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Long Beach, California
Reviewed 8 February 2017

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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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 7 February 2017

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 5 February 2017

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 24 January 2017

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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Thank Lotraktor
Reviewed 3 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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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We stayed for 5 nights in Sep/Oct following safari and loved Pole Pole (and Mafia Island). It is a beautiful, relaxed, peaceful place, situated on small, usually empty beach. The bungalows are lovely, comfortable and full of character with beautiful verandas overlooking the coast. The food was particularly good - lots of Italian influence, great seafood and lovely Swahili dishes...

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Rome, Italy
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Very suggestive place, "pole pole" atmosphere and very cool african bungalows. I advice every day excursions like chole, sand bank, snorkeling and white shark. The meals are very 'Akuna matata-African mood'. Go go go

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Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is the trip I will always keep in my heart. We promised a review and it arrives month later the reason I am writing it despite time passing by is the memory that keeps coming back with the warmest hospitality and unforgettable time we had! Bungalows - magic Food – mouth-watering Staff – represents a mist of a beautiful...

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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  • Breakfast included
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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: $256 - $299 (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.”
  • Main bedroom Bungalow 6
  • Pre dinner drinks on our terrace
  • Dhow at high tide from our terrace
luka99, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
Avnerb10, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“2-roomed bungalows have less good views and the second bedroom is not great.”
MFDtraveller, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are in a good position.”
tjs663, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in No.1 (of only 7) and would recommend it highly”
12tonyb, 17 Jan 2016 | Read review
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