Had a brilliant 2 weeks in Kenya and it fullfilled all that we hoped for in a once in a lifetime holiday and wonderful honeymoon! We strongly recommend this resort and Julius from JT Safaris who was true to his word throughout our stay( more on that later!!)
On arrival after a very hot and sweaty journey we were greeted by friendly staff, cold drinks and cold flannels (bliss!) We stayed in a deluxe room that was beautifully decorated and was very clean and comfortable. It was worth upgrading as the room was very large and luxurious with a great sea view, the other rooms did not seem as large or as close to the sea.
We booked our safari with the lovely Julius from JT safaris ([-]). We were initially worried about this as we wanted to book it before we left the UK. Our tour operator was very keen for us to use them but thanks to a friend's advice we choose Julius. He has an informative website and we e-mailed him directly to discuss the safari and he e-mailed back promptly and reassured us!!
We arranged to meet Julius on our 1st day at the hotel gates which felt a bit odd but he is not allowed on site. He arrived as promised and we confirmed our trip. We gave him money for a deposit but he did not want the full payment until we had done the safari to make sure we were happy with it all! What an honest guy! The trip was cheaper booking with him than the tour operators with the money going directly to the local people and we had a van to ourselves which was great (particularly when we saw the other vans stuffed with 6-8 people!)
We did a 4 day ( 3 night ) safari to Tsavo West, Amboseli and Tsavo East. We had a good driver-Carlos who was informative and answered all our questions! The drive to Amboseli was extremely bumpy and dusty and not for the faint hearted, however was well worth it as it was so different from the other two parks and the plains full of animals were a spectular sight! We stayed in 2 lodges and one tented accomodation which was great and very comfortable. The roughest accomodation was Ngulia lodge, Tsavo West as it was dated and abit shabby however we saw the best animals there, very close up and were woken at 1am by elephants right outside our balcony!!!-(absolutely magic and worth putting up with the interior decor!!)
We have many amazing memories of the safari ( and thousands of photos!!) and our thanks goes to Julius who arranged it all and was very reliable, helpful and trustworthy!
You can't go to Kenya without doing a safari and make sure you book it with Julius-he won't let you down!
After the safari we returned to Kole Kole which seemed a real luxury!!
We found ALL of the hotel staff really friendly and very helpful, making our stay a pleasant experience! They work so hard and do such long shifts! We'd like to thank them all for making our stay so memorable! JAMBO to you all (especially Kennedy, Serah, Jackie and Richard, all the security staff, the gardeners and all that work tirelessly behind the scenes!) All the restaurant staff were also great even at the early hours and at busy times! A smile was never far away!
The hotel is spilt into 3 areas but you can access all parts (bars and pools). This made the resort feel spacious in general but also cosy and friendly in your own section. The pool in Kole Kole was fantasic and great to look over the wall at the beach! The spa was not inclusive in the prize and that also includes the use of the jacuzzi ( not mentioned in the brochure!) There is a very high standard of food and a huge choice that changes every day within the buffet. Also you have access to the Seafood restaurant which is additional but worth it for a special occasion. There were alot of Italians at Kole Kole which was abit overpowering initially but there were a few other english also!
Beware of the monkeys as they are wild and hungry! Unfortunately many people find it amusing to feed these but they are known to bite and it only encourages them to scavenge more! Keep your balcony door shut at all times and never walk about with food in your hands!!
The beach is stunning, really breath taking and beautiful! Soft white sands and warm waters to bathe in! There is alot of coral and sea urchins about so its worth packing swim shoes- swimming in flip flops is hard work!! The tide goes in and out a long way and the reef offshore is exposed twice a day for boat excursions. Bookable in resort!
The biggest problem is the beach boys! There are alot and they are determined to sell you something always! They are only trying to make a living and are desperate for business. Most are friendly but all want your custom!! They are nice blokes but at times it got abit draining! No quite romantic walks for 2 here!! There are many stalls to the left of the hotel in a small alley way which sell an enormous stock of wood carvings, paintings, jewellery, sarongs etc but be ready to haggle! Do buy here and not in the local supermarket-their lives depend on it!!!
We would also recommend Diving -The Crab, the dive school on site. I did an introductory dive ( 2 dives in one morning) which was fantastic! Great sealife, lots of turtles and wierd looking fish! Samson the dive instructor and his team were brilliant and very safety conscious. I have done dives in many other places round the world but no where compares to their safety standards! They were very professional and it was a real highlight of the holiday!! There is a strong current though so beware!!
We also used the Water sports centre where we did windsurfing! Hassan was fantastic, a very patient teacher and we picked it up in no time! Do give one of the water sports a go - its a beautiful place to try something new!
Overall we had a brilliant time and strongly recommend it to anyone!! The Kenyans are really lovely and friendly people! We miss it and have thought about it every day since we got home! It was one of our best holidays and a truly wonderful honeymoon!!
- Also Known As:
- Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani Hotel Ukunda
- Kole Baobab Hotel Diani
- Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani Kenya/Ukunda