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Review: Voi Wildlife Lodge

On the way to and from Watamu, we stopped in Voi. We wanted to take a break and make the drive a bit easier. We chose Voi Wildlife Lodge as the place to make our stop. Big mistake. I don’t want to go into too many details as I don’t want to relive it. However I can tell you this: Service was terrible on the way down. Their excuse was that no one was really around and so there was less staff. Service was terrible on the way there. Their excuse was that the lodge was full and thus very busy. Food was barely edible. We reserved and paid for an air conditioned rooms. We did not get one either time. Didn’t get any real answer as to why either time. The fan in the room didn’t help as the bizarre mosquito netting somehow blocked the air flow at the top. There is no safe in the room nor are there adequate locks. There is no Do Not Disturb sign so you can’t even request …

Saruni Samburu

Review: Saruni Lodge

Soon after we arrived in Kenya, we started to hear about the Saruni Samburu and how great it is. It took three years and second trip up to Samburu (we stayed at the Ashnil last time), but we finally got up there. In fact, the second trip to Samburu was all about experiencing the Saruni. Samburu is awesome, but the Saruni can easily be a destination in itself. In my prior post I mentioned the drive up. You can fly, but five hours of mostly easy driving from Nairobi makes this more of a driving type of trip. Given that the Saruni is pricey, you might want to drive to save the money and put it toward your stay. That said, although it’s pricey, it’s worth it. You more than get your money’s worth. The service is excellent. You are really pampered, yet never hovered over. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly, and then when they showed us our villa we got an apology. They didn’t know our favorite drinks and so they could …

Review: Ocean Village

For our third trip to Diani (my favorite beach!), we stayed at Ocean Village. The resort recently changed management and was renovated. I have to say, they did a good job. The grounds were lovely. The beach side could have used some umbrellas for shade, but there were enough palm trees for us to manage. The pool area was also nice. There were no lounge chairs by the pool, which I found odd. But, maybe most people are like me and prefer to lounge on the beach anyway. Our room was really nice, with a big comfortable bed. Everything was is good shape. The bathroom was nice. No issues with that. We had a hot water problem (lack of) one day but it was quickly resolved. I liked that they had a hairdryer and that it was placed near a mirror. Sadly, the dryer wasn’t really strong enough. Also, the lighting in the room was a bit dim. It’s hard to see what you’re doing when you put on makeup to go out. Those are …

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.

Review: Sanctuary Farm

My in-laws came to visit in January. J. took them on the usual visitor’s tour of a jaunt to the Maasai Mara, the Giraffe Center, the Elephant Orphanage, etc. As a special treat, the whole family—dogs included—went up to Naivasha for stay at Sanctuary Farm. Originally, the farm consisted of a polo ground, stables and a polo club house. Later, the property was allowed to go wild and the owners converted the club house into a restaurant and the stables into guest rooms. We chose to stay in the converted stable rooms at full board. You can also choose half-board and even a self catering option. There is also the option to camp on their grounds. (I prefer glamping. No camping for me, thank you.) Here are pictures of our room, the main interior of the stables and the club house. Service here is great. The food is so delicious. It was a really nice getaway from Nairobi. For my in-laws, it was a nice way to round out their visit with an easy trip …