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Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit
Ranked #2 of 10 Debre Zeyit B&B and Inns
Timbuktu, Mali
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“A great weekend getaway”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Kuriftu Resort is a luxurious getaway for the weekend. Less than an hour from Addis, its an ideal place for a romantic weekend or just recharging the batteries. The private rooms a cave like experience. The food is great, the dinning room quite spectacular and the spa massage services a perfect rejuvination for the soul. The perfect place for the expats R&R

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

What a shame! The resort is beautifully located at the lame and the rooms are well appointed and clean. All wrapped in beautiful flowers and bougainvilleas. A dream resort - if there weren't the day visitors crowd for which the report seems to cater more than for its regular guests. If you are an Addis expat looking for a quiet weekend getaway you are definately wrong here. At 10 am the loud music starts and if you are unlucky enought to get one of the "delux see view" rooms (USD 100 per night !) close to the restaurant you will have to listen to blaring music the whole day and hordes of day tourists from Addis which wonder - after a few drinks - through the resort. The western idea of weekend relaxation couldn't be more different from the local new rich take on recreation and weekend fun!

If you decide to stay here try to come during the week and ask for a room as far away from the restaurant as possible. It's a real shame that the resort has downgraded itself by catering for the weekend day crowd rather than keeping this a lovely and tranquill oasis to relax. That's how the place is actually build and the pictures may suggest this - unfortunately, what you get is a loud and uncomfortably crowded spectacle. I feel sorry for the abundant bird wildlife - which has, however, apparently adapted to the noise.

Very disappointed. Service, cleanliness, and food is very good through. Management should think over their business concept: increase the price a little but turn off the music and stop offering the day-all-in-inclusive coupons. Your resort is not an amusement park but a nice gem, treat and market it as such!

Room Tip: Ask for a room as far away from the restaurant as possible - unless you come here to party and are i...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Visited Boston Day Spa for a relaxing afternoon of treatments. Initially had trouble finding the place. When I called for assistance, the receptionist put me on a long hold, presumably to search out someone who speaks English. After misdirection and confusion, I gave up and just hunted around.

Lady at front desk was unfriendly. Since she was the English point person, dealing with her was unfortunately not optional. When I arrived, she basically stared at me. I asked for a menu of services and was handed a stapled sheet of paper with "Receipt Information" crossed out on the front cover". No pictures, no descriptions, just itemized services and cost. When I tried to ask her to clarify (i.e. what's the difference between the steam and sauna and shower versus the moroccan bath) she really struggled. Not sure if the language was the issue or if she doesn't understand what treatments her spa offers.

However, unlike a previous reviewer mentioned, the attendants seemed reasonably helpful, although they often require prompting rather than anticipating your needs.

I booked two hours in the steam room/sauna/waters circuit, a one hour aroma massage, and a pedicure.

Waters Circuit/Steam Room/Sauna

Using the term waters circuit loosely, mind. The room is clean, with nice tile-work. However, there are only three showers (heaven help you if it's busy) and no cold dip. Therefore if you intend to spend time in the sauna and steam room, prepare to become heat-stroked. Fortunately it wasn't busy when I went.

There's also a large jacuzzi, but the plastic green siding isn't covered by anything (teak box, tiles) so it really kills the mood of this corner of the room (unfortunately, it's visible from almost all areas of the waters circuit.

They provide you with a bar of soap. No shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or any of the other products you'd expect at a waters circuit. Come prepared with your own kit (and bring your bathing suit bottoms).

The sauna and steam room were probably the best part. Wonderful tile work, good temperature and humidity. Also, there was a decent little area off to the side where you can get changed or lie around in loungers.

For the price though, you're better off skipping, as it's not the most relaxing experience.

Massage

Wonderful massage. I've had many and the masseuse was clearly well-trained. The rooms were beautiful and cozy, not too cold. I was offered a drink at the end, as I relaxed after the massage. The attendant in the waters circuit gave me a robe so I could walk directly to the massage without getting dressed again.

Note that there's only one kind of essential oil offered for the Aroma Massage. What is it? No idea... some sort of lemongrass blend, maybe. Ask to smell it before you book though, I can imagine not everyone would enjoy it.

Also, the Ethiopian music, though instrumental, was not especially relaxing. I get that we're in Addis Ababa and maybe it adds cultural flare but percussive music has no place in a massage room!

Pedicure

The mani-pedi salon is on the 3rd floor. It's really attractive, and these are some excellent pedicure chairs. New, changing lights, good massage settings, etc etc. Thorough pedicure, including a good scrubbing and light leg massage. Totally worth it to go here for a mani or pedi but if you're expecting it to flow nicely with the rest of your spa experience (e.g. luxuriating in your robe, sipping a smoothie), forget it.

Verdict: If you're already nearby or going to Lime Tree or Diplomat Restaurant in the same building, come by for a service. If you're making a trip, try the spa at the Sheraton.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Manchester, UK
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

This is just about the worst experience you will ever have. I have never come across such bad management who take a cavalier attitude towards their customers. My advice, stay well away and spend your money on a place that cares about customer service.

This is tatty, run down, dirty hovel and does not cater to its clients. VERY BADLY MANAGED! The worst I have ever experienced.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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dmm
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Kriftu resort in Debri Zeyit , what a beautiful resort I have ever been in for two- nights escape from the rush of Addis Ababa ,really it is the best you can expect in Ethiopia with panoramic greenness views on the lake.
The resort is magnificent and large area, with gigantic rooms. It is a joint Lebanese and Ethiopian capital project, I think, because of the flags raised in front of the main gate.
Its room’s rate is somewhat high, but if you compare the service and the magnificent room you will get there with the other nearby lodges you will never go out to change it.
The lowest room’s rate starts from 158 dollars per night (the one which I got) and goes up according to the room type. But the resort offers free sauna, massages, two daily meals (breakfast and dinner) beside other services like taking you inside the lake and all that for two persons.
The meals are fresh excellent cook and taste with variety of choices and being provided in an open style on the lake side; take freely as much as you want.
Don’t miss to enjoy the gym, and the blue swimming pool inside the resort, but don’t forget to get your swimming wears along with you because swimming wears are being sold inside the resort with 100 dollar.
The only disadvantage of the resort is located a little far away from the heart of Debri Ziyat with difficulties in getting a taxi to go out. But you can manage this by taking a taxi driver’s phone number and calling him to come to take you out.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

The Kuriftu Resort & Spa in Debre Zeyit is a favorite relaxation destination after enduring the bustle of Addis Ababa because it’s just an hour away from the city and as close to being a 4+ star resort as you will find in Ethiopia. Accommodations are quite spacious; the abundance of flora is amazing and service, except for the restaurant, quite good. That being said, Kuriftu could do much to improve. Their buffets are quite mediocre and if you arrive for the breakfast buffet later in the morning most food is either not available or less than fresh. It also seems that the resort needs to focus in a big way on facility and ground maintenance; a number of thatched roofs are in disrepair, rooms less than pristine and the dock providing access to kayaking boats should be rebuilt. Despite its shortcomings the Kuriftu in Debre Zeyit is perhaps the best Addis Ababa getaway in Ethiopia.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

I stayed in Kuriftu resort again this past November. I stayead in room 101 -the same room I stayed in the prior visit. The girls in the spa remembered me-which I found amazing-but we talked about my visit last March and then again this November. The resort was busier this time. I have to say I'm not in love with the food they serve- although it's palatable -being a big fan of Ethiopian food- I don't really enjoy eating the roasted chicken and stuff they offer. Although their lunch time tibs are yummy- if you stay there a couple of nights ordering thesame stuff over and over is kind of boring when all I wanted was some fir fir. Let's see - how is it different- you have to book time in the sauna's. Just walk up to the nice women that work there and tell them you'd like to book some time in them. They will suggest an hour if it's busy or just go "okay" if it's quiet. Then you and your group or just you can go in as you like.
The massage and pedicure you need to book when you arrive at the spa. If you want a fire at your room- you can call pretty much anytime from your room. They are very good at understanding english so don't be afraid to call vs. going in person.

I wake up early in the morning -so I go to the front desk and ask for the man that works with the boats and take a kayak out. It's a perfect time to go and enjoy the birds and watch the working animals get ready for the day and the local boys on their papaya or home made boat. They are doing construction now- making another hotel similar to Kuriftu but I hear it will be a more affordable type version next to the resort- so it is a bit noisy after 8am. This will be over soon- but in the mean time the lake looks covered in pollin and not as beautiful as it did in march. Stay away from the construction side of the lake and you'll enjoy yourself more for now.
It's still quiet and peaceful and a great way to get out of the city if you only have a couple of nights and a simple car.

Room Tip: ask for a view of the lake.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit
Address: Debrezeit Ethiopia | Kuriftu Lake, Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Oromiya Region > Debre Zeyit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Debre Zeyit
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit 4.5*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our resort offers high-end luxury in an Ethiopian paradise setting. Breathtaking landscapes encompass the resort as guests enjoy our outdoor pool and sunbathing terrace that overlooks the natural wonder of Lake Kuriftu. After taking in the natural beauty of the wildlife and countryside, our organic spa and gourmet restaurants are the perfect places to relax as you prepare to continue your getaway experience. With achingly perfect panoramas, Kuriftu is where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously warm, genuine and sensational. ... more   less 
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