into:

3 Garden view rooms –set back approximately 20m from the beach (in a group of 3) with en-suite shower & toilet, balcony/terrace with seating.
13 Beachfront rooms – set in groups of 2 or 3 right on the beach, en-suite shower and toilet and balcony/terrace with seating & sun loungers
4 Sea view suites – in 2 blocks set back from the beach with a sea view and overlooking the infinity pool. Coconut wood furniture, en-suite shower and toilet and private balcony/terrace with seating & sun loungers. These rooms have private plunge pools.

ACTIVITIES

Activities can be booked though our reception desk & include
  Spice tour
  Jozani forest tour
  Snorkeling & diving trips
  Visits to stone town
  In house massage
Visit to the spa at Blue Bay resort
We offer complimentary snorkeling equipment, kayaks & paddle board, bicycles are available
The hotel has a small library of books in several languages
A laptop computer is available for online check in and printing of boarding passes & there is complimentary WiFi (low speed)

RESTAURANT AND BAR

An evolving menu of Swahili-Zanzibari cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients is freshly prepared with International flair each and every day, paired with carefully-selected wines and juices, to create lasting culinary experiences, worthy of your visit.

And at the heart of the tropical splendour of our spacious grounds sits the Tradewinds Restaurant, from where our hard-earned reputation for can-do hospitality has been forged. An evolving menu of Swahili-Zanzibari cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients is freshly prepared with International flair each and every day, paired with carefully-selected wines and juices, to create lasting culinary experiences, worthy of your visit. Private dining, with butler service, is always available for those seeking intimate memories to dine for.
BAR
Our restaurant offers a variety of meals with fresh seafood and fish available daily; while still being small enough to cater for all dietary requirements. Our bar stocks local and imported drinks as well as making daily fresh juices and cocktails – perfect for enjoying next to the infinity pool.