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Pole Pole Bungalows

Plot 16 - Utende Beach, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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  • Mafia Island Diving
    0.6 km
  • 4 star hotel
  • Free Wifi
Reviewed 10 July 2014
Pole Pole is the perfect post - safari unwind destination
Our family enjoyed three days of relaxation at the beautiful... more
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Our family enjoyed three days of relaxation at the beautiful Pole Pole on Mafia. Our family bungalow was spacious and we especially loved the outdoor areas and small touches like kikoy's and straw hats and tote bags to use around the property. The staff was as friendly as anyone could imagine and we really got to know and enjoy the...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I recommend this before or after a trip to the smaller Chole Mjini. Italian inspired food, a wonderful pool, poolside spa treatments, and lovely little bungalows make this all a special place. They can also arrange tours, snorkelling and the Kitu Kiblu whale shark excursions. Simply perfect, and perfectly simple.

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Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights and had an awesome time. The staff were amazing and very welcoming and helpful. The food was outstanding. Unfortunately the wind was a bit hectic for the last 3 days which put a little bit of a damper on things. The diving is truly spectacular and well worth the trip all the way to...

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1Thank Tanya M
Reviewed 19 June 2014

A great place to relax after going on safari! The service is excellent, the staff is very friendly and the food is superb. The bungalows are spacious, clean and lovely decorated. We enjoyed a couple of beautiful trips by boat: we went snorkeling, visited a sand bank and saw little turtles hatching!

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed here in January 2014, on 4 stay stop over in between Selous Safari and Zanzibar. It was perfect place to wind down, and the guide Sadiki made our excursions very memorable. The snorkelling trip was fabulous, and Kua ruins on Juani island also fascinating. The food was very good, but if you don't like fish you must let...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

Marta (the manager) and Musa (assistant manager), make you comfortable and feeling welcomed from the moment you arrive at this beautiful Eco-lodge. The food is wonderful, they love catering to your every need here, and act as though it's part for the course in the hospitality world. I would really suggest to anyone staying here. Thank you, to a wonderful...

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Stafford
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Stayed for 5 nights having spent the previous week on safari and what a great way to relax. Only 7 bungalows on site and we pretty much had the pool to ourselves. Went on a couple of excursions, snorkelling and white snapper bbq over coconut husks was definitely a highlight. Also lovely beach area with safe bathing. Food was excellent...

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1Thank Sunnydogs
Jersey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Pole Pole is lovely. The bungalows are spacious and comfortable and with only a small number very peaceful and quiet. The food was delicious, we thoroughly enjoyed all our meals. We principally chose this resort as we wanted to dive and were not disappointed. The dive centre nearby was very good, the dive sites interesting and varied. Unfortunately whilst there...

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1Thank BrendaC936
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Pole Pole is beautiful - a 7-bungalow lodge, so very quiet and private. Very friendly staff and manager. And incredible food - mostly freshly-caught seafood from the local fisherman further down the beach but the salads,deserts, etc are also wonderful - and there's lots of it, you will definitely not go hungry here (fortunately it's all very healthy too)!! There...

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1Thank Matt S
Nairobi
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Spent one of our three nights around Mafia Island here and absolutely loved it. The rooms are clean and have all the amenities you need, the pool is warm and shady and the massages took you to another level of relaxation. Marta, the manager, was laid back but on top of everything and very welcoming. I felt completely blissed out...

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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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  • 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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“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
“All bungalows have sea view”
 of 5 bubbles foodies303, 16 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Only 7 bungalows (2 family) all in good location.”
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