I stayed at Sai Rock for 1 week in August 2009 with the family.
The first impressions of the hotel seem good but these impressions ill disappear after 5 minutes. We stayed in one of their family suites - apparently their best rooms. Space wise is great in the room, which has a kingsize bed, lounge area, large balcony and good-sized bathroom. The lounge area also has a flat-screen tv and a much-needed air conditioning unit. However, we quickly found out that the TV, even though it was working, was not picking up any channels! The air-conditioning unit kept on leaking throughout my entire stay - they would fix it eventually, and then it would start again the following day. The icing on the cake had to be the bathroom and in particular the shower - the water would change within a second from ice-col to boiling hot. It would never stay at any temperature in between these two.
Like my title says, the best part of the hotel was the food which was faultless. Great quality and amazing taste. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, we saw the chef on a daily basis and it is very reassuring and pleasant to see a chef so proud in his work, and when you taste the food any praise you give him is not enough. It is that good.
A great thing about the hotel is its location - it is near the Sarova WhiteSands Hotel which is about 5 minutes walk along the beach. When my family joined me, we would literally use the Sai Rock for food and sleeping only - any other time we would be at the Whitesands. Where the Sai Rock was ghostly due to there being virtually no-one at the hotel (sensible people), the Whitesands was buzzing every day and every night. An amazing atmosphere and highly enjoyable. Apart from us staying at Sai Rock, the only other people we saw were local prostitutes using the hotel as their base. I know they were prostitutes only because the staff told me! (and not any other reason).
In short, only stay at Sai Rock if, like me, you received a complimentary stay (perks of my work). Otherwise, most definitely stay at Whitesands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sai Rock Beach Hotel is located on the finest stretch of Bamburi beach, and is designed to offer you breathtaking views of the turquoise Indian Ocean from most of our facilities.Step out into the ocean front pool area, and find yourself surrounded by a white sandy beach and coconut palm trees.Make yourself comfortable at our Boutique style resort famous for leisure travelers, families, business executives, weddings and for those who just want to get away. ... more less
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