We stayed at this resort for a week in late August and had a great time. We have two girls ages 9 and 11.
Here's what we liked:
- the hotel staff was outstanding: friendly, helpful and prompt with requests
- food was excellent: the chef cooked up our requests every day and made fresh donuts for breakfast
- rooms were not super fancy but spotless and comfortable. The only thing we did not like was that our rooms had sliding glass doors and the locks were not very substantial. Also, the safes in our room did not work.
- pool was huge, warm and clean
- beach was beautiful with a huge reef for exploring at low tide
- one of the employees took us for a couple of beach walks showing us things we would not have found on our own, he also gave us a lesson in climbing palm trees which the kids loved
- we were at the hotel during low season and for several days, we were the only guests. We enjoyed this because we got to know the staff and had fun interacting with them.
- there is a troop of vervet monkeys who live nearby and entertained us daily
- the hotel offers hair braiding, henna tatoos, massages etc - quite nice
- at high tide there is good body surfing off the beach
This is what you should also know:
- Tiwi is quite remote and there is nothing to do at Sheshe aside from the pool/beach
- there is nowhere to go unless you get a taxi into nearby Diani Beach which costs about 1,500 shillings
- there wasn't great snorkeling off our beach and it was very expensive to go on a day trip snorkeling - over $300 U.S. for our family of four. We passed.
- there are beach boys who are really annoying and scary if you try to walk along the beach. You can't take a camera or wear any jewellery if you are going on to the beach. This scenario is pretty common along the entire coast of Kenya, and probably elsewhere as well. We were lucky and one of the hotel employees walked with us, and this helped a lot.
- there is a large portion of the beach that the hotel patrols with a security guard so beach boys leave you alone. But once you head down to the water, you are fair game.
- this hotel does not have a gift shop or anywhere to buy supplies like aspirin, magazines, suntan lotion etc. If you require supplies, you need to go to Diani where there is a large store called the Nakumat
- some days there were a lot of weeds in the water with the incoming tide. Other days it was clear.
Overall, we really enjoyed Sheshe Baharini and would recommend it if you want a quiet getaway. We would not hesitate to go back there again.
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