Pongwe Beach Hotel

A great location for a Zanzibar holiday, Pongwe Beach

Honeymoon couples dreaming about that first holiday in life together need look no further than the simple, laid-back atmosphere at Pongwe Beach Hotel on the East Coast of Zanzibar. For one of the best home-from-home resorts on this large island, Pongwe Beach Hotel brings you affordable luxury on a beautiful palm-fringed beach. 

Relax at the shimmering infinity pool and enjoy romantic strolls on the pristine white sands – Pongwe offers great value honeymoon packages and is an unforgettable romantic destination. Settle into luxury bungalows with palm-thatched roofs, lime-washed walls and handcrafted wooden doors, exuding traditional Zanzibari style created by local Pongwe villagers.

It is good to know that Pongwe Beach Hotel is run and owned privately therefore well-managed and warm and friendly at all times. One of our most sought-after destinations in Zanzibar, this award-winning beachfront resort has won several TripAdvisor accolades!  Welcome to the 4th Most Romantic Hotel in Tanzania and the 7th Best Hotel for Service in Tanzania, and here’s to 10 Years of Excellence too! 

Book serene and elegant accommodation on a bed and breakfast or half board basis and take part in as many water sports as you can – at extra cost. Discover the well-known family hotel of Pongwe Beach an hour from the main airport, in a remote bay about halfway along the east coast lined with palm trees and white beaches. 

Whitewashed thatched roof cottages make for ideal island getaways so choose from 3 garden suites, 13 beachfront rooms, 4 sea view suites and 2 family beachfront suites with 2 bedrooms each and private plunge pools. We love the mosaic floors and Zanzibari décor, the double beds, fans, seating areas, ensuite showers and lovely private patios.

The attractive main restaurant and meeting place nestles under a large timber and thatch lounge under shady palm trees near the sugary beaches so come and sink into a large sofa or robust armchair and tell stories of your day. Delicious breakfasts are served here, light lunches and snacks too while a three-course dinner makes your day after a glorious sunset and you then dine on fresh Zanzibari fish and fruits, spices and more. Pongwe Beach Hotel infinity swimming pool takes prime position in this captivating ocean view resort on Zanzibar’s east Coast where guests chill out at all hours. 

Voyage2Africa recommends Pongwe Beach Lodge for your honeymoon and your family’s escape on an island holiday to Zanzibar. You won’t be overwhelmed by too much lavish detail but can revel in luxury amenities with the comfort of the barefoot vacation atmosphere.



Pongwe Beach Hotel is located halfway up the East Coast of Zanzibar in a prime beach setting just one hour from the main airport. Find just 20 elegant hotel rooms dotted along this tantalising stretch of Zanzibar beach and, coupled with this jaw-dropping beach outlook, they provide that true island getaway experience perfect for a romantic break. 

Palm thatched roofs, lime-washed walls and handcrafted wooden doors exude traditional Zanzibari-style rooms created by villagers from nearby Pongwe village. The three different accommodation types are suitable for varying budgets – Sea view suites, Beachfront rooms and Garden view rooms. All Pongwe Beach Hotel accommodation boasts mosquito nets, eco-friendly ceiling fans, and beach and bath towels. Enjoy the ensuite shower, fans, private veranda and tropical Zanzibar décor made for guest comfort.  

With the whole beach protected by an offshore coral reef, the inner waters are calm and safe for all to swim in at both low and high tides. Typical of Zanzibar’s east coast tidal fluctuations, Pongwe Beach has a gorgeous infinity pool for you to enjoy and it seems to merge with the tidal flats at extreme low tide when there can be no swimming as the waves are super far out. 

A daily changing menu is offered at the spacious restaurant and bar and a 3-course meal delights diners every evening – all dietary requirements or special requests are catered for and diverse cocktails, beers, wines and soft drinks are available at the bar.

Honeymooners keen on a simple and laid-back atmosphere need to look no further than Pongwe Beach Hotel on the East Coast of Zanzibar. Relax at the infinity pool and enjoy romantic strolls on the beach on pristine white sands. Pongwe offers great value and is an unforgettable honeymoon package destination


  • Spice tour
  • Jozani forest tour
  • Snorkelling & diving trips
  • Visits to Stone Town
  • In house massage
  • Use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks & paddleboards


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Some activities


  • 20 Zanzibar hotel rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Infinity pool
  • Non-motorised water sport equipment
  • Library
  • Laundry service (extra)


  • Stress-free environment in a stunning location, ideal for honeymoon couples who like simplicity and warm hospitality.
  • Infinity pool for swimming opportunities at low tide and plenty of sunset time from the beach lounge setting. 
  • Walking over sandbanks and tidal pools to swim and snorkel at low tide and see amazing marine life.
  • Game fishing can be arranged out at sea, as well as diving and whale-watching boat cruises.

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