A super special place. It is in a gorgeous spot - a fair drive away from the main road and near no other hotels - so secluded and completely untouristy. You have the lovely beaches to yourself (except for a few local kids and fishermen), and the sky at night is stunning. What Sonja and Papu have built is even more special though, I thought. They have used local materials (lots of driftwood, coral and shells, and beautiful sun-bleached (or so it looks!) stone) to make gorgeous places to stay. They are unique (all unexpected nooks and crannies) but very recognisable as inspired by Swahili architecture. And luxurious! And we found the hospitality incredible. Everyone is absolutely determined that you will get the most out of your stay. We went at the start of rainy season and so were the only people there, so Sonja and Papu upgraded us to their best property (with our own small pool), and gave us heaps of free drinks. They also got a local group of drummers in to entertain us, just because they thought it was the sort of thing we might enjoy (which we did). The staff are absolutely lovely and take great care in their work - we were completely pampered. And Sonja clearly loves chatting with you about what you want to eat - she throws out lots of options, having already asked you for likes and dislikes before you arrive, and everything we ate was yummy. And so much! I put on 5 pounds in 4 days! (though clearly you don't have to eat as much as I did!). All in all, fabulous - naturally and handcraftedly beautiful place, run and staffed by people thoroughly dedicated to ensuring you enjoy yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a pristine stretch of Kenya's Indian ocean beachfront, Manfriday's Mida Cove offers four individually designed Beach Villas. Located just off Mida Creek -a world bio-heritage site- a Marine National Park and a bird watcher's paradise, Manfriday's is something new and very different in luxury beach destinations. Manfriday´s combines all the convenience of a hotel - from full-board food & bar service to house-keeping and recreation - with the personal intimacy of private villas. ... more less