Pongwe Beach

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

In true Indian Ocean style, soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm water is the order of the day at Pongwe Beach Hotel, a laid-back and unpretentious retreat set along a palm-fringed beach in Zanzibar. Seclusion and privacy are key aspects of this hotel, which gets cut off from the rest of the east coast at high tide, creating a sense of privacy. Pongwe Beach is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the tranquil atmosphere whilst enjoying a range of activities.
Perfect forLaid-back luxury on a paradisiacal palm-fringed beach.
In the know
  • An undeveloped Indian Ocean style beach resort
  • A swim at high tide is possible in the beautiful infinity pool
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment available to explore the nearby coral reef

Recommended for...

  • Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Family-friendly
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The hotel is placed between two outcrops of coral rocks on a secluded white sand beach hidden among shady palm trees, creating a peaceful and sheltered feel to it. The location also allows for privacy unlike any of the other coastal hotel as it is inaccessible from the east coast whenever it is high tide.

Rooms at Pongwe Beach

Typical of the 'island design', the 20 thatched cottages have mosaic floors, handmade wooden furniture, whitewashed walls and beds carved from Mvule trees. They all have private terraces and are set amongst green gardens right by the beach front, offering the ideal location for lounging in a hammock during a lazy morning or afternoon.  The Sea View rooms have a view of the infinity pool in addition to the sea and also have coconut wood furniture, a private terrace and their own private plunge pool.

Food & Drink

If you've caught something tasty on your fishing adventure, the chef at Pongwe Beach Hotel will be happy to prepare it for your evening meal; however, the food is a real highlight so make sure to try the three-course dinner menu with its delicious fare of spicy soups, grilled seafood, fresh Kenyan steaks and smooth chocolatey desserts. For a taste of traditional Zanzibar, don’t miss the Swahili buffet on a Friday evening.


Snooze in a hammock or soak up a few rays in the comfort of your sun lounger. Challenge your loved ones to a game of tennis or plunge into the infinity pool for a few laps. Sporty types can take advantage of the health and fitness centre, while massages are also available if a touch of TLC is required.

Activities at Pongwe Beach

If you feel like being more active, you can hire some snorkelling equipment and visit the nearby coral reef or use the hotel's complimentary kayaks or mountain bikes to explore the surrounding bay. Alternatively for a romantic cruise or thrilling fishing trip, book the traditional dhow to sail around the island.

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Hotel location

The hotel can be reached via a 35 minute flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, followed by a one hour car journey to Pongwe.

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