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“Mnarani ~ Monkeys to Breakfast & Laze with Monitor Lizards”
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Mnarani Club & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kilifi
Certificate of Excellence
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Mnarani ~ Monkeys to Breakfast & Laze with Monitor Lizards”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Have just returned from a fabulously chilled holiday @ The Mnarani ~ The resort is Beautiful, natural thatched roofs, open air restaurant, Very Very Friendly & Happy staff ~ willing to please all day. All inclusive does not usually live up to such good expectations ! The Beach front '3 degrees south team' offer excellent sailing & instruction. The Famous Captain Issa & his Crew offer superb sunset trips & morning snorkelling on a solid wooden douwe. The Beach Bar offers Giant G & T's with freshly made Samossa's ~ delicious. Kindest Regard & Big Thanks to all the hard working Cooks, Cleaners, Gardners, Security, Waiters & Bar Staff, Animation Team & Incredible Acrobats & Dancers that regularly performed @ night, Plus Management at this little gem of a place (don't change) !

Room Tip: Creak Rooms & Cottages ~ are lighter & have more space.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed here for a week (sep 11) as part of a Neilson holiday and really wished we'd been there for longer. It's a fantastic hotel that's bright and airy with loads to do (canoeing, snorkelling, scuba, cycling to name a few). Staff are friendly and they really make the hotel.

The evening bird safari is definitely worth doing and you get great views of the creek and see a fantastic sunset.

Infinity pool is wonderful but I really like jumping in the plunge pool the second we arrived, no one seemed to use this but it's a lovely and peaceful place to cool down.

Also, you can't go there and not do a safari, it was by far the highlight of the holiday and we saw far more than we expected to.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rzeszow, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Hello Folks
Why to go to Mnarani:
1. They are very flexible and provide really good service for all kind of travelers; since two weeks all exclusive packages to the independent travelers taking usually only bet and brekfast,
2. they have beautifull place overlooking the ocean,
3. Mnarani staff is lovely but especially Esther who is one of the managers from the reception,
4. the rooms overlooking the ocean are absolutely fantastic and ongoing see breeze is lovely - we did not use aircondition thanks to it. It is almost essencial to get one of them even if garden view rooms are a little bit cheaper; no comparison!!!!!!

During our three weeks trip I stayed in four different resorts (Diani, Malindi and Kilifi) but Mnarani was absolutely the best!!!!!
greetings
Lucek

Room Tip: take a room with balcony overlooking the see on the first flor
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Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed as a couple for 2 weeks from the 8/02/2013... We had a garden view room(77). The room was ok, apart from the aircon from hell, and the ceiling fan to match, both were very noisy, also we only has 1 socket in the room..it was clean and tidy. We had a few issues with food, being vegetarians there was little choice for us. Once the manager was aware of this he made every effort to make sure we had something to eat at every meal time...we went on safari for 4 days, we had to give our room up while we were away, but when we returned, they gave us the same one, so i don't really see the point of asking us to vacate...all in all it was a lovely hotel in a great location, I would return again providing the food quality and choices improved..we used the Dive Centre while we were there..Buccaneer Diving, Tim and his team were very proffessional and helpfull.we enjoyed 3days diving with them...the safari we chose was tsavo east/ west and amboselli 4days/3 nights. There was far too much travelling. We drove for 6 hours for a 2 hour game drive, then in the morning another 2 hour game drive, then another 6 hour drive back to tsavo west...we had no time to enjoy any if the facilities at the lodges, don't get me wrong the safari was fab, loved it, but the journey is far too long...

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra for a creek room..try to get a poolside bed on the grass, for extra sun hours...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Me and my husband went in Oct 2012 for 1 week. The food was varied and pleasant, the staff couldn't do enough for you, especially Pamela who worked at the bar on the beach. The room was clean and well protected against mozzies. The bed had an excellent mozzie net around it. Their was a good selection of watersports you could participate in. The evening entertainment was good especially the snake education night.

My only criticism is that when we returned from our two day safari, that night we didn't sleep until 5am as there was a conference on with loud music banging away. I think this is a rare occurrence, nevertheless, this hotel describes itself as a peaceful and tranquil place and that particular night this definitely was not the case. The south african food and beverage manager was aware we were not happy about this and avoided me and my husband from then on.

Room Tip: Room on the creek side offer good views
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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pontyclun wales
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks at the Mnarani Club and I have to say feeling very chilled. Lovely hotel for a 3 star with great staff and run by Henk and Elma who were the perfect hosts and couldn't do enough for us.
Food really good and a wide range.
Entertainment reasonable
Pool area brilliant and with the added benefit of a private beach there was plenty of choice to catch the sun.
Don't come here if you want to party every night it prides itself on the relaxing atmosphere.
It's as good as all the other reviews.

Room Tip: We stayed in a sea view room but the garden rooms looked really nice all were quite
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and I chose this hotel because it was small (80 rooms) and because we just wanted to get away and relax.
We could not have chosen a better place.
All the staff are a credit to Henk and Elma who run the hotel, nothing is too much trouble, and they all attend to their duties with a smile on their face.
WARNING.... if you are looking for a Club 18-30 type holiday, forget it, this place is really for those who wish to wind down, or, who want to make use of the excellent water activities based on site down by the creek edge.
From the time we arrived, until the 'early hour' departure, we experienced nothing but cracking service from the room boy, to the pool staff, and right on through to the bar personnel, chefs and waiters. They all deserve the high praise they have received in previous posts on this site- Fantastic !
For all 'picky' eaters... you will always find something to eat at mealtimes, no burgers or chicken nuggets here, just good old local type dishes mixed with some old English favourites like Cottage Pie, Pork Steaks and Barbecue on 2 nights a week.
Our holiday was just what we wanted it to be..... relaxing and care-free. We made new friends ( Jim and Anne, and Ivor and Babs) We had many a laugh, and it was all over before we had really got going. SHAME ! (We'll be back !!)
So many thank-you's, but to name just a few....
Pamela, Charles and Samson in the Restaurant..... Will.I.am at the bar, ROGER who is still making me smile, from the Animation... and of course, Henk and Elma for allowing us to have our friends from Mombasa over one afternoon, so we could treat them to how 'the other half live' with time in the pool and an evening meal... Thanks Both ! ( Henk, if you read this, contact me re. Video you wanted of Valentine's Night )
All in All.... a Superb Hotel, run by a couple who eat with you and are extremely approachable, to staff who enjoy their work and are forever willing to please you.

Room Tip: The garden rooms are great for watching monkeys
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mnarani Club & Spa
Address: B 8, Kilifi, Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kilifi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mnarani Club & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the cliffs of Kilifi Creek, just where the creek meets and merges with the Indian Ocean, Mnarani provides perfectly for the beach and turquoise ocean under one foot and the activity and adventure of creek-life under the other. Kilifi lives and breathes the gentle sea breeze, at the edge of the ocean, between Malindi and Mombasa. Set in 40 acres of landscaped tropical garden, fragranced by Frangipani blossoms and balmy ocean breezes, Mnarani is an idyllic retreat and holiday destination. Mnarani offers you the true African experience with excellent service always offered with a smile. Explore the coast north of Mombasa and take advantage of the brilliant diving and sailing opportunities. Daily entertainment and fine cuisine complete your fun filled days and make for an excellent holiday for the whole family. ... more   less 
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