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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

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| After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decor fun.relaxed friendly comfortable, not great for oldies(disabled)as loo difficult re steps. I loved it. Music great films bands .good relaxed place, reasonably priced. Food excellent and good price. Friday pizza great.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Bagathi, It was great having you with us, thank you so much for all your positive words! We greatly appreciate your feedback and are constantly aiming to improve our facilities while keeping things as "green" as possible. We are currently working on building ramps for easy access up to our composting toilets which due to their design need to... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once I saw it, I loved it! The drive from the road, to the parking to checking in....The check out was the saddest bit, but for sure I will be back. First time at an eco lodge, I love the ambience, the art, the music( I need to get me some of those playlists) the service, the outdoor activities the... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! We're so glad we could be a part of your break away from it all! Hopefully it's not too long before your return :) Best of luck with your future eco home! Let us know if you need any tips! More 

Guatemala City, Guatemala
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19 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice nice place with a lot of nature, they have a pool and they have different activities during the week, you can walk to the beach and have bonfires at night. Really nice place to hang out with friends or meet new people.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We've recently had a bit of rain so the surrounding nature and garden is greener than ever, even our big baobab is covered in green leaves! More 

Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was great in so many ways. I was there with 10 students who were taking a sailing course nearby at '3 Degrees South'. Everyday we had supper at the Backpackers and it was excellent. A couple of students commented, "It's the best food for the best price they've ever seen!" The service is very good and the staff... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive words and feedback! We appreciate the feedback and have recently stocked up on new cutlery and crockery for our communal kitchen! No more waiting to eat your delicious home cooked dinner! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay so much and we look forward to your return next year! More 

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for the first time in January 2015. I had looked at the pics on Tripadvisor and read the reviews but when I got there my mind was blown. The staff were welcoming, smiling and ready to help. People around were very friendly and the most striking part is the ambience, the vibe you get from chilling there... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're so glad we exceeded your expectations, we try our best! It's also the beautiful guests at Distant Relatives that add so much magic to the experience of one's stay! Thank you for being part of the magic :) More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly, probably the best guesthouse I've ever stayed in. The rooms are beautiful and super reasonable. The staff are all lovely and really helpful. The location is stunning. The atmosphere is really convivial and everyone seems to speak to everyone which was really great as I was travelling alone. All in all special place for sure.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and good vibes! Remember that you too were part of the atmosphere and magic, so thank YOU! Know that you are always welcome :) Karibu sana!!! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ditant Relatives is just the right place to disconnect from the world, very authentic and genuine. Nice facilities, very good service, great food and very familiar and cosi. It is this kind of place where you can feel like at home. We are a group of friends from different countries that are based in Nairobi and come to distant relatives... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive words and feedback! We are so happy you feel at home here, that's exactly what we're aiming for! It's really so great to see familiar faces walking through our doors, know that you are always welcome here! Karibu!! More 

Naivasha, Kenya
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I don't even know where to begin...but I will just go on and say that Distant Relatives is an amazing place to be. The reception right from the time we showed interest in visiting the place was received very well. Tom, Bea and Teresa always follow up on emails sent, we really appreciated this. Upon the actual visit, we were... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind and positive words! We are so happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations! Thank you for appreciating the beauty of this special place, Kilifi is truly magical. We look forward to your return! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Best Hostel I have been so far. It embraces African nature in a very beautiful way. The showers are amazing in bambu and you have a baobab tree. The people are super friendly and the food is delicious. Will be back for sure!

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your good vibes and kind words! Our bamboo showers are alive and thriving and with recent rains our Baobab is looking greener and leafier than ever! So glad to hear you plan on visiting again, we look forward to your return! Karibu! More 

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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I absolutely love Distant Relatives and am so lucky I have got to visit twice, once being this recent New Years (which was amazing). It is such a special place with amazing staff, guests, and locals who create a very relaxed and yet inclusive atmosphere. Kilifi is by far the best place in Kenya and I always wish I could... More 

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

We love hearing such kind words from the beautiful people who pass through! Thank you for your positivity! We love welcoming familiar faces back through our doors and really look forward to your return to magical Kilifi! Karibu sana!! More 

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