We have just returned from two weeks at the Cove Retreat south of Mombasa and are in the depths of depression at having to leave. It's a good 20 minutes drive past the last hotel down an ever diminishing track. After the flight and the trip through rush hour in Mombasa I was envious of the couple getting out while we still had a bit of a drive ahead of us. However, when we finally went through the little wooden door into the Cove I was envious no more! Just a small pool, dining area and tree houses - that's all there is! It's just unbelievably quiet and peaceful. No banana boats, jet skis etc - just the sound of the reef and the local fishermen in their dug out canoes. The staff really helped make the holiday - they can't do enough for you and are so friendly and funny. I hope they get to read this - thanks to Doris, Rafa, Philip, Richard, Rosie, Alfonse, chef and the others in the background who keep the grounds looking so neat & tidy. We miss you! The food was great. I've read reviews that said it was too salty but I didn't find that at all and there was certainly more than enough choice for us. At times the chef was catering for just 4 of us! Not all the treehouses had occupants for a lot of our time there so when we were leaving and there were 8 other guests it felt quite crowded! There is absolutely no entertainment in the evenings and the staff leave as soon as dinner is finished so if you prefer some sort of entertainment it won't be the place for you. There is just the fabulous setting and the sound of the sea. Do go and see the local village. It's all legitimate and very interesting. We went with Boris and Seiff who you are bound to meet on the beach. Seiff lent me a Swahili phrasebook for the whole holiday. They were very genuine and funny and keen to tell us all about their lives. I would recommend the Cove to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet. It's just a fabulous place and we hope to get back there one day.
- 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