I stayed here for two nights to dive with Peponi Divers located at the hotel. (The hotel is off Mombasa Marine Park.) If you book through the dive center you get a 20% discount. It’s worth being on the meal plan. I read the reviews about the poor food and decided to have one day half board and one day with just breakfast included. You can choose to either have lunch or dinner on half board and the difference in price to not being on half board is just 200 shillings! Despite this try to have the hotel arrange for you to see the sound and light show and have dinner at Fort Jesus.
The hotel caters mostly to German tourists and both the dive center and the hotel are efficiently run. Staff are very friendly and helpful. You can get good massages and there is an excellent gym (open from 5-9:30 PM weak nights) next to the hotel where you can buy a day pass for 400 shillings—cheaper for a week. The food was okay. There is a good selection unless you are a vegetarian but the cooks were happy to cook me a vegetable curry or some other dish of my choice.
The hotel wasn’t busy but even so the deck chairs were all reserved early—you are in a German colony after all. Tip the beach boys to reserve you a choice spot. There is not a lot of hassle on the small beach in front of the hotel by the kanga (sarong) vendors.
Rooms are small but spotless and white and the morning sun streaming in through the mosquito nets and curtains makes you think you are on a wooden dhow. Note that WIFI only works in the reception area. They do have one computer you can rent.
Note that as with a lot of the East African coast there is strong tidal displacement. This means that you might have to walk for quite a while to reach water you can swim in once the tide has receded. It also means that you might have to wait until 12:00PM to do the first dive of the day as otherwise the boats need to be anchored to far offshore to allow loading. So this isn’t really an ideal beach resort. Despite this I will stay here again when in Mombasa as the price was fair for the amenities and service. Arrange for a taxi to pick you up at Mombasa Airport for 1600 shillings (45 minute drive) either through the hotel or dive shop.
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