We stayed at Nyali Beach throughout Christmas 2006.
We found comments placed by other tripadvisor users to be very helpful in choosing the hotel and seemed to be mostly an accurate description. So, here are a few comments by us that will hopefully assist others in choosing whether or not to stay at Nyali Beach.
The hotel itself beautifully laid out on different levels with two pools (one for proper swimming and the other for messing about). Both seemed quite deep and had no lifeguards though which might be a consideration for those with children. The room was very comfortable but not luxury. They were well cleaned and maintained, the air conditioning worked and the grounds also appeared well cared for.
The food was good with a large selection from the buffet and BBQ evenings on the terrace which were a treat. There did appear to be far too much food for the guests though and I got the opinion on a few occasions that this was a little over-extravagant for the needs of the guests. This might explain why the hotel is in recievership?.... It also left me feeling a little uncomfortable considering that we were in a third world country.
We also visited the Mvita Grill on one of the evenings and had some of the best seafood I have ever had. The staff in there were very attentive and the Jazz Band were also brilliant. This restaurant is right on the beach and you can look out to see and hear the waves lapping whilst you eat. V. romantic! We seemed to be one of three couples there. Not sure if it's always like that but there were double the staff to customers. This was also reasonable priced by UK standards. The 450KS that the hotel provides doesn't go very far but nice for a treat.
The beach itself was gorgeous with the finest white sand. Towards the end of the holiday there seemed to be a big dump of seaweed, although I was reliably informed by the staff at the water sports centre that this was because there was no wind on that day and sure enough it was gone again when the wind picked up again.
The beach boys will approach you but if you tell them that you are not interested in buying anything they will soon leave you alone. Other people just want to chat. The Kenyans are very friendly and this was a nice thing to be able to do. There was also some good football matches on the beach and they are more than happy for non-locals to join in (seemed to be quite a serious business though!)
By far the best part about this hotel was the friendliness of the staff. Without exception they were genuinely lovely and it is the small things that they do that make the holiday. For example, the gardeners knock down the coconuts from the palm trees and if you ask them they will skillfully prepare them to be drunk. It was little surprises like this that I liked.
Afternoon tea with pancakes was also a nice touch.
We left the hotel on many occasions and did not have any trouble. We didn't go into the centre of Mombasa but the area of Nyali around the hotel seemed to be fairly safe even on foot.
Also look out for the monkeys on the balcony. They provided endless amounts of entertainment!
Nyali beach certainly exceeded our expectations. It was a great place to spend an alternative Christmas!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is an architectural marvel and brings colonial past and glory of Kenya. Offering panoramic view of Indian Ocean, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the Mombasa, showcasing graceful arches, tiled roof lush green vast lawns and wood work. ... more less
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