After an amazing trip to the Masai Mara we sepnt a wonderful week at the Serana Beach Hotel. It was our second visit and proved to be even better than the first which we had thought was excellent! The trip from the airport to the hotel was slow because of the pending elections but our rep Martha had stayed on to greet us on our arrival. She befriended us all the week and answered all our queries and gave us all sorts of useful information.
The reception area is airy and guests are seranded by the resident parrot! We were given a welcome drink and then escorted throught the village to our first floor sea view room. It was kept spotlessly clean always cool because of the air conditioning and with the extra blessing of mosquito nets - not that we saw any mosquitos during our entire stay.
The food was excellent - so much of it and such variety. Having had a good breakfast there wasn't any need for more food until dinner - though we did sometimes indulge and shared a club sandwich!
It was really dreamy to lie on a comfortable sun bed under the palm trees with a gentle breeze blowing off the sea and listen to the breakers on the reef. Towels were plentiful as were the waiters who from time to time brought us cooling drinks The staff were all very friendly and helpful - even carrying cups of tea from the 'help yourself to a beverage cabin' to our sun beds.
The hotel has a turtle sanctuary. Local fishermen are encouraged to bring any turtle eggs they find so that they are properly cared for until they hatch. One morning we were invited to watch the release over the sand and into the sea more than 100 day old turtles. It was an amazing sight! We were told they return to the same beach again as adults to lay their eggs in five years time. There is also a butterfly conservation area with many beautiful and colourful specimens.
There are hawkers on the beach but not as many as our previous visit. Just ignore them and they will ignore you! We did go outside the hotel and visit the local shops and found a few souvenirs to take home with us. And yes, there are folk who offer you safari trips, massages, or follow you pleading for some charity but again that is part of Kenya!
If there is a next time - it will be Serena Beach Hotel again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the shimmering sands and waters of the Indian Ocean stretching before it, amidst verdant, bougainvillea-filled gardens, and shaded by gently swaying palm trees,Serena Beach Resort and Spa offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Treat your palate to a superb selection of of a la carte seafood dishes at the Jahazi Grill which is set on a beach and styled to resemble an Arab dhow. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serena Beach Hotel Shanzu
- Serena Beach Hotel And Spa
- Hotel Serena Beach