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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Definitely one of the best beaches on the island

Excellent Five stars from 65 votes
Pongwe Beach Club - Pool and sea
Pongwe Beach Club - Pool and sea

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Located right at the southern end of the white sand that runs from Matemwe to Chwake, Pongwe Beach Hotel has, we would argue, managed to claim itself the best chunk of beach on the island! Featuring a permanent sand beach, complete with lapping waves and azure waters, there is very little to fault the location. It is true that it firmly aims at the lower end of the market and, as such, you can’t expect lavish rooms or air-conditioning…but if all you want to do is lie by the ocean, then this is a great choice…book early!


Even after our latest recce on the island, we are still convinced this is the best beach on the island. Even at low tide, although not possible to swim, you can see just white sand exposed and so, as soon as there is some water, it is possible to swim. Similarly, at high tide, the sea only comes to around 10 feet from the top of the beach and so there is always somewhere to lie on a recliner…it is what a beach should be!


Very simple…taking into account that Pongwe doesn't ask a fortune and that most will spend all their time outside, there is nothing wrong with them, but, for the money, you are paying for the beach and the seclusion of what is effectively a private beach. The rooms are not offering the bells and whistles of other properties on the island but then the price tag is also not as high.


A logical layout with the beach taking centre stage. In the central area is the covered dining area with the bandas off to the right and the very good pool area to the left. With a good number of sea view rooms, it is, again, what it should be for the money.


The beach…what can we say!

Great beach, good pool, very good value, does what it says it will at that price

Don't expect bells and whistles

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