Azao Resort & Spa

4.0 star property
Pongwe beachfront hotel with 2 bars/lounges and outdoor pool

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Azao Resort & Spa

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Private beach, white sand, sun-loungers, beach umbrellas
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
In-room safe, desk, blackout curtains, rollaway beds
Breakfast, lunch, dinner served; international cuisine

Overview of Azao Resort & Spa

7,6 out of 10 Good
7,6/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
Uroa to Pongwe Road, Ndudu village, Pongwe, North region, 2199
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On a private beach
  • Restaurant and 2 bars/lounges
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Health club
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Private bathroom

Room options

Deluxe Room, Pool View (Deluxe Pool View)

  • 60 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Deluxe Room (Deluxe Ocean View)

  • 39 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Standard Garden View

  • 50 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

Duplex (Duplex Pool View)

  • 40 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • On a private beach
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 7 min drive
  • Muyuni Beach - 27 min drive
  • Mnemba Island - 47 min drive
  • Kendwa Beach - 64 min drive
  • Nungwi Beach - 64 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 70 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • HUG IV SOUL - 8 min drive
  • Zanzi Bar - 11 min drive
  • The Island - 12 min walk
  • Sipano Reastaurant - 8 min drive
  • Blu Marlin Village - 7 min drive

About this property

Azao Resort & Spa

Azao Resort & Spa offers a private beach where you can enjoy the shade from a beach umbrella or relax in a sun lounger, plus scuba diving is nearby. The outdoor pool provides plenty of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages and mani/pedis. Palma Court Restaurant serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this upscale hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a poolside bar, and a health club.


English, Russian, Swahili

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 49 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (6 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting*
  • Free supervised childcare


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–10 AM
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Children's pool
  • Playground
  • Free supervised childcare/activities

What to do

  • On a private beach
  • Tennis
  • Scuba diving nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Health club
  • An outdoor pool
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Palma Court Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Karibu Bar - This poolside bar serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.
Jetty Bar - Overlooking the ocean, this bar serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 5.00 per person, per night
  • An effective city/local tax rate of 12.00 percent will be charged
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 75
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 75 (from 6 to 12 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 75
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 75 (from 6 to 12 years old)

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 70 per vehicle (one-way)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Azao Resort Pongwe
Azao Resort
Azao Pongwe
Azao Resort Opulent Pongwe
Azao Resort Opulent
Azao Opulent Pongwe
Azao Opulent
Azao Resort & Spa By Opulent Pongwe
Azao Resort Spa
Azao Resort Spa by Opulent
Azao Resort & Spa Hotel
Azao Resort & Spa Pongwe
Azao Resort & Spa Hotel Pongwe

Frequently asked questions

Does Azao Resort & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Azao Resort & Spa does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at Azao Resort & Spa?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Azao Resort & Spa?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Azao Resort & Spa?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Azao Resort & Spa?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 70 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Azao Resort & Spa?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is noon.
What is there to do at Azao Resort & Spa and nearby?
Practice your swing on the tennis courts. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include 2 bars and a private beach. Azao Resort & Spa also has a health club and a picnic area, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Azao Resort & Spa?
Yes, Palma Court Restaurant offers international cuisine, ocean views, and poolside dining.
Does Azao Resort & Spa have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.
What's the area around Azao Resort & Spa like?
Azao Resort & Spa is a short 7-minute walk from Pongwe Beach and 14 minutes' walk from Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

מלון משגע ויפה נקי ומסודר ברמה גבוהה רמת שרות הצוות אין דברים כאלה מומלץ בחום
6-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

No beach access.
asaf, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice Hotel. Great Value. Friendly staff. Big and clean rooms
1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Beautiful location staff needs a little training
I had to think long an hard as to wheter I'd reccomend this hotel. This is a great hotel for families and couples. The pool is great and the food is good. Take advantage of the free bikes. We stayed in a beautiful oceanview bungalow but we had issues with the water working properly so we had to relocate to a villa without a view. I feel like the staff is a little lazy and there was a disconnect. The spa was under construction. I was pleasantly surprised when the staff surprised me with a birthday cake
3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice hotel with sea view
Azao resort is a nice hotel but be aware, there is no beach. If your plan is to relax by the pool, this is a great resort. If you plan to swim in the ocean and relax on the beach, this might not be the best option. We were aware of it, but kinf of hope we could go swim. It was not possible during our stay. we ended up moving to another hotel. However, the resort is nice, in the nature, it's calm, the rooms are spacious and clean. The staff is extremey friendly and always ready to help. The pool is big, well maintained. We opted for the all inclusive and it was a good idea as the resort is isolated. There is not much around and if you end up paying for food at the hotel, it can be a bit expensive. The resort is quite big, there is a jetté where you can go for a drink after dinner. It's fine. Food wasgood. I feel I got what I paid for. It wasn't very expensive compared to other options, so got what I paid for. At low tide, we could go explore the beach (rocks, crabs, etc). We enjoyed it, but after a few days, we felt it was time to move elsewhere. My recommendation would be to spend a few days and move to another part of the hotel.
Julie, 7-night trip
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8/10 Very good

8-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful hotel, a bit isolated
Had a fabulous stay at Azao. The only thing we were a bit disappointed by was the lack of beach and nothing in walking distance. It seems like many people never leave the resort, which is not exactly my style of travel. Otherwise, incredible staff! Kevin, Rose, Elizabeth and Farhat were so kind to us during our stay. Nice rooms! Food was varied (would have liked more local food- now it’s only one night per week). I had no idea it was owned by Hilton. Apparently they have plans to renovate. I just hope they don’t change the staff or add a ton more rooms- the size was nice as it was not too crowded nor too desolate.
Remy, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Gem in pongwe
Excellent hotel at the price. Newly built and ticks most of the boxes except for a little slow service which needs a lot of improvement. Will definitely go back and try the private villas.
Anjan, 2-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Ottima struttura ma pessimo punto di mare
Ho soggiornato all'Azao per 7 notti con 3 amiche, la permanenza in hotel è stata piacevole, posto molto tranquillo, indicato per chi come noi voleva rilassarsi. Forse persino troppo tranquillo però, alla sera dopo cena mancava qualsiasi tipo di intrattenimento ( musica, spettacoli o altro) per cui dopo cena non si poteva fare altro che andare subito a dormire, eventualmente con l'unica possibilità di bere qualcosa al bellissimo bar sul mare, collegato all'hotel da una passerella, molto suggestivo però appunto al meno un po di musica sarebbe stata piacevole. Personale cortese ma con tempistiche troppo lunghe nel rispondere alle nostre esigenze, nota negativa il mare impraticabile. Fondo in parte sabbioso simile a fango, ci si sprofonda dentro fino alla caviglia ed é impossibile camminare e la restante parte rocciosa molto tagliente, con la bassa mare impossibile quasi entrare. Ci siamo dovute spostare ogni giorno per cercare il mare bello. Cibo ok
marta, 7-night trip
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