Set on the tranquil beach paradise of Mafia Island, located 160km offshore from the main Zanzibar Island, Pole Pole Lodge is one of the best eco-resorts in the region.
Pole Pole is Swahili for ‘slowly slowly’ or 'take it easy'', and this perfectly describes the atmosphere of this beautiful beachfront accommodation.
Laid-back and unpretentious, Pole Pole Lodge offers thatched bungalows right on the beach, and each luxury bungalow looks out to the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo.
Built in 1998, Pole Pole is renowned for its warm and welcoming hospitality and has become a favourite haven for honeymooners, families and couples looking for a peaceful retreat.
Set among coconut palm trees, white sandy shores and turquoise waters, you can spend your days lounging on the spacious daybeds, snorkelling in the crystal sea, and exploring the incredible natural treasures and marine life around the island.
Massimo, the friendly resort host, will be happy to help you organise your island adventures including swimming with whale sharks, scuba diving at the Marine Reserve, sunset boat cruises or a tour around the colonial-era ruins.
A daily tour to nearby Chole Island is included in your stay, and you can venture out at dusk to watch bats flying between the islands.
Meals here are a treat of their own, with a mix of Italian and Swahili flavours featuring fresh seafood and locally sourced organic ingredients.