Well where do I start! ... The flight to Mombasa via First Choice was on time and they provided excellent service. Mombassa airport was chaotic, filling out visa's was a nightmare, $50 entrance fee a cheek! After leaving the airport, it was just over an hours drive to the hotel. Those with a heart condition should take extra meds as we found the quality of driving a bit scary! You need to be prepared for the sights you will see on route as it is very poverty stricken. On arrival at Mnarani Club we were greeted by the staff and the manager, who is South African and very pleasent. We were offered breakfast and then shown to our accomodation, a garden view room. The rooms were clean,well maintained and the air conditioning had been switched on for our arrival. The beds (two singles) had fresh flowers on them as did our two childrens next door.
From then on we had the time of our lives, the food was excellent with a huge range of choice for everyone. Each night had a different theme, Indian, Spanish etc. My personal favourite was the beach barbecue (as Mnarani have there own beach, situated on the creek) we were greeted on arrival and had flowers placed round our neck. The tables were set and dotted between the beach and hardstanding area, it looked fantastic and the food was amazing, steak, pork, lamb chicken with an array of different vegetables pasta's and salads.
The staff at this hotel we found to be fantastic, they could not do enough for you, and the manager was very visible every day asking if you were ok, and joking with the guests. We found the bar snacks to be good value between £2 - £4 for toasties, pizza's etc. A bottle of coke,sprite fanta etc cost 50p Tusker beer £1.50, which we found to be half the price of other local hotels!
We did a two day safari to Tsavo East staying over night at the Voi Safari Lodge which we booked with Glorious Safari's before we arrived in Kenya. Safari was awesome, great guide (Patrick) Voi Safari Lodge has seen better days, poor food, poor rooms, the only redeeming factor being the fantasic views across the plains. We saw all the animals we were hoping for and even a lion kill. However, we are glad we done this at the begining of our holiday, as it is physically exhausting. Back at the hotel - the animation team were great, kept our 13yr old son amused for most of the time so thankyou Laurence and Kasiwa. As for the evening entertainment I concur with the other reviews... acrobats brilliant, magic man, not so magic more of just man, bingo going going gone! But then again we didn't go for the evening entertainment, it is so hot here you are done in by 10 o'clock pm. You really do need your air con on in your room, a little noisy but not enough to keep you awake. The hotel gardens are well kept with beautiful flowers,trees and plants. Green monkeys frequent the hotel but do not bother you, just amusing to watch. We took a Tuk Tuk (a three wheeled motor carriage) around to the Kilifi Bay hotel (6KM) which cost us 1000sch return, and spent the day on the most fabulous powder white beach and swimming in that lovely bath which is known as the Indian Ocean!
Am I going back to Mnarani Club...Wild horses wouldn't stop me, this hotel is just fantasic and the staff were great.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mnarani Hotel Kilifi