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Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 October 2009

We have just returned from the best trip ever where we spent a week at the Baobab Beach Resort and Spa in Diani Beach. We went there to get married and although we have been to Kenya before, we didn't know what to expect for our wedding. We had the most special and memorable day we could have imagined. Our wedding coordinator/photographer, Renson, was fantastic with every detail and such a lovely, friendly guy. Even when our jaws were aching from all the smiling, he managed to make us laugh for the photos! We had african dancers and a videographer aswell and they were all fantastic, they all made our day absolutely wonderful from start to finish. The hotel was amazing, there are 3 sections to it and it feels like you are in 3 different resorts when you go between them which is great because it is not recommended to leave the resort unless you are going on an excursion. The food was great too, there are 3 buffet restaurants (1 in each section) and there is a huge variety of food to choose from. One of our wedding guests is an extremely fussy eater but they managed to find something to eat at every meal. There are also 2 restaurants to eat at which aren't included in the all inclusive package and we ate at both of them. The food at those was perfect. We also had a full body massage in the spa which was very relaxing and very much recommended! The hotel staff were always friendly, saying Jambo (hello) everytime you walk by and everything was always immaculate. We stayed in a beach bungalow and it was lovely. The monkeys came on to our balcony a lot of the time but as long as the doors were kept closed, it wasnt a problem! We had some young ones wrestling on our balcony one day and it was very amusing to watch! We would definitely recommend this hotel to families or couples and especially as a wedding venue. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2009

After a mix up with rooms was sorted out - be carefull, we made First choice confirm in writting that we were booked into Kole Kole, we got upgraded to a deluxe suite or something the girls didn't and it involved a room change after the first night. Sadly one of them left their mobile phone in the room and by the time we realised it had gone - room boy hadn't seen it!!??
Anyway the resort was really good food, nice rooms, friendly staff ,no complaints other than beach sellers (v. persistent) and girl's smelly room (717 I think), maintenance fixed the toilet 3 times before we gave up and demanded a room change.
Fly Safari to Masai was fantastic thanks to Julius at JTSafaris who is a top man, nothing was too much trouble, changed my booking at last minute as I was ill , even sent a driver (Robert also a good man) FOC to take me to the clinic. Also took a couple of local trips with JT excellent value private car I have no hesitation in reccomending Julius and his sister - thanks again Julius!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank steelboy
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

Stayed at the Baobab Beach Resort from September 7th 2009 for 2 weeks. As it was our honeymoon we wanted to stay somewhere special and this place certainly did not disappiont! Everything was out of this world, the grounds, the staff, the rooms I could go on and on. We upgraded to the Maridadi Wing and the rooms were fantastic, big double sink, walk in shower and widescreen TV.
The food was very varied and there was a theme night each evening so it didnt get boring or repetative. The grounds are all really nice and everywhere you go the staff always greet you with a Jambo Jambo!! In the evenings we drank in th Tapa Tapa bar with a great view of the ocean. The service here was also great, any empty glasses were soon topped up. Inside the hotel they have a spa where both myself and my wife went for a massage this was really relaxing. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, on first evening they arranged a candle lit dinner for all honeymooners which was really nice. All the pools were clean and the swim up bars were great :-)
We booked a 3 day Safari with JT Safari's to Tsavo East and West. The Safari was a once in a lifetime experience and we saw the big 5 including Rhino. Our guide was called George Bush :-) and he was great, how he spotted some of the animals was beyond me. Julius was very professional he came out to meet us prior to our Safari and phoned each day while we were there to check everything was ok he also gave us some carvings at the end! We stayed in Leporard Lodge which is a must as it is right outside a watering hole and they feed a Leporard each night!! We also stayed in a tent at Aruba Lodge again faultless!
We are well travelled and i never really thought i would want to go back to the same place twice but we would certainly return to Baobab!!!
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We booked with First Choice, keep an eye on internet prices as they go up and down a lot, if you time it right you can get a great deal. Flights were spot on, book the VIP lounge on your return as the airport is busy and hot with no aircon, for £20 it makes a massive difference!
Take US dollars for your entry visas. I dont see the point in doing it before hand as everyone was in same queue so it was no quicker. Make sure you take bug spray we didnt get eaten alive but we did get a few bites in the evening. Look out for Monkeys :-) they were hilarious and managed to snatch a few things from us but totally harmless! Julius arranged Taxi's for us to the local cash point and local Orphange for free. Take some pens etc for the kids they wil really appricate it. You can swap your larger notes say 1000 sillings for smaller 100 shillings notes at the reception these are better for tips. The staff dont earn a lot so anyhing is welcome, i also left some old T-shirts for the room boys.
All in all a great holiday, dont go without doing a Safari with JT!! Cant wait to go again!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

This hotel is very well run very clean and the staff are very good. The location was breathtaking when we first arrived we could not believe what we saw. The choice and quality of food was fantastic. This hotel is sutiable for all ages of travellers as there is something for every one to enjoy.
We had booked our two night safari to Tsavo East & West before we left the UK and were not sure what to expect. This was booked through Julius K. Nzumbi of J.T Safaris(www.julius-safariscom) the service provided by Julius was excellent! The lodges we stayed in were above our expectations, staying the first night in Aruba and the second in Kilaguni Serena. We saw lots of animals including lions and cheetahs thanks to our driver Franco's quick responses to information received over the radio. We would have no worries about booking with Julius again, and are hoping to return again in two years time to do a weeks safari - booked with JT safari's. Many thanks again Julius to you and all your staff for making our safari experience so very good and excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at this resort booking with first choice, we had read all the reviews on trip advisor and have to say it not only lived up to our expectations but went beyond them. Both of us have travelled a lot and this is now one of our favourite places/resorts.

We stayed in the Maridadi wing, and requested an upgrade by emailing the resort directly before arriving - this is well worth it. Our room was fantastic, very clean and huge and overlooked the pool.

The food was brillant, I have a gluten free diet and had no problems with the buffets, the all inclusive was very good value & the cocktails making a perfect pre dinner drink!. All the staff very very friendly and the facilities were great. I would highly recommend the 5 day spa package, it was amazing value for money & my beauty therapist Maggy was extremely professional & friendly.

We booked a one day private safari through first choice and although probably more expensive than other recommendations, the piece of mind was worth the money. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and we only paid an extra $20US each for it to be private.

Would also recommend upgrading the flights if booking on Thomson or first choice, we did and it was money well spent to add to a completely relaxing time.

We loved this place so much, we are already looking into booking next year again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank olipow
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We spent 7 nights at the Baobab after a fantastic 7 day Tanzanian safari, booked with Thomsons. After the standards of the SOPA Lodges we stayed in, the hotel had a lot to live up to, and unfortunately, in some areas it didn't.

The hotel rooms and grounds were brilliant, we upgraded to Kole Kole and had a fantastic room, great views and location, however, I have to say the food wasn't as good as the Lodges, bearing in mind they were in the bush miles from anywhere, which was a disapointment. Also the amount of weed that built up on th beach over the week was surprising in that hotels further up the coast regularly clear this, yet it was allowed to build up all along the front of the hotel on the beach, which was an eyesore.

The staff were friendly, courteous and attentive, however, the 2 guys on main recpetion were very abrupt and off hand when we had quieries aboiut the upgrade, but overall the staff were very good

Beach boys were all over you like a rash as soon as you ventured out onto the beach, however, they do have living to make and after a few firm "no thank you" they eventually wandered off towards other tourists. I don't know what many of them were selling as they didn't have any "guifts etc" to show you.

We wanted a comfortable hotel where we could chill and re-charge the batteries after the safari, and the Baobab ticked all the boxes for that. Would we go again, I don't think so, preferring to try other hotels such as Diani Reef Hotel, but the Kenyan (and Tanzanian ) people are all so friendly and welcoming, the wildlife and sights we saw were amaizing so we will definitely be back in a few years to these countries .

I have to comment on the Safari operators who differed greatly, in Tanzania we used Ranger Safari, who's driver, Hassan was brilliant. At 65 years of age, he was up with the lark, had eyes like a hawk to spot game, the stamina of a lion (we all fell asleep at times in the back after a long day and he was gong strong) and was a perfect gentleman and a pleasure to meet. In Kenya we used Pollmans, who's young driver fell asleep at the wheel twice on a long journey and was overtaking on hills etc, quite frightening. We still await Thomsons response to complaints from all in our party

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We stayed at the Baobab beach resort for our honeymoon, the staff are fantastic very friendly and welcoming. The food was brilliant so much to choose from and every day is different, I am a fussy eater and I ate very well. the biggest tip we can give is if you are going to go on a safari to book with Kennedy who we met on the beach, we got it half the price for what you would pay with a tour operator for exactly the same package as they were offering. We had an absolutly brilliant time Kennedy and his driver really looked after us and made sure we were happy all the way through. Our Safari accomadation was lovely and food again was great. You can meet Kennedy on the beach in front of hotel or you can email him and you can now book from England. or look out for WT safaris.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: £127 - £221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel Ukunda
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