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Jacaranda Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

We visited the Jacaranda on a family holiday in July 2014. On the plus side, the hotel has excellent facilities and staff: it has several swimming pools, a very nice beach, the food is great, it's very clean, everyone is very helpful, and the quality of the entertainment etc is high. It is also well located for safaris meaning that you can combine beach, sun and safari.

But there are also negatives. It is hard to move freely on the beach because of "beach boys", many of whom are nice but there are so many of them that it becomes a nuisance. The beach is beautiful for walks at low tides but not ideal for swimming at high tide. The hotel caters mainly for Italians and other nationalities may want to look otherwise. The hotel promises to have wifi - which is true - but coverage is low and unreliable. As such this is not a problem unless you rely on having internet access. We had a "superior room" with a balcony overlooking the sea. The room was large but quite dark and I am not sure it was worth the extra spend.

One thing that we all found disturbing was an outing to the school founded by the Jacaranda resort. The school is admirable catering for 500 local kids. However, us (the tourists) were told to bring pens and paper (both good with us) or candy. Bringing candy seems idiotic when the school is lacking basic facilities such as tables and chairs and when you realize that some kids refrain from going to school because they get more candy from tourists if they wait for tourists outside the resort.

I would return to the Jacaranda but I think the resort could and should improve.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

Been there three times, relaxation, serenity and ambiance great. The beach is perfect and not too crowded. Improve the food to offer more than Italian dishes...we are Kenyan. The rooms are so spacious and well set making you feel so.......well taken care of. I would recommend this to any traveller looking for a total body and mind rejuvenation. Well done team, you made us feel like coming back again, and again and again.......

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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I had a very nice time in Ora jacaranda,was so perfect and the welcoming was so warm and comfortable rooms...the management and the staff did really a very good cooperation and recommend you to spend your holiday in this hotel because you will never regret ....

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Jacaranda Beach Resort

Address: Jacaranda Road, Watamu 677, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#4 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#10 Family Hotel in Watamu
#12 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £81 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jacaranda Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing the most beautiful sea area on Marine Park of Watamu the all sea view 90 rooms are the perfect buen retiro to spend holidays in the real wildness and comfort all together. All inclusive board, soft animation activity, multilingual staff, Italian and Swahili cuisine will make your stay unforgettable. Just 2 hours by road from Mombasa and 30 minutes from Malindi airport, from where we can provide transfer service. In-house travel agency for safari and any kind of excursions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Jacaranda Beach Hotel Watamu
Jacaranda Beach Resort All Inclusive
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