We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A luxurious and relaxing vacation, friendly, comfortable and peaceful.”
Review of Shambani Cottages

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Shambani Cottages
Ranked #6 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 January 2011

We stayed at Shambani cottages, in the Baobob villa. We found it to be a lovely and spacious accommodation; perfect for a large family. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was especially appreciated. The pool onsite is close by (approximately 500 m) and is very private since it is only shared with the 7 other cottages on site. The many small gardens and open spaces on the grounds makes the place feel very welcoming – it does not feel like a large resort or compound. The staff is friendly and complete daily check-ins to make sure you are having a wonderful vacation and if repairs are needed they are handled promptly. The driver, Salim picked us up at the airport and took us to the grocery store on the first day to get the bulk of our groceries, since we had a hired a cook through the cottages. This option was greatly appreciated because we did not want to take a taxi or rent a car.
Diani beach is a short walk away from the compound and is clean, safe and good for swimming and walking. Overall, we enjoyed our time here immensely, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2010
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank e_fougere
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (72)
There are newer reviews for Shambani Cottages
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

40 - 46 of 72 reviews

Reviewed 3 January 2011

We stayed in Shambani during cristhmas and new year 2010-2011 with to of my friends. The cottage was nice, people are very friendly. Pool is ok, expect that more than once during the best swimming time there was some clening going and you couldn't use the pool. Security is good, 24 hours the day. If you are a light sleeper that might be a problem çause there are quite many dogs that sometimes bark really loud during night. Location isn't the best possible, nearest beach is quite rocky and all the places where tourists hang a round (like 40 thieves) are many kilometetrs away. But shop is quite near and if you mostly want to hang in pool and stuff it's really nice place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ellavTurku
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 January 2011

We stayed in the Flamboyant villa at Shambani for two weeks, with two boys 8 and 11, and it was a perfect location for Christmas and New Year.
We were picked up from the airport by Salim, after a very long trip, and he took care of everything.
On arriving at Shambani we were met by the very welcoming and friendly staff. The villa had two large bedrooms, both with shower room en-suite, a lounge, dining room and kitchen. But the best was a large covered balcony on the first floor which had one area with a table and chairs for lunch, and another with two sofas around a coffee table and a lounger. It was cool as there was always a breeze and we mainly sat there early morning and in the evenings. We had a cook for a week who not only made the most wonderful sea food dishes, he also taught our 11 year old how to make the dishes he made. The villa was very clean, and was cleaned daily and we also had all our laundry done. The pool was the main hit for the children.
Shambani arranged a snorkelling trip for us, which was very good. Salim took us on the two day safari to Tsavo East which we had booked. It is a long way from Diani Beach, but the drive was very interesting and on the way back, at our request we went to see a Masai village, which Salim arranged for us. Shambani also arranged a trip to Mombasa –
Salim took us to Fort Jesus, where a guide then took us around the fort, through the old town and to the spice market where Salim was waiting for us. He then took us to a restaurant for lunch and to Haller Park in the afternoon.
Throughout our stay the Shambani staff made our holiday memorable.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank AnneFarnham_UK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 December 2010

Shambani was an excellent place for us to meet our daughter and her family who are international workers on an island in the Indian ocean. There were 6 of us in the Mamba cottage - plenty of room, nice large upstairs room for their family and separate bathrooms, nice dining area and family space.

The pool was fabulous with two kids under 4 years old and we spent many hours swimming there. The beach is beautiful and safe during the day (of course you have to deal a bit with the beach boys, but it is manageable - just say "asante - but "no" and you will be ok).

The service was great. Mr Ali was a very good chef (I would highly recommend him) and even made a birthday cake for us. We had a great variety of food - white and red snapper, lobster, chicken, hamburgers...and there is a Nakumatt grocery store just a short Matatu ride away (very nice). We arrived around 1:00am after 30 hours of traveling and it was very nice to have Mr. Ali there with fresh juice and to cook us some pasta and it was very good that they had stocked the refrigerator with some food for the first day or two.

All arrangements and payments went as planned with no errors in pickup times at the airport or any of the tours we took. Euros or dollars work well, and there are several ATM's within a few miles to get Kenyan Schillings.

Saleem set up some nice short excursions for us (we could not easily do Tsavo safari with the kids, so we had a very nice time in Shimba Hills and he also set up a trip into Mombasa to see Fort Jesus.

The office staff was very helpful and helped us with everything we needed.

The weather was very hot - it would have been nice to have one air conditioned room in Mamba. I believe Paolo has some air conditioning in other cottages and if you are affected by the heat, I would recommend one.

Shambani is a very nice place to stay in Mombasa.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank 3752norh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 August 2010

We were unable to get a flight to Mombassa and so needed transport from Malindi airport which the company provided at a reasonable additional cost. We were met by Salim and travelled for 2.5 hours to Shambani. There was a good range of basic provisions included in our welcome pack and we were impressed that our cook (Saidi) was already making our tea for us when we arrived. The layout of the cottage (Simba) was fantastic and looked out on to the pool, which was perfectly maintained. The cottage was clean on arrival and was cleaned by our maid (Mambo) every morning. If you are in doubt as to whether or not to book a cook, do it, Saidi was attentive, catering for our varied dietary needs, and the food was excellent. The staff offered to arrange various trips/safaris but did not push them once we said we were just happy to chill out on the beach. The beach although not private was very quiet and there was always someone from Shambani there to provide us with beds. Although there are a lot of beach boys they didn't pester us once we said no and were friendly. The staff in general were attentive, Justin came round at least once a day to check we were ok and was happy to arrange taxis, suggest restaurants and we took a fishing trip with the security guards. Overall it was excellent and made for a great ending to our holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank charljack
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 November 2009

We spent a week at Shambani at the end of October, flying with Kenya Airways from London Heathrow to Mombasa via Nairobi. Apart from a small delay on the way back I can't fault the airline one bit. Here are my thoughts on Shambani and Diani and some tips that I would have been good to know before going.

Shambani

We were asked to pay a deposit up front in Euros. Having £ bank accounts there would have been a charge by our bank, and possibly a further charge by the receiving bank, Paolo at Shambani was very accommodating in allowing us to pay in full, in cash once we'd arrived. Advice - take foreign currency (Euro, US dollar or £) to pay for your accommodation, you'll be better of than paying in Shillings.

We were collected from Mombasa by Shambani's manager Salim, he was waiting for us when we arrived. Advice - a porter will try to take you bags for you and then ask for a tip for walking them 50 yards - keep hold of your bag and wheel them to the van.

Diani is about a 90min drive, including the ferry crossing, from Mombasa airport. If you've not been to Kenya or Africa before the drive is incredible; through the city, the outskirts and then the countryside.

Shambani is located at the far end of the Diani Beach strip. If you are not looking to cook for yourself or indeed pay for one of the cooks to help you out, you'll still need to do your own shopping, then be prepared to travel to decent restaurants. Salim had arranged for a "welcome pack" of basic essentials (water, milk, pasta, vegetables, salt, butter, jam and bread) as well as some fresh fish (which one of the chefs prepared for us) - this was enough to get two of us through two days (breakfast and dinner) but then we had to visit the supermarket. The nearest to Shambani, about a 15min walk, has just about enough to provide (but poor fruit and vegetables) but there others nearer to Barclays bank (the common point of reference for everything). You will be charged for your welcome pack and the fish from the fisherman (500Ksh) who will visit you during your stay. We bought some prawns which were fantastic, again prepared for us by the fisherman, but I wished we'd agreed a price before he bought them back the next day as i feel we paid too much (750Ksh for 1 kilo) - although amazing value compared to UK supermarket prawns!

We were looked after by Emily, who cleaned and tidied our cottage each day - she is lovely and we gave her some sweets to take back for her children. The security is good at Shambani, a gated complex with 1 or 2 security guards and 6 dogs to keep a look out for you.

The only downside is that as Shambani doesn't back on to the beach (it's only a 5 minute walk away over the road) so you have to use the public sections of the beach and are subjected to constant "chat" from the beach boys. We decided to walk about 10minutes down the beach to one of the larger complexes and sit in their private section of the beach. On the three days we did this we were only challenged once and simply paid the security guard 500Ksh to turn a blind eye. The beach boys wont trouble once you are in the private area but be prepared walking into and out of the sea and anywhere else on the beach as they will be on you. They are not too aggressive but they certainly are persistent, tell them your name and they will remember, calling to you each day to visit their shop. We spent about £30 on souvenirs to bring back from family and friends and got a good selection of carvings and material. My advice is to work out what you want, work out how much you are prepared to pay then offer no more than half of that amount when you start haggling, moving up to what you are prepared to pay - even ask for extra items to be included as you get to your final price. With 500Ksh to go, suggest that that is enough and go to walk away, offering the final 500Ksh to close the deal. If you have £ or $ you'll get more for your money, we only had Ksh. Take foreign currency to buy from street sellers and souvenir shops, Ksh for supermarkets and taxis (the taxi vans are safe and fun - pay about 40 - 50 Ksh per couple per leg of the journey) then use foreign currency for safaris.

Safari

Despite the many cheaper safaris on offer from beach boys and from travel agents we chose to go with the safari guide aligned to Shambani (another Salim), we probably paid over the odds but we wanted the security of any comeback should there have been any problems as we'd read of safaris that had missed out sections and left visitors short-changed. We were not disappointed, the safari (to Tsavo East) was fantastic and with our own driver and van were not fighting for the best view as seemed to be happening with those sharing (up to 8 in a van). You are taken to shops on the way and on the way back, we didn’t buy anything so not sure of the value.

Diani

Ali Barbour's Cave restaurant is a great experience, very romantic and good food (approx £50 for two with wine) - it's very small and booking ahead is recommended and then they will pick you up and take you back to your accommodation. We went down to their 40 Thieves Beach Bar after dinner for a few drinks and they still took us back afterwards, remember to tip the driver.

Leonardo's restaurant, recommended by Shambani is not good.

The local children will offer to do acrobatics for money, suggest taking sweets to give instead of giving money - they appreciate this very much!

Beach

The beaches at Diani are fantastic; clean sands and very warm sea.

In addition to the above regarding the beach boys, they will follow you and ask you the following questions each and every one of them; what's your name, where are you from, what is the weather like there, have you done safari/boat trip, how long do you stay? They WILL follow you, be as engaging or as dismissive as you feel comfortable - if they see you heading for one of the beach shops they will try to tell the owner that they bought you to them and try to take a commission - don’t get involved in this conversation. When they work out that it is your last day they will offer to "exchange" items for more souvenirs (mostly socks, t-shirts, shampoo, sweets, toys) but they will still ask for money for the materials. We didn’t go back with our items on our final morning but a good way to get very cheap gifts and souvenirs.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank chrisbrown14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 November 2009

Just returned from a magical week staying at Shambani cottages on Diani beach, Kenya. We arrived to find the fridge stocked, fresh fish included, offers of any help we might need and then left to our own devices. It's a beautiful setting, the rooms and kitchens clean and equipped with everything you need from a self catering point of view. It's a little way from the restuaurants/bars further up the coast but easy (and cheap, KES50 for 2) to catch a local minibus up the road. The beach is stunning and within easy walking distance, just beware the 'beach boys' who will try to sell you everything! Shambani doesn't have a private section of beach, but it was fine to pitch ourselves close to areas that other hotels/resorts have. The perfect place to get away from the real world and live and the Kenyan 'pawli pawli' pace.

Shambani also organise safari trips to Tsvao East National Park for 2-6 people. We ended up taking a private tour just for the 2 of us which while a bit pricey ($350pp after some negotiation), was absolutely worth every penny. We got the bus to ourselves, the guide could take detours on request and as much time taking in the wildlife as we liked. We did a 2 day/1 night trip and stayed at an eco lodge in the centre of the park. Permanent tents, a stocked bar, meals included and the chance to see animals up close in their natural habitat made this a fantastic addition to the holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Dimples099
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Diani Beach hotels
0.3 mi away
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort
0.6 mi away
Southern Palms Beach Resort
Southern Palms Beach Resort
#9 of 29 in Diani Beach
1,339 reviews
3.4 mi away
Waterlovers Beach Resort
Waterlovers Beach Resort
#2 of 29 in Diani Beach
407 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Diani Bay Resort
Diani Bay Resort
#29 of 29 in Diani Beach
31 reviews
6.0 mi away
Diani Backpackers
Diani Backpackers
#2 of 68 in Diani Beach
258 reviews
0.8 mi away
Bahari Dhow Beach Villas
Bahari Dhow Beach Villas
#11 of 68 in Diani Beach
76 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Shambani Cottages? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
Price Range: £28 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Agoda so you can book your Shambani Cottages reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Shambani Cottages Hotel Diani

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing