Romantic vacation in Tanzania: Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel

The Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel in Tanzania is the ultimate romantic getaway destination. This fabulous location on Mafia Island is perfect for those searching for an exclusive vacation in Tanzania.

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How to get to Mafia Island

Mafia is a small island in Tanzania, easily accessible by plane from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. There are flights available every day, but they’re usually on a very small aircraft that lands on a grass airstrip. After the flight, you also have a one-hour trip by jeep to get to the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel and begin your vacation in Tanzania.

Vacation in Tanzania at the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel

Pole Pole is a holiday destination that’s off the beaten track. Immediately, that means that only like-minded travelers tend to visit. Among them, you’ll also find a good number of couples on their honeymoon, because the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic vacation in Tanzania.

In Swahili, Pole Pole means take it easy. And that’s exactly what you’re going to do while you’re here!

While visiting East Africa, you may have gotten used to noise, chaos, and delays. You’ll find none of this at the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel. What you do get is peace, quiet, and plenty of sunshine.

Last but not least, the staff of this remote outpost on Mafia Island is always friendly and helpful.

The Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel

Your stay at the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel

Pole Pole specializes in excellent service and preparation. It has five luxurious bungalow suites and wide shaded verandas with Zanzibari beds, armchairs, and a table. The suites and verandas are decorated in the local style, featuring carved and antique furniture, perfect for an intimate vacation in Tanzania.

In addition, there are two Asali Suites, which have an extra room with a massage bed. This can also be converted into another bedroom. This option is perfect if you wish to share the luxury bungalow with another couple or family members.

At the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel, you can spend your days sleeping on your Zanzibari bed and swimming at high tide.

Snorkeling and diving are also spectacular experiences: you’ll get to swim with whale sharks and admire colorful coral. Pole Pole works with Mafia Island Diving, a 5-star PADI dive center, which will take you to some exquisite places to discover the marine flora and fauna during your vacation in Tanzania. Visibility is excellent, as all these places are located less than 30 meters underwater.

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Traditional Swahili cuisine during a vacation in Tanzania. Photo by Mwani [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Eating at the Pole Pole luxury eco-lodge hotel

One of the things Pole Pole takes pride in is the food. You will have the chance to try African cuisine on your vacation in Tanzania, with a spicy European influence, though the accent falls on the Italian cuisine. During your stay at Pole Pole, you’ll be happy to discover Swahili cuisine and many dishes based on fresh fish. Actually, most of their fresh food is produced organically and bought locally, to protect the environment and to encourage the local fishermen and farmers.

For breakfast, you’ll get to enjoy a combination of fresh local fruit (e.g. mango, papaya etc.), but also bread, toast, and eggs, if you want. And for lunch they’ll prepare a picnic should you wish to go out and explore the island and its surroundings.

If you’re worried you won’t agree with something from Pole Pole’s menu while on vacation in Tanzania, rest assured that they address any dietary needs a guest may have.

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