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Kitu Kidogo Cottages
Reviewed October 24, 2011

We had such an amazing week at Kitu Kidogo Cottages in October 2011. It was the final week of a month long trip to Africa for our Honeymoon and we wanted to relax on a beach. We were SO happy with our choice to stay at Kitu Kidogo. It is a beautiful property, all fenced off, with a security Masaii guard (Moses) from 6pm-6am, and a wonderful amazing housekeeper and chef, Edith. Edith really added so much to our experience in Diani, and the overall experience at the cottage. She cooked great meals, she was fun, interesting, sweet, and caring to talk to. She took us to the village to buy school supplies, and then took us to a local school for orphans, where she helped us hand out the supplies. She really made the trip extra special, and Kitu Kidogo is lucky to have her - the cottage would not be the same without her!!!

The beach was about a 3 min walk from the cottages, and we walked the entire beach during our stay and the part of the beach that is in front of Flamboyant (same property as Kitu), is one of the best, if not the best, span of beach. Not to mention it's just steps away from Forty Thieves, which has reasonably priced food and drinks. Food is pretty good, and overall beach bar feeling is great. One of the managers, Kathy, was very knowledgable and helpful. Also just steps away is the Ali Barbour's Cave restaurant. A must-do while in Diani, the overall ambiance and feeling is amazing. The food is higher priced, and is just ok, nothing special.

The cottages themselves, we stayed in Firimbi, the 2 bedroom with a/c, and it was perfect for us. We needed the a/c to sleep at night, and the outside dining/entertaining area was perfect for eating, relaxing, reading, whatever you wanted to do. The pricing of the cottages is EXTREMELY reasonable in relation to all of the other properties along the beach.

We also had visitors of Dik-Dik's, and 3 different kinds of monkeys into the bushes around the cottages - very cool!

The only things I'd like to see changed/updated would be that Edith get a raise - she's such a hard worker, and so important to the cottages, we wish she made more money, so that she could afford to keep her daughter in school in the area, and not have to send her to the other side of Kenya. And secondly, I wish there was a few lounge/beach type chairs. The grass is filled with bugs and dirt, but it would be nice to sit in the sun, in a comfortable chair, when taking a break from the beach boys, or waiting for lunch.

Room Tip: The bigger cottage is a bit pricier, but very much worth it!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Having stayed in Diani on several previous occasions and evidently in lesser abode I was immediately taken aback at the beautiful and well thought out interior. This was further reinforced by comfortable beds, fresh water, hot showers (I can’t do cold showers), and the fabulous food exquisitely prepared by resident cook Edith. I could go on...

Would I stay there again? "You bet I would."

John Scher

E-mail: js@vectorinternational.com

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

Very reasonably priced and great service by the cook. The architecture of the cottages is wonderful and the outside entertainment area is great (the barbecue area and lounge was perfect for dining). Close to shopping centres and the legendary forty thieves bar (3 min walk). Superb cottage!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Great quiet place, and all in a minute walk from all great land marks of Diani like beach bar and Ali barbors cave and of course the beach!! excellent service by hostess and maid (great cooking!) and the bedrooms are wonderfully done... great double walk-in shower and not to mention the lounging area with dinner table and barbecue... monkeys and dik-diks run on the premises which is a great bonus!
The owner told me they are gonna build a pool soon, so once that is done... perfection!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank 2manylex
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Reviewed June 22, 2015
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  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 21, 2013
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ElliRu
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Additional Information about Kitu Kidogo Cottages

Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 69 Specialty Lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range: $72 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kitu Kidogo is an exclusive holiday retreat tucked away in a coastal indigenous forest that has been around for centuries. It comprises of two beautiful cottages made out of coral, sandstone and wood showing off the various textures of the ancient Swahili coastline. Each cottage is dressed with intricately hand carved Lamu furniture, Rajhastani and South African soft furnishings and Afghani and Ethiopian wool Rugs. The walls reflect our travels around the globe. Each wall piece has been carefully selected to fit in with the theme of the cottage giving the spaces an exotic but at the same time a harmonious look. The palm lamp shades highlight the beauty of each piece with its soft glow. What the cottage evokes is memories of the old Africa influenced by the spice trade route! Kitu Kidogo is ideal for families, groups and couples. If you are looking for comfort, style, privacy and personalized service then this is the perfect holiday home for you! ... more   less 
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