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“Best place in Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
| After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best place in Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Amazing place, such character in such a small place. Stayed here while on a diving/sailing trip. Very we'll looked after by all staff, always a great atmosphere. I was even taken on a one on one trip to a local orphanage by a member of staff on his day off. Great local food and drinks and very interesting accommodation. Everything have been well thought out and the idea of a self sub stained lodge is fantastic. Also great local beach, especially for a night swim. Couldn't recommend this place highly enough and hope to return one day.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We also hope you get to return again some day! Karibu!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Distant Relatives is the perfect escape in Kilifi. Friends and I spent 5 days there over the NY period of 13/14 and we all absolutely fell in love with the place. The rooms are gorgeous (including the outdoor showers!), the location is perfect, the food is delicious (with many great vegetarian options!) and the staff are friendly. Please have a swim in the lake at night and enjoy the phosphorus.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, and especially that you got to enjoy the amazing bioluminescent plankton at night! Karibu!
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My girlfriend and I were travelling through Kenya and Tanzania in January and stayed for 4 nights at DR' on the way to Dar Es Salaam from Lamu.

It's a genuine ecolodge, pig and chickens and all, with a good vibe, nice accommodation. It's off the beaten track but close enough on a picki picki bike or nice walk back up to Kilifi main town..

From here you are can:

Do your Padi diving courses at the Buccaneer

http://www.buccaneerdiving.com/dive-sites/kilifi/

Try out some sailing and windsurfing at 3 degrees south
http://www.3degreessouth.co.ke/windsurf/

Explore some Swahili history at Gede

Or... just relax in the pool, down at the beach or have a drink at the Bar with some lovely people...the Tusker Malt never runs dry

Will

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that you took the time to make some recommendations to future travellers, and yes, the Tusker is still ice cold and in full stock :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

great place for budget travellers! The tree house dorm, bamboo shower, the ambience in the common area are amazing! i got great sleep in the tree house dorm. i enjoyed the water sports offered by 3 degrees south. the staff are very friendly and professional. looking forward to visiting again

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you ejoyed your stay and also hope that we get to welcome you back some day, Karibu!
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Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Distant relatives is a cool welcoming environment,most welcoming place I have ever been.Oh,don't get me started on the peace n quiet!! You find great jovial n most importantly welcoming elite. It was a nice experience being there.long story short,its the perfect getaway place!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you ejoyed your stay and also hope that we get to welcome you back some day, Karibu!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Distant Relatives backpackers is fantastic place to unwind, relax, and enjoy the beauty that the Kenyan coast has to offer. The food is high quality (especially the all you can eat burger and pizza nights!), the rates are reasonable and the atmosphere is really chilled out. Although Kilifi isn't the most lively of towns, the staff here are really knowledgeable about the things to do around the area-fishing,snorkelling, village visits etc. Great place-although it would have become slightly boring if I had spent any more than 4 days here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your review! We glad you got to unwind and relax with us, if ever you ffeel like you need a break from the city be sure to visit us again! Karibu!
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Karatu, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

easily the most beautiful backpackers i have EVER stayed at. the scenery is amazing, it is perched right above a beautiful "creek"of blue green water that feeds into the indian ocean. it is nestled back away from the town so it's quiet and secluded. Hammocks hanging all around camp and the sofas and pillows surrounding the pool make for the perfectly relaxed atmosphere. the rooms are beautiful, the bathrooms and showers are all outdoors and the toilets are composting toilets! the staff were amazing, and have great recommendations for activities to do around the area, they know all the good beaches and hidden-away little-visited villages to go and see.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your awesome review!! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here, if you thought the place was beautiful before, you should see how lush and green everything is now after recent rains! Feel free to come back any time :) Karibu!
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Address: | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Kilifi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour's drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events. Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters! At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya's tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you've had in East Africa! ... more   less 
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