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“Amazing holiday-a wonderful place for our honeymoon!”

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Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani
Ranked #14 of 32 Hotels in Ukunda
Certificate of Excellence
Essex
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing holiday-a wonderful place for our honeymoon!”
Reviewed 4 March 2009

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!!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

A lovely resort on a very beautiful beach. Staff are very friendly and extremely efficient. Enjoyed the stay very much. And their food was outstanding. All in all a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2009

arriving at the airport make sure you have youre visa printed out and your $50 each. they do not accept u.k. there was massive upraw at the airport because people still think thay accecpt u.k sterling. we paid extra for preimium seats on the plane which were a god send. priority check in and boarding. nice big seats on the plane and nice food. the luggage was last on the plane so first off. we traveled with first choice.
we stayed at the kole kole part of the baobab beach resort beginning of feb. it was amazing. i feel like ive been away for a month.
we upgraded to a deluxe room wich was huge. it was kept very clean and had a turn down service every night. in the room there are plenty of 3 pin sockets, just like england and air con and cieling fan. tea and coffee making facilities, t.v, hair drier, fridge and a constant supply of bottled water. the 4 poster bed did not have mozzie nest but you can ask at reception if you want one. the room leads out onto a large balcony wich has a large reclining double bed, 2 chairs and a small table. my partner was able to smoke in the room and throughout the hotels with no problem.the infinity pool is a god send as it was 37 in the shade! the buffet resurant was fab athough got a bit boring. you can use any of the hotels swimming pools. reminding you that there is 3 hotels under the baobab name. the kole kole animation team were really funny and we made some good friends.
the only problem with th kole kole it that its part of the francorosso group so the hotel was over run with rude italians. even the staff were getting very fed up.no please or thank you. 50% of them were o.k. i found myself speaking more italian than swahili. so if you go. learn some italian swear words!!!
the staff very friendly. will go out of there way to help you.
the beach boys were fine. dont make eyecontact and say no. if you can deal with big issue sellers in the u.k you can deal with them no probs... if you can organise any trips with local safari companies. the travel companies rip you off.
on the way back home though mombasa airport was horrible, no organisation and about 3 planes leaving and very hot. because we paid for preimium seats we jumped to the front of the line at check in. just be prepared for a wait. get a taxi if you think the coach has a few hotels to pick up from. dont forget $20 tax each at check in at mobasa on the way back home.
i will be goin back to kenya. it made me cry on the way back because i had such a special time. to all the friends we made on holiday jambo jambo!!! and sorry didnt get to say good by.
chow, i mean good bye and thanx danielle and davexxx

  • Liked — the luxury, the sun, the staff, the beach, the sea, the animals, not being in work....
  • Disliked — the italians.....
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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2 Thank mrsmittens
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2009

Couple from London UK 39-35 into kite surfing
We just got back from a week at the Kole Kole.
The Kole Kole is the up market part of the Baobab resort and worth the extra money if you can afford it.
The people working there are among the most friendly you will ever find in any hotel around the world. The setting is perfect, the rooms are spacious well kept and most important clean. The TV signal was not very good but we didn't even bother to report it to the reception......I mean if you travel all the way to Kenya to then sit in your room and then watch TV, then we recommend you to see a mental doctor asap!
Food was varied and well cooked, but while for lunch and dinner you couldn't fault it , breakfast was somehow less so.
Two things are seriously wrong with the Kole Kole.
1) the entrainment in the resort was driven by the initiative of an Italian tour operator :Francorosso.
We were bombarded by loud and unpleasant music around the pool for most of the day and while only a small number of customers was taking part in the activity program (beach volley, water polo ect..) music was played loud regardless of those activities taking place at all. While we are not contrary at all to people having fun, a bit a tranquillity around the pool from time to time would help to lift the atmosphere.
An early morning "war" , with towel left on sun loungers, will decide whether or not you could get a chair by the pool.
You can't fault the management for this, just people...
2) the beach boys!!! ( every one has to make a living, but why with me????)
Diani beach is a gem not to be missed, fantastic! a long stretch of fine white sand with warm and calm water.
The BB are local guys that will wait for tourists to descend on the beach and try to sell something. Their behaviour could be intimidating. We are quite easy going and it didn't bother us too much, but we grew intolerant with time by this daily "assault" and we ended up ignoring them all together.
Having walked for many miles on the beach both side from the Baobab, we noticed that the biggest concentration of beach boys was standing just outside the baobab and that other resorts were less effected by this problem.
The management has to address this, the infinity pool is good but the beach is much better

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the beach boys and the music aroun the pool
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2008

We have just returned from the Kole Kole resort part of the Baobab complex. If you are going to stay in this resort please opt for the Kole Kole side it is far superior and not so busy and crowded. We upgraded to a suite which was luxurious and the room was kept exceptionally clean.
The food was served lukewarm but the meats that were served fresh and cut to order were lovely.
The entertainment staff are helpful and funny and the shows that they put on in the evening were ok.
The beach is the only drawback but this is due to the beach boys who constantly hassle you as soon as you set foot on the beach, we found the best thing to do was either completely ignore them or go on the beach when the tide is in.
There is good snorkelling and the hotel has a boat which goes out daily (small charge) you can actually swim back when the boat has docked, its pretty shallow all the way out,

  • Liked — Room and Infinity Pool
  • Disliked — Lukewarm food
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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strathaven
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2008

What a perfect setting looking out from the infinity pool across the indian ocean,food very good ,staff in the restaurant excellent especially Juma, Mr. Kennedy who kept veryone amused in the SuliSuli bar and the guards around the complex who had they not wakened us at 4 am made sure we left on time for our Safari with J. T Safaris.

Highlights, the Safari 3 days in a 8 seater van but unlike the tour company vans only the 2 of you in it, seeing 4 of the big 5 with a driver who could not have done enough--great days Bonny. TAKE PENS AND CRAYONS FOR THE OR[PHANAGES.

You only need one suitcase for clothes- two FOR swimming and t shirts,
shorts and shoes for the water if going in the ocean, coral is lethal.
Acouple of dress tops and trousers for the evenings, then give them away before leaving, your room boy or any others working there will be so grateful.

On safari only need shorts and t shirts and a good hat never cold enough to wear anything else even at 5 am. The whole hotel complex is wonderfull biggest drawback is the 2 Italian girls running the animation team they seem to speak only to their own countrymen and women and want music round the pool at full volume--rap is not relaxing--complain immediately. the animation team are great working so hard and running things all day, archery volleyball exercising both in and out of the pool and lots of others but its your choice to take part or laze in the sun.

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Thank bigglesStrathaven
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Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2008

Stayed at Kole Kole 21/11 to 29/11, My wife and I went for a bit of winter sun and peace and quiet .this lasted until 11am on our first morning when the disco music played by an Italian girl was so loud that we complained to the manager who said that he had lots of complaints and would turn it down.
Well he kept his word and the volumn was turned down, but as the days went on it got louder and my only question was why do you play loud disco music when 90% of the people were reading books or listening to i pods, anyway thats the moaning done.
Having stayed at lots of all inclusive resorts this one is the best we have visited, the pool area at Kole kole was very well kept as are the gardens and the hotel was very comfortable.
The food was plentiful but as you would expect it gets a bit the same eating three meals a day in the same place, there are two other resturants that carry a supplement, we calculated that a meal for two with wine at either would have been £80 to £100, that includes a mystery 20% discount to hotel residents, certainly I dont think a local would spend a months wages eating here. The staff are very friendly and work very hard, a special mention to a young waitress called Mary who had a lovely smile and sold coffee on Thursday at the Maasai market, always greeted us with a jambo jambo.
We found the drinks to be fine and never had a problem getting anything also the wine at lunch and dinner was very drinkable and not restricted.
The annimation team were comparable to other resorts we have visited.They work hard to please and have a varied program of events if thats what you like, at this resort the Italians and Germans fall into that catagorie. !!
And now the beach boys, firstly the beach is not somewhere to sit and enjoy the view, you have to do that from the hotel grounds, the only way to pass them is to ignore them completely, no eye contact or smiling and they get the messageI. I would imagine the same applies to any village or town in Kenya, the majority of the people are fine but it is not a place to let your guard down.
Only being here for seven days we decided to do a one day safari for weaklings to Shimba Hills that we booked on line through trip advisor reccomendations. The company was J.T Safaris and the driver was called Tito.He picked us up as promised at the hotel gates at 6.30am and took us out for the day to find Girraffe, Buffalo, Antelope, Impalas and Elephants, we had lunch at the Shimba hills Lodge and the trek with an armed park ranger to Sheldrick Falls was a great experiance although not at the time.!! I would advise to take spare shorts and shirt if you do this trip.We paid for this trip at the end of the day in sterling.
All in all a great trip and we would go back tommorow if only to pull the plug out of the speaker next to that lovely pool.

  • Liked — The Staff
  • Disliked — The load pool music
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Srartrekkers
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Property: Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani
Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ukunda
#8 Family Hotel in Ukunda
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Ukunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 84
Also Known As:
Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani Hotel Ukunda
Kole Baobab Hotel Diani
Kole Kole - Baobab Resort Diani Kenya/Ukunda

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