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“BEST HOLIDAY EVER....AND SAFARI WITH JT SAFARIS WAS EXCELLENT”

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Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
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“BEST HOLIDAY EVER....AND SAFARI WITH JT SAFARIS WAS EXCELLENT”
Reviewed 13 July 2009

We have just returned from an excellent two week trip to the Baobab Beach Resort, Kenya, and already missing it... Before booking this trip, my partner and i were looking for a perfect place to go away to get married, so we decided to try Kenya and first choice recomended the Baobab. I have never written any sort of review before but we were that impressed by this place that i decided to give it a go....

On arrival to the hotel we were greeted with cocktails and a very warm and happy welcome. Once checked in we were shown to our rooms very quickly so there was no time wasted waiting about.. For the first few days we stayed in one of the bungalows, the room was good very clean and we would have been quite happy staying there, but as we booked a wedding package we were to be upgraded on our wedding day.

First impressions were great.. The gardens were beautiful, and the monkeys were everywhere.....the beach looked fantastic and the pools looked great too. We spent the first few days exploring and settling in and it wasnt long before we made a few friends.

We arrived on the Tuesday and planned to get married on the Friday. We met RENSON our wedding planner, he was fantastic, he arranged the wedding exactly as we wanted, and told us not to worry about a thing..He even upgraded us a day early to the Maridadi Wing which was amazing...On our wedding day we sunbathed till 1230, then went back to our room to get ready and he came and collected us at 230 and took us to our chosen wedding destination. The ceremony went perfectly and the weather was great, (so much less stressfull than weddings back home...)

The beach was great. We went for a beach walk with one of the entertainment team, We were a bit weiry about venturing onto the beach because i heard that the beach boys hassle you into buying carvings from them, but as we found out, they are very friendly and are happy just walking and talking with you.. If you dont want to buy anything just walk on by an say no thanks, they will soon leave u alone. They are just earning a living after all. We did buy a few thing from them at the end of the holiday, at a very reasonable price too,Just be prepaired to haggle them down and dont give in!!!! Oh and if you have any old football or rugby shirts you can swap them for gifts..

The food was great too. Ive read reviews about it being repettative and boring?? What a load of crap!!! There was different food to try EVERY nite, but some people just didnt want too try new things, and it was all cooked fresh in front of you. Oh and the chefs and staff were fantastic and very friendly.

We were also looking to book a safari and after reading a few reviews on trip advisor we decided to call julius... He made our holiday complete.. We aranged to meet him at the front gate, as he is not allowed on site. he helped us choose the perfect safari for a VERY good price....Dont book with the hotel or first choice because they rip you off......
Oh yes... and if you ask you might get some free gifts from julius too!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU JULIUS !!!!!!!!
I have written a seperate review about the safari so look it up to find out more.....

We found that the Baobab is in the perfect location, beautiful surroundings, and gardens full of wildlife..we loved the monkeys.. your not supposed to feed them but lots of people were.. you just have to be a bit more careful of the baboons as they can be quite intimidating sometimes.

There was some maitenance work going on whilst we were there but it didnt bother us one bit, the workmen were never in your way or loud, to be honest we hardly seen them(i am aware that some guests have complained, but from what i can see they complained about everything.. suppose you cant please everyone!!!!)

The night entertainment was good..The staff made the best out of what little they had to entertain you with, but it was good overall.. and the massi dancers were great too!!!

overall we had a fantastic time at the baobab, and look forward to returning in the near future

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

All 5 pools (3 are linked), 4 bars and 4 restaurants opened 1st July so last week better than first. 1 bar and 1 a-la-carte stayed shut as it was quiet.
Food was excellent, one of the best we've had for an all-inclusive. The 3 all-inc served the same food but it was nice to have a change of venue. Didn't try the a-la-carte (only 1 was open) but someone did and didn't rate it. Both of us did have seriously dodgy stomachs which we put down to Malarone, but still on it now and tummies are OK. Hard to believe it was the food as we both eat vey different and everything was so fresh and served hot.
Saw the 4 types of monkeys, they made our holiday. The small monkeys are 'slightly mischievous' and will enter your room, steal food off restaurant tables, rummage though unattended bags at side of pool etc - HOW GREAT IS THAT? much better than going to Skegness.
Went on 2 trips with Julius of JT Safaries (see seperate review) this may sound like every other review but he was EXCELLENT. Nothing was too much trouble, prices were excellent and customer service better than anything you will receive in England. Masai Mara was a dream come true. Would have booked even more trips but 'tummy troubles' confined us to hotel for longer than we wanted.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

We loved the wildlife around the hotel. The monkeys were hilarious as were the baboons although a bit more intimidating! The Iguana who walked around the sunbeds was also great to watch as people didn't see him coming and many a scream was heard when he walked out from under their beds. In the evening the bush babies in the restaurant were so cute and loved to be fed bananas, so if you love animals you'll love this experience.
Unfortunately while we were there the Kole Kole was shut and the 2nd pool was being worked on nwhich spoilt things a bit. There are loads of sunbeds around the hotel but if you wanted to be next to the pool you'd be lucky as people were leaving towels out very early to get a spot! Once all the pools are open I'm sure it would be lovely.
I enjoyed the food in the restaurant and thought they did a great job although at the end of 2 weeks I was getting a bit fed up with it but that can't be helped. We both had upset stomachs the whole holiday which was unusual for us but I don't know whether to blame that on the food, Malorone tablets or whatever. I was cross that Thomson advertised 2 all inclusive restaurants in their brochure but in fact there was only 1. I was looking forward to having a choice.
When we first got there the beach boys were awful but I think security spoke to them as after a few days they backed off. They still came up to us but if you said 'no thanks' firmly they left you alone. It's also worth going on the beach after dinner when it's dark as there are no boys around but if the tides out it's great fun watching the crabs. There is a light from the hotel so and security watching so you're quite safe.
We went on safari with JT Safari after reading good reviews on this site. We emailed and booked from home and met them on our first day to pay the deposit and sort out arrangements. It was brilliant and I would definately advise anybody to go with them. Having the bus to yourselves makes so much difference and we saw the big 5 - most people didn't see the rhino. Ngulia (might have spelt that wrong) Lodge is a must stay as although it is a bit rough around the edges, the wildlife there was exceptional. We saw a leopard in the evening while we were eating dinner and porcupines were wandering around and when we woke up there were elephants outside the window.
All in all we loved the holiday although probably wouldn't go again simply because we've done that now and like to try different things.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

The Baobab was a fantastic hotel and we could not ask for anywhere better. The staff were very friendly and welcoming - Jacob the Thomson rep was brilliant and a great help.

The food was really nice, every night was a theme night so many types of food to choose from. There was food available all day but outside of breakfast, lunch and dinner, this tended to be sandwiches and snack foods which some people may not like – personally we didn’t mind, as if you eat the main meals, you don’t really want to eat anything in between anyway.

The entertainment throughout the day was fun and the shows on the evening were brilliant. One of the highlights of the resort is the wildlife - the best were the monkeys. They were so funny and entertaining, they do pinch off your plate if you’re not looking but at the end of the day its all inclusive there is plenty to go around! We did sneakily feed the monkeys our balcony but its an amazing experience I will proberly not get to have again unless I go back.

The beach was beautiful but alas, only to look at, as you can not go on the beach unless you enjoy getting ambushed and pestered by the beach boys wanting you to buy things off them - unless you are prepared to be very rude and ignore them completely, they will I’m afraid ruin any trip to the beach you try to undertake – the good news, the hotel is right on the beach front so in some ways, we didn’t miss the beach that much.

The trips were a little bit expensive but we suspect that’s because Thomson were obviously taking their cut – we did look at booking locally and a few people told us that’s the way to go rather than book through Thomson.

We feel that a bit let down by Thomson who didn’t properly explain the setup of the resort to us and we feel they kind of mis-sold the holiday a little bit (the resort is actually composed of three different parts, the Baobab is the standard accommodation, the Maradabi Wing is the deluxe and the Kole Kole is the premium. Most of the photos in the brochure are of the Kole Kole part…) – we felt they kind of just sold us a ‘platinum’ holiday and built up a some expectations that turned out to be false… but that’s not to say we wouldn’t have gone anyway, it’s just better to know what you are getting before you go, rather than find your initially a bit disappointed. If you know the pro’s and con’s, and decide to go, then you won’t mind when you find you don’t have a tv in your room etc, because you decided that wasn’t something you were fussed about etc.

In conclusion, the resort is fantastic, just make sure you research exactly what you are getting so if you decide to come, you won’t feel let down. The resort is beautiful, the staff\entertainers great and the food wonderful. Just not that impressed with Thomson marketing really.

I only have one bad comment to make and that was the many fruit flies that I kept finding on my fruit… but again, the hotel did try the best they could to cover things up, but in reality, you are in a tropical environment, and the fruit flies are part of that I’m afraid.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Harlow
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

Just got back after spending a week at the Baobab Resort in Dinai Beach, and what a week! Made all the more special by JT Safari's, Julius and his team of guides. My friend heard about JT on Trip Advisor and so we decided to contact them whilst in Kenya. Best thing we could have done as they are by far better than the other tour companies especially the larger one's such as Pollmans.

Our tour operator (Thomson) wanted more than double the rate of JT and we would have had a strict itinerary and had to share with others. JT is completely different. It is both personal and fully changeable to what "You" want to do. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeble and let you go at your pace. You really will believe in their saying "As long as you are happy"

We used JT twice in the week, one to Shimba Falls and one on the Mombasa city tour. Both were excellent in content and value. The guides make you feel at ease and especially in Momabasa (which at first is quite daunting) very safe!

You will simply be blown away by the service just as we were.

If you want a great experience then only use one tour operator - JT Safari's.

Julius even made us some wood carving's and didn't want anything for them!

We will be visiting Kenya again in a couple of years and will definitely be using JT again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Devon, England
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

I have never written a review before but i really need to tell people to book their safari through JT SAFARIS... for a start loads cheaper than operator, private (no sharing the veichle, unless you want to), spotted more animals (the rhino!) than anyone else, but had the security of staying in same hotels and eating same food as the people who went with Pollmans/Firstchoice/Thomson. We didn't prebook with Julius, as was a late deal, so jumped in a taxi and asked to be taken to his office - everyone knows him! He paid us back the taxi fee and we felt comfortable paying half payment as a deposit and the other half the day AFTER we returned. LOVED our safari with JT Safaris, LOADS better than the operators and cheaper too!

The hotel was gorgeous, planned activities through the day (we spent most our time at the tapatapa bar swimming pool, little more lively. The food was freshly cooked, LOADS of choice at breakfast lunch and Dinner - so pleased. Variety of drinks was excellent too. Every night there was a different show (we stayed 2 weeks and each night was different) at the ampitheatre and they were WOW! worth seeing (and free!).

Only down side is you can't go on the stunning beach - the beach sellers were mental! too many of them and just wouldn't leave you alone. So noone sunbathed or walked on the beach - a real shame. Need a hotel that owns a part - then the beach sellers can't get to you! Also - don't do the fishing trip - everyone who went over the weeks, either caught nothing or was sick (due to the constant movement of the boat and the rift making waves and lots of them!).

Great place to relax after a safari experience of a life time.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

The best part of our holiday was our safari which we booked through JT safaris. I would definately recommend them!! We did a three day safari in Tsavo East and West and it was brilliant! We saw the recommendations on trip advisor to go with Julias and not with the tour operatior before we went, and arranged to meet him on the first day of our holiday. I am so glad we did this as it was cheaper to go with him, and you get a private safari. The drivers are so knowledgable, our driver Bonnie was brilliant, he could spot animals from miles away and we were the only car to see a Rhino thanks to Bonnie's great animal spotting skills. The people that had booked through the tour operators ended up paying more for the safari and the cars were full, so I don't imagine it was as comfortable as ours. Thank you Bonnie for a brilliant Safari!!

The hotel Baobab beach was a disappointment. We were never told that there was maintainance work going on and until the last 2 days of our holiday the main pool was empty! The food is VERY repetative. A lot of the meat was ok, but not much variety and there were a lot of flies around, a lot of people did get back stomachs whilst we were there, which we put down to the Malarone tablets however we were fine when we got home. We upgraded our room to the Maridadi wing, which we were very glad we did, as the main rooms seems quite small and dark. The beach is beautiful but you cant sunbathe or spend any time on it as there are too many beach sellers around. It was a shame really. Staff in the hotel were brilliant though.

Very disappointed with First Choice as the only trip we did with them was completely missold to us. All trips are VERY expensive. It is also obvious that First Choice makes a lot of money from each trip as the local people running the trips do not appear to benefit much at all which is awful!

Good holiday but only because of the safari. Would definately avoid travelling with First choice or Thomson though.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
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Hotel Class:4 star — Baobab Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 321
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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