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Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
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Mombasa, Kenya
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“Really enjoyed !!!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

We spent 4 nights in this beautiful place with my family and really enjoyed ! Food ,service , rooms all was good and we had fun. Unfortunately were not lucky with weather and rains but the beach over there is always fantastic and bad weather can't spoil you general feel.
We will definitely come back to Baobab

  • Stayed April 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife son and I spent our Easter 2014 weekend at Baobab. It was always good to wake up to views of the Indian Ocean. The food was lovely, the staff absolutely friendly and the environment perfect for an enjoyable time.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We went here for our honeymoon in March 2014, it was beautiful and the staff are so helpful. The food was great and a lovely place to stay. We went on Safari but booked it privately through JT Safaris who have an office just up the road from the hotel - the safari and service was excellent. I would recommend booking through Julius (JT Safaris). All-in-all we had an amazing time and would certainly recommend both Baobab and JT Safaris to anyone!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Baobab for two weeks starting the 18th March 2014.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Our room was in the Madridabi part of the hotel with a pool, restaurant and bar within a few yards of us. We had a pool view and could see down to the beach from our balcony. The room was excellent. Massive and always kept very clean.

The staff are outstanding. Everyone from reception to the bar staff to the groundskeepers are very friendly and you get a "Jambo" from them all when you see them. Couldn't be more helpful or do more for you.

The food was great. We ate every night (apart from those spent on safari) at the Madridabi restaurant which was more relaxed ie could wear shorts. Food is self service but with chefs at each station cooking fresh stuff all the time. Some breakfast and lunch options can be cooked to order. Lots of variety and even after two weeks we weren't bored of it.

Weather was also excellent which obviously helps. Very hot and very humid with one morning of rain. Few showers over night but nothing which affected our stay. We had no issues getting sunbeds but we were up fairly early for breakfast every morning.

Monkeys are everywhere! They won't bother you if you don't have anything edible on you. They might come for bits of fruit in drinks etc and are very active around 4pm when afternoon tea is served. Don't ever feed them. I was a victim of a monkey incident where one bounded down from the rafters to steal my doughnut! If they do come for your food my advice would be just to let them have it (unless it's in your bag, don't really want your camera etc disappearing) as it's better than being scratched. If they are just snooping about the pool and are a bit close then just standing up or clapping your hands should move them on. Now, the baboon! Don't mess with this character. He is massive and to be honest quite scary. He is only interested in food - if you don't have any he won't even look at you but if you're carrying food and he pops up I would just leave it and walk away. On the whole the hotel wildlife is very entertaining. Monkeys are scrambling across the balconies most of the day - keep your doors shut!

The beach is a positive and negative. To look at its stunning. However, as I'm sure you've read, Diani Beach has beach boys/beach operators. These guys get a bad name on here and there's no doubt they're persistent and therefore quite annoying. They were however, in our experience, very friendly and pleasant and in reality are poor and are trying to make some money. Nothing wrong with having a look at the stalls etc as there probably is something you would like as a souvenir. Always half the price they suggest and take pens/socks for trading. The shops affiliated to the hotel around reception are very nice and you can browse at your leisure. Don't be put off walking in the beach - just get used to saying no and sorry I've already got one of those/already booked a safari.

We also did a glass bottom/snorkelling trip with the water sports guys linked to the hotel. Cost about £10 each and was good to see the coral and walk about on the sandbank a few hundred yards out to sea.

Airport transfer was interesting. The Likoni ferry has the potential to be wild and we got it on a bad day when we arrived. Two ferries broke down and there's only one tall enough for coaches. To sum up this equated to an approx 5 hour trip from landing to hotel. Not ideal but you're in Africa so don't expect it all to go smoothly as the roads are pretty poor and a lot of the vehicles are old so breakdowns etc are common place. All this didn't bother us as we were kind of expecting it but some people became a bit restless and as is the way with British tourists when they are a bit tired, hot and in unfamiliar surroundings became a bit rude towards staff who could do nothing about the situation. Early start when coming home and we had no issues with ferry. We also had no issues with it when out on safari. I've put another review up for Bongo Safaris who I wouldn't hesitate to use again.

To sum up we had a brilliant two weeks in Kenya. Wouldn't hesitate to come back (as long as it's stable politics wise, think it could be interesting for the near future) and if we did we would be staying at the Baobab.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Perth, Scotland
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stayed at The Baobab from 25th March for two weeks. Upon arrival we checked in to a standard room in the Baobab section of the resort (three sections together running along the beach). I must admit we were not very happy with this room. There was nothing wrong with, but it was basic and quite dark, with very little view because of the beautiful mature trees. We decided to upgarde (£380 for 12 nights as we were away on safari for two nights). I must say that it was worth every penny. We stayed in a room at the Meridadi end of the resort and it was stunning. Bright, airy, spacious. I would definitely recommend upgrading if you possibly can.

The resort itself is immaculate. Set on the beachfront among lush trees and grass. The beach is gorgeous, white sand, bath temperature water - ALMOST a dream. As everyone else has been mentioning the Beach Boys really are a pain. I understand they are all very poor and just trying to make a living, but it does get very annoying. Take one step onto the beach and you will be accosted. You have to be firm, and almost a little rude to get them to back off. Once in the water they just about left you alone! Don't let this deter you from swimming a few times at least though, the water is lovely.

The swimming pools (3) were all lovely. The Meridadi is the quiet end of the resort and we spend most of our time here. There are 3 buffet restaurants all serving up much the same fare. The food was delicious. Good quality, nice variety. AMAZING curries. Have had better deserts, but still plenty good. The All Inc drinks were fine. White wine was nice, local spirits seemed fine. Cocktails were nice, but perhaps a slightly larger variety would have been nice.

The staff were all a delight. So friendly every minute of the day.

We went on safari for 3 days and two nights. Booked with Thomson as part of the holiday deal. Next time we would just book the hotel and book a safari with one of the companies already there as there seemed to be better deals and more options.

All in all a lovely holiday. Great place to relax and unwind. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Just returned from a lovely holiday at the Baobab - really great. Lovely food, very clean, great facilities, fabulous staff etc. Very highly rated. Only downside is the beach boys. They just hassle and hassle and hassle. Really spoils things. I travelled alone and simply was not comfortable going in the beach and I felt I was missing out but I'd heard of people getting ripped off and hassled incessantly (and seen it for myself) so I decided to give it a miss. It's a shame as it's a beautiful beach.

Apart from that it was a fabulous holiday and a great resort. If you do safari, contact Monika at Molu Safaris or JT Safaris. Both great and much better range than those sold by resort holiday reps.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

Great service, the best experience of complete relax near the Indian Ocean, uplifting water aerobics with the most outstanding coaches, excellent choreography of the shows, unforgettable show of acrobatics, very friendly atmosphere, very tasty food and fresh juices. We loved this journey and the only thing we can regret - the time passes so quickly!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Baobab Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 321
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the world famous Diani Beach. The resort comprises three luxurious properties – The Baobab, The Maridadi and Kole Kole, offering a unique selection of exquisite accommodation and facilities spread across the resort grounds. Guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide paramount comfort and luxury for all our clients. Guests may utilise leisure facilities across the resort including 3 swimming pools, dining areas and much more. ... more   less 
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