We travelled on 10th March on the Dreamliner from Gatwick to Mombasa for a 2 week stay. It does not live up to the hype. I would recommend extra leg room seats as the premier cabin is over priced. The flight was ok apart from the lack of slimline tonic which meant I was unable to enjoy my usual g & t. Staff said there was no call for it, but I can't believe I'm the only person disappointed by this change.
We arrived early on 11th March and after the usual formalities found our private taxi transfer to the resort. Check in went smoothly, we were greeted with a cold flannel and mango juice, very welcome in the heat. Our rooms were overlooking the beach and infinity pool, a quieter area of the resort. The room was of a good standard, very clean with an en suite shower, fridge & tv etc. Room 5104.
We had a lovely time as the hotel was not full. No problem finding sunbeds/parasols, getting a table for dinner or waiting for bar service. Again there were no diet sodas other than cola. Staff tried their best for several days but nothing else is available in Kenya. I was very grateful for their efforts, especially Daisy and Samuel who kept me updated on progress regularly. It did limit my options however.
The food was varied and plentiful with many options to choose from. The Italian a la carte was great too and we visited several times.
The gardener presented me with fresh flowers every day and made me a hat from palm fronds too. I celebrated my birthday on 17th March and when we went to our room to change for dinner the doorway had been decorated and flowers decorated the bed, a lovely touch.
The hotel is themed like a cruise ship and we dined at the captain's table on my birthday. The food was delicious. My chair had been decorated with flowers and balloons and I also had a birthday cake made for me.
Evening entertainment was mainly dance acts by the animation team but there was a band, acrobats and traditional acts sometimes too.
We did an overnight safari to Tsavo East and West and Taita Hills. Very enjoyable. We stayed at Saltlick Lodge which was very good indeed.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Voyager immensely and would go back if we return to Kenya. The friendly, efficient staff and management make this a very special place.
I must thank Brenda and Andedson on the A-team for the Swahili lessons. Asante sana, kwaheri!
- 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