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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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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 December 2013

We came for 3 nights at the end of a two week honeymoon. My only regret is that we did not come sooner! The lodge was so relaxing, The food on offer was fresh and the menu was varied. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. We would particularly recommend the scuba diving, which we found to be...

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1Thank Yaiir-YA
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Lovely location, beautiful Beach, Excellent Food, very good service,very comfortable bungalows, Enjoyed my stay here very much and will return. Snorkeled on the reef in front and saw rays,lionfish, it was like swimming in an aquarium. had excellent dive on chole reef and milimani north reef

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1Thank Henrylambert
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Staid here for a couple of days. Really liked the laid-back atmosphere, the wonderful bungalows and the good food (which is not a given in Africa). Be aware that this is an eco-resort though, meaning that, although the service is five-star, you do not get all amenities you would expect in a true five-star resort (which is fine by me)....

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1Thank bekendevlaming
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 November 2013

i stayed at PolePole for a weekend. the location is magical, beautiful beach and view. bungalows were private and comfortable. i went fishing and swimming with whale sharks. PolePole provided an excellent base to chill after these activities. the staff could not do enough for you! so combining the tranquil environment and excellent customer services....it is heaven... as they say...i...

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North Idaho
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Although our plane arrived several hours earlier than expected, the manager was there at the airport to meet us even though we had not alerted him to our change in flights. There is about a half hour ride to the hotel on a bumpy road, but they are building a new road so the trip should be better in the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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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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“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.”
 of 5 bubbles 5tings, 23 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Room 1 is closest to the main area for dining etc and room 7 the furthest away. So for less walking go for 1 or for privacy 7.”
 of 5 bubbles GAT690, 6 Jul 2015 | Read review
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