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Voyager Beach Resort
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Reviewed December 17, 2008

We have just returned from the Voyager. We so very badly needed this break, and were not disappointed! It was an outstanding hotel. The staff couldn't do enough for us. Our fridge was leaking so they replaced it straight away, seconds after we mentioned the problem, staff often came up to us to ask if we were enjoying our holiday and could they do anything to improve things,We were lucky enough to be invited to join the Captain's table one evening for dinner and that was out of this world, 5 courses for dinner, with a poem and our names being written in icing on our dessert plates! We sailed with Jimmy on the cat most days, and went on safari with Mustafa and David from the beach... an excellent day... saw so many animals.. they gave us a superb day, out of this world and an excellent price, and even offered, after to lunch, if we wanted to go back and see more.. but there was no need, we had seen so much..if anyone wants his email please ask me.. he is excellent.. the beach guys were no problem at all.. just say no thank you and they respect that...a complete joy of a holiday, cannot wait to go back.. thank you to everyone, Jan and Jane

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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2  Thank tockington
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Reviewed December 16, 2008

Just returned from the Voyager. With Kenya only 3 hours ahead of the UK, it's an easy journey. Travelled with TUI group - and enjoyed their standard 33" legroom.
We were slightly apprehensive as to the possibly "naff" nature of a hotel posing as a ship, but the theme didn't intrude into the holiday.
It would be small-minded to fault the hotel. It was spotlessly clean, beautifully maintained, the food choice was impressive and, most of all, the staff, I think without exception, were friendly, helpful, unintrusive, scrupulously honest and obviously really enjoyed and appreciated their work. We participated in a staff award ceremony - the highlight of which was the room boys beating the animations team at football and volleyball! The appreciation of management for what they do is what makes this (ship?) team work so well. The food is copious and of a good quality: we had no complaints. The evening "spectacles" varied somewhat, but were never intrusive, over-long or noisy. We appreciated the Maori evening and the acrobats- but it was often more fun watching the very young Kenyan guests watching the proceedings!! The grounds are roomy enough for everyone to find somewher private to sit. Rooms are very spacious with TVs, a fridge and standard British 3 pin plugs. My only surprise was to be asked to pay to use the room safe (200ks per night).
Any advice?
The infinity pool area is where adults wanting peace and quiet should go: there is ample space for all to have a sunbed and the views of the beach are fabulous! The sports' pool is a better pool to swim in. The "fun" pool is great for kids and families.
Try the sea food restaurant. The starters are good but nothing overly special, but try the lobster: it is tremendous! I don't think we have ever had such good value, well-presented, tasty lobsters! (all for approx £25 for 2!) Stick to the house wines - delicious Australian Merlot and, I think, Chardonnay. We were astounded to see the price of these wines in the supermarket. They are not cheap - so A.I. is very good value.
The hotel itself is not aimed at those wanting to "rave it up"! It is relatively quiet but fun - and the choice of watersports is excellent. Their is a dress code in the restaurant - no swim wear or bare feet and long trousers for the gentlemen in the evening.
Do not be wary of the salesmen on the beach. They are licensed to be there and that is how they earn a living and feed their families. Their prices (a fair price is probably 1/3 of their initial asking price) are far better than any others we came across. The large Kenyan supermarket chain - Nakumat - is much more expensive for most things. Look in the hotel shop (not over-priced on the whole) to get an idea of prices. we found the "boys" to the left generally more agreable than those to the right! be generous. If you ar bargaining for something very cheap and you like the salesman, start going up in price towards the end of the bargaining and watch for the look of astonishment on his or her face: it's worth 50p or so for the sheer pleasure on both sides!
DO remember to fill your case with all those freebies from hotels - soaps, shampoos, creams etc - as well as pens, pencils, pads. They are invaluable to schools and children - and used widely as bargaining tools when trading. Please also take old shoes or sandals, children's clothes you no longer need and T shirts. Give them away and make lots of people very happy. Leave behind what you do not need. I went down to the beach on our last day and simply handed out what we no longer needed - and left the best things with our room boy, Mjomba.
Get out of the hotel! Walk along the beach, walk to the supermarkets and to the fixed price shop 15mins to the R of the exit (cheapest cards!).
Go on a safari. Julius of JT safaris is good and reliable. We mis-timed our emails to him, so went with Mustafa of King's safaris, You will find Mustafa - and David (Daoui?), the money man - on the beach at Voyager. They are licensed to ply their trade there. (Always ask to see salesmen's badges). Our 1 day safari to Tsavo East was excellent -and long! - and the vehicle they used was very sound with brand new tyres. Joseph, the driver, was a wise man: very knowledgeable. We saw many elephants, giraffes, lions mating(!), all sorts of antelopes, gazelles, impalas, baboons, water buffalo, hogs ....etc - and a massive snail which was almost as exciting as some of the big five. Lunch was not very impressive, although the situation was good. We paid £60 each for 4 of us in a vehicle, not bad considering the length of the day and the fact that they have to pay the Park entrance fees out of that. Your last stop before entering the park is a wood carving shop (with great loos and coffee for 50p!) - so take money if you wish to barter. They would have stopped at a Maori school on the way back, but we were reluctant to do so as we already sponsor another school and medical centre - and you cannot help everyone to the extent they hope you may. It seems wrong to build their hopes up, let them dance for you and do little to help. If you can help, then go - take your books, pens and spare cash!
Finally, have fun! The people are a delight to know and the country is wonderful. It all helps to get life into perspective.
Apologies for the length of this review - but I hope it is of help. I have tried to include all that I looked for prior to booking.
AMF

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank amf-Northumberland
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Reviewed December 15, 2008

If you are thinking of booking this hotel just do it you will love it. The only downside to the hotel was the drinks service is a bit slow but we were on holiday and everything in Kenya is POLY POLY (slow chill) so you just get on with it. we booked our safari through Steve one of the beach boys we did 2 day Tsavo east staying at Voi Safari lodge the safari was awesome we didnt see lions but turning a bend at 6.45am and seeing two great bull elephants greeting each other within 3 feet of your jeep is something that will stay with me forever. We paid 15000 Ksh each for this which you can get cheaper on the internet or through the agents but our jeep only had 4 of us in it while some of the others were crammed with 8 or 9 in and believe me that was worth it as safari is very tiring early morning starts you want your space.
The food at the hotel was very good the vegitarian section is all vegitarian curry with chapatis and saag aloo and masalas, while the pasta section you can get spag bol penne or pasta with nearly anything you want. the main section depends on where the ship docks but you will have at least 5 meat selections (always ask the chefs for best accompaniments) and plenty of choice, if this isnt your thing get to teen corner for burgers hot dogs chips and things. deserts are amazing with crumble and custard and all the usual fruits ice cream etc. snack bar for lunch try the pizza al indiana with extra chillis it nearly blew the wifes head off first day!!! As i mentioned earlier the drinks service does get your goat a bit at first but chill out relax and it will get there (or you could get it yourself).
The hotel staff are the friendliest i have ever encountered from Nelly and Jacqueline who welcome you into the restaurant to the waiters to the animation team just everyone, within 3 minutes of leaving your room you will have said Jambo to about 40 different people all of which will have Karibu'd (welcome) you to the morning and hoped you have a wonderful day. The place is amazing we will be going back in the future and will do the Mara for 3-4 days and spend as long as possible at the voyager afterwards.
If you are going for the first time take some extra things with you socks old trainers football shirts they will appreciate these more than you will ever know, as you approach the hotel in your coach probably very tired after an overnight flight , you pass an open air market where all the items of clothing that we give to charity are sold to the locals. They are willing to trade but believe me when you have met them you will want to help if you can.

Enjoy your holiday I am not too jealous but hope to see you there one day.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Matntrace16
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Reviewed December 14, 2008

Jambo!! Myself & partner booked this hotel because of all the other fab reviews, we had a fabulous holiday & stay at the voyager. The room we had was a superior garden view (1313) the room was cleaned everyday with fresh towels and bedding by the lovely Mojamba who for my partners 40th birthday went to alot of trouble to make it memorable by decorating the bed with flowers, and putting balloons and banners on the balcony also around the door. The people in the animation team are great (Bahati etc) they put shows on they do things during the day and night for everyones taste and entertainment. They have mosquito nets hanging from the ceiling to put round the bed so you don't get bit which I however usually do but was surprised to have not this time. They have a kettle with tea,coffee etc in your room filled daily and bottled water which you are given everyday too. There is a fridge, the plug points are the same in England so if you take a mosquito ball to plug in you need an adaptor to change it over to a 3 pin plug. In the lodges however they are 2 point when you go on safari. In your rooms you pay seperate for your safety deposit box. We booked a 1 night 2 day safari at tsavo east and saw everything apart from a rhino however we paid £500 for a private jeep for just two of us but we did not feel that the safari was worth that much money as the lodge we stayed in was Voi lodge which did not have air conditioning or a Tv it was like a 1 star if anyones ever been in one!! So we were glad we stayed just one night the mosquito nets had big holes in and were stuck together with an elastoplast!! I must highlight the fact that the Voyager beach has good food with an excellant choice cooked by the lovely Lucy, and they do not allow you to wear shorts in the evening if your a man for dinner which we found out. You cannot sunbathe topless in Kenya accordinging to this hotels rules which we also found out! When you arrive at Mombassa airport you must pay $50 each for your visa they will not except any other currency as we queued for 2 hours I suggest you get your visa before travel by ringing the Kenyan Foreign office. On departure you must also pay $20 each. there are several duty free shops inside the departure lounge in the airport. The police out in Kenya are something of a strange kind the want to take money off you for everything so be carefull and always wear your seatbelt in taxis as i nearly got a $30,000 fine. You WILL most definatly get upset stomach and nothing seems to work I paid £20 for some tablets from there supermarket after suffering for 8 days and they didn't even shift it they call it the Mombassa Express. we visted the crocodile farm near the hotel which was fab also. You do get harrassed on the beach by the blokes selling things constantly so be warned, but all in all you have to at least try it once if your considering it!!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank LAGRBLACKPOOL
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Reviewed December 13, 2008

I have heard lots of good reviews about voyager beach resort,
and in no words can I discribe fully my best experience ever in
a holiday.
From check -in front desk, to the rooms, the pool and the food,
the hotel has a standard. Thank you.
The staff were all smiles always ready to listen and at your service. We organised a glass-bottom boat ride from the beach
and did not regret it at all.
Our Hol highlight was our 3 days safari to Tsavo West kilanguni & Amboseli serena booked through Fred HITS, we saw the big five and our guide Alex, was all eyes, he could spot the animals
with ease.
What I did not like was the mess at the beach almost every morning, lots of sea weeds washed to the beach side, though
the management was doing a good job to have it clean.

we shall be back next year, voyager.

Nic x 4

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with friends
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3  Thank NicX4
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