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Africana Sea Lodge Diani

Africana Sea Lodge

The hotel has small rondavaels set close together and the public area is at the sea front. It offers seven restaurants with a choice of Italian African and International cuisine. There is an animation and entertainment program for the enjoyment of all, in addition to the outdoor and water sports. There are 158 rooms.
This hotel is very bad. Bad management and bad service (SHIT). 22 hrs. no electricity, 5 days a sign in front of our door (men at work). All inclusive? No way, 3 kinds of pizza, we had to pay for icecream. No pasta's and salads in the pasta 'n pizza restaurant. Waiting for a long time for coffee/tea at breakfast (more than 30 minutes). Waiters with dirty shirts. A lot of cats in the restaurants/bar. Toilet bins in the ladiesroom were open and very full... (it stinks). Shower: a lousy stream of water, there's more water in a glass, at the pool: dirty and very old towels (holes in it!). The general manager didn't want to answer our questions about our complaints. Animation during day/evening: very little activities. One good point: the animation team were kind. We stayed here from 10 till 17th of October 2003, and we will never go back. If you need a good hotel: go to Kaskazi Beach! Kost 19/12/03

I was in kenya for 3 weeks...and it was great...i love it!the hotels are the best on diani beach!you can relax...and you can have fun...whatever you want!if you have the chance to visit kenya...,go to one of the alliance hotels (africana sea lodge...)!i will come back in march.have fun (: Caro 3/2/05

l would love to comment on the African sealodge, my fiancee and l Visited in 2005 the hospitality we received was wonderful. Just a perfect holiday as all we did was to relax for the 2wks and each morning receiving some fresh flowers for free was just more than the best treat. I would visit it again. Beate 16/2/07


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This hotel is shit! the rooms not renovated since the hotel was built! The security-officer is crazy, he couldn't me not tell, why girlfriends can go in and out in the hotel to visit guests but my girlfriend not... I have no problems, because I never will stay in this hotel again. My girlfriend and I rented a house and the ASL hotel has lost a good guest! Gerhard Bütow, Austria, 15.3.01


Visited: December 2002 for 2 weeks. Was a bit slow for a few days, but once you go out of the hotel and mix with the locals the holiday got much better. Resort is good - food I didn't find wonderful, but edible. 8 out of 10 for me. I would return again. Its a new experience to see how others live. Cutie Hurmal 22/8/03

My sister and I had the most fantastic holiday at the Africana Sea Lodge, the staff were extremely helpful at all times. Everyone was so pleasant to talk to, our bedrooms were always kept clean and tidy to a high standard, the restaurant staff and chef's were all so accomodating. We enjoyed every meal we had there. The bar staff were also very friendly.
We had such a fantastic time, we have made a lot of friends. We would love to come back and visit! Thankyou. Charlotte Clarke 22/11/03


 

Baobab Beach Resort Diani

Baobab Beach Resort

The resort was renovated and fully refurbished in 2005. It is located on Kenya’s famous Diani Beach on the south coast, a mere 38 kilometers or an hour’s scenic drive from the bustling harbour city of Mombasa.This very spacious resort has been extensively renovated and is today Kenya’s leading “all inclusive” hotel. Nestling majestically on top of a coral cliff with breathtaking panoramic views and blooming vegetation extending into large tropical gardens dropping onto the white, sandy shores of the Indian Ocean.

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We had our honeymoon (2 weeks) in the Baobab Beach Resort. We felt like in paradise! People very very friendly, food excellent hotel environment very nice. The only sad thing: it is a tui hotel (germans only - almost). some of them nice, but too much germans in one hotel isn't nice anymore. animation team was great. We return to Diani Beach! Graf, Katja & Christian 5.7.01


Our 1 week stay in Baobab Beach Resort was fantastic. The quality of the whole resort is exceptional with great attention to detail. The resort is set amongst mature gardens and forest which are immaculately maintained. The food is outstanding in the all-inclusive restaurant. There is loads of choice and most meat / fish etc. is prepared freshly in front of you to your taste. There are numerous activities to do all day at no extra charge. The animation team is outstanding and well staffed so they always make up a full team if you are a few players short! Every evening the animation team put on a very entertaining and high quality show after dinner with dancing and acrobatics. The pool, gardens and bars all look over the beautiful beach and sea. As with all the Diani resorts, the beach is overrun with “beach boys” trying to sell you things. Unfortunately this doesn’t allow for sun bathing on the beach, however there is plenty of places for sunbathing in the resort so you can just pop onto the beach for a swim / walk. The icing on the cake is the friendliness of the staff who never stop smiling and helping you out. The only negative is that the air con in the rooms is not very powerful and due to the outside humidity, everything gets a bit damp. This is a mainly German resort, not that this impacted our enjoyment at all. Will 19/11/06


Chale Paradise Island

Chale Paradise Island

Chale Island is a small dreamy coral island, located about 12 km south of the famous Diani Beach. The tents are in ideal harmony with the beautiful surroundings. The open restaurant lies on the bay, with its white sandy beach. Opportunities about for snorkelling, diving and lazy boat trips. Fishing is also a major attraction in the waters around this gem of an island. No of Beds 60

Activities diving, snorkelling, boat trips, deep sea fishing, nature walks

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I could not believe my eyes neither could my wife.We did not know such a wonderful place existed. We were there last year(2001) for our honeymoon.This is the best place to be . The service was excellent, the tents were superb and we are planning to celebrate our first anniversary there this year(God Willing).The mangroove tour, sandy beach and the quiet atmospher gives you the peace of mind and relaxation one would need when holidaying.Keep it up. Joseph Noah 28/6/02



Diani Reef Grand Hotel 

Diani Reef Grand Hotel

Diani Reef Grand Hotel and Casino is in Ukunda, Coast, Kenya . The property has seven restaurants and a hotel with 300 rooms.

Amazing hotel. Visited in September 2005 after the renovation and name change in May 05. Staff were really friendly and helpful with guest relations managers on site 24 hours to ensure you are happy. Waterslide and the two pools are fabulous fun, lovely and incredibly clean. There is a sports bar with a TV for the men and pool tables, table tennis and table football for the kids. The best thing was the food. SO GOOD. At each meal the main part of the meal is cooked freshly for yu by the friendly chefs, as is breakfast bacon, sausages, egggs, omelettes, crepes and more than that! The food was better than most hotels I have been to in the UK. I have also never seen a hotel be kept so clean. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. It looks amazing after the refurb and it's so worth visiting. The beach is lovely too, a real paradise beach. If you are visiting Diani then don't miss out on this hotel! Now called Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa. Visited in September 2005 after the renovation and name change in May 05. Amazing hotel. Staff were really friendly and helpful with guest relations managers on site 24 hours to ensure you are happy. Waterslide and the two pools are fabulous fun, lovely and incredibly clean. There is a sports bar with a TV for the men and pool tables, table tennis and table football for the kids. The best thing was the food. SO GOOD. At each meal the main part of the meal is cooked freshly for yu by the friendly chefs, as is breakfast bacon, sausages, egggs, omelettes, crepes and more than that! The food was better than most hotels I have been to in the UK. I have also never seen a hotel be kept so clean. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. It looks amazing after the refurb and it's so worth visiting. The beach is lovely too, a real paradise beach. If you are visiting Diani then don't miss out on this hotel! Danielle 20/7/05



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My family and I stayed here during it's innaugaration back in the early eioghties and several times more during the latter eighties, it was aspectacular hotel, with memorable experiences and top notch serivce. My wife and i recently spent our honeymoon over new years 2001. the Hotel appears to be in a time warp, the food was circa UTALI 1980, nothing had been upgraded, the rooms, fixtures, food and entertainment were exactly as they were in the eighties. Ossification is very apperent, the guests reflected a much older crowd. The service and staff are EXTRODINARY!!!, and the human element is heartbreaking in the slow decline of the Kenyan Beach Hotels, massive investment if not forthcoming will lead to the decline and eventual dissappearnce of this once great hotel. And it's esteemed neighbours, You reviews not withstanding. Andrew Sarai 30/8/02

we stayed at diani reef for the millenium (2000), and thought it was beautiful .We could not fault it in any way.ok perhaps maybe a bit of sprucing up ,but It's Africa. what do you expect, we thought it part of the charm.We would hate to stay in some stuffy 5*hotel ,trussed up in suits in the evening.We found it very clean friendly, and the food was good .We were going back there in 2002(xmas).but it had closed for refurbishment.,so we stayed at the papillon just down the road.We also enjoyed this hotel ,and have been back since.,and are going again next year .We understand the diani reef grand has re-opened now .will go and have a look next year whilst were there.Both highly recommended. Grimsby 17/4/04

Stayed at Diani Reef for a week in July 2005. I cannot express how amazing this hotel has become after the long renovation. I had stayed here in the late 80s and returned in 2001 to find a hotel almost in ruins, like the old Sinbad in Malindi. After closing down someone has taken an immense amount of time and effort to completely redo the hotel, restoring it to levels far far above anything else I have seen on the South Coast. In fact, renovation is the wrong work. It is a completely new hotel, rising spectacularly out of the ashes of the old. I just hope it can sustain itself. Ajay Shah 21/7/05


Diani Sea Lodge/Resort

Diani Sea Lodge/Resort

Situated on the sandy beaches of Diani, 30 kilometres south of the exotic port of Mombasa. Its 186 bungalows and 10 comfortable cottages - all air conditioning - are situated in a lovely tropical garden, besides a freshwater swimming pool. Diani Sea Lodge offers a special pool for children as well as two bars, boutiques, a health and fitness centre, a floodlit tennis court, mini golf, table tennis and a surf and diving school.

We visited the DSR in dec 06 for Christmas& New Year,after.We had a great time,the food was great,good entertainment,clean rooms,excellant pool and service,friendly staff& plenty of Jambo's.The only downside was the fantastic beach which we only went on twice in 10 days due to the intense harrasement from the hawkers.Even though we brought a necklace we did not really want,we were still hawked.We risked our lives on an ancient!!dow (and it was) saw masses of dolpin,swam the reef,excellent. Went on Safari,an experience not to be missed,saw every thing but the cats,wow.Travelled the most potholed road ever,will never moan about potholes in the uk again.exellent holiday. Carol 6/01/07

Went for christmas and new year which was the best ever, Gala night on christmas eve was fantastic with all the christmas fare and carols being sang by the local chior whow have'nt felt so much like christmas since our Daughter was a child. New year was out of this world the hard work of all the staff made it one that we will never forget the way the banquet was laid out the entertainment and the bonfire on the beach at midnight seeing he new year in dancing in the Indian ocean thank you it was just wonderfull.Well done staff. Just a fantastic place/beach, went to the beach every day after first day the sellers on the beach left us alone one just had to be hard and ignor them or tell them to go away Please note its cheeper to buy from the shops on the entrance to the hotel than from these beach sellers. The food was really good hotel was well maintained and clean and tea time was fantastic watching the monkeys trying to out witt the security gaurds who had to gaurd the cake.
We met some fantastic pepole who we are keeping in touch with from around the globe. We will certainly return Diane 15/1/07

Just returned from a 2 week holiday at Diani Sea Lodge. The location is to die for and the rooms, whilst basic are scrupulously clean, large and very comfortable. Did not miss the Sky TV, or TV that 3/4/5 star hotels offer. Lush stunning gardens, wonderful food and a nicer bunch of people you could not hope to find. Am booking to go back at Xmas. Someone said in another posting that they were 'hassled to death' by hawkers. Not true. yes, there are beach traders - I bought loads of stuff off them, especially after I found this was their ONLY source of income; no dole, no benefits; buy a sarong off Lilian and her friends; they formed women's co-op; or see Patrick - a teacher unable to get a job, bringing up his family on the pittance he earns from beach trading. Support the beach traders please - they really need it. And use Patricia's laundry next to Tandoori Bar - she's lovely, offers a 1st class service at a fraction of hotel prices. I went on safari with the 'Beach Boys' - through WT Travel - a struggling loclly owned company trying not to be 'strangled out' by the big Tour Operators wo want to maintin the monopoly. Saw everything except the rhino & their guides were brilliant. Hotel at Tsavo, Lion Hill - superb. Saved a fortune by going local. It's a poor country, they have so very little so try and spend your money locally. See Jane, the taxi driver, she took me on most of my trips & was a mine of information. You will have the time of your life. Barbara Willis-Brown 1/10/07


Me and my boyfriend (both 23) stayed there in October last year, and we couldn't have dreamt of a better time. The staff were the most lovely people you could meet! Everyone remembers your name, and is so friendly. The food was brilliant, I am a vegetarian and I was very impressed. Nice and clean rooms, beautiful rooms, lovely weather! We went on a safari which was organised by a waiter which saved us A LOT of money, and it was amazing. We also went on a day boat trip and saw dolphins and whales, and snorkled around a coral reef. Then we visited Wasini island which was one of the best experiences of my life. The only downside was the constant hassling to buy things that you don't really want. We got a carving for our moms but they just don't leave you alone! It is impossible to have a romantic walk along the beach without 20 men trailing you. A tip is don't tell them your name, and never pretend to be interested in something that you won't buy as they follow you or even shout to you when you're trying to relax! Overall though still 100% brilliant holiday could not reccomend this country or hotel enough- i miss it! C Roberts 12/5/08


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home from home.miss this place and people like i do my own family.first class welcome,and cry every time we have to come back home.hotel is excellant and the staff and management make us come back year after year. accomodation fantastic as well as the food and views of the indian ocean. will be back in march 2002 for the fourth time in five years,only sorry we cannot go more often. john & sue haywood 9.7.02


For a relaxing or energetic holiday for every age group this hotel has to be the one. The staff really know how to give a genuine welcome and a warm smile at all times. Very clean and the food is out of this world. If pampering is your style this is the place for you. E. Osborne 21/08/01
This is the best hotel that i have been to,the staff make you feel like you are at home.the food is out of this world as if there is nothing to your requirements they would do some thing just for you.you are never lost at an evening as there is always something to do like quiz shows or the locals showing there talents eg;dances,crafts,clothes and many more.We will always go back to this hotel as it breaks our hearts to leave at the end of a holiday as we have become part of the family at diani sea resort as we have been 4 times. K.Roberts 5/4/02
Superb hotel second to none exellent staff food and rooms top quality no problem is to big or to small.I find this hotel hard to believe for the price top quality service for the price you pay.I find this hotel than the hotels in the uk it is under my sorrow that i cant live there for the rest of my life.staff and management well done praises are not enough. Trevor holding 5/4/02

Have been at DSL four times now and enjoyed every visit. Beautiful location, good food and really friendly staff. Gordon King 7/11/02


i went to kenya 2 years so i would of been 12! i enjoyed my stay very much! And im very much so wanting for my next holiday there! Hannah Ellwood 12/12/02

hello, i have visited your hotel in 1998, this was the best Holiday in my life thank you. Junker 24/3/03

Visited Diani Sea Lodge in Nov 2002, would not recommend it to anyone. Over 8 couples we met went down with E-coli and the food and service was abysmal. Staff were rude and unfriendly and often ignored you and overall we had a very disappointing holiday. Ms Young 21/4/03

I was in April for two weeks in Diani Sea lodge!! Was great!! Can anyone tell me something about the hotel at diani beach witch was burning down, some years ago?? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Susi 7/5/03

We stayed at this hotel in feb 05, it was fantastic, the food was silver service, the hotel was lovely and clean, the room itself was amazing, and always kept clean by the cleaners, everyday they came into to clean. All the staff are so friendly and make you feel very welcome, 'Jambo' is their word for hello and it becomes second nature to you to say to everyone. I would recommnend this hotel to anyone, the only slight downside is there is not much to do at night time. If you go here make sure you meet 'Ted' one of the entertament staff he looks like Lui sahar (plays for united), we got to know him very well and he is a lovely lad. The beach traders can make you feel a little uneasy, as they are always trying to sell you goods, because of this we didn.t go on the beach which is a shame because it is out of this world.We went on the 4day safaria, this is a must we saw everything and close up, the hotels you stay in one the safaria are first class. This was a holiday of a life time and we were made to feel so welcome, it is a must. karyn lee 2/4/05

We stayed there in nov 2005 and had a great time, located close to two great clubs and within easy travel to the shopping centres. "Nice digs". Len & Pam Guy

We have just spent two weeks holiday at Diani Sea Resort, (5th to 20th June) I have to say that it was the best holiday ever.  What a super hotel, the rooms were spotless, the food was excellent, and all of the staff were amazing.  I have never had such service from a hotel before.  Thank you Diani Sea Resort for giving us the best time ever. David Armstrong & Jane Withey 28/6/06

Indian Ocean Beach Club Diani

Indian Ocean Beach Club

At the site of the 16th century Congo mosque, 40 km south of Mombasa, lies The Indian Ocean Beach Club, overlooking the powder white sand of Diani Beach and the Tiwi River estuary. Built in the grand Moorish style and set amongst more than 25 acres of swaying Coconut Palm groves and old stoic Baobab Trees, this exclusive resort recreates the bygone opulence of the rich Sultans of Zanzibar. No of Beds 200. Activities Water sports, diving, tennis, volleyball, bird watching
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I visited the hotel in 2006, service was very good, clean rooms and their attention to detail is exceptional. The staff are friendly and the food was good although they could do more African cuisines as opposed to European ones, this is because majority of the guests are from Europe and would like to taste more exotic foods and not what they are used to back at home.
I would recomend it to anyone wishing to have a pristine holiday. The animation team needs more variety though and the fact that its 'indian ocean beach club', a water sports/diving package should be developed. Tom Makau 14/3/07


Stayed at the Indian Ocean beach Club in January 06 and 07 and planning 08! Understated hotel which is difficult to fault and a testament to the staff in ensuring ones stay is most enjoyable. The food is excellent with more seafood options on the regular menu and Sunday curry lunches. Rooms are attractive, well spaced in small groups, and very "local". Highly recommended for those seeking peace and quiet, plenty to do or not, and families. Not however for the ravers, but that suits us!! T Holland-Smith 13/5/07


Wonderful time delicious breakfast!!! safari to govenors Camp "out of this world" Thank you thank you thank you. Bernie 16/10/07


 

Jadini Beach Hotel Diani

Jadini Beach Hotel

The Alliance Jadini Beach Hotel is situated on the South Coast of Mombasa, and overlooks the barrier reef of Diani Beach. The hotel is located beside the blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean, which are ideal for water sports.
It provides stunning sea views from its bedrooms and gives an on the beach feeling with its main bar "The Boriti" and "The Ocean" restaurants built right over the beach. The style of the hotel is a wonderful blend of spaciousness and intimate nooks and corners. You can go straight from the swimming pool into the sultry waters of the Indian Ocean and vice versa or watch the camels on the beach from your sun lounger.

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I arrived back home from the "JADINI (sorry for that) Beach Hotel".i spent only one week there, but it was amazing. the rooms are very clean and beautiful!every day the roomboys clean everything and somtimes they also put fresh flowers on your table. it was the first time for me to be in a hotel where everyting was okay-and even more than that. the food was as ecellent as the service.the people at the reception were very friendly and very competent. the gardens around the hotelbuilding are so beautiful, we were laying down at a sunbed, just waching everyting. the beach is right in front of you, a smiling waither ask's you for a drin, and you can sign for everyting you drink-and pay at the end of your holiday. it is no all inclusive club and at the time it is a quiet and nice place to relax. and-the coffee was grat too!! i could go back there tomorrow-no problem. greetings from rainy and cold vienna Carol 5/4/03


My family stayed here for 4 days in july 2005. We occupied 2 rooms. Both were without hot water for the entire time. The eating facilities were closed and you had to go next door to get meals. When we arrived there were 18 guests in the entire hotel. There is an incredible amount of deferred maintainance on this hotel. Peeling paint, rotting railing, leaking roof & floor. Rusted out steps. Boarded up windows. Beds and bedding that are stained and frayed. It should be a crime to call this a resort. The sole bright spot are the employees, they did what they could with a smile! You don't belive me, I have pictures to prove this travesty. Robin 14/7/05

Stayed at Jadini for one night Jan 2006. One night was enough. As previously posted almost everything was broken. The air-con, the sliding door onto the ground floor, the shower, the phone. The beds I think were original (1973) and it seemed everything had been in disrepair a long time. The food was barely mediocre and there was never a clean table to sit at for meals. There was one wonderful woman behind the front desk but past that the manager was surly and we moved on quickly. We had reserved over the internet and were paying a rate way too high for what was there. The beach was incredible but I couldn't walk it for a minute without being followed by young men offering to visit me later. Shelly 26/1/06


LTI Kaskazi Hotel

Kenya- the very name promises a refreshing and a unique experience and at the LTI-Kaskazi beach hotel you can highlight that experience by simply relaxing or going on an adventure. Set in a magical location, directly on the famed white sands of Diani beach, you’ll find a sparkling blue ocean, lush vegetation, exotic flowers and bird life gleaming with spectacular colour. Enjoy the hotel’s authentic atmosphere and design, the air-conditioned rooms, excellent service and mouth-watering cuisine. Enjoy the ocean view indulge in watersports, unwind beside the superb swimming pool. Or discover Africa- its mysteries and splendour just a few steps away, take a safari, learn about the tribal traditions of the fascinating Masai, relaxation or adventure, the choice is yours. And the rewards are always plenty.
  • 191rooms with bath/shower, WC, air conditioning, phone, safe rental, minibar, balcony
  • 2restaurants, cafe, 2bars
  • boutique, souvenir shop, hairdresser, bike rental
  • large pool and pool bar in landscaped tropical gardens, beach bar, children’s playground
  • tennis, table tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, boccia, massage
  • watersport centre with windsurfing, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing
  • entertainment programme, supervised childcare during peak holiday seasons

Myself and my mother enjoyed our 6th visit to the Kaskazi last year (2005) and will be going again this year. Do not be put off by the predominantly german guests - we have met as many arrogant, rude and loud english guests as we ever have german. The hotel staff, food, bedrooms and area are all fantastic.Could not be any better and Kenya and the Kaskazi should be a must on everyon'eslist of places to visit. Laura and Carol 15/1/06


We stayed at the Kaskazi Hotel for our Honeymoon. The hotel itself is great, hygiene and cleaniness are it's winning points. The staff are all very welcoming and nothing seems too much trouble. The pool and beach area are great and you can easily spend a whole day just dipping in and out of the pool. The food isn't so good. The variety is staggering but if you like plainer food then you'll be stuck at the Kaskazi. Breakfast is excellent though. I don't think I would stay the hotel again because it is predominantly a german hotel - run by germans and frequented by german people. The British people are in the minority. If you do decide to go to Kenya then a safari is a must - it made our honeymoon. Patricia Pearce 23/2/06

We had a fabulous time at this lovely hotel! booked last minute and really didnt know what to expect. The staff were lovely, the food was too good (bad for my waistline!!) and the hotel provided spectacular views!! We are a young british couple, all those germans didnt bother us... if you cant beat them, join them! Andrea Phillips 2/4/06

My wife and I have just come back from a short stay in this hotel. We enjooyed it very much. we thought the variety of the food was fine and enjoyed having German and French people around us: they were charming. I was worried by the smell of sewage in places. This hotel seems to have a high turnover of visitors and a large number of staff and I think the sewage system was overloaded. It needs fixing otherwise there will be an outbreak of disease. The staff were friendly and I enjoyed chatting to the in-house photographer about how to improve his business. Every country has rules and it is part of the reason we visit but I was distressed a little by my wife being asked to cover up at lunch. She seemed perfectly well dressed to me with modest costume. She is a grandmother! I noticed that much younger women were dressed in less and were not asked to change their clothing!! I think some people are somewhat selective in their enforcement of the rules! Simon Danson 4/4/06

We stayed at this hotel recently and I have to say I was disappointed. For a 4 star hotel it was tired looking and shabby and the staff seemed stressed and rushed. The gardens and pool area were crowded and the beach was not white and sandy as we expeted but hard coral. I must say however that the food choice was excellent and the animation teeam tried really hard. Overall we have stayed at better hotels in Kenya that were rated as less and I don't think that we would return. Sarah 7/4/06

Wir sind 2 Schwestern die vor kurzem im Kaskazi unseren Urlaub verbracht haben! Es war einer der Schönsten bis jetzt! Die Angestellten waren immer freundlich und gut gelaunt. Das Essen wer super und das Animationsteam war sehr um unser Wohlbefinden bemüht! das wichtigste was wir aus diesem Urlaub gelernt haben ist den Alltag mit mehr freundlichkeit zu meistern!Ashante sana an das ganze Team!
Marion und Brigitte 16/7/06

Meine Familie und ich waren vom 14.-28.7.06 im LTI Kaskazi Beach Hotel. Es hat uns sehr gefallen. Die Zimmer waren sauber. Das Essen supergut . Ich bin jetzt 50 und auch etwas herumgekommen in der Welt: so gut wie im Kaskazi habe ich noch nie in meinem Leben gegessen und versuche jetzt die Gewichtszunahme wieder auszugleichen. Das Personal war ausnahmslos sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und geduldig. Den beiden Kindern war es nie langweilig, sie waren mit gleichaltrigen ständig im Hotelgelände unterwegs. Der Strand vorm Hotel ist steinig, aber 200 Meter weiter nach rechts kann man auch gut im Meer baden. An den Umgang mit den Strandjungen vorm Hotel muss man sich etwas gewöhnen. Bernd 4/8/06


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Wir waren vom 29.05. bis 13.06.2002 in diesem wunderbaren Hotel. Es stimmte alles, von dem Hotel über das Essen und natürlich auch die super Animation. Das Personal war immer zuvorkommend. Uns hat dieses Hotel in seinen Bann gezogen und wir werden es in nächster Zeit wieder besuchen. Ein einfach unvergesslicher Urlaub in einem wunderbarem Land. P.S.: Ein guter Tip für einen schönen und unvergesslichen Urlaub. Demmig/Sippel Sina/Marc 17/6/02


well what can i say, adam was totally spot on, great holiday, good hotel, but germans as far as the eye could see. don,t let this put you off as the staff are top.but watch out for the spiders in the trees (evil) and the waves (large) and the spikey things in the sea (spikey) kenya a must place to visit.especially to see leopards ears (private joke) Andrew and Ness 9/10/02



LTI Kaskazi is a lovely hotel, exactly as described in every brochure, run by very pleasant and friendly staff. On that part, it is faultless. What the brochures fail to tell you is, how prominently german the hotel is. The ratio is quite alarming.(wild guess, in the region of 98%). This, I told myself, would not bother me, but after 14 days of typical german arrogance, and downright rudeness, both myself and anothercouple, who we met at the resort(hello andrew and nessa), had both had crossed words with said offenders. This was a shame, and by no means ruined our holiday, but it certainly made a difference. Apart from that, it was excellent. Adam and Michelle Foster 9/10/02

We stayed in this hotel for 11 days (2002). Great hotel, good service, good food. Very pleasant stay for the big five (as our family was called). We'll be back (maybe next year - 2004). Kost 19/12/03

Wir waren im Kaskazi Hotel vom 3.8.04 bis zum 25.8.04. Es war spitze!!!!Die Animation Hussein,Cantona,Hamisi,Isaak,Saidi und Ali;-)!!!Das Essen war so lecker ,dass ich 4kg zugenommen habe aber dass war mir ******egal! Alle im Hotel waren total freundlich immer der nette Gruß "Jambo"!!! Als ich wieder zuhause war ,kam mir das ganze so vor wie ein Traum!!!
ICH MUSS DORT UMBEDINGT WIEDER HIN!!! Juliette Kooper 20/11/04

Have recently stayed at this hotel, can't fault it at all'but a word of caution concerning safari to masi mari be very careful what lodge you choose definetly not David Lvingstone, lots of the vehicle have not got4x4 therefore you get stuck a lot, was in the mari till 10pm and had to walk quite a way to another vehicle not recommended at that time of night in the pitch black.Also no plane booked for us to come home all the lodges fault had to stay another night,sound good but nothing else to do as we couldnt get out on game drive as the cars where all pretty naff. Pauline 8/4/05


 

Leisure Lodge Diani

Leisure Lodge

On a coral reef ten metres above sea level, with a breathtaking view of the sea, the holiday paradise lies on kenya's most popular beach. Romantic paths, cut into the rock, lead to the beach between exuberant, wild bougainvilleas with their fiery blossoms to the ingenious sand terraces.

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Leisurelodge you need to come up with a webster alot of us want to visit you but we donot have a background of the hotel we tried to surf the net to get yoyr details but nothing,we are approx.15 whom would like to visit you Andrea 24.08.01


We were 4 weeks ago in the Leisure Lodge Hotel; it was really very beautiful! Very friendly and obliging personnel, beautiful park! Here you will give gladly a tip, about which one is still pleased really and honestly. The meal was very good, daily buffet would be desirable. I hope, I can come again soon! Greetings from Munich, Eve 27/3/03

4 Wochen VP in diesem Hotel,super gut.Herzlichen Dank fuer das tolle Essen,die ganz hervorragende Bedienung,immer freundlich von uns nicht zu ueberbieten.Gruss an Rosemary.
Wir kommen wieder im naechsten Jahr.
Kwaheri es ist das Paradies.
Danke und Gruss Uschi 7/1/05

Ich könnte zwar auch in Englisch schreiben, aber da kann ich das Hotel Leasure Lodge nicht gut genug beschreiben. Allzu viel Werbung darf ich eigentlich nicht machen, sonst geht noch der Charme des Hotels verloren. Der Club ist eine extra Anlage neben dem Hotel, kostet auch ein wenig mehr, ist aber wesentlich ruhiger und auch noch etwa besser beim Essen. Nicht umsonst kommen in den Leasur Lodge Club Gäste nicht zum Teil 25. Mal. Wir werden im März 06 auch schon zum 4. Mal dort 3 Wochen verbringen und wir freuen uns schon riesig. Alles ist wunderbar, glaubt es mir. Germar 21/01/2006


Leopard Beach Hotel Diani

Leopard Beach Hotel

Situated on Diani Beach with elevated views onto the Indian Ocean. Secluded and sheltered white coral sand beaches, shaded by coconut palms. 30 acres of landscaped tropical gardens. The 144 standard rooms are in thatched, stone buildings set in kaleidoscopic Tropical Gardens. All rooms are air conditioned and contain mini-bars. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception on request. All rooms have telephones and satellite TV can be supplied on request (charged extra). Cottages: The 17 cottages are all sea-facing. Rooms are larger than standard with additional furnishings.

A fabulous hotel!!! 1st class. I have stayed at the Leopard 3 times and hope to return soon. The Leopard is paradise, its managment and all staff are fantastic and when I return it is like coming home. The location, accomodation and facilities are second to none. Possibily the best diving and facilities on Diani and Kenyan coast.Heaven on Earth. Martin Harvey 2/1/06



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I stayed at this hotel on my own, and when I arrived I thought I was in paradise, it is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. The staff were wonderful and could not have looked after me better, nobody took advantage of my situation and I wish I could have stayed there forever. I left my heart in Diani beach!!!! When I come back in June, I will borrow it again. Kim Fountain 14/10/01


I was two times at the Leopard Beach Hotel. It was great. So I will come back in January 2003. I love Kenya and Leopard Beach is a good place to stay. Diani Beach is so wonderful! My office is filled with fotos from sun, sand and sea and thats what my heart is too. Blanka Imboden 31/10/02


I stayed at this hotel with a group of 12. We had already been on 2 weeks safari. We found the staff at reception and in the cashier office most unwelcoming and unhelpful. The rest of the staff at this hotel are superb. The waiters and the staff around the pool were quite superb. Julia Peacock 21/3/04


Neptune Paradise Hotel Diani

Neptune Paradise Hotel

Neptune Paradise, the new and smaller resort, has a clean "decorated" feel to it. There are scores of chairs and loungers in pastel hues with co-ordinating fabrics, the bar is built in the shape of a boat with stools to look like dolphins. The open sided beach bar and the thatched dining area are built close to the beach, and there is a big pool with swim-up bar. Muzak plays, and there is a TV and table tennis under thatch.


We left on the 19th april 2005, where we spent two weeks, all the staff from management to the maintenance people are friendly and helpfull, and will endeavour to make this a holiday you will never forget or want to end. rooms are comfortable and clean, there is a luvly relaxed atmosphere in beautifully kept grounds, plenty to do and see, trips out are easily organised, taxis at the hotel, in fact everything you need, we cant wait to return and see the wonderfull happy smiley people of the neptune paradise village. 5 star recomendation. Mal Robson 26/4/05

spent a lovely 2 weeks at the neptune paradise village following safari all needs catered for can`t praise staff enough, flowers laid on bed by room boy every day. everyone makes you feel special.friendly, helpfull happy staff what more could you ask for. have booked again for feb 06.can`t wait to go back. yvonne & jill 12/6/05

Have just arrived home after spending yet another two weeks at this fabulous resort.Can't praise staff enough,nothing seems to be a bother to them.It's the staff here who make your holiday so enjoyable.All our love and thanks to Lucy, Abdulla, Elsie, Paul, David, Abul, Elijah, Samone,Robert. Sorry if we missed any-one your all special.Hope to see you all again one day. Yvonne & Jill 21/3/06

We are travelling to this resort on the 7th May. I would appreciate any reviews from peole that have visited this resort. Thanx. Dawn Young 20/4/07


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Tried several times to book here but they do not have local Kenyans staying there when you make enquiries they tell you they booked no matter what dates you give , and when you ask them is it because you have Kenyan partner they dont reply, they need to remember they are Kenyan them selves, and the women staff are worse than the men when you try to book several times during 2001 and 2002 Christine 3/7/02


We stayed at the Neptune paradise village in feb/March last year and had a wonderful time. The animation team went out of their way to make your stay the best that they could.We used to live in Kenya and this was the first time we had been back for several years but we are going back again this year.We can highly recomend a stay here. M Chamberlain 9/1/03

Wir waren im Dezember 2003 für 4 Wochen im Neptun. Einfach super, das Personal sehr aufmerksam, das Essen Spitze, alle Einrichtungen sehr sauber, familiäre Athmosphäre. Unsere 16-jährige Tochter war vom Entertainment (Pamela) begeistert. Wir kommen sicher wieder. Winter, 9/01/04

Just returned late August. Great Value for money holiday, booked through Somak. Fantastic location, suberb beach(don't be put off by the beach boys)! Highlight of our holiday were the dozens of tame monkeys which lived within the hotel grounds. The kids loved feeding them daily and we would often steal a banana from the restaurant and get mugged by several monkeys on the way back to our room! Rooms were comfortable and the sheets were changed every day and the gardeners would bring fresh flowers to our rooms. All the staff were very friendly as were the locals. The hotel animation team were great and there was evening entertainment. Food was of a good standard although the children didn't like it! Fabulous pool and it made a change to not have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sunbed, as there were plenty(and we were there when the hotel was fully booked)! Booking again next year! Karen Coates 9/9/04

Just returned yesterday from a 2 week holiday at this Hotel and I have to say it was amazing,the rooms (we had a superior,but standard were nice also)were very nicely decorated clean and well kept,the grounds of this place were absolutly beautiful and gardeners were forever working to keep it that way.Monkeys were always about,going in your room if you didn't keep the door shut.We took our 9 year old daughter who had a whale of a time in kids club,the entertainment staff were wonderful with the children and we felt happy for her to go to the club morning and afternoon(of her own request).The restaurants were beautiful and the food spot on.A.C. in rooms worked great and we really did need it as the weather was very hot(February).All the staff were really friendly and helpful nothing was to much,they even prepared my fussy daughter sausages every day in the restaurant even though there was always loads and loads of other great foods to choose from.Only problem was the ever present beach boys,this beach is beautiful,white sugar sand and blue ocean but you walked the gauntlet to get to it,the security staff were very vigilant though,they were not nasty just a bit persistant.Go and visit this Hotel its wonderful. Jayne Fytche 8/03/05


Neptune Village Diani

Neptune Village

Located 36 km South of Mombasa, its 167 bedrooms are set in 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, ensconced in swaying Palms, Oleanders and refreshing Bougainvillaea. Manicured gardens lazily stretch down to one of the most exquisite beaches in East Africa, lapped by the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Our Chefs are waiting to tempt your palate with their culinary creations to give you a holiday of a lifetime.

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Why don't you start to clean your piece of beach better? Why do you still let you old swimming pool water with all its chemicals run into the Indian Ocean and spoil so a nature paradise? Stop that shit! German guest 15.2.01
Just got back from neptune paradise village after a wonderful 2 week holiday. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food tasty with lots of choice. The rooms are quite standard (but then we had a standard room)and the air conditioning works well. The highlight for me was the monkeys who would perch on your windowsil and look in at you in the mornings - many of the other hotels up the coast don't have them. The resort was lovely but don't spend too much time there when there's so much more to see and do. Don't be affraid to use the matatus to get around or book tours outside the hotel for better deals. Louise 12/10/04


We actually stayed at the Neptune Paradise Village (the all inclusive option) in Jan/Feb 2004. Not a bad hotel but not really the best choice for British tourists who like to mix with other people as the guests are mainly German and French and if it wasn't for a great Scotish couple we would have had no-one to talk to (except the staff). The staff are very friendly and helpful, unfortunately the same can't be said for some of the rude fellow guests we encountered. The beach is beautiful and the sand is so bright it hurts your eyes when you first get there, much nicer than the beaches north of Mombasa but be careful of sand flies, we got eaten alive by them! Beers were served by the glass (which they kept running out of) and although the pump said 'Tusker' I was not convinced! The cocktails were a huge disappointment, not presented well at all and tasted like turps (If you like to sip cocktails on holiday and want the best ever - go to Whitesands). The food at the hotel is a bit of a let down compared to others and you may want to eat out now and then for a change, Ali Bharbours Cave Restaurant and Forty Thieves Beach Bar is a short taxi ride away and highly recommended. The hotel location is good and if you want to go on safari wait until you are there and book a flying safari, it's only a short drive to the airstrip. We flew by small aircraft to the Mara Safai Club for a few days which was breathtaking. All in all, not the best choice but we still had a great time. Gillian 14/7/05


Nomad Beach Hotel Diani

Nomad Beach Hotel Diani

Located 25 km from Mombasa, on the finest white sandy beach at the Kenya South coast in Diani, small family owned hotel with 21 Bandas & Cottages only 30 yards from the beach, the Bandas are set on the edge of a natural forest, in the heart of a coconut plantation. Live band afternoon and evening. The hotel is a unique place, 19 rooms set in 10 acres of coconut palms and ancient baobabs, right on the beach. With the Beach Bar, Treetops Bar and a superb restaurant, you have to see it to believe it.
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Hello, came across this site reminiscing about past travels. One of the greatest time we had was resting for a week at the Nomad Beach Bandas, as they where called back then (1987), after 11 days on a Camping Safari. Great memories, great people, beautiful country. Karl Lang 13/10/01


My late husband both lived and worked in Africa and loved Kenya . We honeymooned here, in Sept 1986 and I am glad to see that this perfect spot seems to have retained it's charm. I hope to return someday with our son, so that he can understand the wonderful world that is Africa. Mary Meagher 23/6/05


Ocean Village Diani 

Ocean Village Diani

This charming hotel is situated at 35 kilometres south of Mombasa on the magnificent white sand Diani Beach. There is a total of 69 rooms. 28 beautiful bungalows, 2 composed of 2 rooms, 19 bungalows of 3 rooms and 8 single rooms. All the bungalows are situated amidst a luxurious rain forest garden, each with it's own private terrace overlooking the gardens to the ocean beyond. Each room is serviced by a absolutely silent central air-conditioning system, while in the bedrooms there are Arab Lamu style beds draped with romantic mosquito nets and the elegant furniture is crafted from local cedar, teak and camphor woods. The completely refurbished bathrooms are finished in Italian pink granite.
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Papillon Lagoon Reef Hotel Diani

Papillon Lagoon Reef Hotel

Set in lush, colourful gardens on one of Kenya's most beautiful beaches, this hotel is an ideal place to relax and get away from it all! By day you can laze around the freeform pool, while in the evening there is entertainment and a delicious buffet meal to look forward to.


My husband and I stayed in the hotel November 2003, we met some lovely people. The food was excellent, accommodation was very good, just the monkey's that you had to watch. We found everyone and everything was perfect. Excellent staff. will be going back again in the near future. MRS S FORSTER 17/6/05

We visited this hotel in June 2004 for our wedding anniversay. The staff were fantastic and we made a lot of friends, the rooms were great and the food was the best I've had anywhere in the world and everything is served with a smile. The monkeys are hilarious and I'm so looking forward to going back in February 2006. It will always be one of my favourite places in the world. Joy Peck 17/10/05

We have just returned from our lovely holiday/ honeymoon. we got married over there on the 14th of feb 2006 and it was so special, the wedding coordinater zaina was great and made every thing run so smoothly. I have stayed at this hotel before it 1995 & 1997 and it just keeps on getting better.The food is very good, the staff can't do enough for you, the surrouding gardens are lovely, the monkeys are fun to watch. We will deffinatly go back. Julie Soule 8/3/06

Great dive team, very friendly and helpful. Hotel alright, staff really nice. Sharron Steel 6/7/06

I have visited this hotel on 4 occasions and keep going back to it. We try different destinations but keep going back to kenya.It is so relaxing,the people and staff are all really friendly and helpful. I have always found the hotel really clean the food is good and it has got the best beach I have ever seen. Iwould definately recomend it to anyone. Carol Sturgeon 7/7/06

After returning to england from a lovely 2weeks hols at papillon reef hotel I would like to thank everyone for looking after me. The cook Daniel was fantastic! Best wishes for christmas and the new year Ann Dean 10/12/06

recently returned from papillon yet again, as usual we couldn't fault it. we enjoyed every minute.stayed here 6 times now. going back again later in year. our daughter and her family came with us last year, and was very upset when we left to come home. the children made friends with a girl from nairobi. and still keep in touch. this time our eldest son and his wife came with us. and was amazed how friendly the staff are at the hotel, safari's were super as well with rhino, which belongs to the hotel. it's always clean and the food is good, the staff go out of their way to help you. and we have made many friends there now. there is a fantastic pool and gardens all of which over looks the pure white  sand beach. which stretches for about 25 kilometers along diani. the  green vervet monkeys are fun to watch. also the baboons usually walk through the grounds around teatime. black and white colobus monkeys come down to sleep in the huge baobab tree  for the night. we often see monitor lizards walking about the grounds too. there is also 2 open air fish ponds at reception . need i go on. it's  a lovely idyllic place to stay.  try it out. i'm sure you will want to return as we do. Rita 2/407

Myself and my partner are due to visit this Oct, after reading these reviews I am looking forward to visiting Kenya even more. We are only spending a week there after a 7 night safari so after reading the reviews I am looking forward to chilling out and meeting some of the friendly staff. Shaz 26/04/07

Today is 07/10/07 and my husband and i are leaving tommorow for papillion lagon reef after reading the reviews i am really excited now. My husband visited this hotel in 1981 with a working party and has always wanted to return. When we were married last year we choose this hotel for our honeymoon but were moved by our tour operator 7 we
eks before departure due to the hotel having a refurb we stayed in another hotel on diani beach which was beautiful with the same amazing people that you seem to meet everywhere you go in kenya we will update you once more on our return from papillion, talk in 2 weeks marie & tony 7/10/07


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A beutifully situated hotel,with well kept gardens.Staff are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for you!The only down side to this complex is the management team,who do not seem to care if you have any problems!!!But over all,a very relaxing friendly hotel! Russell Baldwin 7/8/01


A fantastic hotel, the staff are some of the best I have ever come across. Beautifully manicured gardens (watch out for the monkees!)and splendid pool. Access to the white sanded beach via the 'beach bar'. Only down side the 'beach boys' next to the hotel, but you get used to them. All in all a wonderfull place to stay. Andrew Parslow 24/9/01


i got married in this hotel last year. the staff couldnt do enough for us . we were made to feel very special. not your usual conveyor belt tropical wedding, infact the only one that week. food marvelous, entertainment ok , local monkeys could be a pain. highly recomended for those wanting a reaxing time. Beach Boys (sellers) a bit pushy but a polite but strong NO seems to work. don't get caught, prices in local shops are infact cheaper than beach traders. all in all we cant wait to go back next year. Paul Ivemey 30/09/01


We had a wonderful holiday here, staff very friendly, food wonderful, hotel superb. Miss the monkeys and can't wait to return. Went on a 4 day safari - what an experience, absolutely great. Saw lots of animals and stayed in some lovely lodges eg Voi, Shimba Kenya is a special place. We loved it. Jane Bairstow 16/10/01

We have had a wonderful holiday this year based at the Papillon Lagoon Reef. The hotel in itself is lovely, but made all the more special by the genuinely friendly staff. Set on a beautiful stretch of Diani Beach - watch out for the Beach Boys! And in well-manecured grounds - but watch out for the monkeys! We would also recommend the sister hotel - Ngutuni Lodge in Tsavo East, if you are going on Safari. Hakuna Matata! S & J Preston 23/08/02

This was our 2nd visit & it still remains our favourite destination & hotel the staff are wonderful,friendly & helpful.I would not hesitate to reccomend this hotel & its sister safari lodge Ngutuni. Alan&Jackie Leaper 10/5/03

Me & my friend stayed here in february 2004 and we had the most amazing and memorable holiday. The hotel is set in gorgeous tropical gardens with flowers and huge palm trees which are very well looked after, the lagoon style pool is absolutely huge with a cool swim up bar and we spent many happy hours perfecting our bombs and dives that is when we weren't doing sporting activities with the other guests and the brilliant entertainment staff. The hotel is right on the beach which was like a picture postcard with sand as white as snow and gorgeous warm turquoise sea. There's lots to do during the day and many guests join in which makes it a brilliant atmosphere but it still remains tranquill for the times we wanted to just relax. The night shows were great and there's much fun to be had watching The Drums of Africa and the infamous juming beans. The staff were so lovely and thoughtful they really couldn't do enough for us whether it was getting us involved in all the entertainment to putting fresh flowers on our bed. Papillon Lagoon reef is the most charming beautiful place, you really couldn't ask for anything more,we are missing it so much and not suprisingly have already booked to come again next year. We miss the gibbons too. Laura-dee Stothard & Gemma Hemingway 10/3/04

Lovely hotel nice staff pity about the management and the terrible owner. Elizabeth 18/4/04

I have already written a review on this site.but after reading the review from Elizabeth,I had to write again.,To defend the Papillon.The management and owners are not terrible as she stated,all I can say is she must of got on the wrong side of them.They could not of done any more for us .Really went out of their way.In fact We have become friends of the owners,as they live in Surrey uk.,They are quite elderly,and are from Goa.They also own all the rex hotels in the caribean,and used to own Shellybeach, which I understand has now closed through lack of trade since the terroist bomb at the paradise.They also own Ngutuni lodge.,and used to own Firstchoice.We haven't come across anyone else who doesn't think the papillon hotel is fantastic.Can't wait until we go again next year. Rita 18/6/04

Just arrived back today 12/10/04 from this hotel no complaints at all with the staff or management without whom my Husband would have been unable to arrange a surprise birthday dinner the staff were more than happy to also arrange to have a cake made and flowers delivered to my room for my special day. The rooms were very well looked after linen and towels changed almost daily. The grounds and pool areas are kept to a high standard with plenty of sun loungers and clean beach towels every day. The food at times was a bit hit and miss but overall a very enjoyable holiday. David & Susan Linton 12/10/04

Just got back from 2 weeks here and we had a wonderful time. We would recommend it to anyone. The staff are wonderful and friendly and treat you like royalty. The food is gorgeous and there is a wide variety to choose from. Its superbly loctedon Diani beach with spectacular views of the Indian ocean and its brilliant white sands. The rooms are bright and roomy and are cleaned daily. The gardens are beautiful and the monkeys provide a great source of entertainment! Julie Williams 12/4/05


 

Shelly Beach Hotel Diani

Shelly Beach Hotel

Immediately south of Mombasa, Shelly beach is quite built up and not as attractive as its tropical neighbours to the south. The turn off is near the Likoni Ferry terminal. 

We lived in the black lion, in 2003, and everyday we would go to shelly beach for our tans and food. The staff there are second to none, and rod runs a tight ship, which makes the place run like clockwork, the atmosphere is fantastic, it is just a shame the hotel is closed down for a long refurb, and i don't know if it is reopening. I hope so, it is my spiritual home, which is amazing after only a few months there, hello to all i met over there. Steve & Ruth 8/10/03

My husband and i whent to shelley beach for our ruby anniversary.and Rob Peck upgraded us to a chalet on the beach,also upgraded my sister and her husband to the same.The staff where marvelous to us,and nothing was too much trouble,we cant wait to go back,thanks for everything. Doreen and Arnie Gibbs3/4/04

Stayed at Shelly Beach in 2002, made many friends with the locals who I am still in contact with. This is not a 5* hotel but it is an experience I don't think any other hotel could match. Returned to Shelly beach in 2003 and had as much fun as the first time if not better, and the staff seemed to remember us. I have never been to a hotel where the staff are so friendly and helpful. Rod is an excellent manager and I hope to be seeing him again. Anyone thinking of going to Kenya should make Sheely Beach the place to stay. Alan Westrip 24/5/04

Im a promoter of African Artwork/ hotels etc in the uk. Spend my early childhood in Kenya. I always travel back every year for business & pleasure. Been to Shelly beach once & Diani a couple of times. The two hotels are actully not too far from each other, & they are just heavenly. Something that a lot of people need to realise out there. James 17/6/04

We loved our stay in shelley beach and would love to return for another holiday. When will it be up and running again. Sheila 16/9/04

We had a wonderful holiday in this hotel in 1997 and were disappointed to find that it has been closed with no sign of re-opening in the near future. The owners as I believe also own Papillion Lagoon Reef and at the time of our stay owned the travel company 'Hayes and Jarvis' which we had booked our holiday with. The service and food were second to none and given the chance we would return. Hopefully the owners will realise their mistake in closing such a frienly well run holiday hotel and give other visitors a chance to experience Kenya at its best in Shelley Beach. David & Susan Linton 12/10/04

Had a fantastic time at shelly beach everyone wonderfull,DESPERATE THOUGH TO get in contact with friends i made there, i hope you can help. i am looking for a contact number or address for either a timothy marvel or a micheal farrer from about april 2002 i know its a long shot but i hope you can help. thankyou Lucy Boulton 8/11/04

Enjoyes it so much the first time we came back for a month two years later for our honeymoon. Excellent manager Rod who now I believe runs the local Dolphin Dow ( agreat trip) and what lovely staff who fussed and cared for us so very sincerely.I hope it has or is reopening soon as many local people made the hotel their lives and it was such a beautiful place to stay and experience Africa. Diane and Andy Heston 7/3/05

Oh My god I LOVED Shelly Beach, me and my mate went in 1997 and loved it so much we went back again in 1998, I found this website whilst searching on the hotel as I was looking to go back there... I loved the place and the people and the food, The Beach boys were fab, and the people I met were great... Uncle Dave and Irene.... Disco Dave.. and many others that made both trips memorable! I loved the DJ's Sam and ?? Every night digging out there records... Did they ever upgrade there sound system? ha ha ha. It was a shame they took the pool bar away in 1998 but I am sure there were many other changes... Have not seen the hotel in the brochures anymore! I hope it comes back on the scene I lovvve the place. Pauline Boydell 23/3/05

We had the most wonderful two wks at shelley beach in 2000.The management and staff were brilliant.We would love to visit again ,but have lost the details. Chris & Judy 15/7/05

Excellent place could not fault it. ITS BETTER THAN THE MALDIVES ANYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO RIP OFFS Booking to come again IAN 14/9/06


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my compliments to rob and all the staff for making my stay in kenya very comfortable.
also a special thank you to rob for finding me a supply of diet coke (a very grateful diabetic)i do hope to return some day.beutiful country & beutiful people with very warm hearts. James Pleasants 19/6/02


Had a fantastic time. The staff where so superb & could not do enough for us. A highlight for us was a walk out to the reef at low tide with a guide from one of the beach boys with the unusual name of Captain Marvalous, he knew exacly what he was doing & the marine wild life that we saw was fantastic. I would not recommend anyone trying this without a guide & if you want to go on the guided walk you'll need to wear shoes as there are a lot of things that you would not want to step on as well as the coral being very sharp. This walk benifitted us later on in the holiday as we went on the dolphin dhow trip & during the snorkling I could identify a lot of things that most people whould not have noticed....all in all 5 star holiday Ray & Janat Hall 13/07/02

Ive stayed at Shelly Beach many times befor and still can not find anything so buitiful and pleasent as Shelly Beach.All the staff and Management are so friendly and helpful.Good work to Rod and all is staff and hope to see you for Christmas. Craig Stewart 15/07/02

I got married at Shelly Beach. Rod the Manager made it a holiday i will never forget and would certainly reccomend it to anyone.Rooms OK, Food rather good for 3rd world country. Atmosphere, second to none aswell as the staff. David Liddle 19/9/02


Shelly Beach Hotel is the best hotel and in the best location I have ever been to. We had a wonderful time, the staff are so friendly. If you get the chance to go, do try to get out locally as well as Kenya is so wonderful. We will be back. Rick 16/1/03

We went to shelly beach club (jan 2003) and had a superb holiday the staff were very friendly, nothing was to much trouble and they done all they could to make you feel at home, my wife is in a wheelchair and we found it not to bad for getting around the hotel. the rooms were basic but clean and comfortable and we found the food very good a bit samey but very accteptable. the beach boys were great fun at first we found them a bit of a hassle as every time you went near the beach they were trying to flog you something or the other but when we got used to them and we let them know we wasn't buying anymore they were fine and we spent plenty of time talking with them, and even had a few drinks up the black lion pub with them and if you need anything from the town for a small fee they will get it for you the lads we got to know were Rumba and steven and we found them honest and straight. all in all we had a superb time and we cant wait to go back next year and if you go i hope you have as good atme as us and look out for samson and thomas (room stewards} and give them our regards. alan&julie 16/2/03

This was our 16th visit to Kenya in the past eight years and in all that time we had been told not to go to this hotel. Last October we decided to try the hotel and thought if the hotel was bad we could always hire a villa as we got the all inclusive holiday at a bargain price. My husbands uncle and aunt came with us and it was their first visit to Kenya so we prepared them for what it could be like. We will never listen to anyone elses opinions again. We had the most fantastic holiday at this hotel. The food was superb, the drinks in proper full sized measures, the staff second to none and the rooms were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone. We cant wait to get back there and repeat the wonderful time we had. The location is excellent and we found it very quiet and relaxing, even though we usually have a very adventurous holiday we found that for the first time ever we did'nt want to leave the hotel. Well done Shelley beach and keep up the good work. Susan & Paul Hartley 12/3/03


Pinewood Village Diani

Pinewood Village

direct at the beach of Galu, South coast Diani, undiscovered and free from hustlers, Villas offer a bar, lounge and dining area, with kitchen, air conditioned with fans and mosquito nets, en suite bathroom, sparkling swimming pool, 24-hours supermarket, beach restaurant and snack grill,free services of a personal cook, 3 conference rooms, water sports, tennis, squash, darts, wind surfing, video, B-B-Q
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We've just returned from a week at Pinewood & we loved it.It isn't busy & you get the min of hassle from the beach boys.The lodges are simple but having your own cook is marvellous.We made some good friends & our visitors from Nairobi who hadn't been before enjoyed themselves too.We will go back. Georgina White 19/2/04


I have stayed at Pinewood twice and I am just booking a third time. The beach is clean and hassle free. Hotel is probably the best in the area , clean , friendly staff , good food etc. Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and the grounds are attractive. If you want a free massage then just get a taxi along the drive approaching Pinewood , the bumps do the rest. John and friends John Peters 19/8/04

Just back, lovely slow paced holiday in the sun. Good if you want to get away from the world and chill out. Food fine, service fine, rooms basic. Everything fine, booked through Tropical Places. Recommended.
Also recommended one or two day safari to Savato.All the best, enjoy. Mike D 8/9/04

we stayed at pinewood village in kenya last may, we had a great time and would love to go back sometime. we would appreciate any feedback as to how and with what holiday company to use as we are finding it a bit expensive with thomsons who have now bought tropical places over. please keep us posted about any currant deals availablethank-you. Carol and Alex Mitchell 20/3/05

Myself and my wife stayed at the Pinewood village for 7 days during March 2007. We both have travelled extensively in the past and we were looking forward to our first African trip. Out stay in the Pinewood Village was a complete disaster which started when the Villa that we have booked was not available. The staff and not even the General Manager was very helpfull in assisting us and at time were down right rude and agressive towards us. We eventually had to settle for for second best without an apology from the hotel or the General Manager. A further lack of service at times, caused our holiday to be far less than what we expected. Some of the Junior staff were very friendly and helpfull though. I will defintely not go back to Pinewood Village again. J.Smalberger 5/6/07


Rainbow Apartments Diani

Rainbow Apartments Diani South coast - next to the Shopping center. Apartments are only three hundred meters from the beach, accessible with a footpath. Rainbow Apartments are situated in beautiful grounds, the five luxury apartments are designed in African style, the makuti (wooden thatched) roofed palm is covering the complex. It comprises a group of thatched-roof apartments, Shade house and a large swimming pool. The Complex is designed to in a way to preserve unique African village ambience. Situated in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere set amongst coconut palms gives you peace and tranquillity and makes your exotic holiday an exceptional experience.

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Safari Beach Hotel Diani

Safari Beach Hotel

It is the most deluxe hotel of the Alliance hotels. The bedrooms are behind the main reception area in a wide garden under palm trees. The most impressive part of the hotel is its lobby - spacious under high thatch. The 186 rooms are located in a separate two storey thatched rondavels set well back among trees in the hotel's extensive grounds. There is a well built Sportsman Club built far from the beach, behind the accommodation rondavels. It has a pool, three tennis courts, a squash court and a modern machines for body building
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Excellent hotel - we were married there September 2000- staff all bent over backwards to make our stay memorable Steve Parker 10/7/01


We went to Safari Beach in Diani; me and my family had a wonderful time. The service is the best and the stuff are very friendly. We Will Visit again and again. That was the best hotel, we have good memories whenever we remember our visit to Safari Beach. Keep it up. Kuzemoto 23/1/05


Southern Palms Beach Resort Diani

Southern Palms Beach Resort

Southern Palms Beach Resort is a four star hotel completed in 1994 and has 300 double-bedded en suite rooms including 2 deluxe suite. The rooms are of standard décor and design occupying 24 sq. metres and corner rooms 32 sq. metres. In total there are 8 accommodation blocks with 36 rooms facing the sea while the remainder face the gardens and swimming pools. All rooms have large balconies or verandas, with a table and 2 Swahili lounging chairs. The bathrooms are adequately appointed with a wash basin and vanity stand, toilet and shower. There are five bars with the main one opened 24hrs and five restaurants located around the hotel offering different types of cuisine's. There are two freeform swimming pools including a Jacuzzi. The hotel also has two air-conditioned squash courts and two floodlit tennis courts. Water sports can also be arranged from the hotels dive centre. There are also conference facilities and nightly entertainment.


I have visited this hotel several times, this time was my last Nov 2004, they have been refurbished and it is better decor, that is where the buck stops. The managment is terrible, no electric half the time, fault in my room, not fixed, reported every day, never even logged. Reception staff at times DRUNK. Constantly hounded by male staff for sex favours in return for money. Getting to my room was like running a gauntlet. Even the security gaurds were at it. I actually had my breast grabbed once. Being single and staying in a hotel like this caused me untold misery. I have always been a good customer of Southern Palms, I will never return there again, I was and am thouroughly disgusted. I actually moved out until my departure, I did not return unless accompanied by friends from the nearby village, who were made to stand for hours outside the hotel when collecting me. If you are a single female, do not go there, even if you are in groups of single females do not go there. I am not a prude, but when I say NO, I mean NO! Wanjiru 10/1/05

Southern palms is amazing , the hotel staff are so polite and helpful. Everything in the hotel is incredible, i cant wait 2 win the lottery and come and live there !
!! Karl Foreman 25/4/05

We recently (August 2005) visited the Southern Palm Hotel in Mombassa. It was a holiday from hell booked through Somak. Not only was the hotel not a 4 star but the rooms were in poor condition. Light fittings were broken, no hot water or soap, holes in mosquito nets etc. The list is endless. Neither Somak nor the hotel management were helpful. Neither party made any effort to resolve the issues. In fact it is likely that we will end up taking legal action for compensation against them. We would never recommend, visit or travel through this agent/hotel again. G. Bagga 2/1/06

We had a great time at this hotel but the experiance was spoiled by a couple of issues. Firstly the food hygine was not up to scratch. I suffered upset stomach as did quite afew other guests we spoke to.The chef cooking stir fry chicken was using the same tools to serve the cooked chicken as he used to put the raw chicken in the stir fry. Even the head chef, Alex, did not pull him up for it when he was doing it while talking to the chef. Secondly no soap in the bathroons. This is supposed to be a 4* hotel. The staff are very friendly and we had a good holiday overall. David Marks 13/1/06

Thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay in Southern Palms. The staff were very welcoming and friendly - nothing was too much trouble. Rooms were clean and serviced twice a day. The beach was fantastic - the only drawback is the beach boys - despite security they always seemed to harrass you. There was so much to do during the day, diving, fishing, snorkelling,walking out on the reef and the hotel arranged entertainment ie beach volley etc
Overall the holiday was enjoyed by all 9 members of our party and we would all definately go again. Thanks to the staff at Southern Palms. Hope to see you soon. Claire 26/01/06

We have just returned from our second visit to this Hotel, the first in November 2004. We would not recommend anyone to go there as many guests including us suffered with Ecoli. The Hotel were not sure whether cause by pool or salads. Music too loud and worst of all the bedding and towels smell terrible (as if not washed). They have a major problem with shortage of towels two whole morning we were not able to get any towels ant they were continually being hung back up instead of laundered. Many thefts from balcanies and hotel safes, beware. This hotel has gone down hill and we would not rate it a 4 star more of a 2 star.It would be shut down if it was in the U.K. M Brooks 20/4/06

I have been to this hotel in July 05 for 2 weeks, October 05 for 2 weeks, Febuary 07 for on month and i have just returned from there after spending a week again at this hotel. What can i tell you about the hotel apart from it is absoulty wonderful. I am shocked to read the negative comments but i fear that no matter what these people do for them these people will always have or find something to complain about. When visiting hotels you have to realise that you are not the only guest so loud music is not something you can moan about as i know the entertainment in this hotel stops at 11pm which is not late.the staff in this hotel are nothing but friendly and helpful. The complex is spotlessly clean and the entertainment team make my holiday everytime i have been there. They are always happy and make sure you get up to make your holiday more entertaining to which they do all day and night. they are an amazing team and are the main reason for me returning to this holiday whenever i can. I woud reccommend this hotel to all ages and keep open minded about the fact that the hotel trys to please everyone. Hope this helps you decide to book this hotel because i just know you will have the best time ever. Tammy. 26/5/06

We spent 1 week in the Southern Palms hotel July 2006, I am surprised that there are so many negative comments about this hotel. I thought it was fantastic, the staff couldn't do enough for us and were really friendly.The room was fantastic and was cleaned every day and had we wanted the bedding to be washed we only had to put the sheets on the floor. There were fresh towels and soap every day. The food was fantastic and a huge choice from 3 restaurants, we did the all inclusive, and local beers wine and cocktails included so great value for money.My only regret is that I wasn't there long enough. Jenny 24/8/06

i have been to this hotel twice, once in 2005 when i found it excellent and unfortunately when i returned in 2006 everything had changed, food was always cold, the chef had a drink problem and was usually at the bar, variety was non existent. some of the staff were very rude but i stress they were a small minority.
the two guest relations workers could not have ben more helpful, and some of restauraunt people. i will not be returning. Tony Hennessy 23/9/06


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My parner and I have just returned from a 2 week holiday staying at southern palms beach resort and would like to let you know that we really enjoyed it. The hotel is really nice, and the facilities are excellent. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly especially two of them in particular and they helped to make the holiday an extremely memorable experience. I would definately recommend this hotel and also look forward to visiting again in the future, yours sincerely Elizabeth Gilbert 24/5/01


If your looking for complete and utter total relaxation, to be pampered, looked after, attentative staff, best pool ever (you really can't beat these pools), it is heaven here, I have been to others in Kenya, but none touch this place, from the min you pull up at the gates and you dip into the drive to the entrance, it is "Jambo", what they really should say is "you are now arriving at paradise, you are in the paradise bubble" honestly, I am well travelled and the warmth and welcome at this hotel is so good I have been 3 times, you can not beat it, directly on to the beach, swim up bars, evening entertainment, lovely indoor pools, oh yes the frogs, they compete with the music, they sound so loud and the music/band gets louder and so do the frogs, it is so funny, but that is something about Southern Palms, if you want a fantastic laugh, it is so quirky and funny, not roudy at all, it is wheel chair friendly, in fact it is 100% everything friendly, good manners are a must, but don't be formal, nobody is there, manners are brilliant, if there is something you want that isn't supplied just ask, it will appear as if out of nowhere, please try it you won't forget it. I left my heart on Diani beach also!!! xxx Southern Palms your the best see you in 3 months!!!! Mo 25/05/02

i loveed southern palms. the holiday was excillent and i was so well looked after. the staff go out of thier way to make you feel comfortable and i made some very good friends...but watch out for the monkeys!!
the boys on the beach are harmless and they are very nice people once you get talking to them so dont be afraid of them!
i dont think another holiday will ever match up to the genorocity of the staff and the experience that i shared in southern palms charlyxx 25/6/02

We have had the best 2 weeks holiday thanks to all the staff at southern plams hotel.We would recommend this hotel to anyone who is thinking of travelling to Kenya. The food is lovely, so much to choose from and all very fresh!!!!
The staff are very friendly and they make you feel soooo welcomed.We will be back for more in the near furture!!! Siobhan & Greg 6/1/03

My friend and I have just returned from a two week stay at Southern Palms- I would NOT recommend this resort to other people. Although the location is beautiful and staff attentive and friendly, the resort is tired and in need of a revamp. The most serious complaint is to do with the food. At least 30 people came down with food poisoning whilst we were there, and in at least 6 cases, including my friend, this required hospitalisation. The food was kept warm, not piping hot, in buffet trays and then re-served as cold cuts the following day, or made into other dishes. Do to the nlack of a properly working genrerator, whenever there was a power cut this affected the cold storage facilities for meat and other perishables. Most English speaking people we talked to had bad stomach problems- Do NOT Go to Southern Palms! Other problems: mosquito nets full of holes, accomodation was 1 star not 4 star (no fridge in room, no coffee making facilities, basic shower- no bath, trickling water inshower- no water pressure). Beaurocratic ordering for food and drinks- all inclusive did not mean all inclusive. ALl in all this resort should be closed and refurbished, with a review of food handling practices. In the meantime it should be classed as 1 star. Joy Marlow 9/1/03

Dear Friends in Southern Palms, we spent our holidays from 3rd to 16th october 2002 in your wonderful hotel. This were the best holidays we had. We made many good friends and we will probably return in July this year. We're looking forward for it. Isabelle&Elke 14/1/03

Southern Palms is by far the best hotel I have stayed in on the South coast this was my 6 visit. Shan Davies 23/5/03

We are going back to the Southern Palms Hotel tomorrow and we can't wait! We went last year and had the most fantastic time. The rooms are lovely and clean and the staff are so friendly. The beach is like being in paradise and the pool (2nd biggest in Africa we believe) is just brilliant. We had the most amazing time and although we went to Sandals in Antigua in June (which was super) this just beats it, there is something magical about it! We went on a safari too last year, which was, well words can't express! - the BEST!! Mandy and Ian 6/2/04

I stayed at the Southern Palms in February this year (2004) due to a change in tour operator; I normally stay at the Travellers Tiwi Beach. Now I am torn between the two. The manager of the SP 'James' is a great guy who really cares about his guests. Aesthetically the Tiwi is nicer, but practically the Southern Palms has more to offer. I am going back for a week in November just to double check :0) I am going to the 'competition' in February 05 but will be booking for the Southern Palms winter 05. Both hotels have a lot to offer. The SP has a better beach and is closer to the town. It has lots of sunshades and the food 'in my opinion' is marginally better. The only downside is that you cannot hire a fridge. In response to the food poisoning scare - We and a number of people we know have stayed there and none have had food poisoning. Bear in mind you can get food poisonong anywhere if you are unlucky. Heather 20/6/04

Travellers Tiwi Beach Hotel 

Travellers Tiwi Beach Hotel

The hotel is situated on the beautiful Tiwi Beach approximately 30 km south of Mombasa. The features of the hotel are the large, airy public rooms and the magnificent swimming pools that are interconnected by a series of water slides running through the centre of the property. The hotel is newly built and the garden provides plenty of shade for those wishing to relax alongside the swimming pool. There are two pool bars and a beach bar, where is possible to obtain snacks throughout the day. There are 200 rooms, which are all air conditioned, comfortably furnished with TV, telephone and en-suite facilities plus a veranda.


We stayed at this hotel in April,2004. Having recently had new ownership, there has been much change, it is superb. Staff are very friendly and advise how much more better it is now than ever. Changes are being made still, and i can assure anyone that this hotel is the place to be!!! Mr Simpson should try going there again. Bob Takhar 27/4/04

Jambo!I stayed from 19.02.-13.03.04 and from 15.05.-29.05.04 in the "Tiwi Beach Resort".The hotel,the service,the stuff and the manegemant are all first class.I falled in love with all and I come back.I never stayed in a better Hotel,the holidays was the best of my life!See you soon in Kenya,KWAHERI!!!!!!!!! Kerstin Boeck 7/6/04

This hotel is like a luxury prison! You are advised not to take a step outside the hotel in any direction. I would not say it is a 4 star hotel as listed, rather a 3 star. The bedsheets were not changed during our 2 week stay! The food is not as good as it looks. Neither in the buffet or the restaurants. Very greezy fatty food in general. The buffet reuses food from day to day simply changing it a bit...several people had stomach problems. Ok. there are no sunchairs if yiu are not up earely morning!Only 20 precent of them are actually used but the rest are " reserved" with towels put in tyhem. You cannot swim at the beach due to hard corals and low tide, the pool on the other hand had a smell of suar when we were there! The water issue; you will be told by some staff that the water is "bought" water others smile and say it is simply treated! In general people who drank the water served in the bars and on the rooms got more sick and people who payed the 2 euros a bottle ( also sold in the bar) did not get sick! Animations; if you are not into dancing macarena style with other charter tourists (same songs every evening) do not choose this hotel. The exchange rates are really really bad. Dont change your money here. Make calls buying a YES card inserting in the mobile phone in the shop next to reception. Arrange taxi for yourself and bargin, the ones arranged by hotel are sooo expencive.Not being bored in this hotel is hard...Li Hiuan 8/8/04

Totally totally agree with comments from Guest: 29 (Reference ID: 822754). Name: li hiuan. Travellers Tiwi is a most definitely a 5* prison - would not recommend it to anyone. Stayed there for one night and then transferred to Travellers Club. Had stayed in the Club last year and thought would give Tiwi a go this year (disappointing). Travellers Club very friendly and welcoming. Staff remembered us from previous year. Would definitely recomment T/Club. Patels 12/11/04

Travellers Tiwi, on recommendation, WORST HOTEL. Once we got to the hotel, our rooms had no towels and some of the rooms did not even have hot water. We complained to the Receptionist and they said they will look into it, which took nearly 2 hours and we had to ring them again to remind them.
We then went to have lunch and as we were 14 people, they couldnt get us a table together, as it wasnt part of the policy, but they happily got a long table organised for an English party, and of course that was part of the policy. Then in the morning, as some of the kids did not get up early they missed breakfast, so of course we thought that they can have the snacks which start at 10am, when we went to order we were told that the food will not be ready for an hour as the butchers did not delivery the meat..... so we waited after an hour we went back and were told that we still had to wait, so basically the kids stayed without food for 2 hours, which is not right. Then we went to the Somak rep and requested us to be moved to the hotel we were happy with last year Travellers Club. On requesting this, we were told we would have to pay cancellation charges for not staying at Travellers Tiwi as they were no longer part of the same group. (We were not aware of this at the time of booking and I think someone should have told us before hand). As we were not happy and our children were not happy at all, we paid to get out of the hell-hole of a holiday. We were no way going to stay another night at this hotel. Patel 30/11/04

We stayed at tiwi beach with 3 teenagers in feb 2004. were worried they would be bored, first time all inclsive with teens. no chance of that. within a few days we knew all staff especially entertainment staff who were great and became good friends to all of us.what a great holiday. great food,entertainment and accomodation. cannot fault this holiday.cant wait to go back in october 2005. Sandra Smith 28/5/05

We stayed at Tiwi Beach in Nov 04 - supposedly high season. 6 of us for my Father's 60th and Brother's 30th Bday. When we got there everything was fine apart from the very basic rooms which were not clean (animal faeces in our bathroom) and the lack of hot water when taking a shower. We then went on safari for 3 days (Mara Safari Clus which was amazing). When we came back we found out that the hotel only had 30% occupancy for our second week. They proceeded to close all restaurants apart from the Buffet which was less than average. We all had very upset stomachs and could rarely find anything to eat. The hotel were not at all interested in our complaints. Somak rep had no leverage and could not help us. Other guests were just as upset. I would never ever recommend this hotel. Mr and Mrs Cowling 18/6/05


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As an ex kenyan i travel to mombasa and nairobi whenever i have the opportunity.in all my travels i have never found the kind of service and hospitality one gets at a travellers hotel. i highly recomend travellers tiwi beach hotel.i stayed there and at travellers club in 1997 with my famil. i had the best holiday ever. my fiance and i hope to go to both travellers beach club and travellers tiwi beach in feb 2002 for our honeymoon. ghiselle croydon surrey 20/10/01


my husband and I stayed there for two weeks in june,all i can say is it was the best holiday we have ever had, cant fault enything and we will be back. Lee Hopson 31/10/02


We stayed two weeks for Christmas 2002.It is a rip off hotel. All inclusive meant that we paid for everything other than the cane spirit and draught beer! They charge about £25 for the safe code and £30 for a mini fridge. We ordered four lobsters and were served with small cray fish with the meat missing and replaced with a mushroom and fish paste sauce It cost us £90. No water sports available, which was a good job because the beach was a filthy mess. Full of sea weed, dead corral and a smell of sewage. In fact on Christmas eve, one of the two septic tanks overflowed next to the main restaurant and smelt awful. Then on boxing day the other tank needed attention right outside the Italian restaurant on the beach. They started pumping shit in the middle of the day. Can you imagine the stench? We had to take a bus up to the Diani beach to do any snorkeling. If you have to eat at this hotel,you are best taking immodium for desert! Alan Simpson 1/1/03


Thank your Travellersteam for your wonderful service.You made our last holiday in kenya to be enjoyable.Thanks very much for the Afrikan food that made me feel af home. Florence /Vinzenc 21/1/03

I have just returned from a fantasic 2 week stay at Travellers Tiwi Beach Hotel. I almost did not go after reading the damning report from Mr. Simpson. What a wonderful place - my first impression was of a tropical paradise! I have travelled quite extensively around the world and was really very impressed by the place. The food was excellent with a choice of 5 places to eat plus a snack bar. The main restaurant offered regular theme nights (Italian, Indian, Mexican and seafood - to name but a few). All local spirits, beer, cocktails, wine, soft drinks and fruit juices where available from 10.00 - 24.00. The rooms where very clean and spacious - as were all the public facilities. The beach was wonderful - there was seaweed which you can expect to find on a beach - but nothing else and it certainly didn't smell! An excellent team worked hard organising activities for those who wanted to participate and the evening shows were very good. Friendly, smiling staff made our holiday one to remember. Thank you all at Travellers Tiwi Beach. I Harrison 20/3/03

We stayed at Travellers Tiwi for 2 weeks in April 2003. The hotel is in a lovely setting, the pool is fantastic and the bedrooms are really nice. The Chinese and Indian Restaurants and really good and the staff in the hotel are all really lovely. Entertainment at this hotel is lacking and it is rather out of the way therefore you cannot really leave the hotel, unless on an organised trip. We went to the Elephant Sanctury which we really enjoyed. In the main if you enjoy a quiet beach type holiday you should have a really good time. We also went on Safari and stayed at the Voi Lodge (the rooms are rather basic) but looking out over the watering holes and the African Plains more than makes up for the rooms. Jackie Nicol 1/5/03

The Travellers Tiwi is marked as a 4 elephant in the Somak brochure, and a five something or other on the travellers web site, it is neither, and I have been to 3 stars that have been better. The rooms themselves where very good, although the louver windows let the entire air con out and the bugs in. The food was varied but not well kept although some of their speciality nights where good, the entertainment was almost non-existent, with half hearted attempts to engage the guests in dull activities. You are not supposed to take drinks away from the bar, which is a real pain, especially when its hot and you need to keep hydrated. Not everything is included in the all- inclusive and you are not informed of what you have to pay for, as we found out to our cost when we ordered an ice cream, they are supposed to have a 24 hour tea/ coffee bar, and they don't, in fact when I asked for tea in the morning due to being up earlier than the allowed start time of 07:30 for breakfast the staff stopped me after my 3rd cup. The Beach was very good, with security so you did not get bugged by the beach boys, although if you are willing to talk to them you can save a fortune on any trips you might want to arrange we spoke to Elephant (I know) and Eddie both helpful and honest. James 15/5/03

We have stayed there last Oktober for 2 weeks with a couple of friends and we definitely cannot recommend this hotel to anybody! The beach is nice, but the water is durty due to the river and the smell is awfull. We could not swim except in the swimming pool. The swiss director does not treat the staff well, specially the girls and we decided to write to the General Manager to tell it to him, without any answer. When arriving we were told that it was dangerous to talk to the local people on the beach and hopefully we did not believe it and we had a very cheep and very nice safari with our friend Bob and a very nice barbecue on the beach with our friends Michel and Morris! if you go to Tiwi or Diani please say hello for me to them. They are with the local staff the best of this hotel! Anne-Marie 15/7/03

For anybody who has booked this hotel and is now worried because of the poor feedback - worry no more. I am fairly well travelled - travelling abroad about 4 times a year. I like clean, comfortable surroundings that are not ostentatious or pretentious. I always swore I would never visit the same hotel twice and i have visited the Tiwi at least 7 times now (Jan to mid March being best). I did book the club sun n sand one year and insisted on being moved to the Tiwi the next day. I find the food very good - it is not the London Hilton, but is certainly equal if not better than the Hurguada Hilton which is a 5 star. The rooms are very spacious with wood floors and simple furnishings. Public areas have high thatched ceilings and cane furniture. They are mean financially but I will pay for something if it is worth it. I have to agree about the Swiss manager who has almost put me off returning or recommending the hotel. I dont join in the 'dull games' which a lot of people seem to enjoy. I remember the hotel before there were organised entertainments all day. The local animation reps have learnt to ballroom dance and will whizz any single ladies round the floor in the evening. The only real criticism is that all the pool games and loud music are at the bottom pool which overlooks the sea. This would be the ideal place to relax in peace, whilst the games players could go up the top end. One of the best bits is the Indian Restaurant. I am an indian fanatic and the indian cuisine is better than any in my locale. Try the Masala Papad. If you want wall to wall fun and a butlins atmosphere then this is not the hotel for you. If you like a relatively peaceful, romantic, relaxing holiday then this could be the place for you. Heather 22/10/03

7 Superb Cottages situated on an incredable stretch of beach, which the turtles use to lay their eggs! Plenty of shade from the swaying coconut palms, rock pools under the cliff for snorkling - these cottages are very highly recommended in The Lonley planet etc. Michael Handelmann 20/11/03

We have stayed for one week in the hotel january 2004. Rooms are big and clean. The food is verry good and there are several ala carte restaurants. Personal is verry friendly. The animation is ok but not verry good. The swimmingpool is verry nice aswell as the beach with a lot of palmtrees. Take watershoes with you if you want to swim in the sea, because when you go in the sea, the fist part is not so good, the ground is hard there. At the border of the beach with the sea you will find local beach boys, they will try to sell a safari or souvenirs. They don't come up to the beach but stay at the border. At the hotel they warn you for the beach boys, but don't worry. We have booked a safari and snorkling trip, the price was much lower than at the hotel. Ask for Dominique he wares a green cap, he is honest about what you will get at your safari and give you a good price. About both trips we have booked at Dominique we ware verry satisfied. It's no problem at daytime to leave the private beach, if you walk for 500 meters there is a better place for swimming in the sea with soft underground from the beginning. It is better at night not to leave the private beach from the hotel. At night there is security on the beach and the hotel. We had a great time at the Tiwi beach hotel, and we would recommend the hotel. If you go to Kenya, bring some clothes you don't wear any more to give to the locals, they're verry poor and will be verry happy if you give it. Batenburg 10/2/04


Wonder Paradise Beach Apartments Diani

Wonder Paradise Beach Apartments

WONDER PARADISE, located on the south coast of Mombasa, offers 24 self catering beach maisonettes (ground + first floor) with an excellent sea and swimming pool view and fresh sea breeze throughout the year, is built in spacious palm tree surroundings with a 260 feet ocean frontage and ideally situated next to areas offering luxurious sporting facilities and a variety of water sports. Speciality Restaurants are around as well as ample Shopping Centres spreading along the growing Diani Beach.
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I have been to Wonder Paradise in 2002. We had a wonderful time, it felt like i was at home. all the facilities were great, i would like to come back with more friends this December 2005, what will be the rate? please reply. Shakila Kassam 29/9/05



Coral Cove Cottages

Coral Cove Cottages

Situated at Tiwi beach 20kms south of Mombasa Island on an exquisite stretch of beach, Coral Cove offers self catering cottages fully equipped. All you have to bring is your food and toiletries. Despite being next door to Twiga Lodge, which houses a busy overland camping site, there is an air of privacy and exclusivity about Coral Cove.
The cottages are well spaced and solidly built on 14 acres  of wooded land graced with a white sweep of private beach just at the bottom of the garden. Local fishermen and traders come daily to your verandah with their catch of fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, you will never have to leave your place in paradise.The beach is superb, with huge coconut palms and coral coves. For families with a mixed age range, there are several attractions further down the bay, catering for different tastes. Windsurfing facilities, diving schools, a swimming pool, a few restaurants, a couple of beach bars and lots of young people enjoying beach volleyball, etc. all within easy of your perfect Tiwi holiday.
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The footprint guide book states that the best place to stay on fabulous Tiwi beach is Coral Cove cottages - they are also highly recommended in many other guide books such as the lonely planet rough guide to Kenya etc Kerstin Handelmann 24/10/04


Coral Cove Cottages are a home away from home in paradise.My wife and I met there in 1996, fell in love with each other and the place so much that we came back in 2002 to get married right on the beach. Customer service is second to none, the cottages are spotless and the prices are real value for money. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Ben Gallagher-Thompson 14/6/05


Shaanti Holistic Health Retreat

Shaanti Holistic Health Retreat
(former White Rose Villas)

Shaanti is a health retreat with luxury accommodation, not a hotel with a spa! Shaanti represents a holistic approach to healing. We offer Yoga, Meditation, candle gazing, tuning with nature , Ayurvedic treatments and massage, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. Since almost all ailments and disease originate from stress and anxiety, the best way to cure it is to deal with the root cause. Take away the stress; take away the anxiety and work on the mind and body so that the process is sustainable.

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Brilliant place! Incredible healing energy, spectacular "star-bath" in the evening and wonderful staff! Arman 26/6/05


I have never tasted such good food!! Their new seafod restaurant is amazing. I love the fact that you can choose what you want to do. The yoga was great and the beach... well... words escape me. I don't think I will ever stay anywhere else in Mombasa. Shaanti mademefeel really special. Khanum 27/7/07


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