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Pole Pole Bungalows

One of the most exclusive eco-lodges in the world, renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality.

Pole Pole
Pole Pole

an organic expression of Mafia Island's soul...

Switching off the engine and sail, no music at the restaurant, the gentle sound of wind and waves. Pole Pole "different time" is governed by natural elements: the moon, the tides, the sun, the seasons. Adjusting to a different rhythm that is dictated entirely by nature ...
Discard the preconceived notions of your typical beach holiday, and open yourself to something completely different... Pole Pole is seamlessly integrated with its surrounding environment - cultural as well as natural. There is no distinction between the hotel and its surroundings...

Nine bungalow suites, perfectly blended with the surrounding tropical garden, overlook the infinite hues of blue of Chole Bay, the core of Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania.
Pole Pole, considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Balancing luxury with respect for local culture and environment, it is the perfect place to relax after a safari and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wonders of Mafia Island. With a touch of style.

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Local Produce

All our produce is locally sourced to ensure we are minimizing our carbon footprint and providing you the freshest most organic products.

Pole Pole Bungalows Community


We embrace the local community, from the staff we employ to our suppliers. We are all about supporting the local people around us.

Pole Pole Bungalows Mafia Island


An eco-lodge that is built harmoniously within its surroundings. All materials and systems at the lodge are a product of the surrounding environment.

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The cuisine is a combination of diverse culinary traditions and cultures, with an Italian style touch of class. Swahili dinners are served once a week or on request. Most of the food we serve is organically grown and bought on the island to help fishermen and farmers benefit from tourism development.

The resort caters for special dietary requirements whenever possible, this includes but is not limited to vegetarians, vegans or gluten allergies.





Set apart in the sunniest stretch of Pole Pole and surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, the swimming pool is shaped by a series of circles and set in a beautiful locally-sourced coconut wood deck. Its design is reminiscent of a traditional Arabic sailing dhow, with weathered parts of old sailing boats integrated into its features. It is partially shaded by a dramatic dhow sail rigged up on old masts, and a bar area and shaded seating area are also incorporated into the surrounding garden for your comfort and convenience.

The pool is set in Pole Pole’s Alasiri Garden, an idyllic location to bask in the golden afternoon light… Alasiri in Kiswahili means afternoon, but another delightful fact is that ‘siri’ means secret, and this makes the name doubly appropriate for this peaceful, hidden-away corner.
Furthermore, the garden’s lazy tranquility is perfectly complemented by the soothing luxury of The Alasiri Spa, which is set in the surrounds of the pool area, offering a variety of massages that are guaranteed to ease you into holiday-mode…

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