Pole Pole

Pole Pole beach bungalows on Mafia Island & the Zanzibar Archipelago

Think again when you decide to go away on holiday to a beach resort and choose the distinct Pole Pole beach bungalows on Mafia Island, one of our best Zanzibar hotels featuring elegant ocean view accommodation.  Forget your ideas of what a typical beach holiday should be and find something completely different at Pole Pole. Contact Voyage2Africa for a diverse choice of holiday accommodation deals in Zanzibar. 

Considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, Pole Pole is renowned for mouth-watering cuisine, a laid-back atmosphere and warm discrete hospitality. Enjoy bungalows with roomy private verandas, ceiling fans, and ensuite bathrooms. Dip into the swimming pool, reminiscent of a sailing dhow, set in a beautiful locally sourced coconut wood deck. Therapeutic massages add value to your retreat in a Zanzibar Island paradise

Find the popular Pole Pole in the Chole Bay area, near Utende village on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. From the manicured tropical gardens, this delightful resort is right on the beach and accommodation promises scintillating views of the shimmering Mafia Archipelago.  

The exclusive accommodation comprises only 7 elegant suites in a chalet style under the tall coconut palms with ocean views – hand-carved Zanzibar furniture, antiques, spacious private decks with locally sourced chairs, fans and ensuite bathrooms.

Voyage2Africa recommends the Pole Pole beach resort for its classy Italian-Zanzibar cuisine with a touch of Indian and Asian influences, its wide choice of outdoor activities from scuba diving and snorkelling to sailing and village visits, as well as the mind-blowing landscape that embraces the hotel from the ocean reefs and white beaches to the lush forests and tropical gardens that shade each chalet.



Pole Pole is a small luxury eco-resort ideally placed within Chole Bay, in the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park, the most wonderful destination for relaxation after a safari. It’s also an ideal base from which to explore Mafia Island’s underwater wonders. Within a tropical garden, it lies on the beach, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean. 

The wealth and abundance of the corals and marine life never fail to leave snorkelers and divers speechless – not to mention the thrill of swimming with whale sharks. Find the 7 rustic eco-bungalow suites subtly blending into gorgeous gardens overlooking the ba, the Chole and Juani Islands. This typical Zanzibar accommodation features extensive private patios, and Zanzibar-carved beds, chairs, tables and armchairs. Each self-contained chalet also boasts ceiling fans and a modern ensuite bathroom. 

Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, the swimming pool is reminiscent of a sailing dhow and is shaped in a series of circles and set in a beautiful locally sourced coconut wood deck.  The dhow theme continues to the bar and lounge which are partially shaded by dhow sails within the shady tropical gardens. 

Delicious Mediterranean cuisine combines diverse culinary local traditions and cultures with Italian-style cooking. Swahili dinners are served once a week and chefs do their best to cater for most special dietary requirements. Local fishermen and farmers benefit from ecotourism when they provide their fresh organic produce and fish to the hotel. 

Sample a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, wines, beers, juices and cold drinks available at the bar which remains open until all guests have retired.  Book and enjoy a holistic relaxing body massage based on aromatherapy techniques at the massage centre overlooking the beach. Take time out and peruse a fine selection of books, magazines and articles at the library or participate in an array of different activities or excursions. 

Mafia Marine Park is the best destination to explore as a scuba diver or to spend house snorkelling over pristine coral reefs. Go sailing and visit the local villages. Pole Pole Resort organises boat excursions and picnics to isolated islets, sandbanks or islands every day, according to the tide. The 5 * PADI Dive Centre, Mafia Island Diving provides certified courses.  The excursions by 4×4 car take you right across the island through villages and changing landscapes up to the northern tip where a lighthouse stands. 

In order to preserve the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, and because Pole Pole does not have suitable facilities for young children, children under 10 years are not accommodated. Chat to Voyage2Africa about our family holiday package deals and we can organise a place for you and the children if they are older than 10, starting at the elegant Pole Pole.  


  • Picnics on the beach
  • Swimming with whale sharks
  • Snorkelling on the reef


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, dinner
  • Tanzania hotel taxes (VAT)
  • Service charges


  • 7 bungalows
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Massage centre


  • Balancing luxury with respect for local culture and the environment in naturally designed chalets with just the necessary mod cons.
  • Choose Pole Pole as your ideal bush-and-beach combo thanks to its beaches and forests and the pristine island setting in which it sits.
  • Superb yet relaxed daily dives in the adjacent Mafia Island Marine Park from the decks of a traditional dhow.
  • Exquisite meals created by talented chefs with an Italian and Zanzibari fusion of flavours.

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