We spent a couple of nights here, including New Year's Eve. We found it surprisingly quiet, considering that Peponi's hotel had a party raving until 0500 hours that morning.
The property is well kept, and Gillie's, the proprietor, was most welcoming.
Breakfast is included in the daily tariff, and we found ourselves eating the best mangoes we have ever had. Food for lunch and dinner is arranged with the cook and paid for in advance. He then goes off to the market and buys whatever is fresh. Two of us had seafood for dinner two nights and it was wonderful. One of our party is a vegetarian and his meals were pretty bland. I don't think the cook knows anything else other than pasta and cheese to serve to a vegetarian.
Service was excellent, with a plenitude of staff always around. They don't hover, which was nice, but someone was always available when needed.
Very quiet. Even tho' it was New Year's Eve. The music from Peponi's quieted down after the call to prayer at 0500 hrs.
The rooms are great. I slept on the outdoors terrace and it was wonderful.
We had arranged for all carriage to/from the airport to be included in our price, so it was a surprise to find that we had to pay the porters to carry our luggage from the airport to the boat, and then from the boat to the guest house.
Also the toilet in our room did not flush properly. But I guess that is normal in Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carefully restored and modified in 1998 the historic Tower has five double bedrooms and a large yoga hall. Included behind the same compound wall is the Sand Castle with it's ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. In the surrounding gardens, the Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms. The ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques and fabrics in a simple yet elegant style to recreate the atmosphere of a fine Swahili house. No two rooms are the same and the cool, airy spaces retain an informal feel while several shaded balconies provide comfortable areas for avoiding too much sun and generally enjoying the peace and fresh air. The peaceful gardens have been recently " enlivened" by the refreshing sound of a fountain splashing over coral rocks into a small plunge pool. All rooms have solar powered hot water, fans and mosquito nets. ... more less
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