The Island Pongwe

The Island Pongwe is an adult only lodge with unique features in Zanzibar. Staying on The Island or just enjoying few hours for a meal will be an unforgettable life experience. This is the ultimate romantic escape: couple, experienced travellers, nature and food lovers, The Island welcomes whoever is willing to try an unconventional detox journey. Here you’ll find the perfect balance between a high level of environmental awareness with the best possible service in the archipelago. Most of the food is locally sourced or supplied by local producers, the resort is plastic free, they have a system of water recycling and last but not least most of their taylor-made experiences are focused on reconnecting with the local nature and reality.

Lost between the green of our lush garden and the blue of the Indian Ocean, you'll spoil yourself with the gourmet restaurant and attentive and personalized service in the most exclusive location in Zanzibar.


Located in the North-East coast of Zanzibar, just 34 km from Stone Town, The Island is built on a natural coral rock in the quiet Pongwe bay. 100 meters away from the coastline, offers unforgettable sunset and sunrise views.

Rooms & Suites

The Island offers 5 Standard Villas (35sqm) and 1 Luxury Sultan Villa (70sqm), all facing the ocean. Each room is hidden in the shadow of the trees and has its own veranda with a romantic seating outside to enjoy sunset, sunrise and Zanzibar starry sky. The unique feature of The Island guarantees a really exclusive stay with total privacy and relax, but the real peculiarity lies in the attention in details. All rooms are eco-friendly, not television or music from electronic devices is allowed, no A/C in the rooms. Every details are aimed to put our Guests in contact with the nature that surrounds them, to protect their privacy and the harmony of the place.

Restaurant & Bars

The resorts gourmet restaurant offers fine and exquisite food paired with a sophisticated artistic touch in order to create a blissful experience satisfying your senses and every culinary expectation. Each and every one of the meals are freshly made and are prepared with the purpose of blending the local flavours and the demanding expectations of gourmet cuisine. Furthermore, the ambience, being surrounded by nature and crystal-clear ocean, will be perfect and relaxing in every moment of your permanence at the restaurant. If you are searching for an unconventional holiday with the best culinary experience, you can’t miss The Island Pongwe Lodge.

The Island is proud to use locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that are delivered daily from the areas near our hotel. Enjoy fresh sea urchins collected in Pongwe bay or agar agar seaweed from local farm in front of The Island which are used in the gourmet dishes. From farm to plate concept guarantees the best quality and freshness, and give guests the taste of the area.

Spa & Wellness

Spoil yourself with aromatic oils and spices of Zanzibar and book massage for absolute relaxation or energy boost. The resorts professional local therapist will perform your selected treatments on the terrace of your room or inside it, you will relax while enjoying the sound of the waves and the wind. All procedures must be pre-booked in advance at the reception.

Leisure facilities

Enjoy the resorts bikes and ride around the bay to discover its secrets during the morning or sunset time. Once you have explored Pongwe bay closest surroundings, take the free use bicycles and go for longer ride to Uroa or Kiwengwa villages, that are both about 40 minutes away either south or north from The Island. Both villages have some beach restaurants and water sports where you can enjoy something different from your daily routine at our property. Explore different areas of Zanzibar and keep yourself fit. P.S. Ride safe!


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Maximilian Charles Münch
Maximilian Charles Münch
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