The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is a wonderful hotel set in a beautiful location we stayed at the Baobab from the 10th to the 24th July
Booked before we left the UK we took an amazing 4 day 3 night safari to Tsavo East, West and Amboseli with Shadrack and Glorious Safaris (see separate review) this also gave us the added advantage of not having to check out of our hotel room.
The hotel itself is spread out around 3 areas, the Baobab which is the main area, the Maridadi the quiet part and the Kole Kole area which is more family orientated. Each area has its own pool and the grounds and gardens are all nicely kept immaculately clean and tidy and everything looks very well looked after.
Our hotel room, in the Baobab section of the hotel was very nice and spacious with a balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. There was air con, a mini fridge, dressing table, hair dryer, TV and large comfy king size bed, along with a little sitting area. The en-suite has shower gel and shampoo and lots of hot water. Perfect for us, no need to upgrade.
There are 5 restaurants in total, spread out around the resort two of which are A la Carte so you have to pay extra (but you do get a hotel guest 20% discount)
We mainly ate breakfast and lunch in the Maridadi restaurant, which had a lovely atmosphere and our waiter, the “Lovely Jubbly” Justin who really looked after us, he always had a huge smile and made us feel welcome. Our evening meals we ate at the main Karibu restaurant, again a lovely atmosphere, look out for the bush baby who visits in the roof rafters about 8.30pm on most evenings, so cute. Food was fantastic and there was lots of choice it felt like such a luxury having a full buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food choice is amazing, all freshly prepared, the red snapper fish is delicious.
The food choice changed daily with different themes, so there is always something good to eat. Compliments must go to Brian (wye aye man!) and his wonderful team of chefs who all produce such a brilliant selection of food every day. All the staff in the restaurants cannot do enough for you and are always happy and smiling. We found all the hotel staff including the lovely security guard at the main reception polite, helpful and friendly, we always said good morning to them in Swahili and they were over the moon that we made a little effort and taught us a new Swahili word every day, Fantastic.
The Monkey's are amusing, amazing, mischievous and hilarious. They are so cheeky and gave us a good laugh every day. Don’t leave anything lying around because they will have it, they rake through unattended beach bags looking for snacks and tip over fizzy drinks and lap them up greedily. Make doubly sure that you keep your balcony doors shut because they will try and get in your room. They will also pinch the food right out of your hands, especially the doughnuts served with the afternoon tea and coffee. Not everyone liked them, and some people got annoyed, but after all it is their home/habitat we are visiting. I loved them and would watch them for hours and I thought the Colobus monkeys were magnificent.
The hotel’s animation team, who work really hard to keep guests entertained, really do an excellent job. They carry out various activities during the day from Swahili lessons, aerobics and archery, then put together whole mini shows on a night. We went to a couple of shows at the amphitheatre and thought they were very good, especially the lion King and Mamma Mia.
The beach is amazing white sand and warm turquoise water, you’ll be mad not to visit it. The beach boys are there just desperately trying to make a living, I agree with another reviewer Kim-Marie R, that “just remember that they will never in their life time have the sort of money that you or I will spend going to the Baobab for one holiday”. We are so rich compare to them, please don’t let them put you off going to the beach, they just want to be friendly and make a living to put some food on their table at the end of the day. We had a lot of fun with them and they took us on a lovely walk along the beach, pointing out some of the marine wildlife, we were polite to them and they were polite and friendly back to us. At no point did we feel intimidated, hassled or threatened. We visited their “supermarket” and had a lot of fun haggling with them; we didn’t pay anything we didn’t feel was reasonable and had no problems at all. We even, after buying most of our souvenirs from them, gave them our old t-shirts, old sandals and toiletries at the end of our holiday, they did not want to take them as gifts so we exchanged them for some small items.
Kenya is an amazing holiday destination, great climate, amazing wildlife and great people.
Please feel free to ask me any questions; I’ll be more than happy to respond.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the world famous Diani Beach. The resort comprises three luxurious properties – The Baobab, The Maridadi and Kole Kole, offering a unique selection of exquisite accommodation and facilities spread across the resort grounds. Guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide paramount comfort and luxury for all our clients. Guests may utilise leisure facilities across the resort including 3 swimming pools, dining areas and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel Ukunda
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Resort And Spa
- Baobab Beach Hotel Diani