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Philo Leisure Gardens

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#1 of 2 cottages in Kalangala
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
4.9
Value
4.6
Offering decent and affordable accommodation in our quiet and relaxing green gardens to both business and leisure travellers. Philo leisure gardens has an on site bar, fully stocked with both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages as well as a restaurant offering a continental and a la carte menu. Barbecue facilities, we seek to provide satisfaction for those who love the serenity of quiet natural sorroundings away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Babysitting
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Darts
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

Location

Kalangala Drive off, Kalangala Uganda
Philo Leisure Gardens
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Sophie v wrote a review Nov 2023
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Wow what a place!! This place is such an oasis of peace, luxury & beautiful lush greenery!🌸 We were here for a weekend with friends which was the perfect duration. The island is beautiful. Philo can help you book really nice trips as well. The breakfast & dinner was really tasty and of good quality. Maybe the best of all is the great hospitality and care that the owners portray to their guests: they are so helpful, intentional & do everything to make your stay amazing. Amazing women!! Another thing we wont forget is the amazing garden; its like nothing we know. Beautiful lush trees, flowers, all kinds of birds, monkeys that are eating avocados & many seats and chillspots everywhere. The rooms contain everything you need & are pretty neat as well :) With a nice walk you can walk to Kalangala town, but you could also get a boda or taxi, which Philo helps you with as well. We had such a great time & would recommend this place definitely!!!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Hullo Sophie, Thanks for the beautiful and detailed review of Philo,we truly loved hosting you and your friends and are glad you chose us to be your hosts while on the island..and enjoyed your stay,thanks for staying with us, 2e look forward 5o hosting you again sometime! Kind regards, Philo team
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Ilse S wrote a review Oct 2023
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We had the best stay at philo. They arranged pick-up, helped us with planning and booking activities and provided good food. Really nothing to complain. The whole experience was 10/10. Would definitely recommend going there.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Caroline Nagawa, Owner at Philo Leisure Gardens
Responded Nov 5, 2023
Hullo Ilse! Thanks for choosing us to be your hosts while on the island..and for taking the time to write this beautiful review!We are glad to know that you loved your stay with us and have no complaints..we do look forward to hosting you and your friends again! Kind regards, Philo team
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Famke wrote a review Aug 2022
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We spent two nights at Philo and had a wonderful stay there. Beautiful cottage room, very affordable, friendly staff, delicious breakfast, and a very spacious garden with hangmats for relaxation. We definately hope to come back some day.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Noel wrote a review Nov 2021
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Carol was of great help even with changes we made at the end, the rooms are clean, good food, they pick u up from the ferry and drop u on the return, camp fire was beautiful♡. We enjoyed the girls trip. Thank you Carol, Bridget, and the whole team, it was a pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Nov 5, 2023
Hullo! Thanks for staying with is and for the lovely review!we loved hosting you and look forward to hosting you again sometime in the future! Kind regards, Philo team
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esthermEM wrote a review Oct 2019
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Timely professional customer service and amazing food with a touch of finnese,will surely be back for the sumptuous fish and pork. More so the ambience and serenity of a place that allows one to zone out from city choas ........thanks guys for treating us like Queens!!!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Caroline N, Manager at Philo Leisure Gardens
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hullo Esther, Thanks for taking the time to review us so beautifully,we are glad you enjoyed your time here at Philo Leisure Gardens with us and intend to do even better..e look forward to hosting you again! Kind regards,
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Jessica N wrote a review Oct 2019
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Great service and really hospitable! The ambience feels really natural and the rooms are quite cozy. You can tell the time and care put into each meal and it's totally worth it! I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a home away from home on the island. Great job guys we had so much fun, will definitely come again.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hullo Jessica, Thanks for reviewing us so well,you were delightful guests and we are glad to know that all was perfect..we do look forward to hosting you again sometime Jessica! Warm regards,
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wasolosnipes wrote a review Sep 2019
Kampala, Uganda83 contributions13 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights and we had a lovely time. Quiet, beautiful, peaceful venue and we were well looked after. Special thanks to Carol, Justine and Nafi. We toured the island and had some lovely views. The food was excellent and the prices are fair. The bar is well stocked and prices are fair as well
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hullo Nathan, thanks for taking the time to write so beautifully about Philo Leisure Gardens,we intend to keep doing better to keep our clients satisfied on their trips.We look forward to hosting you again sometime! Warm regards,
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rashid&charity wrote a review Aug 2019
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our visit to kalangala was a memory in our life,not because of the amassing things we saw but because of the treat, care and service we were given at philo leisure gardens.elegant rooms, tantarising breakfast, i cant mention all. we really want to visit philo more and more times. plz keep it up and thanks for everything # rashid and charity
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Suew wrote a review Jun 2019
Leicester, United Kingdom20 contributions9 helpful votes
Uk Tourists. We had a lovely stay in Philo twin room for a weekend away from bustling Kampala. The gardens are beautiful. Naffi and his team provided a clean room with toiletries and a free breakfast which was great value. There were many activities available including cycling and island tours. The hotel had a bar and board games. The location is very safe and is only 15 mins walk from both town and the beach. There are 3 ways to access the island via ferry: 1) MV Kalangala from Entebbee to Kangala (close to hotel). Cafe on board. Price - 11,000ush 2nd class, 14,000ush 1st class. This ferry takes 3.5hrs and leaves mainland at 2pm prompt and the island at 8am which makes it tricky to maximise a weekend. Uber from Kampala to Entebbe costs around 100,000ush 2) Butakaka to Luku ferry - free for foot passengers and takes 1hr. Uber from Kampala to Butakaka costs around 120,000ush 3) Private tourist boat MV Vanessa from Entebbe to Kalangala. Leaves several times per day and costs 35,000ush. Ask the hotel for Donna's number to book Please note that MV Vanessa is the only boat which needs to be booked. Uber do not do return journey from Entebbe or Butakaka however taxis wait around the ferry terminals. Email the hotel for exact ferry times and check wiki travel. Thank you Philo for a great weekend!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jun 10, 2019
Hullo Charlotte, Thanks for staying with us and taking the time to write such a beautiful and detailed review of us!We aim to do better all the time and keep our guests as comfortable as possible..you were lovely guests and we look forward to hosting you again sometime! Warm regards,
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Athieno Hope wrote a review Jun 2019
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We stayed in this hotel as a group of 7 friends and the service was just amazing.Very Good customer care,free transportation around the island,very clean and beautiful rooms,great food. We loved the place.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Hullo Hope, Thanks for staying with us and giving us the opportunity to host you and your friends at Philo Leisure Gardens..It's lovely that you took the time to review us so positively!we look forward to hosting you again sometime.. Kind regards,
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LOCATION
UgandaCentral RegionSsese IslandsBugala IslandKalangala
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Philo Leisure Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Philo Leisure Gardens?
Nearby attractions include Buggala Island (4.5 miles) and Ssese Tours Ug Connect (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Philo Leisure Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Philo Leisure Gardens?
Top room amenities include a fireplace, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Philo Leisure Gardens?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Philo Leisure Gardens?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Philo Leisure Gardens have airport transportation?
Yes, Philo Leisure Gardens offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Philo Leisure Gardens?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Is Philo Leisure Gardens accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.