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“Best holliday ever!”
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Shambani Cottages
Ranked #5 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Gothenburg, Sweden
2 reviews
“Best holliday ever!”
Reviewed March 3, 2011

After spending more then one week at Shambani we can give the warmest recomendations
to spend your holliday here. The personal service given by the staff is the best ever experienced. It is a memory for the rest of or life that we for sure will return to. The warm climat and beautiful suroundings is something we must experience again.


Fam. Gustavsson/Strid Sweden

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

We were looking for a place to rest for a week during European winter and found this place in Shambani. Not far from the beach and a nice clean pool to cool down and relax. The house (Baobab Villa) is not only spacious from the inside, but outside we found several places to read and relax (even sunbathing on the roof!).
The staff is friendly and experienced, they keep everything clean and well organised.
We took a risk by booking through the internet, but can no say that we are very happy that it exeeded our expectations.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2011

We spent a week at Shambani and everything was better than expected, the lodge, the gardens, the position and most of all the friendliness of the staff who were always more than helpful. The beach is only 5 minutes away and the matatu to go to the southern beaches and to the shops stops in front of the gate.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

We greatly enjoyed our one-week stay at Shambani Cottages. The surroundings are gorgeous with native trees and plants between the cottages. Beautiful pool and beach area nearby. Very private and peaceful. It is geared toward spending quiet, private time, rather than social events. We took a group safari which was nice, but it may be worth spending more money to have the private safari that Shambani offers, due to the personal attention given. Our cook and cleaner were very good and attentive, and were easy to understand. Overall, we highly recommended Shambani.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Diani Beach, Kenya
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

We stayed at Shambani cottages, in the Baobob villa. We found it to be a lovely and spacious accommodation; perfect for a large family. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was especially appreciated. The pool onsite is close by (approximately 500 m) and is very private since it is only shared with the 7 other cottages on site. The many small gardens and open spaces on the grounds makes the place feel very welcoming – it does not feel like a large resort or compound. The staff is friendly and complete daily check-ins to make sure you are having a wonderful vacation and if repairs are needed they are handled promptly. The driver, Salim picked us up at the airport and took us to the grocery store on the first day to get the bulk of our groceries, since we had a hired a cook through the cottages. This option was greatly appreciated because we did not want to take a taxi or rent a car.
Diani beach is a short walk away from the compound and is clean, safe and good for swimming and walking. Overall, we enjoyed our time here immensely, highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2010
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turku
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

We stayed in Shambani during cristhmas and new year 2010-2011 with to of my friends. The cottage was nice, people are very friendly. Pool is ok, expect that more than once during the best swimming time there was some clening going and you couldn't use the pool. Security is good, 24 hours the day. If you are a light sleeper that might be a problem çause there are quite many dogs that sometimes bark really loud during night. Location isn't the best possible, nearest beach is quite rocky and all the places where tourists hang a round (like 40 thieves) are many kilometetrs away. But shop is quite near and if you mostly want to hang in pool and stuff it's really nice place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Farnham, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2011

We stayed in the Flamboyant villa at Shambani for two weeks, with two boys 8 and 11, and it was a perfect location for Christmas and New Year.
We were picked up from the airport by Salim, after a very long trip, and he took care of everything.
On arriving at Shambani we were met by the very welcoming and friendly staff. The villa had two large bedrooms, both with shower room en-suite, a lounge, dining room and kitchen. But the best was a large covered balcony on the first floor which had one area with a table and chairs for lunch, and another with two sofas around a coffee table and a lounger. It was cool as there was always a breeze and we mainly sat there early morning and in the evenings. We had a cook for a week who not only made the most wonderful sea food dishes, he also taught our 11 year old how to make the dishes he made. The villa was very clean, and was cleaned daily and we also had all our laundry done. The pool was the main hit for the children.
Shambani arranged a snorkelling trip for us, which was very good. Salim took us on the two day safari to Tsavo East which we had booked. It is a long way from Diani Beach, but the drive was very interesting and on the way back, at our request we went to see a Masai village, which Salim arranged for us. Shambani also arranged a trip to Mombasa –
Salim took us to Fort Jesus, where a guide then took us around the fort, through the old town and to the spice market where Salim was waiting for us. He then took us to a restaurant for lunch and to Haller Park in the afternoon.
Throughout our stay the Shambani staff made our holiday memorable.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Shambani Cottages
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
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Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
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