We stayed at Papillon for 3 days prior to going on safari and then returned for our final days. The hotel has the most beautiful settings and is right on Diani beach which has the most amazing white sand! The hotel overall was clean and well looked after. The staff are all friendly right from the reception staff through to the men who went round ensuring the paths were clear. The animation team are a great bunch of guys who were very good with your young son ensuring that he could join in with activities where possible.
The food was far more than we ever expected, with lots of variety and choice and always served with a smile and this was mirrored whilst we were on safari too!
There is lots to see and do and the taxi men, booked through reception are very informative. Twice we went to the local supermarket and they are happy to wait to bring you back and the fare is very cheap.
We went on a dhow safari book through Philli Pippa and this was a truely amazing experience. The food served for lunch on Wasini Island along with the hospitality of the ladies serving us was outstanding.
We were fine with it and it was made clear right from booking our holiday but some others weren't to happy with having to buy bottled water. The tap water is not suitable to drink and to know the water that we were drinking was safe we felt it was a small price to pay.
The only drawback was the beachboys! They are friendly enough but if you venture onto the beach with a bag of any description they will hound you which can be annoying so be aware. If you go down soley in swimming gear and head straight for the water they will tend to leave you alone which is a shame when you could quite easily while the hours away sitting on the beach and would like to take photos at your own leisure but this was a small price to pay for an trip of a lifetime.
We would throughly recommend this hotel and will definately return again, soon hopefully!
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- Also Known As:
- Papillon Lagoon Reef Diani
- Papillon Lagoon Reef Hotel Diani