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Shimoni Reef Lodge

1.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Shimoni, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

This is not for those that want to party hard, but it is the most relaxing laid back beautiful place to unwind. The rooms are really comfortable and spacious. The staff were amazing, especially Sammy, they couldn't do enough for me, and I had a wonderful stay. Would highly recommend it as a great base, if you want to experience... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We booked the Coral House via airbnb and only found out late that this was actually part of the Shimoni Reef Lodge. The Shimoni Reef Lodge is old and a bit run down. I think the owners know this and just use it as their own home, still trying to make good money out of it. The Coral house itself... More

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Ann G, Director of Sales at Shimoni Reef Lodge, responded to this review

We are really glad to know that you had an amazing time at our lodge. It is a privilege to have had you on board to enjoy our excellent dishes prepared by our chef (Pambo), and also to have taken advantage of the magnificent surroundings. The Kisite Marine Park is indeed one of a kind with intriguing activities such as... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had almost a week at the lodge and after the first night in a cottage were moved to "upstairs" which has an incredible view of the bay, harbour and Wasini Island. No, it's not a flashy resort, but the staff and ambience more than make up for the glitz and bling. Sammy was incredible and there are few other... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

RESORT PRICING – BUT FAR FROM RESORT QUALITY!! Yes, the location is beautiful & the local Kenyan staff just lovely. But from there on in….it is all downhill. The huge pricing by Kenyan pricing deserves QUALITY RESORT style hoteling. But no. The property is run down & tired everywhere – in a sad state of decline. Rooms are sparse. Water... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed one night and wished we had booked for longer the rooms are dated but functional but this was outweighed by the welcome we received and the excellent service from Sammy and his team On arrival we were introduced to the chef who asked if there was anything we didn't like to eat, and suggested we had the seafood... More

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Ahmedabad, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

First & foremost I'm not a traveler who usually cribs about service, food or rooms ( there is always little plus or minus but overall experience should be great ) We were 6 couples arrived to Shimoni Reef Lodge. Practically we need to be allocated 6 rooms, however lady manager at lodge was forcing one couple to shift to some... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Our family of five, children 11,16 and 18, had a great time at Shimoni Reef Lodge. Great staff, great food and fun activities. We went snorkeling and fishing but also loved the pool and just to hang around. The new years dinner and the local band were just fantastic and added to a great experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We spent 4 days at this little hotel at the south border of Kenia. As we wanted to dive, we looked in the region for a hotel that has contacts with a dive club. Shimoni Reef Lodge is the place to be. It has a superb view, lays on the Shimoni Chanel with a little terrace near the sea and... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We recently spent 2 days in one of the beautiful cottages at the Shimoni Reef, which were very spacious, clean & authentic. The staff were very friendly & the location is picturesque. There is a lovely pool & a small beach area. The hotel is situated at the end of the village & you really get to experience the real... More

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16 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We stayed at this fantastic lodge for 3 days last week and want more!!!! Thank you to Rita (and Leila) and Sammy and Baccari for making our time with you so memorable. The Lobster you cooked was superb and the rest of the food fantastic as well. The lodge is simple - if you are looking for plush surroundings you... More

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Address: Shimoni, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Shimoni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Shimoni Reef Lodge 1.5*
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Shimoni is full of amazing experiences……. For 20 years we have served sport fisherman, scuba divers, snorkelers, dhow trippers, honeymooners and friends to explore, discover and feel the Kenya of Old, where time has mercifully stood still, and the masses have not taken over. Now, we also offer unique accommodation, just 6 spacious comfortable cottages, a roof top suite overlooking the Wasini channel, and a residential house for visitors who prefer to do some self catering. There is also a pool, a spa service, and at our bar and restaurant, a revitalized exciting menu for our guests who just want to relax and enjoy the privacy that Shimoni is special for. ... more   less 
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