We stayed at Swahili Beach for our honeymoon in the second week of october. We were not disappointed. We had emailed previously to say we were coming and looking forward to our stay and on arrival we were upgraded to a lovely superior room overlooking the ocean. We were also presented with a beautiful bunch of roses, prosecco and a congratulations cake (the other honeymoon couple we were with also received the same lovely gifts). We saw the standard rooms on the ground floor as well and they were equally as nice but it was lovely to have the view. On arrival we were greeted with a Dawa and cool towel and things just got better from there. The facilities are beautiful and plenty of places to settle down with a book. The beach is amazing, we took a beach walk organised by the hotel (check the blackboards by the pool hut for activities) and Rodgers took us on a walk down the beach. It is safer to walk with a guide from the hotel although we felt quite safe right in front of the hotel as the hotel guards were visible. We weren't hassled by the beach boys too much and when we were we just said no thank you and didnt engage in conversation. The pools are beautiful and quite often you could have one to yourself. We were on half board accomadation and the food on offer did not disappoint. Breakfast and dinner were beautiful with a wide selection on offer each night. We didnt try any of the other restaurants as we felt we didnt need to. We also took advantage of the spa (a wedding present from friends we received on arrival) and we both had a full body massage. The massage was one of the best we have ever had and the surroundings exquisite. There are also two personal trainers Dixon and Stella - they certainly know their stuff. The drinks at the bars are a fair price for a hotel of this standard. We did go to the supermarket which is a minute walk from the hotel and bought some coffee and beers for our room (there is a fridge in the room). Though we were advised not to leave the hotel after 6 and we didn't. I have to say the staff here are brilliant, they are friendly and helpful and willing to chat. I think if you make the first move with a cheery jambo it really breaks the ice and everyone from the gardeners to the reception staff were lovely but i think it is important to make the effort and say hello. I have seen on some reviews commenting on the slow service. Yes it wasnt immediate but we weren't in a hurry and for us this wasnt a problem. The front of house manager Amani is a cheery presence and could be seen most days checking on guests and asking how they were and any problems etc... we really liked this personal touch. We also met Nicholas (GM) and enjoyed our last evening with him (thanks for the many wee drams). All in all amazing for us and just what we needed. Wow wow wow xxx we will be back
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- Swahili Beach is much more than meets the eye. Culture and history provide its very soul. From the architecture and the aromas to the music, it teases the senses. Drawing you in. ... more less
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