With a name that translates as ‘Slowly Slowly’, there can be no doubt that Pole Pole Bungalow Resort aims to deliver a very relaxing accommodation experience. Set on Tanzania’s Mafia Island (a local word for archipelago), Pole Pole Bungalow Resort offers five bungalow suites with twin or double beds as well as two additional suites which can sleep four guests. Combining barefoot luxury with great cuisine and a long list of activities, Pole Pole makes the perfect retreat for travellers looking to wind down after their East Africa safari.
Located 160 kilometres from Zanzibar Island, Mafia Island has remained largely untouched by development and mass tourism. Its green forests are home to monkeys and antelope while its blue waters are protected by a Marine Reserve, ensuring an excellent underwater experience for snorkellers and scuba divers. There are also interesting ruins and colonial-era buildings to explore, sunset boat cruises to enjoy and of course miles and miles of unspoilt white-sand beaches. Serious divers will want to visit Mafia Island between October and March when migrating whale sharks can be encountered.
Committed to the environment and proud of its low-impact design, Pole Pole Bungalow Resort also gives back to the local community and you can visit a local village for an insight into island life. Recommended for repeat travellers and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination, Pole Pole appeals to adventurous couples, families and travellers who want an Indian Ocean holiday experience but without the potential crowds of Zanzibar or the Kenyan coast.