Our welcome at Malindi airport didn't go too well - our driver (and manager of the camp) was late, had forgotten to re-fuel on the way and asked us to move aside a bit in order to make some place for the car's spare tyre on the back seat. Took us 1.5 hours to get to the camp (normally 25 mins). Not the most fun way to start your Christmas holiday.
As a group of 6 Kenyan residents, we are quite used to some discomfort, but it seems that these guys have made an art out of it. Manfriday's Camp has the location and setting for a very special holiday experience, but the place unfortunately lacks any form of pizaz. Apart from being overpriced, one is led to believe from the camp's website that each cabin has its own swimming pool and terrace. Not true. In high season, one swimming pool was out of order, construction was still going on in several rooms, sailing boat and surfboards were not working, furniture was broken and our matress was full of mould, the list kept on growing.
Nevertheless, one just had to turn its back to the rooms and enjoy the nice sea views to soon forget all these issues. Lunches and dinners were well-prepared by the hostess Sonia and her lovely staff, which was a big plus. If only this kind of hospitality could have been reflected in the facilities and by the rest of management, our holiday would have been the dream it should have been.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a pristine stretch of Kenya's Indian ocean beachfront, Manfriday's Mida Cove offers four individually designed Beach Villas. Located just off Mida Creek -a world bio-heritage site- a Marine National Park and a bird watcher's paradise, Manfriday's is something new and very different in luxury beach destinations. Manfriday´s combines all the convenience of a hotel - from full-board food & bar service to house-keeping and recreation - with the personal intimacy of private villas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- ManFriday's Mida Cove Kenya/Watamu