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“Didn't want to come home!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Maridadi - Baobab Resort

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Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
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“Didn't want to come home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

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!

Room Tip: If you can upgrade to a Maridadi room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Cannot think of a better place to stay. This three hotel complex is set in a stunning location right on Diani Beach in lush tropical gardens. Choice of food and drink is excellent as is the entertainment put on by the animation team each evening. You do have to be wary of the monkeys roaming around the grounds and DO keep your balcony doors shut at ALL TIMES as they will come into your room and steal food and/or sugar bags! Rooms are spacious and well appointed but I did find the pillows quite firm which wasn't to my liking. All members of staff are extremely helpful and very friendly which makes a change from the beach boys who are a bit of a nuisance when you step down from the hotel grounds to go for a swim or stroll along the beach. Overall a fabulous holiday.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at the Maridadi at the end of a Kenyan Safari Tour. The rooms are very large and spacious with lovely furniture ( big bed/ lounge area with couch/ small fridge). Each room also has a nice size balcony with chairs an couch. The all inclusive is fine ( food and drinks all good - not great quality but that is to be expected - for better quality items you need to pay extra). We tried to eat at all the different ( inclusive) restaurants which keeps it interesting. The beach in front is lovely especially at low tied. Do not be put off by the " hawkers" hanging around on the beach, just chat politely and they will soon move on. The monkeys are around a lot, ( I did not see any baboons fortunately), just take care to use the glass balcony doors as the monkeys chew through the gauze. Anyway a nice stay, but not a place I would return too. Just a note for families - there seems to be a lot to do for the kids at the Kole Kole part of the resort.

Room Tip: Perhaps request a top floor room with a beach view if you do not mind some stairs ( 3 floors).
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked into Baobab Beach with for our family for our annual vacation. We were a group of 7 adults with two 5 year olds and 3 babies between us. Baobab beach/Maridadi/Kole kole seemed the perfect place due to its size facilities and all inclusive offerings. Our first problem came on the first day and involved one of the animation crew named "Juma" (pretty much a 18-30s holiday rep equiv.). He decided to pick up my 9 month old daughter away from my wife, placed her standing with her feet on the palm of one hand. He then lifted her over his head balancing her on his one hand while she still was standing. Thankfully my wife jumped up snatched my baby off him before he could drop her. My Daughter was just learning to crawl and CANNOT stand on her own! This man could have dropped my child injured her severely or even killed her. Throughout our holiday Juma was still hovering around us, there seemed to be no repercussions of his stupid/dangerous behaviour even though we complained bitterly to the management.

The other issues are the monkeys and Baboons around the hotel. Being Kenyan citizens we are very familiar with the difficulties involved with monkeys in hotels and resorts. They are very clever, opportunist and can / will steal food from you. In previous hotels we have stayed in, these attacks are infrequent and generally well managed; during a 5 day vacation you would only get 1 or 2 incidences. During our vacation in Baobab, we had 12 incidences when monkeys and Baboons stole our food, chased our kids away and on one occasion a large Baboon chased our room steward away while he was trying to escort my sister and her 1 year old to her room. From the dinning halls to the bars and afternoon tea areas, there was no where we could eat peacefully without a monkey or baboon hassling us.

This was too frequent and if it is not addressed, will result in tragedy for either the humans or animals. There have been incidents in Kenya where the monkey population is eliminated (gunned down) when they become too familiar and consequently aggressive towards humans.

The worst incident occurred on our departure day. We had just finished our breakfast with our baby (maridadi dinning hall), and were on our way to the reception (baobab). Whilst walking on the path near the beach in front of the rooms, a huge male yellow baboon ran toward us from behind and went for our push chair with my daughter in it. Her clothes smelled like breakfast and I believe that is what attracted him to the chair. My wife screamed and pushed the pushchair off the path away from the baboon. I jumped between her and the baboon and started shouting/clapping and stamping trying to scare the animal off. It wasn't working as the baboon started baring its teeth at me making a barking type sound. I truly thought i was done for. Thankfully other members of staff and some other holiday makers started running toward us and scared the animal off before anything else could happen.

I was furious, we'd had enough of the numerous animal incidents and this was the last straw. I stormed off to the reception and demanded to see the manager. No one called the manager. Instead a tall man in casual clothing got up off one of the lounge sofa's and approached me claiming he was one of the Directors of the Hotel. I told him about the incident with baboon, and that this was getting out of control to the extent that we did not feel safe with our children on this holiday. His reply to me was "What do you want me to do about it?". As a hotel owner, I would have expected a more pro-active response. He then tried to convince me that the baboons were not dangerous and that nothing would have happened. These are wild animals who eat meat, kill and have a track record of hurting and killing people, I would expect any hotel in their territory to be more proactive in keeping these animals out of the main hotel areas. Meanwhile one of the guest relations/concierge ladies (dressed in a swahili outfit) approached my wife suggesting that she should have allowed the 30+ kilo wild, male baboon to sniff my babies feet!

Needless to say, we will never be visiting Baobab beach resort, or Kole Kole or Maridadi beach resort in Diani ever again. I implore anyone visiting the Hotel to first inquire whether they have done anything to keep the giant baboons, monkeys and "juma's" away from the guest areas and children.


If you think baboons are friendly think again:
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/brutal-baboon-attacks-raise-concern-1.266182#.UhjDPbx9fAY

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Very good room size. Excellent food. More choice of beers would be preferable. Need to be careful of the colobus monkeys. We closed the net doors in the balcony, to our surprise, the monkeys ripped the nets and helped themselves to a chocolate in our bag. Need to make sure that the main glass doors are kept shut. the monkeys will come even if you are in the room.

The beach is beautiful and we enjoyed the walks on the beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is actually part of the baobab beach resort, not sure why it is classed as seperate as they share a reception?

You are able to use all the facilities of the baobab, however the pool in this part of the resort is a quiet area so no entertainment / music by the pool in the daytime and the rooms are closer to the beach than some of the others in the baobab.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Arrived at Maridadi after a week on Safari, the room was fantastic, the food was really good, but the best bit was watching the Colobus monkeys outwitting the staff in their attempts to stop them from stealing food.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
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Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Number of rooms: 56

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