We stayed at this hotel as a couple from 6th May for nine nights.
The hotel is situated on a cliff top with spectacular views down Kilifi creek towards the Indian Ocean. We checked in after a nine hour overnight flight and after a brief orientation from Henk the manager, I was pleasantly surprised that our Creek view room was ready with a lovely welcome message prepared on the bed. A quick shower and change and back to the restaurant for the breakfast which had been held open for our arrival.
These early examples of hospitality were continued throughout our stay, with every member of staff ready with a friendly "Jambo", pool and beach service for drinks and friendly efficient waiter and bar staff. Nothing was too much trouble and the management were visible throughout our stay.
We also arranged a 3 day Safari with Jawamu Safari and Tours. His office is situated across the road from the entrance to the hotel. We had a fantastic safari, and James is both friendly and a true professional. When we arrived back, again we had a welcome message on the bed arranged with flowers which is a nice touch.
The all inclusive package is a bit limited with local beer and spirits on offer as well as wine and a "house cocktail", only selected snacks during the day at the beach(although there was always more than enough to chose from the buffet lunch). You also had to sign for all drinks, which I thought might become tiresome, but the bar staff were really good and would remember your room number and keep your tab open until you moved spot so was not an inconvenience at all.
The food served buffet style for all three meals was always well prepared, hot and plenty of options. It was kept hot and covered by the chefs who would open the lid as you approached. We had some excellent meals especially the barbeque nights and the Lamb Curry!
The real standouts for this hotel were the staff who to a man were extremely friendly and helpful. Nothing was to much trouble, including opening up the restaurant 2 hours early when our plans to travel home changed at short notice. The views and pool which were also a standout feature, and the location which is far enough away from the Mombassa area to lend an Idyllic almost Island feel to our holiday.
If you are considering a trip to Kenya, and like peaceful surroundings and friendly staff, this could be the place for you.
Thanks to the staff and management of the Mnarani Club for a wonderful stay. Good luck through the quiet times ahead and we hope to see you all again one day.
- 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