The hotel is situated above the beach, steps lead onto pristine white sand. It is a public beach, and so you find boys who grab you as soon as you step onto the beach trying to sell their wares. It isn't pleasant but you must be firm and tell them you just want to walk in peace.
The hotel is in three parts, The Maridadi.. the Baobab... and the Kole Kole. The Kole Kole where we stayed, was mostly catered towards the Italian market, whereas in the Baobab you find more Germans, French, Poles and some English. Although once the animation team at the Kole Kole heard us speak ,all their announcements were made in both languages, which I thought was a nice touch.
Our upgraded room at the Kole was as we thought it would be, when you look on their website you see the photo's and it was exactly like that. http://www.baobab-beach-resort.com/eng/ Our room overlooked the infinity pool and the sea, it was spotless, bed turned down every night, we had excellent service from our room boy.
The complex overall was very clean and tidy, the grounds were raked daily, the pools were pristine, and the toilets, I have never been in a hotel where I have seen toilets being cleaned that much, which again I found reassuring, but what we did observe was that there were Guests and Staff alike who didn't wash their hands after use of the facilities, which was a worry, I would have liked to have seen notices up ..NOW PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS....
It was brought to the management's attention, and to be fare Mr Adam the General Manager of the complex did make sure that all staff were aware of this. Mr Adam was very nice and took onboard suggestions and feedback of his guests staying at the hotel, I have never found this to be the case at any other resorts we have stayed in, and we have been to a lot of places. Anyway we noticed the staff washing their hands, but the guests, well there wasn't much he could do about that.
This is a point where everybody differs, we didn't find the food that amazing, there was a fare amount of choice, meats and fish, choice of salads, but after three weeks there, we found it very repetitive. And I was walking round and round trying to find something to tempt me. There was a different theme in the dining room every night which was very nice, in the morning you have the animation team who come and mime to Good Morning, Good Morning, which was fun, they tell you the events of the day and what show is on.
The A La Carte restaurant is a hit and miss, when we went the first time is was very good, second time we had to send it back, it just wasn't consistent.
This is performed by the animation team, and mimed to the records, we went to see ABBA and only one or two more shows, they did their best. You will have to make-up your own mind. We found the animation team very friendly, and I like to mention at this point Praxides, not sure if I spelt this right, she was a lovely girl came and found us everywhere for a chat, we had a lot of fun with her, hope she is well.
There were plenty of loungers at the Baobab, but no sun umbrellas, you just pulled your chair into the tree's shade. At the Kole there was another system, we found out after a while. In the early morning most of the seats under umbrellas were covered in towels by 7 am, so you were left with the once in full sun, as the Kole was the hottest place you needed the shade, there was room under some tree's ,but if you wanted to sit by the pool there wasn't any room. We found out near the end of our holiday that if you give a good tip to the pool boy he keeps those seats you want for you, as you are only allowed One towel per card, you need to bring one yourself, although some German people who sat next to us had two towels every day, when I asked someone about it I was told a story that they had two cards which I knew was a pack of lies. I just left it at that. If you can't beat them join them, but we didn't the last four days of our holiday I was too bad to care very much about pool loungers and just wanted to get home.
They were an entertainment, specially at the Baobab, we loved watching them, trying to steal stuff, the Monkey's make this hotel a little special. Their antic's have you in stitches, a shame they get chased away at a regular basis , we know they can be a pest, but they did make us laugh a lot.
Would I go back..No.... the last few days of our holiday we both had bad stomach's, I ended up at home having to go to A&E as soon as we got home. We couldn't however pin point how we got it. So I say no more about that. We spoke to a few people who have been going there for 15 years and love the people and the place. Myself I don't tend to go back to the same place, there are too many other places in the world to see.
Kenya ( from the airport to the hotel)
I have been to many underdeveloped country's before but Kenya was not what I expected, it is very, very, dirty. Everyone is out to get their penny's worth out of you, everyone takes a cut from everyone ...Taxi drivers are the worst...so be aware to be ripped off with a smile. The people are friendly and always smiling, shame we don't understand what they say to each- other about us.
All I'm going to say is beware, if you need more information please contact me.
Please look under Safari.
Any questions you have ..no problem contacting me, if I can I'll answer you.
- 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