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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

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Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Very faithful to the description on the website. Amazing garden and pool. Showering in the middle of bamboo trees is incredible. Very peaceful and calm. Very clean, very good service : a must do in Kilifi !

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon. Asante sana!

Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Great staff, great atmosphere, lovely quiet beach close by. Would give a 5 star review even if they didn't incentivise it by giving a days free Internet! More events at the weekend so noisier then and the beach gets busy with locals. Something for everyone.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the great feedback. We will work on the points you have highlighted and hopefully we will see you again sometime for an even better stay! Asante sana!

san francisco
Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to stay. The vibe is really chill, they have a self catering kitchen and great pool. There is a beach at the creek. To get to town it 100 with a moto. My husband had malaria when we were here and they gave us a room for him to recover at the same cost as...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We hope he's feeling much better. Take care and don't let bugs bite... again :) We hope to see you soon! Asante sana!

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 20, 2016

We had an amazing stay here, so much so that we decided to stay for an extra two nights. The pictures on this page really don't do justice to how serene it is. We stayed in a Safari Tent, which was really spacious and clean - Barely like camping at all. It had a double bed and the way the...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the brilliant review. We hope to see you again soon! Many thanks!

Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Lots of green, huts, tents, bamboo showers, nice food and drinks, interesting guests. Comfortable place to relax in the middle of busy travels.. I chose a tent, was very comfortable, quiet, airy. Prices are really amazing. Creek beach is stunning. You can take nice walks, visit Giriama village nearby.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the amazing review. See you again sometime for an even better stay. Safe travels!

New York City, New York
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

This place is great! It has a really great vibe and awesome atmosphere, really close to the beach with good day trips nearby. It's really environmentally friendly and the store sells a bunch of Wildlife Works and Hadithi products!! Great outdoor bamboo shower.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a brilliant review. We loved having you around and hope to cross paths again soon! Maisha marefu!

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Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

This place is just like heaven. Placed in the Kilifi Creek, the view just corresponds to the flora, very well maintained and incredibly picturesque. The dorm in which we were sleeping was nicely arranged and with solid and good furniture. The big "windows", rather big openings with mosquito nets, give you the feeling to sleep outside. Also the staff is...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much! Awesome people like you, give the whole place a good and positive energy! We try to live up to our ecological stand, we are especially proud of the bamboo showers. Hope to see you again sometime, especially when the construction work is complete. Many thanks!

Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Distant relatives is definitely worth a trip! Great food, great accommodation, great view and a absolute fantastic experience in the ocean with the bioluminescent plankton! I will come back and recommend also to people travelling alone.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! It means we are doing something right. The bioluminescence is definitely ours and many others' favorite. We will be waiting for you! Asante sana!

Rome, Italy
Reviewed September 7, 2016

The simplicity yet high class service at Ecolodge gave us a wonderful experience. The food and the serene environment were the highlights of the visit which was only lunch. Certainly a camping to-do soon

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We will be waiting for you, we are not going anywhere, we love it here! Karibu tena!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Lots to do good food and atmosphere. Beach bonfires and snorkelling easy to do. 10 min motorbike or tuk tuk from kilifi drivers know where it is. Variety of rooms for different budgets. Neighbours on the beach organise the activities eg Rasta Steve

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We will pass our regards to the rasta man! Hope to see you again sometime! Asante sana!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour's drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events. Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters! At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya's tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you've had in East Africa! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Address: Seahorse Road | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Price Range: $21 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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“Best vibes”
 of 5 bubbles Jessd638, Jan 23, 2017 | Read review
“Banda rooms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles 371nellym, Oct 20, 2016 | Read review
“Safari Tents are a good cheaper alternative to private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles sufyen, Sep 20, 2016 | Read review
“Dorms are nice and spacious”
 of 5 bubbles darwinisera, Sep 7, 2016 | Read review
“if you can afford then dont go for the tent”
 of 5 bubbles BPuser, Jul 13, 2016 | Read review
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