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“Magical Kutazama!” 5 of 5 stars
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“Magical Kutazama!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

Our stay at Kutazama was lovely and unequaled. The Lodge is beautiful with a spectacular view, the two infinity pools overlooking the elephants sanctuary behind you are unforgettable.it is very clean, spacious and airy as well as very comfortable. It is in a most private spot with an excellent service, excellent resturant and service. The grounds are lovely with several areas set up for relaxing, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. Gary and Gill were extremely accomodating in answering any and all our questions, and telling us stories of own amazing experiences! We would highly recommend this wonderful Lodge to all our friends!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

A wonderful place. Privacy, spectacular views, SUPERB food and wonderful hosts.
It is very quiet and isolated but if peace and tranquility is what you are looking for then you will not be disappointed. I cannot reccomend it highly enough and hope to return as soon as finances allow! A place at one wth nature but with modern luxury. Flower petals in the water in the loo clinched it for me!!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

Kutazama is a pice of Paradies. The staff is so exelent, also the food and everythink is super. The Villa, the Garden, the Pools a dream. The staff is always arrounde to help in everythink and look that you feel very special. Gill and Garry always have a open ear for the staff and for the guest, this is also excelent! We feel so good there, and we will come wantsmore. This is why we give them 5 stars. Sorry our fotos all have more then 5MB, so we can not give them to this side.
Brigitte and Karl Hetterling

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

This exclusive and very private lodge is something everyone should get to eenjouy at least once in a lifetime and more often if finances permit. While it defnitely caters to top end travelers the ambiance is informal while maintaining a level and quality of service that is up there with the best interbational hotels (and even better). The owners are interesting, well versedc in local flora and geography and villages, etc. the food is very good and refined. the portions are huge so come hungry. The chef and the butler are helpful, very well trained and so discreet. the whole experience is one that I will remember all my life. the villas, the pool and the views are just fantastic. Elephants graze at your feet and a variety of birds keep your ears and eyes occupied.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2007

Kutazama

We boarded the last flight out of Gatwick, it was snowing heavily, and the Artic blizzard enveloping London blew us south fast. We arrived an hour early at Moi International Airport.

Imagine less than 24 hours from London enjoying your own secluded paradise, standing in the warm double-decker pool gazing down at The Manolo River and looking across the valley to The Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. Sipping a sun downer beside the pools we absorb the sounds and smells of Africa, no musack here. The mystical colours of the sun setting through the Shimba Hills, the bird song and perhaps greatest of all seeing Elephants playfully washing in the pools of the Manolo river beneath our veranda.

This is the Eco-friendly very private and secluded Lodge that is Kutazama. Part vision part dream come true for old African hands Gill and Garry Richardson. They conceived the dream and by the honest sweat of their own hands have created Kutazama. Private Lodge means private when we visited there was one suite with plans for only two more. The Lodge is child free so your enjoyment is not curtailed by other visitor’s out of control spoilt brats.

Kutazama is situated on a ridge in the Shimba Hills National Conservation Park half an hour or so from the coast. Its altitude gives fresh air and allows a coolness morning and evening that librates one from the tropical heat. I suffer from Asthma but there was an Alpine like quality to the air here and I had no breathing problems

Paradise means you are greeted by the Kutazama family that includes Arome the Butler and James head Chief. They will help plan your meals and ensure your throat remains moist from an extensive fridge and cellar. Meals comprise seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean, local fruits, vegetables and meats, remember Kenya supplies Marks & Spencer with fresh veggies. There is always Kenyan copper coloured tea for breakfast and the glorious aromatic Arabica beans from the Kenyan highlands providing the unique “Out Of Africa” taste for our favourite coffee. You may even persuade James The Head Chief to produce Kenyan Oat Porridge for breakfast to compensate for his magnificent gourmet dinners.

The Frangipani suite includes a Kilimanjaro size four poster bed with integrated mosquito net, a double luxury bathroom. There is also an outdoor solar powered Jacuzzi that helps massage away the aches and pains from the long haul flight. We felt the whole Lodge had an integrated flow and ambiance providing rest and the peace that cannot be obtained from modern corporate glass and steel. There was so much of traditional African design, the hand carved doors, the thatched roof, and combined with modern civilised comforts the double decked pool that even the most stressed out will find rest and peace here.

Kutazama is much more than epicurean delights with sumptuous accommodation. The location provides opportunities to explore both The Shimba Hills and local villages. There are cultural tours of local Digo and Duruma villages. Remember to bring gifts for local schools 100 pencils will be received as manna from heaven, old style lined exercise books are in short supply donate a pack of fifty to help keep one class studying. Many Kenyan schools have budget problems and a cash gift will receive a written thank you.

Visitors may enjoy private Safaris, game drives through the Shimba Hills, excursions to the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. The reasonably fit, able
and adventurous will be blessed with a walking safari to the Chitsanze Waterfalls.

If your spirit of adventure seeks to take you further to Tsavo, Amboselli or Masa Mara National Parks there are excellent links with local Safari operator Gibran who will tailor an individual package for the most discerning or daring adventurers.

I should point out that due to the geography of Kutazama it is not suited to those who have difficulty climbing stairs. It is the perfect location for a second honeymoon, that special birthday or anniversary or simply to enjoy a quiet secluded corner of Kenya listen to the birds, see elephants and rest.

  • Liked — Panoramic views across river to Elephant Sanctuary with contrasting sunsets.
  • Disliked — Departing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Kwale 80403, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kwale
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kwale
Number of rooms: 2

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