Travelled as a foursome to Baobab Resort. Start at the very beginning - travelled down to gatwick and arrived very early but were allowed to check in straight away which was a great bonus. Flight dissapointing as it was advertised as the Dreamliner but turned out to be 767. Made worse by the pilot announcing a historic return trip being the last ever 767 trip - rubbed salt into the wound. Transfer to hotel a nightmare due to only two ferries running. We took around 3 hrs but many others took longer. However once we arrived, we had the perfect holiday. We were in standard rooms in Baobab wing - no complaints, no issues with monkeys if you follow instructions regarding doors beling kept closed. They did look in whilst we were unpacking to see if we had brought any juicy items lol.
Food and drinks choice very good. We used all three bars but enjoyed baobob bar in the evening and Maradadi restaurant and Bar for food as we found it was better service only because it was a bit smaller. We did eat in Baobab when we had any early starts and again no complaints. Entertainment was good, plenty of things to do during the day and night if you wanted to within the hotel resort. Often they would stop for a quick chat to see if you were enjoying your stay.
Tipping - take some lower denominations - 50 and 100 Shillings for tipping porters and good service in bar and restaurant / housekeeping etc.
Also on safari, if you get a good driver, expect to tip around 8000 shillings per couple per trip - if not a good driver, reduce accordingly, but check with the tour rep for latest advice when you go. (Edited from previous review)
We packed too many clothes as we didnt know what to expect, but you didnt need any outer wear at night - teeshirts / shirts and long / 3quarter trousers were fine for the men
Staff all very pleasant, one bar man took delight in learning some yorkshire sayings. All very friendly and all very proud of the hotel and their country. They were always keen to answer any questions on any aspect of kenyan life and culture.. Special mention to Timothy and Johnson in the Maradadi restaurant who gave us excellent service throughout our stay.
Beach boys are a pest - we thought we were getting the measure of them walking to the sea from the hotel, but when we tried to walt along the beack they seem to have zones and every 50 metres you were approached by different people. We lasted 10 mins and turned back.
Beach party was excellent - held every other Tuesday. Alternate tuesday there was a pool party at Kole Kole but we didnt get to that.
We did the 4 day safari booked with First choice - very good, no issues
We also did Jambo Mombassa tri (full day) - this was really good as it allowed you to visit a co-operative for wood carvings and their souvenir shop which had fixed and cheaper prices for the carvings. We also had a walk through a fruit / veg market and the old town. We had two guides throughout which provides us with safe walking and no hassle. We then had lunch on a Dhow (old Ship) accompanied by a jazz band whilst we sailed around the estuary. After this we went to halle Park where we fed Giraffes and say hippos, zebras, tortoise and crocs at feeding time - transfer time approx 2 hrs so an early start and late finish
The other excursion we did was for snorkelling / lunch and dolphin watching - both excursions booked via Moses (the Rep) - again a very good trip. Experienced snorkelers were allowed to go further from the boat accompanied by a guide, whilst beginners and less confident swimmers kept in a group with at least two guides and could be towed round using a floating ring of needed. Lunch was buffet on a island - which you used a small transfer boat. Then out for a spot of dolphin watching. - Transfer time for this excursion was approx 1 hr so not to early start and reasonable finish.
We all had a bit of jelly belly but this was probably caused by anti malaria tablets - a bit of an inconvenience but if you take imodiam tables also, it shouldnt spoil the holiday - you just get on with it!!
Take penty of Deet or equivalent anti mossi spray. Plugs are english so dont need adaptors.
On the Monday prior to leaving on the Tuesday we were invited to a cocktail party where senior members of the hotel staff mingled with the guests and encouraged feedback whether good or bad. We thought this was a very good idea and showed they were all proud of the hotel and welcomed personal views.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and any worry and trepidation we had beforehand was quickly forgotten. We had a great time and will hopefully return to the hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the world famous Diani Beach. The resort comprises three luxurious properties – The Baobab, The Maridadi and Kole Kole, offering a unique selection of exquisite accommodation and facilities spread across the resort grounds. Guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide paramount comfort and luxury for all our clients. Guests may utilise leisure facilities across the resort including 3 swimming pools, dining areas and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel Ukunda
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Resort And Spa
- Baobab Beach Hotel Diani