Fodor's Expert Review Pole Pole

Utende, Mafia Island, , Tanzania

In Swahili Pole Pole means to go slowly, and at this intimate little resort this is very much encouraged. One of the smallest resorts on the island means you will have a lot more privacy and access to facilities. Spend days reading in the shade on day beds on each balcony or kayaking in the intertidal mangroves around the small tide-dependent beach. Built around eco principals the property is unpretentious and laid-back and has some of the best food on the island. Pole Pole may be rustic in construction, but is terrific for privacy and service.

PROS

  • privacy
  • lovely new swimming pool
  • on-site yoga instructor

CONS

  • strong winds can feel like your rooms are being buffetted
  • can only walk to dive shop at low tide

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Quiet
Beachfront
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0755-3030–44

HOTEL DETAILS

7 bungalows
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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