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.
- 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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