All posts tagged: Hotels

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 …

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.

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: 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 …