We stayed at Baobab Beach Resort in the Maridadi wing for a week after our safari in September.
We were booked in for a standard Baobab room but having read reviews decided to upgrade to a Maridadi room and were so pleased we did.
The Baobab rooms looked so much smaller and darker and on top of each other. The Maridadi rooms had 2 double beds with 2 chairs and a fridge and were spacious and light with floor to ceiling doors opening to a large balcony area. The decor and accommodation was to a high standard with a large en suite twin sinked bathroom with large walk in shower. There was a kettle, hair dryer and safe in the room. We emailed ahead and requested a quiet top floor room and we received a prompt reply and got a room as requested overlooking the pool area. Room 2204.
The all inclusive restaurant and bar in the Maridadi area are smaller than the main Baobab areas but much quieter and nicer. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food very good but a bit limited - although we always found plenty we liked. The pasta from the pasta station was lovely. We only ate once in the Baobab restaurant where there is more choice but it felt much more rushed and 'canteen' like, and was far noisier and busy. We would highly recommend the beer - Tusker. I don't drink beer at home but try Tusker. Very good. Their local wine not bad either.
The pool area is spotlessly clean and has 3 pools - 2 infinity pools. Again so much quieter than the Baobab pool which is smaller.
You are given towel tickets as you check in so can go to the pool area every morning to get a towel
in exchange for your ticket. Give your towel in at the end of the day for your tickets back. The towels were fine - not shabby and threadbare. In fact better than the towels in your room. Plenty of sun beds and you don't have to get up early to save one (unless you are fussy where you go). We went on the grass where there was plenty of room to move our beds into the shade when we wanted to.
But beware the monkeys! Don't leave your bags unattended at the pool area or any clothes on your balcony. Don't leave your balcony doors open or they will be in your room in seconds.
They go in your bags looking for food (or anything else they might fancy) and will sneak under your sun bed when you are on it and empty a drink you may have at the side of your bed for the fruit in it! At first they are cute but after day 1 you realise what a pest they are despite monkey guards patrolling with catapults.
The hawkers/ beach boys on the beach try to sell you souvenirs and actually they have some beautiful crafted ones. The problem is you can have 5 people round you at once talking to you trying to sell you their goods. Knock them down to at least a third of what they initially ask. I got some nice necklaces (2 for 500 KES) and 3 ebony keyrings engraved with our names on for 1000 KES - which I think was too much but we were pleased with them. They will leave you alone if you won't acknowledge them or speak to them.
We went on a glass bottom boat for a snorkelling trip from the hotel. Very interesting and worth it if you like snorkelling but only went to the sand bank just beyond the beach.
All in all a fantastic hotel and would highly recommend the Maridadi wing!