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Coral Cove Cottages
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Tiwi
Reviewed April 22, 2012

We booked for 5 days but left after 2!. It looks wonderful. The cottage was run down, much of it was dirty and beyond repair, many fixtures broken, no fans in living area, overun with ants (we had to throw away a lot of food we had just bought). Also lizards etc., and threatened by the owners dogs that were allowed to run free (thoughtfully, the owners wrote advice in the info pack about how to approach the owners office/house when the dogs can be called off!). Front door had to be kept shut to keep monkeys out. Thus adding to the heat. One of our very few neighbours left early - claiming they had been robbed at machette point on the beach. Swimming is only possible at high tide as the tide goes out a long way over sharp coral. The linen was clean. Matresses were thin. The fridge was good (if you can stand the strange smell around the cooking area). We should have noticed that the photos on the website lacked detail.

Room Tip: Don't stay.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

we enjoyed our stay at Coral cove cottages. De houses are big and clean and the staff is amazing! every day you can buy fresh fish, fruits and vegetables on your veranda! It is deffinitly not a fancy resort, but this was just the place we where looking for! for the people who are complaining. Maybe you should book a 5 star resort and not a cottage for this price! Because it was great!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

I would recommend that couples looking for a romantic and peaceful stay at the ocean look elsewhere. Coral cove is too run-down and bug-infested to be relaxing. We actually shortened our stay by several days -- and we love being outdoors and camping -- because the cottage was too run-down to enjoy.

Pros:

1. Tiwi beach is fantastic and our cottage over-looked the ocean. In my mind Tiwi is much, much better than Diani. Go to the africa-shaped lagoon for example.

2. The price was lower than hotels in Diani, though it's definitely a case of you get what you pay for.

3. The staff were pleasant and friendly, and made us feel right at home.

4. The cottage itself was large and spacious.

Cons

1. The cottage, and especially the kitchen, was rundown and in need of repairs. For example, we had multiple holes in our roof.

2. Bugs! We had so many bugs in our cottage--too many ants to count, flies, mosquitos, bees, a slug and milipedes. We even had a monkey steal food from our front porch!

3. The kitchen was not a clean or especially inviting place to cook, which is frustrating because coral cove bills itself as a self-catering cottage. But who wants to cook in that ancient kitchen?

4. Our mosquito net was inadequate, In one night we killed 5-6 mosquitoes that were inside our net. I live in Kenya and never have this problem at home.

5. The owners of coral voce claim to be friendly people, but we never once saw them. Thank goodness they hire good staff.

6. The shower is only hot twice a day; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. But you never feel truly clean because the water coming out of the tap is salt water.

7. The power went out several times, leaving us in the dark without a fan. A good back-up generator would be nice.

In short, I think Coral Cove needs to consider making significant renovations to their cottages. Until then, couples looking for a dream gettaway should go elsewhere in Tiwi.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

This place got a rave review in Lonely Planet a couple of years ago and has been riding high ever since. True, the cottages are roomy, but they are not comfortable. The mattresses are so thin you can feel the boards through them. The kitchens have not been maintained since the cottages were built some 20+ years ago, by the looks of it. In our neighbour's cottage, the refrigerator door was held in place by straps! The fans are old, they squeak so badly you can't sleep, and if you turn them off, it gets so stifling you can't sleep then either. Despite the location near the beach there's no breeze here, and we only felt we could breathe when we went to the sitting area at the end of the overgrown garden or to the beach café next door. We had paid in advance, so we stayed and endured it, but were happy to leave. It felt like a prison. You are warned against going up the road, warned against walking on the beach, a taxi to the shopping centre and back costs Ksh 2000, and there's no information available, no internet, no nothing. Only redeeming feature is manager Margaret, who does her best, and the local fishermen and fruit vendors. Lots of Swedes here - the place has probably got good reviews in Swedish guidebooks as well. They must be outdated. Our advice: Look further!

Room Tip: Two cottages nearest beach get some fresh air - the others don't.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nohmad
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We travelled as a couple this xmas season hoping to spend ten days! we just did three and we had it! The place is really old and expensive for what it offers! Dirty dirty carpets and very dirty rough floors too. the roof is still of the old material that causes cancer Asbestos or something like that. Dirty dogs. Bushy area full of mosquitoes that will make you not sleep at night because they do not fumigate the area.to add on to the sleeping bit, our bed had bed bugs! The previous guest had it also in the guest book sign out! I liked the trees though but they are too thick they block your view to the beach. The beach is lovely. White sand and very clear water! it was my only loving part. The owner does not even visit to welcome the guest only the workers showed up just the day of arrival. This is a prime location but very very poorly managed and cared for.

Room Tip: If you are looking to have a good time with your loved one, and would like Tiwi beach, we looked aro...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We really did not like it. We were there just two nights and it was more then enough. The cottages are big but they look like they have not had a fresh touch in a very long time. The beach is not remotly as nice as the one in Diani and there is really nothing around it. The only working restaurant, which is next door, was so empty it was depressing. We like a quiet place but this was sad quiet. All the place looks like gohst town and the garden is more like a wild area. Our neighbours bursted into tears when they arrived! We did not but we were defenetly very happy to move elsewhere

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

A great place to stay, we both loved our six nights here. The staff and owner are lovely and the place has a real personal touch! Really friendly animals everywhere and the location is so lush and green. The private beach is literally a 10 second walk from the front door! Also, use the cooks, the Swahili food is beautiful. Fresh fish every day!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RayStreet
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Address: Tiwi 254, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Tiwi
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Tiwi
Number of rooms: 5

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