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
- 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