We chose this hotel for our honeymoon after months of deliberation and overall were not
We had a Deluxe Sea View Room with wetroom shower room (no bath). Room was spacious, clean and well maintained throughout our stay. We also had a veranda area with seating that looked out throught the gardens to the ocean. Fully controllable aircon with remote meant we were comfortable at all times.
The grounds of the hotel were stunning. Very well maintained and a beautifully planned garden, with an amazing set of terraced gardens separating the Spa from the main hotel area.
The prviate beach area was kept clean, had plenty of wooden loungers and trees for shade if you wanted it. Staff were also readily available to provide refreshments. Security patrolled the boundary between this and the public beach, but were not in anyway in your face constantly.
Once on the public beach, the beach boys would pounce as any seasoned traveller expects, but we found if you were firm but polite you could walk, swim etc relatively unbothered.
Food was of a good standard and offered varied options throughout our stay. The usual range of all inclusive drinks were available and bar staff were friendly. If it's your birthday while you are there you will be in for a treat...
Enterainment varied from traditional Kenyan tribesman, live band to DJ's etc. The entertainment was sometimes followed by the chance to purchase souvenirs,artwork etc from the performers.
We only attended the Spa once and would rate this as average, although in it's elevated position does offer an amazing view at sunset.
The pools were a good size and flowed nicely around the restaurant and bar area's.
If travelling to Stonetown we'd advise being prepared for the usual street sellers pestering you at every turn and you wouldn't miss anything if you didn't go to the Freddie Mercury bar.
We would recommend a trip to prison Island - a horrible history behind it as the name implies, but now the home of giant turtles, which roam around there - you have the opportunity to feed them and donations here will help the conservation effort.
The trip to the rainforest monkey reserve was also well worth it, you can get right up close to them. Although, we didn't get to see the mangrove swamps at their best due to when we visited.
The nearest we can get to a negative comment is that there were frequent power cuts at the hotel, but power usually came back up within seconds. But, again the seasoned traveller should be used to this.
Having been to the Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand etc we'd happily stay here again, if there weren't so many other countries to visit still.