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Dymchurch
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited Pole Pole for drinks and dinner. The setting is wonderful with bar/restaurant area looking out over the sea. Last Friday, it was Swahili night, as near as you'll get to traditional Tanzanian cuisine, and it was delicious and, not huge piles of food - just right. The coconut sweetmeats with coffee were amazing. The price for dinner $35...

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Shropshire,UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pole Pole was our first stop on a trip visiting 4 places on the Tanzanian Coast. We were immediately made to feel very welcome. We liked the lay out of the property especially as we were given Bungalow number 6-second from the end so quiet though it was not a noisy place anyway. We were very happy here and the...

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england
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Generally a very good stay. We were here for 6 nights which was maybe a little too long. The room was absolutely beautiful and very comfortable. Early morning coffee was delivered to the room with biscuits which was a lovely start to the day however one of the male serving staff smelled terrible and I can't believe the management don't...

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Long Beach, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are no words for how perfect Pole Pole is. This was the perfect end to a long safari. Here are some of the things that made it so great: THE GROUNDS. It's just gorgeous. Beaches and palm trees and huts. The beach is on a bay with severe tides, it's true. But it's beautiful to watch them come in...

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Santorini, Greece
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been traveling around the world. Never I got such an exceptional customer service. Paola helped me with everything, from flights tickets to diving tips. Anyone who goes to Pole Pole is assured to have a wonderful experience from the time they book to when they get there,

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When returning to Mafia and Pole Pole after 1,5 year it is fantastic to see how they excel and improve on our previous stay. It is something truly magic over this Island and lodge. The way Pole Pole is designed and run enables you as a guest to relax and stay in the present - to disconnect from the outside...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A week in Pole Pole was a lifetime experience we would not forget. Absolutely taste of paradise. Food, services, scuba Diving, beach and pool ... all works perfectly We came without any prior knowledge or preparation, just looking for a Diving hotel, and were pleasantly surprised. Endless options in and out of the water.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We would whole heartedly recommend PolePole to anyone who wants to experience the real Africa. No sterile 5 star experience, just beautiful,raw and unspoilt Africa, but with all the trimmings of comfort - G&Ts on your sunset cruise, delectable picnics made to order ... Excellent food and service. Everything they did, from delivering morning tea, to organising excursions, to sorting...

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Adelaide
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Pole Pole was our first stop on our honeymoon, a 6 week trip through east Africa. We couldn't have found a better place to start! Paola and Marina were so welcoming and the staff so friendly - we were told they are here to help and be flexible to make our stay enjoyable. Whether you feel like relaxing in the...

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Awesome location, food, attention, views, skies, trees, tranquility. Spent 3 nights as a family of 5, wished it was 10. It's a very nice chilled quiet group of bungalows, well laid out, well designed. the bungalows have verandas with a mozzy-netted bed to chill/read/watch sunrise/set. will be back

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Seven bungalow suites overlook the infinite hues of blue of Chole Bay, the core of Mafia Island Marine Park. Pole Pole is an exclusive eco-resort, renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury and respect for local culture and environment it is the perfect place to relax after a safari and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wanders of Mafia Island. With a touch of style. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pole Pole Bungalows

Address: Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: €180 - €210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pole Pole Bungalows 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Pole Pole Bungalows Hotel Mafia Island
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“Bungalows 6 & 7 are family rooms [2 bedrooms] so more spacious and private at the end of the row of bungalows.”
  • Dhow at high tide from our terrace
  • Pre dinner drinks on our terrace
  • Main bedroom Bungalow 6
 of 5 bubbles luka99, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
 of 5 bubbles Avnerb10, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“2-roomed bungalows have less good views and the second bedroom is not great.”
 of 5 bubbles MFDtraveller, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are in a good position.”
 of 5 bubbles tjs663, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in No.1 (of only 7) and would recommend it highly”
 of 5 bubbles 12tonyb, 17 Jan 2016 | Read review
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