Having read reviews here, we booked this hotel with an upgrade to a superior room in the Maridadi wing. So we were looking forward to seeing in flesh how good it was.
Upon arrival, after a long flight followed by a near 2 hour transfer, we were welcomed with cold towels and a cool drink which was very welcome. A short form to fill and we were ready to be escorted to our room. As we walked following the porter, we were chuckling to ourselves at how good the place looked.
A superior room in Maridadi is exactly what it says. Big, spacious and clean. Towels changed daily, room cleaned twice and beds made up and mosquito cover drawn for you when you went for dinner. The view however was not as advertised by Thomson - they described it as a room with a sea view. However, it was more like a glimpse if you went onto the balcony. Anyway, this did not distract from anything.
We spend all our time at the Maridadi pool which was quite and therefore perfect to chill out, which is what holidays are all about, apart from the odd occassion when some unruly kids popped up whose idea of fun was screaming their lungs off. We ventured to the other pools but were not impressed. The one in Kole Kole was where all the activities took place so was noisy and the Baobab one had music on - not for us. But you pay your money and take your choice!
The hotel grounds are nicely maintained and the resort has a nice look and feel about it. You know you are somewhere special. The monkeys and baboons make the place interesting. Signs warn guests not to feed them but guests ignore these signs and feed these wild animals to amuse themselves. Why on earth would you want to feed a doughnut to a monkey is beyond me. Yes you have to be on your guard or they will rummage through any bags you leave unattended. We found this amusing but not a problem.
Food! Where do you start? From breakfast through lunch and on to dinner, the selection, variety and quality were amazing. In addition snacks were available mid morning and afternoon.
You can’t write about the Baobab and not mention the staff. They are really an amazing bunch. They serve with a constant smile and nothing is too much for them. A real credit to the resort. The shows at nights were also worth a visit.
The beach is definitely worth a stroll or two. Yes there are the beach boys and as written by others before they are there to make a living and not to cause grief to guests. A polite but firm indication that you are not interested and they leave you alone. You can then enjoy the pleasures of walking on a clear sandy beach and seeing the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in all its beauty.
In summary, the Baobab more than lived up to our expectations. It was a holiday we thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely go there again.
We also had a 2 day 1 night safari booked with F Kings Safaris which turned out to be the best decision. Reasonable price and a private van. Could not ask for anymore. See separate review.
- Also Known As:
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel Ukunda
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Resort And Spa
- Baobab Beach Hotel
- Baobab Beach Hotel Diani
- 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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