Just back and already booked for next November!!
This was the second November we have stayed at the Kole Kole wing within the Baobab and once again had a superb holiday.
My wife and I are fortunate to have travelled around the world staying at 5 star hotels which do offer more in way of facilities than the Kole Kole but do not get even close when it comes to the relaxed atmosphere or the friendliness of the staff.
The Kenyan tourist industry has been hit hard since the troubles last December and January and lots of hotels have been put in mothballs or even had to close completley and the Kole Kole also suffered due to British tourists not being able to book and travel from the UK but the staff although having gone through very difficult times are still the happiest and friendliest I have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble for any member of staff whether it be a manager or a gardener all who great you with a warm "jambo jambo".
Now down to the information that you all want to see on trip advisor -The rooms are very large and cleaned everyday with fresh towels supplied in the morning and at night if you wish. The infinity pool is immaculate as is the pool area , pool staff on hand at all times so fresh dry towels can be obtained as many times as you wish. The food quality is of a very high standard with plenty of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pineapple or banana crumble which is served at lunch does sit a little heavy during the afterrnoon so give it an hour before jumping back in the pool !
Breakfast is available all through the night for those who either have an early safari pick up or who are travelling home early. These are booked at the reception.
The ala carte restaurant is a must for anyone staying within the Kole Kole the service is of a very high standard. You will be served by either Diana or Nelson and be treated like a king and queen. My wife celebrated her birthday whilst there and six of us had a wonderful time within the ala carte where the staff came out singing "happy birthday" bashing the pots and pans. The price per couple for a three course meal as around 3300ksh which works out about £30, not bad for top quality food - of course this did include the 20% discount. Compare this to a local restaurant called Ali barbors cave where we took a couple of Kenyan friends where we paid 14,000 ksh where we had four courses and drinks - about £35 per head. Whilst I am on the subject of the area around the hotel, please do not feel afraid to venture out and about during the day, we visited friends in Ukunda village and in Diani but did use hotel taxis. I do not recommend using the local transport but do have a look around the local area as the people are really lovely and love to talk to tourists. We are sponsors of a local childrens home called Kebene which is situated about one mile from the hotel entrance down the road directly opposite the security barriers. The home is relocatting to newly built premises near the local airstrip within the next few weeks but if you are interested then more info can be found on www.kebene.com.
The evening entertainment now takes place within the newly built amplitheatre which is situtaed between the Kole Kole and the main Baobab buildings. There is now only one show per evening where as last year the entertainment staff had to perform the show within the Baobab and then in the Kole Kole. the shows are of a high standard and vary between the modern and the classic!!
For those of you like us who just like to sit and relax after dinner then go no further than the Suli Suli bar where all the staff are more than happy to wait on you hand and foot. Special mentions to Kenedy, Isaac and Alexandre...The biggest smiles within Kenya.
What I am about to mention is by no way a moan or groan but an observation - The entertainment staff although kenyan are managed by an Italian company who are a more excitable nation than the British or the Kenyans. At 10am everyday by the infinity pool the Italian entertainment manager (a girl of about 12) had hold of a microphone and introduced all the entertainment staff by name and what activities were on offer during the day. You can either get annoyed by her or laugh at her as her english is not great, either way it was all over in 5 minutes, needless to say we had a laugh we also had a laugh at the non british trying to dance along with the dance that accompanies the "jambo song" that is played about 12.30pm before lunch. Others have described the hotel as "Club med" this is not the case, if you want to take part in the sports or other activities then you can, no staff pressurise you and if you want peace and quiet then move away from the pool a matter of a few feet to the extensive grassed areas.
In summary the Kole Kole is superb, friendly staff, clean and safe pool, immacculate gardens and surroundings, top quality food in all restaurants, spacious rooms, top quality drinks - alcoholic and non alcoholic. Monkeys and baboons everywhere so watch out and be prepared to be mugged for fruit and cake if they see you with it.
The security at mombasa airport on departure is on a par with getting into the Bank of England safe but that is another story, just be prepared to be searched, searched and searched again. All for our safety though so can not moan. Depature tax of $20 each is now to be paid at check in on departure if not included within your holiday price, and entrance visa at $50 each on arrival. Visa can be applied for beforehand or the form downloaded from the net, completed and handed in on arrival with your boarding card and $50.
Just a little to add, my wife had reason to visit the local hospital for the last day of our holiday, the only cloudt day in two weeks, so not that bad. She was treated at Diani Beach Hospital where the standard of care was of a very high standard.
Whilst there we were visited by five members of the hotel staff who were genuinaly concerned for her health and well being, I can not think of anywhere else in the world where we have been that this would happen. Also do not forget to get good travel insurance cover. First time I have had to use it in over 25 years but thank goodness we had it.
Any questions about the Kole Kole then please ask
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Resort And Spa
- The Baobab - Baobab Beach Hotel Ukunda
- Baobab Beach Hotel Diani