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“Amazing Kenyan holidays!!!”
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Shambani Cottages
Ranked #6 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 February 2012

My mom, my husband, our little son (1 year 10 months) and I have just been back from our 2 weeks unforgettable holidays in Kenya, Diani Beach, Shambani. We stayed in the Simba cottage. Everything was perfect! Starting from the organization of our trip through Paolo via the internet, following with our pick up in the airport done by Salim and ending with the beauty and comfort of the place itself how we had found it.
Our private cook Ali was just simply the best! Our house keeper Emilie who had cleaned the cottage daily was very attentive and polite. All the staff of Shambani including the managers Binti and Salim, the laundry keeper Nadiya, the swimming pool and garden keeper Shabani were so friendly and helpful that we'd felt like at home.
Shambani has a huge and beautiful garden giving you a real feeling of a jungle! The cottages are very cozy, well-equipped, clean and full of fresh air. The atmosphere is very private and quite.
And for sure it's just an ideal place for children! Our son was 24 hours outside. The ground floor of the villa was perfect opened to supervise him while he's playing with Shambani's dogs and it's pappies or exploring the garden or watching the monkeys on the trees and the cottages' roofs!
The wonderful Diani Beach is just 3 minutes walk from Shambani.
Would recommend this place for everybody!
Kenya is a very beautiful, picturesque, extremely interesting and friendly orientated country with a great potential! It is worth to be visited and explored again and again!
We're looking forward already for our next Kenyan holidays and for sure it'll be in Shambani!

Room Tip: Simba Cottage is a perfect place for a family up to 4/5 members or for 2 families with 1/2 kids!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

a little late in writing this as there were 13 in our party, 7 adults and 6 teenagers from age 14 and all waiting for each other to write the review. We stayed at shambani for nearly 3 wks at the beginning of August 2011. It was a superb location and set in a fantastic tropical shamba. We stayed at the Baobab villa and 2 villas by the pool, the whole party using the baobab as a base. Salim was our driver for the holiday and organised a brilliant 2 lodge safari in tsavo, the highlight being we saw a leopard at such close quarters we could almost touch it. For my sister and I it was a return to Kenya after 40 years, having lived in Mombasa as children. Salim took us around all our old haunts it was a remarkable day. Said and Johnson were our cooks and kept us well nourished with fantastic food, fish and shellfish as fresh as anyone could want. We loved the dogs, felt safe and secure walking to the beach and exploring the local area getting rides in the matatus. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The Baobab is a lovely villa with large dining area and verandah, space for all. The visiting monkey...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We spent one week in December 2011 at the Shambani in the Baobab villa. To our surprise the villa was bigger and better than we had imagined. We booked and paid through the internet and the owner Paolo kept his end of the deal. The staff were friendly and service minded. Salim our driver was already waiting at the airport when we arrived. The fridge was already filled up with what we needed for the first days and prawn for the dinner was already ordered by Said our cook who was very professional in making local tasteful dishes. Binti our housekeeper was there every morning cleaning after us with a smile. From the arrival to the departure day we were met by nice and friendly staff. My son really enjoyed feeding and spending time with the dogs and their puppies and the staff were always there to help him if he needed help. Said our cook always had a special diet made ready for the dogs and kept it ready so my son could enjoy feeding them.
We would highly recommend Shambani to anyone who is looking for a quiet place to spend their vacation away from the crowded hotels.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2011

We spend a week in the Simba cottage, and had the luck to have Batuta as our cook. It was wonderful! Great people, clean pool, not to busy, and great food. Our kids loved the monkeys on the roof early in the morning!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

I just came back from Shambani Cotteges and I want to share my good memories :) We spent there one week and I truly recommend that place to couples, families with children and people who don't like crowded hotels. The place is quite and beautiful, there's all you can need when you want to relax - great staff (many thanks to Maureen who took care of our cottage, Ali who cooked delicious meals for us and of course Salim - our driver and a real friend), amazing views and friendly atmosphere...

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

After spending more then one week at Shambani we can give the warmest recomendations
to spend your holliday here. The personal service given by the staff is the best ever experienced. It is a memory for the rest of or life that we for sure will return to. The warm climat and beautiful suroundings is something we must experience again.


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  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

We were looking for a place to rest for a week during European winter and found this place in Shambani. Not far from the beach and a nice clean pool to cool down and relax. The house (Baobab Villa) is not only spacious from the inside, but outside we found several places to read and relax (even sunbathing on the roof!).
The staff is friendly and experienced, they keep everything clean and well organised.
We took a risk by booking through the internet, but can no say that we are very happy that it exeeded our expectations.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Shambani Cottages

Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
Price Range: £26 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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