Responsive image

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Family-friendly
- Superb water activities
- Luxurious dining experience
- Suites with private plunge pools

Speak to someone who's been there

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our specialists on 855 686 7694

Enquire

Overview

Pongwe Beach Hotel is a real favourite, with a fantastic location, just the right level of comfort, reasonable rates and great service. Availability can be tight, but when available, Pongwe is always a strong choice.

Guest accommodation at Pongwe Beach Hotel consists of 13 beachfront cottages, four sea-view suites with plunge pools, and three garden cottages. All feature a Moroccan style en-suite bathroom and a private terrace.

Food here is fantastic. Breakfast is served on the private terraces, while lunch and dinner are served in a large palm-thatched pavilion overlooking the beach. Once a week, a local jambo trio entertains guests with music during dinner to provide a complimentary cultural dining experience.

Activities at Pongwe Beach Hotel are mostly water-based. Guests can kayak over the bay area, relax in the hotel’s infinity pools, or even take a dip in the ocean themselves. Boat trips are also available, and guests can sail dhows or take local fishing trips for marlin, barracuda, and king fish on ngalawa (local fishing boats). Other activities include motorbike trips into Stone Town and spice tours. Or, guests can decide to sit back and relax in the hammocks strung between palms along the beach. Snorkelling is possible on the reef, but currents can be strong, so is suitable for stronger swimmers only.

This is a brilliant place for those who want seclusion, but also who want some fun and games, which makes it a great spot for a family getaway. Whilst there are no special activities for children, they should enjoy themselves along the beach and in the waters, as many of the activities are suitable for all ages. Families with older children can go snorkelling around the Pongwe Reef and between dives play some beach games. Ask staff for a game of Bao, which is a popular board game in Zanzibar that they will be happy to explain and challenge guests to play. Children of all ages are welcome, but there are no babysitting facilities and no children’s play area. Cots and extra beds are available for families with children of all ages.

Nearby Alternatives

Pongwe Bay Resort

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Beautiful Beach
- Excellent Value
- Swimming Pool
- Large Tidal Range

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Shooting Star Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Relaxed small beach lodge
- Infinity Pool
- Lovely Gardens

Mchanga Beach Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful, remote beach
- Good value
- Friendly, personal atmosphere

Kono Kono

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Pristine beach
- Beach accommodation
- Fantastic Views

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Good value beach lodge
- Gorgeous beach
- Relaxed vibe
- Superb dive centre

Che Che Vule Villa

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Private villa with pool and staff
- Perfect choice for family
- Flexibility and privacy

Matemwe Beach House

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Wide range of activities
- Private villa and staff
- Superb diving centre

Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Relaxed Beach Lodge
- Lovely Beach
- Lush tropical Gardens
- 12 bedroom lodge

Anna of Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Barefoot luxury beach retreat
- Fresh water swimming pool
- Excellent hospitality

Baraza Resort and Spa

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Family Friendly
- Fantastic facilities
- Exclusive, oceanfront villas

Breezes Beach Club

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Popular beach resort
- Excellent Facilities
- Fantastic service
- Specialised Diving Centre

Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beautiful Private Island
- Great Scuba Diving
- Luxurious accommodation

Indigo Beach

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Kids Club
- Family-friendly
- Private gardens
- Overlooks Indian Ocean

Echo Beach Hotel

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Unique dining
- Remote beach setting
- Good water-based activities

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Owner run and managed
- Central Stone Town location
- Excellent service
- Individually decorated rooms

Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Prime ocean front location.
- Variety of dining options.
- Swimming pool and deck with view.
- 52 Rooms and suites

Kilindi Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Infinity pools
- Beautiful suites
- Not family-friendly
- Overlooking Indian Ocean

Fumba Beach Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Baobab suites
- Family-friendly
- Infinity pool with sea views
- Dhow-journey islet excursions

Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Large resort
- Spectacular room views of Indian Ocean
- Great water sports activities
- Family-friendly

Essque Zalu

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Kids Club
- Views of Indian Ocean
- Jetty dining experience
- Gorgeous accommodation

Chumbe Island Coral Park

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Fantastic Snorkelling
- Pristine beaches
- Desert Island Ecolodge
- Basic Accommodation

The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beautiful Gardens & Beach
- Excellent Facilities
- All villas with private pools
- Massive infinity pool

Unguja Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Remote Beach Lodge
- Family Villas
- Excellent diving / snorkelling

Fundu Lagoon

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent diving centre
- One of the best adventure beach locations
- Access to the beautiful Mesali Island

Pole Pole Bungalows

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Unique local cuisine
- In famous Marine park
- On-beach accommodation

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.95/5)

  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

+
See more reviews

Decisions...

Stop searching and speak to someone who knows.

Enquire Now