We spent two weeks at the Mnarani after reading many good reviews of the place. We were not disappointed.
The location is stunning and the continual on shore breeze keeps the temperature pleasant under the fierce sun.
The management and staff were very friendly and helpful, nothing was any bother for them.
Our room was simple but always kept clean, tidy and bug free by Nixon, our cheerful house keeper.
We were on half board and we found the buffet food plentiful and of good quality, however I would have preferred more local food choices. The one meal we were disappointed with came off the al a carte menu. The restaurant and bar staff were attentive and prompt. The evening entertainment was average, we enjoyed the Masai dancers and acrobats but gave the bingo and disco a miss.
We found the small pool in the garden a good place to relax, until it was closed for a few days for maintenance. The main pool was great but due to its popularity getting a pool side lounger was not always easy. The beach was a bit of a walk but we preferred it as we had it, its staff, bar and water sports mostly to ourselves for our last week.
Highlights of our stay were insightful visits to the local village, school and ruins and a fabulous day out sailing, snorkeling, swimming and eating fresh seafood on a beach with Captain Issa and his entertaining crew.
After a few days chilling out at the Mnanari we went on a two night safari trip in the Masai Mara which we booked through the First Choice representative Julius. It was a brilliant trip but arriving back at the Mnarani was like coming home to friends.
We highly recommend the Mnarani and we are looking forward to returning in the future.
If anyone is interested in helping to provide an education for local children by donating pencils, pens, rubbers, exercise books etc please contact John Jira at the Animation desk who can distribute the above to those in need.
- 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