This is our second visit to mnarani, and I think it's fair to say won't be the last. We decide to take the private transfer that got us to the hotel about half an hour or more ahead of the "coach".
On arrival we were greeted by Henk and his wife Elma the hotel manager's who gave us our introduction, I noticed as we drove to reception they had started to grow their own vegetables alongside two large plastic greenhouses. Henk explained that they had also installed a water desalination plant, although not ok for drinking it's safe to boil for an early morning cuppa overlooking the beautiful creek
We noticed the use of a tractor on the beach to gather the seaweed daily where it is used in the garden as fertiliser. The hotel has not changed but has been well maintained, the staff as ever eager to please, pleasant and ready with the daily Swahili lessons.
The food we thought was better than last (not that we had anything to complain about last year) Sean the food and beverage manager along Henk and Elma are always around at meal times for a chat, a nice touch. We went off on safari for a couple of days, providing you book this yourself your room and belongings are perfectly safe.
The village of Mnarani just across the road from the main gate is the home to some of the staff, it's safe and an experience to visit. Support the locals they need it. Kilifi is a town about a ten minute walk across the bridge, quite busy but interesting, if you can't manage the walk back It's only two hundred shillings by tuk tuk.
This hotel is classed three star, we've stayed in five star that come no way near to this. The location, the water sport, if you want them, the small private beach, the personal attention from all the staff who quickly remember all the guests names makes this hotel stand out for us.
A big thank you to all at Mnarani it would be unfair to mention names, there are too many to list, so thank again to all the staff for another memorable visit. It won't be long before we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the cliffs of Kilifi Creek, just where the creek meets and merges with the Indian Ocean, Mnarani provides perfectly for the beach and turquoise ocean under one foot and the activity and adventure of creek-life under the other. Kilifi lives and breathes the gentle sea breeze, at the edge of the ocean, between Malindi and Mombasa. Set in 40 acres of landscaped tropical garden, fragranced by Frangipani blossoms and balmy ocean breezes, Mnarani is an idyllic retreat and holiday destination. Mnarani offers you the true African experience with excellent service always offered with a smile. Explore the coast north of Mombasa and take advantage of the brilliant diving and sailing opportunities. Daily entertainment and fine cuisine complete your fun filled days and make for an excellent holiday for the whole family. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mnarani Hotel Kilifi