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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kilifi
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi
1 review
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“Thee perfect getaway place!!”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Distant relatives is a cool welcoming environment,most welcoming place I have ever been.Oh,don't get me started on the peace n quiet!! You find great jovial n most importantly welcoming elite. It was a nice experience being there.long story short,its the perfect getaway place!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you ejoyed your stay and also hope that we get to welcome you back some day, Karibu!
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Distant Relatives backpackers is fantastic place to unwind, relax, and enjoy the beauty that the Kenyan coast has to offer. The food is high quality (especially the all you can eat burger and pizza nights!), the rates are reasonable and the atmosphere is really chilled out. Although Kilifi isn't the most lively of towns, the staff here are really knowledgeable about the things to do around the area-fishing,snorkelling, village visits etc. Great place-although it would have become slightly boring if I had spent any more than 4 days here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your review! We glad you got to unwind and relax with us, if ever you ffeel like you need a break from the city be sure to visit us again! Karibu!
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Karatu, Tanzania
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

easily the most beautiful backpackers i have EVER stayed at. the scenery is amazing, it is perched right above a beautiful "creek"of blue green water that feeds into the indian ocean. it is nestled back away from the town so it's quiet and secluded. Hammocks hanging all around camp and the sofas and pillows surrounding the pool make for the perfectly relaxed atmosphere. the rooms are beautiful, the bathrooms and showers are all outdoors and the toilets are composting toilets! the staff were amazing, and have great recommendations for activities to do around the area, they know all the good beaches and hidden-away little-visited villages to go and see.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your awesome review!! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here, if you thought the place was beautiful before, you should see how lush and green everything is now after recent rains! Feel free to come back any time :) Karibu!
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Kilifi, Kenya
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Distant Relatives of Kilifi is not only affordable, accommodating, and offers plenty of amenities, but the tranquil, feel-good atmosphere alone is enough to warrant a visit. The staff is overly helpful and the people migrating in and out are friendly. The food is exceptional and the scenery is more than ideal. With so many admirable facets to this fine establishment, staying in Kilifi without lodging here or at least paying a visit would prove unwise to say the least.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you for your awesome review! We know we stole your heart as you did ours, it's really just the best thing to welcome familiar faces back here time and time again. Thanks for all your good vibes, support and positivity, we look forward to seeing you here again soon :)
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

We've been waiting for an A class spot at the coat to emerge since we were kids. There have always been hotels and there have always been guesthouses, but never has there been a place where we can always count on hanging out, learning a thing or two, and having a guaranteed laugh!

Romain and Tom put on different events all the time, work their behinds off to keep the place ever-growing and eventful. If you look real closely, there are always really cool things going on behind the scenes, like the new crow traps, the indigenous tree nursery, and a second pig!!!

I love hanging out there, I love what it has done for the coast, and I sure as hell love meeting new folk there too. So in my opinion, and the opinion of many others, Distant Relatives has set the benchmark super high for eco tourism at the Kenya Coast! Good luck to the others trying to compete, wish they would set one up in every corner of the continent!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Wow! Thank you so much for your awesome review! Your kind words and positivity go a long way and we would love to keep welcoming you back here time and time again! Sending the best vibes from Kilifi! You are always welcome, Karibu!!
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Seriously good place to go, everyone's super friendly, the place is beautiful. It's also pretty convenient that the beach is literally down the hill and it was amazing to see the plankton glowing in the night when we took a dip as well. The food was incredible, I had the privilege of eating some seriously tasty goat whilst out there that the local lads prepared, but also the day time food is good and the service is even better. I liked the fact that the staff got to know your names rather than treat you as a customer because It gives a very welcoming feeling which makes the stay so much more enjoyable. I also admired how everything was built, super eco friendly, as far as recycling goes in Kenya their doing a pretty damn good job. Getting around the town was also made ten times simpler seeing as they can sort you out lifts for the right prices (saves you getting swindled).

If you do hit the Kenyan coast and even relatively come close to Kilifi hit this place up, not only is it fun during the day but in the evening after a couple beers the atmosphere just gets better and better.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your very kind review! We really appreciate your feedback and will continue doing our best to make our guests feel welcome and taken care of. We hope you will visit us again one day, you are always very welcome, Karibu!
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

It is allocated in a nice place but the staff and the facilities make this place special where you can relax, have great service, good advice to visit wonderful places and good company that make you to feel at home and for sure you will come back. Kilifi is a local location where there are not many turist and you can feel more you are in a real Kenya. It is suitable for all the groups: alone, friends, family, couple or whatever you want to travel.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, We will continue to do our best to make our visitors feel welcome and at home. May you have many more wonderful travel experiences! Karibu!
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Property: 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
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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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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