The Island Pongwe

The Island, a unique adult-only lodge in Zanzibar, offers a truly remarkable experience that will leave a lasting impression. Whether you choose to stay on the island or simply enjoy a few hours for lunch or dinner, it promises to be an unforgettable journey. This enchanting destination serves as the ultimate romantic escape, catering to couples, seasoned travelers, nature enthusiasts, and food lovers alike. The Island warmly welcomes anyone seeking an unconventional detox journey. Nestled amidst the vibrant greenery of our lush garden and surrounded by the sparkling blue hues of the Indian Ocean, you will indulge in a culinary delight at our gourmet restaurant. Our attentive and personalized service ensures that your every need is met in this exclusive location in Zanzibar.


The Island presents a selection of 5 Standard Villas (35sqm) and 1 Luxury Sultan Villa (70sqm), all thoughtfully positioned to face the mesmerizing ocean. Each room is nestled amidst the sheltering trees, ensuring a serene and secluded ambiance. Step onto your private veranda, adorned with romantic seating, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of sunset, sunrise, and the starry sky of Zanzibar. What sets The Island apart is its commitment to exclusivity, privacy, and relaxation, while paying meticulous attention to detail.

Embracing a unique approach, our rooms are designed with eco-friendliness in mind. There are no televisions or music from electronic devices allowed, and air conditioning is not provided. These intentional choices aim to foster a genuine connection between our guests and the natural surroundings, protecting their privacy and preserving the harmonious atmosphere of the island. Prepare to be enveloped by the tranquility and beauty of the environment, as every element has been carefully curated to enhance your sense of serenity and immersion in nature.

Dinning Experience

Indulge in a culinary journey like no other at our gourmet restaurant, where fine and exquisite food is meticulously prepared with a sophisticated artistic touch, ensuring a blissful experience that surpasses your culinary expectations and delights your senses. Each and every one of our meals is crafted with fresh ingredients, sourced locally and delivered daily from the nearby regions, allowing us to seamlessly blend the vibrant flavors of the locale with the elevated standards of gourmet cuisine.

Moreover, the serene ambience of our restaurant, nestled amidst nature and overlooking the crystal-clear ocean, provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable dining experience. At The Island Pongwe Lodge, we strive to offer an unconventional holiday that encompasses the finest culinary delights.

We take pride in our commitment to using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, ensuring the highest quality and freshness in our dishes. Delight in the taste of freshly collected sea urchins from Pongwe Bay or the agar agar seaweed sourced from a local farm right in front of The Island, both expertly incorporated into our gourmet creations. Our farm-to-plate concept guarantees an authentic and immersive culinary experience, allowing our guests to savor the true essence of the area.

Other Activities

At The Island Pongwe Lodge, our commitment to the environment is at the forefront of our ethos. Not only is our boutique hotel in Zanzibar dedicated to providing exceptional experiences, but we also prioritize sustainability and eco-friendliness. With a deep appreciation for the natural beauty that draws our clients to our destination, we understand the importance of preserving and protecting our main resource – nature itself.

We take pride in using locally sourced, fresh, and seasonal ingredients from nearby suppliers to create a menu that is not only delicious but also supports the local community. Our eco-friendly approach extends to our design and construction, as we utilize recycled wood and natural materials in our building elements. The traditional “Makuti” roofs made of palm leaves provide natural cooling, while repurposed old fishing boats are transformed into unique and sturdy tables, chairs, and mirror frames, creating a sense of awe at every turn.

To align with our plastic-free policy, we have taken steps to reduce our plastic footprint. We have eliminated the use of plastic straws and bottles on The Island, opting for glass and metal bottles for drinking water and embracing paper or natural straws. By embracing these eco-conscious practices, we strive to create an environment where sustainability and luxury coexist harmoniously.