The first two weeks of October 2011 I stayed at the Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa. Last year, also in October, I already visited the hotel to get rid of a severe thirst.
Voyager is a huge hotel and it takes you a little while to find your way. The rooms are average in size, maybe even a bit small, but as the hotel Voyager holds up the cute fantasy of being a "cruise ship", the size of the 'cabins' is nothing to grumble about. The rooms are well kept and provided with a mosquito net.
About the food nothing negative can be said. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all provide a large variation. You have dishes that return on a daily basis, but as the ship Voyager regularly "docks" in another country, the food provided refers to the visited country.
Service at the bar was fine, though sometimes a bit slow. Especially when the bartenders were in a chatty mood.
As I didn't participate in the animation, I can't say much about the animation team, except that it is a friendly bunch of young people. As it is also this team which on many evenings takes care of the SHOWTIME act, for which they regularly have rehearsals, you can only congratulate the hotel.
For families with kids Voyager is a wonderful place as it has a complete department dedicated to the entertainment of the young.
Voyager also has a souvenir shop, a bookstore and even a small library stuffed by books left by tourists.
If lucky, a friendly face with a lovely grin will help you fighting the last bits of sleep when opening the curtains in the morning. One of the barkeepers told me there were plenty of monkeys around, but not at the time I was there.
Anything negative about Voyager? Some people complain their rooms were not done before 3 or 4 p.m. That is indeed so, but it's not amazing when you know only a limited number of people takes care of the cleaning. It surely is quite a difference with the souvenir shop; sometimes 5 guys were hanging around there.
The only setback was the weather. After only a few sunny days, the rains came. One day it even rained that hard and long that only a few minutes away from the hotel a few hundred families saw their homes flooded. So no reason to complain as a tourist.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moored seven kilometres north of Mombasa city centre, Voyager Beach Resort's convenient 'berth' gives guests easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions. The vibrant themed resort is famous for hosting some of Africa's finest family entertainments and animation programs, including unique themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, with very supervised kids' activities and days out with Africa's best-known and most experienced childrens' safari club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Voyager Beach Hotel Mombasa
- Voyager Hotel Kenya
- Voyager Beach Resort Mombasa
- Voyager Beach Resort Kenya
- Voyager Beach Mombasa
- Voyager Hotel Mombasa