We have just returned from a wonderful holiday. After spending a week on safari, we had a relaxing week in the Baobab. The hotel is excellent with three pools and three restaurants. There is also an a-la-carte restaurant which we didn't use as the food in the all-inclusive restaurants was so good. The staff are very friendly and attentive at all times, and add to the enjoyment of the holiday.
There are lots of monkeys in the grounds, as this is also their home. It is best to look and photograph them, but not to feed them. Although it didn't stop one taking a bag of peanuts from our balcony or donuts from the Tapa Tapa bar. They will try to enter your room if you leave the balcony door open, and as we had medication in the room, were vigilant to prevent them doing this - we heard a story about a monkey in another hotel who died when guests feed it bread rolls, so dread to think what human medication could do.
The hotel leads to the beautiful white beach and the Indian Ocean which was the best I have ever seen. It is a public beach which is good as anyone can enjoy it. The only downside is the young men who lurk outside the hotels waiting for tourists. On our first day, my wife and I attempted to enjoy a relaxing walk on the beach, but were immediately approached by two men, one either side. Not wanting to be rude, we spoke to them thinking they would move on after a few minutes, but they were still with us 20 minutes later, claiming they didn't want money but wanted to 'practise their English' (which they spoke perfectly!). This was not what we came to Kenya for. Eventually I told them that if they didn't go away, I would spend the rest of the holiday at the hotel and our money in the hotel shop. They then drifted away, although one returned a few minutes later with a 'charity sponsor form' that he magically produced! We did venture onto the beach again, but were forced to palm away any more approaches from other men - they soon got the hint. It was disappointing to be forced to resort to this, but this was a very expensive holiday.
However, it is important to remember that most locals are nice people and the hotel is wonderful.
- 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