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Pole Pole Bungalows

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My husband and I spent 6 wonderful nights at Pole Pole. The food was amazing and the staff made us feel so welcome and special. We especially enjoyed the coffee delivered to our bungalow in the morning. Our bungalow was beautiful with a wonderful balcony. I had a wonderful massage and manicure -- please be sure to take advantage of...

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 27 March 2017

You will never regret coming to Pole Pole. The location is amazing. The staff takes so good care of you that you never want to leave. I can warmly recommend Pole Pole to anyone who wants a truly relaxing vacation. Go swim with the whale sharks, dive or simply relax at the balcony of your sweet bungalow. Well worth the...

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We came to Pole Pole with my bf for a week. This is an absolute paradise on earth. Beautiful gardens, very lovely lodges and romantic views over the ocean. The staff treats all guests like kings and queen and you can really switch off at Pole Pole. The restaurant food deserves Michelin star - only local ingredients, all fresh, freshly...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I stayed 4 nights at this hotel while on a diving trip in Mafia Island. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped, the property is beautifully landscaped, the staff are friendly and well trained, and the food is really top notch. The food was particularly surprising, you can really tell the Italian owners / managers spent time paying very close...

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We came to Mafia Island to dive and get away from "it all" and left feeling as though we received so much more. We did! Pole Pole's natural beauty is intoxicating. The service is outstanding. The food is delicious, creative and so fresh. The management and staff make all of their hard work look so effortless..The service was flawless and...

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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

The place is probably the best on Mafia Island. The staff are super nice and helpful. It is just not for everyone. The rooms have mosquito nets, but have holes in them. Even though they spray insecticide every evening, you still have mosquitos. One night I saw a rat in my bathroom, which the staff apologized saying it was possible...

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PolePoleMafiaIsland, Guest Relations Manager at Pole Pole Bungalows, responded to this review

We would like to thank Natasha for her kind words regarding our staff and for crediting us as probably “the best place on Mafia Island”. We were sorry to discover that Mafia was not the right destination for Natasha. Unfortunately we don’t all share the same needs and perfectly agree that Pole Pole and Mafia Island are not for everyone....

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We loved our relaxing, quiet post safari stay here. We found it very comfortable for our one week stay. Small and intimate, Italian run and owned with 7 unconditioned (ceiling fans), comfortable, spacious, ensuite, sea view bungalows, 5 are stick and thatch set on stilts with open decks, 2 are plastered concrete with thatch roof. All have good privacy, and...

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Dymchurch
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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 18 February 2017

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 18 February 2017 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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PolePoleMafiaIsland, General Manager at Pole Pole Bungalows, responded to this review

We would like to extend to our guests our sincerest gratitude for expressing their opinion. Normally we choose not to answer individual reviews regardless of their rating. We encourage our guests to share constructive criticism and want our readers to draw their own conclusions. We do however make an exception when we feel comments are inaccurate or misleading. Hygiene is...

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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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: RM869 - RM1,013 (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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See which rooms travellers prefer

“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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