We have just returned from the severin after a two week break from march 28th till 11th april 2007. For us this was our first time in Kenya and as far as we were concerned we were not disapointed with the hotel or our room. The service from the staff was fantastic and if you have any problems they try their utmost to bend over backwards to make things right for you.
We booked through First choice and had one of the superior rooms which was very nice, clean and tidied everyday. The rooms have air con. and fridge, and also tea and coffee making facilities,but if i go to kenya again i think i will take my own tea bags.Can't beat a good cup of tea after a hard days slog laying around one of the pools.They have a very good balconey and it's great sitting there with your cold beer(which dosn't stay cold for long due to the heat) looking into the beautiful palm tree's and watching the vervet monkey's(simply fantastic).
The grounds to this hotel are beautiful as well. When you first arrive,the reception area is the first thing you see,well laid out total open to the elements.It's like most things in life,first impressions always counts.
There are two pools,one with a slide which is the bigger pool where most families with children go due to the animation team being there who arrange games such as water polo and plenty of other things to keep the kids entertained, then there is a smaller one by the safari bar which for me was much better( not so many kids).
If your into diving the severin has it's own diving team,also they have wind surfin and sailing boats but you do have to pay for these. some companys state these are free but do not be fooled.
The beach is very nice but i'm sure you have read other reviews ref. the beach boy's and girls but don't be put off they will leave you alone once you have given them the no thankyou quite sternly,and when your sat at the swing bar at night when it's all quiet and with your cocktail and the beautiful warm breeze from the indian ocean on your face there's the added entertainment of watching the hundreds of sand crabs scurring across the beech.(see it dosn't take much to keep me happy ha ha).
Like most people i think going to kenya is about going on safari. I would recomend that you book it once you are there and not with your holiday company before hand because if you book with your holiday company you will find that you have to book out of your room whilst you are on safari and there's no guarantee that you will be allocated the same room on return, and also it will probably be cheaper and it's saves all that hassle of packing up your cases again whilst you are away.
We went on the tsarvo safari for two and a half days and believe me it's hard going.Not only because of the heat but there is some travelling to do before you reach tsarvo and there are road works happening at the moment between mombassa and nairobi which makes travelling that bit more uncomfortable( i will never complain about englands roads again i think after this experience).
If it's your first time on safari i think you will find that two and half days is quite enough and you will be glad to get back and have a shower and a nice cold beer.
If you choose to do tsarvo you are not guaranteed to see all the big five,i think that tsarvo in not as populated as the masai mara but i could be wrong. We only saw two lions at the out set of our trip and no other big cats or rhino but an abundance of all the others and some of the most beautiful birds.At tsarvo the guides keep to track ways but in the masai you don't have that restriction(not yet anyway).
The cost for the tsarvo trip to date was around £600.00 for the two of us (full board) but you have to pay for drinks.
For the masai it will cost you £1200.00 (full board) but for this you have to fly there.
Also you can do deep sea fishing thats costs from around £160.00 for 4 hours and if there's up to seven of you sharing thats not to much to fork out. Well worth the experience.
Just to round up if it's your first time to kenya you will not be disapointed with this place, i can only go on my experience and the room that we had which for me was worth paying that little bit extra for.Make sure also that you have a few 100 shilling notes for tips (around 80 pence) because as soon as you get out of the airport there is someone there to take your bags to the coach and thats where the tipping begins.
To the severin staff thankyou all very much especially to mwangi and charles in the safari bar who looked after us whenever we looked beerless.