My husband and I stayed at Royal Reserve at the start of September 2012. This was a delayed honeymoon for us and we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay at! Yes it is a bit far from Mombasa and the airport, but that’s part of its charm. It’s not the most modern place, but clean and safe. During our stay there the resort was very quiet. We were very surprised about this. Most days we had the pool to ourselves (and what a wonderful pool it is…). So if you are looking for a place to relax then Royal Reserve is definitely the place to stay!
The staff were fantastic! This was some of the best customer service I have ever experienced. One of the other guests told the kitchen staff that we were there on our honeymoon. One of the nights during the evening entertainment the kitchen staff came out singing and dancing with a cake for us where it said “Happy Marriage!”. It was such a nice gesture!
We booked the Tamarind Dhow cruise through Simon (the excursion co-ordinator) and have a sneaking suspicion that he might have told them that it was our honeymoon, as we received a cake during the cruise as well (and of course there was singing and dancing involved this time too).
I would highly recommend the Tamarind Dhow cruise – maybe a bit on the pricier side but the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great! The best part was probably when it all of a sudden started raining very hard and the staff had to put the covers up. Very entertaining! :) I would recommend that if going on the cruise you bring a rain coat or umbrella, just in case. :)
We didn’t book any other excursions through the resort as we had booked a safari through Julius Tact Safaris (www.julius-safaris.com) beforehand. I would highly recommend Julius! We were a bit worried before the safari as we weren’t 100% sure that we had booked with the “right” Julius. There are reviews on TripAdvisor for another safari company with a very similar name. The one we booked with though is excellent! Please see separate review under "Julius Safaris Day Trips" (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g317068-d318009-Reviews-Julius_Safaris_Day_Trips-Ukunda_Coast_Province.html) with more details about our safari.
I would also highly recommend having a massage at Royal Reserve. Very relaxing and also very affordable!
You should also go down to the beach and talk to the beach boys. If we’d had the time during our stay we would have booked excursions through them rather than the resort. The guys we talked to were very friendly. We did buy some souvenirs from one of the guys (I think he called himself 007). We had to pay a small deposit to him and he said we could pick up the souvenirs later that day. When handing over the money we weren’t sure that it was a good idea, but in the end it was all fine.
I would definitely go to Kenya again and stay at RR and also book a safari through Julius Tact Safaris. All I would say is when going to a country like Kenya please try to have an open mind and remember that it’s a different culture than the one you are probably used to. Hakuna matata definitely applies to pretty much every aspect of your stay, but by the end of your holiday you wish you could take this mentality back home with you in your suitcase. :)
- Also Known As:
- Royal Reserve Safari And Beach Club Hotel Kikambala
- Royal Reserve Safari And Beach Club Kenya/Kikambala