All posts filed under: Holidays

Review: Malu Cottages

J.’s sister came to visit a few weeks ago and for part of her stay, the five of us went up to Malu Cottages in Naivasha. Overall, it was really great. We stayed in one of the family villas. It had two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds. Each bedroom was en suite. It also had a sizable common sitting room area, complete with fireplace. It was perfect for us! The beds were comfortable. Linens were nice. The views were great. We could even see Mt. Longonot in the distance. The service there was excellent. The food was absolutely amazing. It’s all a la carte and they are great with catering to any food allergies. We loved it! There was just one problem…and it’s us, not them. Malu is very much a working farm. Horses, cows, donkeys, and other animals roam around grazing. I loved it (expect that it freaked out Oreo and Maddie, but they could adjust). J. however is very, VERY allergic to horses. So, having the horses …

Looking out from the beach bed

Review: The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel

This year for my birthday we took off to Diani. We stayed at The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel. It. Was. Awesome! We loved every aspect of it. The grounds and pool are gorgeous. We loved the canopied day beds that overlooked the beach—this is where we pretty much spent all our time. Here’s a short video walking through the wrap-around pool. The interior common areas were nice. Our room was fantastic. Most of all, the food and service were amazing. I cannot say enough about the quality of the hospitality. And the food…so good! It’s all a la carte, fresh, and freshly made. (Now I’m craving crab and oysters just from thinking about the food there!) I very highly recommend staying at the Maji.

Looking out on Diani Beach

Birthday Trip

Last year, my birthday started out all right. I was alone as J. was traveling for work. I tried to make the most of it with a spa day. It went well until later in the evening when a power outage and a nasty email pretty much ruined the night. (I’m still annoyed by that email. It had a seemingly innocuous “Happy Birthday” subject line, but turned out to be someone airing out all her dirty laundry and pushing me to discuss family drama via email.) I vowed to make this year different. I’m happy to reported that I succeeded! For my 45th, I decided a beach vacation was in order. I also decided that I wanted to learn how to kite surf. Diani Beach, on the Kenyan Coast, is well known for kite surfing…most of the time. Unfortunately, there was no wind during our stay. No wind = no kite surfing. Still, we had a lovely time. Other than not having enough wind (there was a gentle breeze off the water, just not enough …

Guest Post: Oreo & Maddie Go On Smellcation

Hi everyone! Cookie Monsters here! We want to tell you all about our weekend in Naivasha at Sanctuary Farm. We had so much fun! First, there was a car ride. It was Maddie’s first long car ride and she did really well. It was a nice drive…too bad Maddie is still too short to look out the window. She had some great naps though. Then we arrived! Oh it was wonderful! It’s a big open space! So much room!!! There were all these animals there. There were wildebeest—we’re not scared of them; we just give them cautious respect and steer clear of them. There were lots of birds and monkeys that we wanted to chase. There were impala—they have Maddie’s coloring and jump like Oreo! We really wanted to run with them. There were also zebra. A zebra is the biggest dog we’ve ever seen! We really wanted to chase them. Sadly, we were not allowed to chase anything! It’s so unfair! We were kept on leash the whole time! Our friends Atlas, Luna, and …

Review: Kizingoni Beach Bandas

For our Christmas holiday in Lamu, we stayed at the Kizingoni Beach Bandas. It was absolutely wonderful! Tucked away on Lamu Island, far from Lamu town and Shela, it was paradise. What do I mean by paradise? I mean just a few little bandas (cottages/huts), all spaced out from one another, and all very close to the beach. It’s quite Robinson Caruso, but with wi-fi. (If you forgot sunblock or a toothbrush or something, you’ll need to trek to Lamu town to get it. This is not a big, fully-stocked resort.) Our Banda, Low Tide, was gorgeous. The lower portion was a covered but open deck with swinging day beds, a table and chairs, and then an additional lounge area. Upstairs, we had a balcony/terrace and then the room itself. Everything was very open. The room was decorated in the traditional Lamu style with attention to detail. The bathroom was a bit dark, but it was spacious. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water was a nice surprise. I didn’t expect it given the …