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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kilifi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 27, 2013

All you can eat burgers on Tuesday nights - enough said. Bonus: clean beach, relaxed crowd, comfortable rooms, tasty food, stylish lodge, chill music, cuddly dogs. Almost made me think about missing my flight home. My favorite place in East Africa by a long shot.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I led backpacking trips throughout East Africa this past summer and Distant Relatives takes the cake! It was a great place to do activities with our group, and it was a perfect place to come back and relax in during my off-time (solo).

The atmosphere is Utopia: hammocks galore, outdoor bamboo showers, the ocean breeze coming through the open lounge, funky local art, lounge chairs at the poolside, a beach volleyball court, animals, guitars, box wine, boozy ice tea, a dorm with a tree in it, spacious tents for rent, and loads of room for camping. Not to mention the ocean is a quick walk down the path.

There's a full kitchen to cook at (the local market and the grocery store are about a 30min walk away), or there's a reasonably priced menu. It seems that every other day there is something going on at Distant Relatives: all-you-can-eat burgers, all-you-can-eat-pizza, movie nights, jazz shows, volleyball tournaments, dhow trips, wake boarding, beach clean-ups, yoga, art classes... you name it!

Tom & Romain are amazing guys too! They will help with anything you need (planning activities, bookings, calling tuktuks and bodas, etc.) Not to mention they are some of my favourite people to share stories with over a Kilifi iced tea.

Stay here, you won't want to leave.

Room Tip: Both dorms are great! There's loads of space to set up your own tent, but their tents are also q...
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

You know? One of those places you want to let the whole world know about but at the same time want to keep to yourself? This was a new experience for me, one that I would relive over and over again. Whether you're looking to just relax, get away, in search of that little piece of heaven, or you're looking for adventure and a world or experience, you will find it all here! I'll most definitely be spending my Christmas day here and hopefully counting down to a new year of more visits to this wonderful and unforgettable place. Just amazing!

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Thank you guys! I felt like in Paradise and same time at home.
Soulmusic, nature, great, kind and creative people around, time to relax, time to act...
you get your space to be alone, and when u want people around you, you will find them everywhere.
the perfect place to relax and at the same time to enjoy the offer!

ASANTE SANA!!! great days in Kilifi

Room Tip: I slept in the dorm! Very nice! and for a good price! When you reach the bed, you get no chance to...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

I usually have a tendency to get attached to the beautiful places I visit around the world, but this time the mixture between location, people, atmosphere and events at Distant Relatives has made me think about missing my flight back. I didn't know there was a place I could feel like at home being on the other side of the planet: only young people thinking fresh and innovative in a reality that needs this kind of interaction with local to survive! Thank you so much, it has been a great pleasure to share my African experience with all of you and I will be back in Christmas for sure !

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Tripadvisor does not have enough "dots" to grade this hotel. It was the best hotel we visited during our recent trip to Kilifi. The size of the rooms/tents and compounds, the friendliness, the cleanliness, the comfort of the beds, the grounds, the little extras, the pool, the views, the stylish shower place surrounded by bamboos, the env-friendly compost toilets...

Room Tip: Definitely try the tree house!!!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Def. one of the best and most beautiful backpackers in the world :) This is my first time ever to rate anything online, but this one really deserves it. It was wonderful. The owners are soooo down to earth, very kind people. The staff was soooo friendly. There is always someone to talk to and some activities at the backpackers! The food is DELICIOUS, WAUW! A big thanks to everyone at the beautifuuuul Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers. It was perfect :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Address: Seahorse Road | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kilifi
Price Range: $23 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour's drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events. Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters! At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya's tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you've had in East Africa! ... more   less 
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