We stayed at the Royal Reserve from 23 October - 5 November 2011. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff were excellent – always helpful and friendly. Two of us had birthdays while we were there, and our thanks must go to Elias and the restaurant staff, who put on a fantastic ‘cake ceremony’ for each of us.
We didn’t book any excursions through the hotel because we had already booked our safari in the UK with Julius T Safaris. Julius offers a terrific service for a reasonable price. We saw four of the “big five” at Tsavo East and West and stayed in first class accommodation. Our guide and driver, Sisto, was accommodating and informative. His driving skills in getting us back through the Mombasa rush hour traffic had to be seen to be believed. At the end we were even provided with gifts. A very good deal, but best booked in advance.
Before travelling to the resort we had read positive reviews on TripAdvisor about the service offered by the beach boys. So the day we arrived we went onto the beach to look for some. We hooked up with 4 guys who were absolutely brilliant – Moses, Gerald, DJ and Isaac. We ended up spending a lot of our two weeks together and became friends. They organised all sorts of activities for us: whatever we fancied doing, fine, nothing was too much trouble. As well as the very reasonably priced excursions, there were lots of extra things – beach walks, a birthday beach party, visits to a village and a primary school, even treatments for sunburn and colds. We learned something about their lives and culture which we would not have done if we had simply stayed around the hotel. We would definitely recommend you do business with the beach boys rather than take the hotel trips. As other reviewers have said, the boys work as a cooperative, are police-checked, licensed and insured. They live in the surrounding villages, and doing business with them makes you feel you are contributing something to the local community.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Reserve Safari And Beach Club Hotel Kikambala
- Royal Reserve Safari And Beach Club Kenya/Kikambala