My son celebrates his birthday in early February and I decided a family holiday over their half term holidays the week after would do us all a world of good. My kids and I were really looking forward to this break as it would be the first time we got away since the Westgate attacks where they were hurt. Yes indeed, a holiday was what was definitely needed.
I went to their website and as always, found it very easy to do my bookings online. I have had a horrid experience while booking a hotel in India once, many moons ago, but none of that at Kenya Bay as I have booked with them before online and have been happy with the way everything was handled. The site is easy to navigate and there are some lovely pictures to look at while you’re there. These are not enhanced or touched up or modified at all because when you get to the hotel, what you saw is what you will get.
Our welcome to the hotel was charming and the kids were quite taken with the complimentary refreshing tropical juice that was served as I filled in the necessary paperwork. Within minutes we were whisked off to our room and the squeals of delight that my kids emitted had me smiling as I’m sure we had what we deemed to be the best room at Kenya Bay. The beach was literally a stone’s throw from the balcony and so were the sunbeds and the main restaurant Acacia, where all the main meals are served. I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to bathrooms and nodded happily when I saw the lovely bathroom with extremely modern amenities and complimentary bathroom essentials that were replenished daily.
On the first night, there was a complimentary cake from the management team for my son who was really delighted with the surprise as staff members gathered around him to make a big deal of his special day. I believe he was the happiest nine year old that day. Acacia Restaurant serves up all the main meals and I can always tell a restaurant is serving a great buffet when my kids’ appetites dictate they try a bit of everything. Every day there was a good variety of different foods and I must admit that our favourite meal of the day was breakfast as we would enjoy a filling meal and then I’d go look for a sunbed to sleep on for the rest of the day.
Great service from the pool attendants ensured I enjoyed vegging out completely, relaxing and catching up on that precious commodity sleep, while the kids enjoyed themselves in the pool. My son actually made friends with a bevy of German tourist ladies and would join them for water aerobics every morning. Quite a popular lad, that one.
Munchies would rear up after 2pm because the kids would have swam and run around on the beach to build up an appetite for lunch and Frangipani restaurant catered to all their needs. A great mixed menu from light bites to a filling meal were available and even I must admit I did sneak in a milkshake and totally enjoyed it as I watched the ocean in front of me.
In a nutshell, the food is good, the rooms are lovely, staff are excellent and honestly speaking, it may be a three star hotel but I rate their service and amenities better than some five star hotels next door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful setting among Frangipani and Bougainville with the most breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, welcomes you to the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel, Mombasa. This exclusive hotel built in a subtle blend of African and modern architecture offers a marvelous ambiance for a truly wonderful and relaxing beach vacation. Located on Bamburi Beach, it is no wonder that year after year, families have anchored at this hotel for a relaxing and memorable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kenya Bay Beach Bamburi
- Hotel Kenya Bay Beach
- Kenya Bay Beach Hotel Bamburi