My new husband and I stayed at The Cove in September. After being on safari we were looking forward to relaxing for a few days before we had to return home. I couldn't help feeling smug as we dropped off the other tourists on our bus at their large resorts knowing that where they were staying could be anywhere in the world, but where we were going was a totally different experience.
The bumpy drive from the main resort of Diani seemed to go on forever, but as soon as we arrived at The Cove, we knew it was worth it. We were welcomed in and taken straight to the bar for refreshing drinks while our bags were taken to our treehouse. We were then given a guided tour of our amazing treehouse, and a late lunch was brought up to us while we unpacked and relaxed.
Our treehouse was every bit as good as we had hoped. The fridge was always well stocked, and the staff always made sure our mosquito nets were in place and the air conditioning was on while we ate our dinner in the bar. The open bathroom was lovely. We had very few creepy crawlies, only a few enormous ants, and to shower while listening to the sea and feeling the sea breeze was wonderful. The decking area and day bed under the treehouse were also lovely places to relax when the sun got too much.
As we were only staying for a few days we spent them relaxing by the pool and in our treehouse so can't comment on any of the day trips available. The staff were fantastic though, in particular Jon and Philipe who really looked after us. The place was always very clean, and the food and drink was plentiful. As other people have mentioned if you want your food at a certain time order it for 30 minutes earlier because it was always cooked on Kenyan time. But what's the hurry anyway? You are going to The Cove to kick back and relax. Especially if you have come there from safari!
On our last night we had a candlelit jacuzzi after dinner which was a lovely way to end our stay, and I can confess I did shed a tear at the thought of having to leave such a wonderful place.
The Cove is definately a place most suited to honeymooners, or people wanting to relax and be looked after. If you want more to do then The Cove probably isn't the place for you.
For us it was the perfect place to stay on our honeymoon and we loved every minute of our time there. We can't recommend it highly enough and certainly look forward to returning at some point in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cove Treehouses unique by design but also with its complete commitment to the local fishing community who use the Cove as its continued fishing point which ensures the culture and habitat is maintained. The all-inclusive Cove Retreat leaves all your expectations of a hotel behind, offering rather the seeker a touch of ecoism, romance and history before you. This retreat with a strict no under-18 years policy, can only but touch your soul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Cove Retreat Hotel Ukunda
- The Cove Treehouses Kenya/Ukunda