We have had one of the best 2 weeks holiday ever at the Baobab Beach Resort. This report may be lengthy but I hope you read all of it because I want to give as much information as possible in order to make your holiday as perfect as possible!
Stunning. 3 pools - our favourite being the glorious Kole Kole infinity pool with not many monkeys due to having less trees. Beach towels are provided. 3 inclusive restaurants – the main Karibu has more choice but is very busy with not many tables for 2. The extra 2 al a carte restaurants – we didn’t visit as the standard at main restaurants was so good – freshly cooked food infront of you that changed daily – the fresh fish is beautiful, and we also enjoyed the fresh pasta cooked to your specification for lunch, as well as the informal toasties and pizza served at the Kole Kole pool bar.
If you are booking standard then I would highly recommend to request a bungalow. Spacious with a four poster bed – the only difference from a superior bungalow is bathrobes, tv and tea/coffee and with the quality of facilities onsite we didn’t feel that it was worth the extra money! (who wants to watch tv on holiday, esp with the amazing scenery). If you were to upgrade we would recommend Kole Kole rather than Miradadi – not sure about the interiors but the locality is more open and spacious (less monkeys).
Wasn’t sure about the buffet style idea at first, but it was fantastic. Pick your table, order your drinks, then peruse the many choices on offer. All foods (bar vegetables etc) are cooked to your liking – and with a smile!
Fantastic. Words cannot express the happiness of this place. I walked to the pool at 8am one morning having a wonderful chat with one of the cooks! Wherever you go it’s ‘Jambo’. Beautiful people. And be sure to take the time to learn some of their language. A big hello to my main man Mohamed at the Tapa Tapa Bar!!!!! And Isaac, Freida, Kennedy, Emmanuel, Alex, Joseph, etc, etc. These people are an inspiration.
Yes, they are cheeky, but it’s their nature. We didn’t have any incidents, but we made sure we didn’t walk around with food, leave drinks exposed, etc. I was verrrry apprehensive about the monkeys, but if you’re sensible they aren’t a problem. Don’t feed them!!!
Absolutely glorious. The sea was warmer than the pool.
The beach boys are a problem, but they are only trying to make a living. They are particularly ‘keen’ beyond the steps of the hotel but if you want to go for a walk turn left, keep walking and turn your positive attitude on, this may mean being a bit ignorant! A stern thank you will do – and avoid eye contact. Please don’t let them deter you from the beach because it is soooo gorgeous. Maybe tell them you’ll come back. If you do get drawn into a purchase they will try to fleece you beyond belief – haggle as much as possible. But still remember that this is all they have for income. And at high tide they all disappear – perfect time for a swim!
I will be posting a separate review on this – please read. Saw the Big 5 in one day – amazing! Our driver was brilliant. Search subject JT Safaris Day Trips.
The tummy trouble;
Please do not listen to too many people about the tummy/food issues. Remember that firstly you are travclling to a different continent with different cooking oils etc. And the heat. And the malaria tablets! Both me and my husband ate exactly the same foods at every mealtime but he had a dodgy tummy and I didn’t – this was the malarone. Don’t avoid food and don’t take too many immodium (just flush it out!).
This is a very poor country. Please try and help the locals. Take pens, socks, old t-shirts, toiletries, etc. Anything that you can fit into your suitcase will make such a difference to these peoples lives – the beach sellers will even exchange goods for your t-shirt.
We flew Thomson to Mombasa and booked Premium Seats. We only booked because we got a good deal and so glad that we did. Although check-in was only one desk we did board first. The seats were much comfier and spacious and service was great. On the return journey however, we boarded last – but this was due to the need to board from the front – but we weren’t informed of this (no tannoy, a shambles) – it made sense just wish theyd’ve told us, then on return to Manchester it was a free-for-all to disembark. It’s the little touches that make a difference and the return boarding/disembark needs addressing. However, we would still choose Premium in future.
Overall it was an absolutely amazing holiday, would return in an instant, and will definitely be returning to Kenya!
Any questions, no matter how trivial, please don’t hesitate to PM us and we’ll try to answer as best we can!
Jo and Michael
2nd-17th July 2009
- 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