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Review: Olerai House

This past Easter we spent the four-day weekend at Olerai House in Navaisha. We had a fantastic time. You can read about it and see the video in my last two posts. It was a truly unique experience. The best part, for me, was the set up. There isn’t a big common area, but each room is spacious with lots of sitting and lounging space should the rains take you inside. Lucky for us, it was clear and we got to hang around in the many cushioned lounge areas set up outside. You can sit or lie down and just watch the animals walk by you—literally right by you. The zebra were constant companions, coming quite close. We also had giraffe strolling along. In the distance we could see waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo, and baboons. Some hippos came up toward the evening. (The staff keeps you safe so no worry about charging hippos. Also, they constantly clean up so no worry about zebra poops….zebras do like to poop. I’m happy to say that while I watched …

Hotel Review: Ocean Sports

We made our first real dive trip earlier this month. (Yes, we dove in Diani. That wasn’t a dive trip though.) We went to Watamu and we stayed at Ocean Sports. We chose Ocean Sports because the dive shop we  booked with, Aqua Ventures, is based there. We wanted to be as close as possible to the dive shop as diving was the purpose of our trip. I’d say we did all right with our choice. The hotel is nice, clean, and well managed. Our room was spacious. I booked a larger room because I thought we would bring our DSLR rigs. We didn’t, but we liked having the extra space. One thing I really liked about the room was that there was an outlet near the mirror. I could see what I was doing as I dried my hair! Hooray! The only thing about the room is that it was a little bit run down. It wasn’t in bad shape. But it could use some refurbishing soon. The food was okay. Fresh oysters were …

Review: Mbweha Camp

For our Christmas holiday we chose to stay at the Mbweha Camp. The camp borders against Lake Nakuru National Park, so you are right by the park but not in it (read: park fees only for when you go to the park). We liked that it was outside of the park because we only wanted to do a game drive one day. We opted to do that on Christmas Eve during the day. We went with one of the drivers from the camp and had a wonderful time. More on that in a later post. Christmas day we went for a guided bike ride around the Soysambu Conservancy, where the camp is located. The mountain bikes were in pretty good condition and our guide was a professional cyclist. It was a great way to spend Christmas morning. If you want to do things other than a game drive, I really recommend staying at Mwbeha. They can accommodate a ton of activities in or out of the park. The camp itself is a small camp with handful …

Review: Riu Le Morne

My hotel review will be a little bit split as we wound up experiencing both the Riu Le Morne and the Riu Creole. We had booked at Le Morne, a lovely adults only hotel. However, the room we were in had no air conditioning. That wasn’t going to work. We had to push hard to get a room with air conditioning. Apparently an entire wing of the hotel was in terms of climate control. This really bothered us—if you know there is a problem, you should make accommodations ahead of time, before your paying guests arrive. We shouldn’t have had to fight to get into an air conditioned room. I should note that the girl at reception wasn’t being nasty. She was in over head and had no support. I can’t believe a high end hotel wouldn’t have someone there at all times to handle these things. We did get into one that night. The room was smaller, but we could deal with it. However, it did not have a safe, which was a deal …

Review: Riu Creole

As you read in my last post, our stay in Mauritius was split between the Riu Le Morne and the Riu Creole. We had booked the Le Morne but then stayed at the Creole. I can’t speak too much about the Creole other than the room. The suite was amazing. It was spacious, well laid out, and was well maintained. I have no complaints. So, the room was great. I can’t say too much because we spent more time at the Le Morne side. The Creole is family friendly—I highly recommend it if you have kids. They really provide a lot to keep the whole family happy. If you’re a couple, you’ll want to be on the Le Morne side.