Wonderful 5 days and 4 nights on this wonderful island . Staff super nice ; Rooms lovely , Spa/Massage Lady Milie just amazing , a MUST TRY . Buffet was good although not spectacular for this type of hotel . Nature is beautiful and the Colobus monkeys are so lovely ; I missed a fridge in the room
Spend 4 nights there in the remotest room available (COVID time). The room was amazing but HOT1 The airconditioning could not do anything for the big room. Did not sleep the first night but once they got a fan - it made it bearable Food was good and location amazing. The tractor ride made it fun. swimming pool was hot - so started swimming early in the morning! Excellent spa - worth the visit.
Exquisite hotel on island. Clean beach. Tasty food. Impeccable service. Lots of water related sports/activities. Beautiful and large rooms. Have a secluded pool. An excellent getaway for family and lovers.
First, let me say we are seasoned travelers and this was not our first trip to southern areas of Africa (hubby’s second to Kenya, my first; been to Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia). We’ve traveled to over 50 countries on six continents - from first to third world. I am astonished that our review can differ so drastically from other reviewers, but this place absolutely didn’t meet our expectations as a 4-star property at the price point, which was lower than normal when we went in late Sep due to the bad covid year and low demand. The other four places we stayed at during our safari portion all got the highest reviews from us. Oh where do I start with this review? I guess I will just be honest and direct. First, I rarely rate hotels poorly because I mostly do my homework ahead of time to ensure it meets our expectations (which changes based on the price point of the hotel). If we don’t pay a lot, we don’t expect much, but if we’re paying a good amount, then the expectations increase. This hotel isn’t super expensive, but it’s not cheap either, so my negative review is based on poor price to value. We booked this through a safari agency who said this was really the best place to be in terms of beach stops in Kenya. With covid and everything, our trip was more of a last-minute thing with only about 3 weeks of “planning” before takeoff. It was recommended at the end of our two week itinerary. I simply looked at a few Trip Advisor reviews and also on Booking.com. It had good reviews, so we included it. This hotel was a complete let down from the time we arrived. The rooms are old, totally outdated and in need of new furniture, and have terrible A/C. We were actually upgraded to a beach banda, so I’m really curious what their other rooms are like if this was an “upgrade”. We had full board included, but the food was terrible. It was edible, but there was really no creativity and it was quite repetitive. On 3 out of 4 nights we were there, they offered some sort of pasta with a tomato sauce as the appetizer. The type of pasta would change - penne, tagliatelle, etc - and they would call the sauce something else, but it was virtually the same thing. Their appetizers were huge and was like the size of a main. They honestly focused on quantity instead of quality. The buffet was currently not in operation due to the low number of guests (max 20 the entire four days we were there at the end of Sep/beg Oct). Had I known the food in the main restaurant was going to be so blah, I would have not had food included and just ordered from their a la carte menu, which I did on two occasions because I just did not like what was offered. I’d rather pay extra to eat something I like (literally ordered a $10 pizza) than simply an included 3 course meal if it’s bad. The pictures online show lovely, rustic style rooms. Rustic just means old in this case. I didn’t even like sleeping with the mosquito net covering the bed because it had a slight unpleasant smell to it. The gym looks nice in pictures on their website, but is totally falling apart. They don’t show y as ou the rusty weights or the tape keeping the bench together on the weight machines. I honestly equate this hotel to my first cheap 3-star hotel in Cancun when I was 22, but even there the room and facilities were better. I wouldn’t pay more than $75-$100 a night to stay here, but honestly, I just wouldn’t stay here at all. After our trip, a friend asked me about going to Kenya for safari and ending with a beach vacation. I told him to go to Zanzibar for the beach instead. The flight is only 30 minutes longer from Nairobi and beaches (and resorts) are a million times better (we were there in 2010). The two stars comes from the pools, which we spent a lot of time in, the spa where we had daily massage appointments, and my husband enjoyed his ocean swims during high tide. …
Tip top resort.Great staff, top facilities.Amazing food, nice guy manager.spotlessly clean.love it.must visit place.boat ride from the island hotel to mainland makes it even more special.Bargain day out resort with 5 star service.