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“Luxury Getaway Near Kampala” 5 of 5 stars
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Bulago Island | 15 Binayomba Road, Bugolobi, PO Box 23825, Bulago Island, Uganda   |  
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“Luxury Getaway Near Kampala”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I believe the only reason Pineapple Bay isn’t in the Kampala top 5 is because of the small volume of visitors. We LOVED our 2-night stay at Pineapple Bay in late June 2013 and would make this a regular weekend getaway with fellow ex-pat friends if money allowed. The boat ride took about 45 minutes from Speke Munyoyo marina in a 8-9 seat motor boat, of which the resort seems to own 4 or 5. Much more enjoyable than battling Kampala traffic to/from Jinja or elsewhere! Travel plans depend on weather though, as it did not appear any of the boats had cabins or tarps to block potential rain. Once at the island, we were met at the dock with fresh juice and lots of help to carry luggage.

The rooms were fabulously clean, with good quality white bed linens and the largest soft bath towels I’ve ever used (bath “sheets” is the term, I believe.) The walk-in shower was divine, the water hot, and taking a bath with the lake just outside the large window was a real treat. The huge bathroom was ensuite but did not have a door (only a curtain) which could be awkward if not travelling with close friends/family.

The food was fantastic, and meals were selected from a menu offering a couple dozen different entrees between lunch & dinner choices. Lots of delicious fresh fruit and veggies from the on-site garden were served, including sweet corn on the cob. Heinz ketchup was available. There weren’t really any local/traditional options on the menu (aside from tilapia) so if you must have posho or matooke daily, you’re looking at the wrong place. Although I’m pretty sure they’d meet a special request, given some advance notice.

There is nightly turn-down service when the staff let down the mosquito netting around the beds, which is necessary because the lake flies (tiny gnats) completely swarm the property nightly at all times of the year. The gnats can’t be helped because of the proximity to the lake, so if you’d be terribly bothered, you’d be smart to avoid ANY lakeside resort. We kept our room lights off in the evening which helped, and while we ate breakfast each morning, the staff was quick to clean up the dead gnats littering the bathtub, sink counter, etc. in our room. A little gross but manageable. Mosquitoes (or any other pests) were not plentiful.

We were asked nightly what time we’d like coffee or tea (with muffins) brought to our bungalow, and we took our time sipping coffee on the porch overlooking the lake before a made-to-order breakfast. Both the African ginger milk tea and French-pressed coffee were top notch. Wine options were pricey, but the corkage fee was less than $10USD, so bring your own bottle for the best deal.

The common areas had good quality, upholstered furniture including clean, soft pillows on the outdoor sofas (not dirty at all or musty smelling like most other places visited in Uganda.) Large coffee tables allow for good board-game space, so bring your favorite, or borrow from the small collection on hand. The chaise lounges at the pool were a little sun-faded and dingy, but that’s understandable considering the sun exposure. A detail easily forgotten when being offered very attentive pool-side beverage service. Pool was clean & refreshing. There is no fitness equipment, but plenty of walking trails and lawn area for recreation.

Pineapple Bay is a great option for families, couples, groups of friends, and singles looking to get some fresh air away from Kampala. We had a lovely time relaxing in paradise and hope to go back soon!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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WildplacesAfrica, Senior Consultant ~ Wildplaces Africa at Pineapple Bay Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear CLS 348,

We are very happy with your review and thank you very much for this wonderful feedback! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay Pineapple Bay Resort and giving us a feedback like this is Simply Amazing!

Thank you very much and perhaps we have the honour to welcome you again at Pineapple Bay!

Kind Regards,

The team of Wildplaces Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Spent a weekend at this beautiful resort located on one of the many islands that dot Lake Victoria - Bulago Island. Pineapple Bay is made up of 7 or 8 cottages only .....built & furnished with locally made materials. The water front is clean (we saw the staff cleaning the seaweed and debris that washes up twice a day) and the views are fantastic!! Perfect for kicking back and taking a break from the pressures of life :-) They have a lovely pool that looks into the lake with sun beds for lounging around. We took the nature trek that went to the top of one of the hills on this tiny island and were rewarded with some amazing 360 degree views! One of the staff came up with us carrying some drinks and snacks for a lovely sundowner on the hill. Small yet effectively run, Pineapple Bay comes highly recommended if you want to just go away for a weekend!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WildplacesAfrica, General Manager at Pineapple Bay Resort, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Re-reading your review made me want to get on the boat and head out from our Head Office in Kampala (away from the hustle and bustle of city life!) and laze at the poolside on the Island!

Thanks for your wonderful feedback - we look forward to hosting you again!
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Additional Information about Pineapple Bay Resort

Address: Bulago Island | 15 Binayomba Road, Bugolobi, PO Box 23825, Bulago Island, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Bulago Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Bulago Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Pineapple Bay, our island retreat. Pineapple Bay. Where you can lounge on a Lamu bed, looking out to the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria. Where you can charter a fishing-boat and head off with rod and tackle to fish for the legendary Nile Perch. No cars. No town. No roads. No need to put your shoes on :) This is Paradise! ... more   less 

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