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we stayed in kaskazi hotel for 2 weeks i...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 6th September 2008

"we stayed in kaskazi hotel for 2 weeks in august 2008 and i must say it was fantastic, the food was great well cooked and plenty of it , the waiters we brill too. the entertainment staff we fantastic the only trouble was they wont leave you alone wanting you to join in everything but when you keep refusing they soon get the hint. the safari was great the lodges we good we saw all the big five would go back to this hotel. if its your first time in kenya book your safari there its a lot cheaper and get a visa form in the uk as it took us 2 hours to get through airport. "

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  • Travel date: 6th September 2008

Good choice

4
Good
by
Reviewed 6th December 2012

"We travelled to Kaskazi Beach Hotel in October 2007 and holidayed for 2 weeks. I would certainly recommend this hotel to friends - it's immaculately clean, the food is excellent with a wide variety of choice and the staff/waiters are very friendly (especially John and King). We were on an all inclusive basis, however the bottled water wasn't included (this really ought to be printed in the holiday brochures) and you also couldn't take drinks to your room which we found really irritating. We usually like to relax and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine of an evening in our room before going out for the evening meal but were unable to on this holiday. Don't go if you want a beach - it's all rocks - apparently all of the sand was washed away in the Tsunami. That didn't really bother us as much as I thought it would as there are plenty of sunbeds around the hotel grounds and we never struggled once to find somewhere to sit and would often move around in the day into the shade and then into the sun with no problems at all. The only thing I would say is a downside is that they've tried to turn it into a bit like a Butlins, with a cockerel crowing at 10am each morning followed by Doris Day singing "Good morning, good morning" etc followed by very loud dance music, aqua aerobics, dancing and singing in the pool, volleyball, water polo, shuffleboard etc, not to forget the quiz in the afternoon. Some people may enjoy this but to be honest we found it a little tacky. We prefer to relax by reading books and taking in the scenery and enjoying being in a different country rather than have loud music and people screeching all day long! It also made it a little problematic if you wanted to have a dip in the pool and there was a game or something going on. The monkeys were great fun - they came down from the trees at about 3/4pm each day and ran around the grounds. Watch out for the massive tree spiders - they're scary! We went on a three day safari whilst out there which we booked through our tour operator. We flew out on a tiny plane to the Masai Mara which is the biggest game park and luckily saw everything we wanted to on the first game drive we had! The accommodation we stopped in was so luxurious and we even had our own little lizard in the bathroom! The only problem was that drinks weren't inclusive and boy do they know how to charge?! We ordered two g&t's which came to £14!! The whole safari we considered VERY EXPENSIVE, but well worth it. After all, why go all the way to Kenya and not experience a safari?"

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  • Travel date: 1st November 2007

Great country- hotel not 4 star by a long way!

2
Poor
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Reviewed 17th November 2012

"We traveled to Kenya after saving up for what we hoped was going to be a brilliant holiday. We booked with Going Places and upgraded our seats to premium gold as my partner is very tall and the extra room would make the journey more comfortable but were disappointed at what we got for our money compared with other tour operators we have used before. The food was dried up (gravy evaporated to a sticky glue) and the ‘seat back TV’s’ were digi-players which had to sit on our trays after we had eaten our meal which was 45mins into our flight. We weren’t even given those dodgy flight socks which come in a comfort pack for a 9 hour flight! On arrival the airport was exactly what we had expected. It was very small, with ceiling fans and long queues (it pays to get off the plane and into the queues quick!). The people however were so friendly and welcoming and as we had already got our visas we were able to skip a stage and collect our luggage. On exiting the airport the heat really hit us. We arrived late morning and were pounced on by men wanting to carry our bags to the coach but from the beginning we were firm but polite and as long as we didn’t stop to talk to any of them we got on fine and they moved on to the next new tourists. Ukunda is a ferry ride away from Mombassa island and should have taken about 1 ½ hours to get there but an overturned oil tanker caused the journey to be much longer. We would have liked our rep to point out the many sights along the way rather than chat to the driver the whole time however the ferry was fascinating. It is used by all the locals who live over the water where land is a little cheaper, therefore there were schoolchildren on foot, men pushing huge wooden barrows of stock to buyers hours away, women with food balanced on their heads and much more. It is free to pedestrians and there are 4 operating so most of the time you don’t have to wait more than 5 mins for it. Arriving at kaskazi beach the reception looked cool and airy and the ceiling was high made from wood and thatch. We were given cool wet towels for our faces and a welcome drink which went down very well. After checking in we were shown to our room by a porter who carried both of our 30kg bags up 3 flights of stairs as there is no lift! Shortly after booking our holiday in the U.K, I had an operation on my foot and was house bound for 3 months in a cast. During this time I was in contact with Benedict, the reservation and customer services manager as I was concerned that I may spend quite some time in the room if my foot was not healed completely and he assured me that without a doubt he would get me a T.V. and a great sea view (this is not standard in Kenya, nor is a hairdryer or fridge). However, I have to say; on arrival the room was very disappointing. The view was nonexistent, there was no T.V. as promised and the room was filthy!! Our air-con did not work and they had forgotten our towels. The safe is chargeable per day which is a bit of a joke as you have no choice but to use it! We let the reception know immediately and were told that they would move us the next morning when some guests in better rooms had checked out. They gave us a choice of three rooms with great views but they were all dirty and one had a shower that was so dirty that the water could only trickle down itself! Part of the hotel was being refurbished and none of the ‘superior’ rooms which I had arranged for an extra charge per day were finished. We kept chasing the television and Benedict said he was getting the wiring in the room done so it would work for us while we were on safari so we just made the most of what we had. Now I don’t want to be seen to be slating the hotel, we had a great holiday and would love to return to a different hotel one day. It does have some great features, it is beautiful to look at, had amazing food with the right amount of Kenyan influence- we tried crocodile, buffalo, barracuda, antelope, and many different fish. The pool was kept very clean and we could always get a sun bed, they spend a lot of time looking after the beach and the security guards do their best to keep the beach boys away (if you go and buy from them they leave you alone for the rest of your holiday- its worth it!). Make sure you barter hard for example a carving which starts at 1800ksh they will sell to a local for 150ksh! I’m not saying you should be that mean but they will take you for a mug if they can so tell them they are being unreasonable and as a rule set your price at slightly below half of what they say, then you have both done a good deal. Water sports works out very expensive and we expected them to be included in our all inclusive package. The beach is ok but gets covered in seaweed every few days although the gardeners clean it up and there are no sun beds on it because the tide comes in right up to the wall every few hours so they dont let you use it for that. It is nice to have a walk and look in the rock pools at what the sea leaves behind but after that you really have no choice but to go back inside the grounds of the hotel again. Try not to rely on the evening entertainment unless it it is a local band or dance act as most of the shows are done by the animators and are halfhearted. We went to Ali Barbours Cave Restaurant one night and had the most amazing meal which was silver service and cost us about £25 per head which was three courses and a bottle of wine. The atmosphere was great and you are positioned so you can see the stars above your head through the hole in the cave roof! The hotel is a 5min drive away and they will pick you up and bring you back free of charge. A safari is a must for any visit to Kenya and our lodges were unfaultable. We stayed at ngutuni lodge, Amboseli Serena lodge and Kilaguni Serena Lodge (See my other reviews) We went to Tsavo West, Tsavo East and Amboseli National parks. The area has quite a bit to do but we felt that the safari really made it for us! We saw lions, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra and more! The only thing we didn’t see was a rhino and there aren’t many of those left. As you may have guessed, we had a great holiday and would love to return to Kenya before it has changed too much but we were deeply let down by the customer service at the hotel and bare faced lied to by their manager! They could have done so much more for us and changing rooms three times due to appalling hygiene is disgusting! Go to Kenya, it is the experience of a lifetime but choose a different hotel, this is no 4 star by anyone’s standards!"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 12th October 2007

great holiday

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 26th October 2012

"we booked our holiday at the Kaskazi Beach on Sunday 23 Sept at 2pm, got a last minute deal, flew at 8pm on the following day! read the reviews prior to going. Were surprised. Hotel looked just like the pics - the only downside, if any, was the travel time. 9.5 hrs from Gatwick and then 2.5 hrs to the resort. The hotel is classed as 4*, however, i do agree with other guests that the furniture is a little tired. The only downside i have is if anyone is travelling now, beware, a new hotel is being built right at the back of the Kaskazi, and although no rooms, well hardly any, look onto the building site, a certain amount of noise can be heard, although no large machines are used - only workmen working slowly. No bother really, but i think this should be mentioned. Also, German run, so plenty of food , especially tea, coffee and cake at 4pm on the dot !! A must whilst on holiday is the 1night safari trip to Ngutuni Game park. The lodge is definitely 4*, out in the middle of nowhere next to a watering hole. Take a good camera as the scenery is simply stunning. Well worth a trip. Also, take some cheap spare clothes to give to the locals, they will be very grateful to you - also take colouring books and pencils for the children."

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  • Travel date: 6th October 2007

Great time at Kaskazi

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 22nd December 2012

"This hotel is excellent for a relaxing holiday. The rooms are good and light, maybe not 4 star but definitely clean and basic. We stayed all inclusive and the meals were buffet style. Always plenty of food, hot and good choice. Drinks were strong and you could even have cocktails on the AI which is not usual. The staff are always smiling and friendly, they make you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. There is a lovely pool, cleaned every day, sunbeds in the gardens, under the trees etc or around the pool. No problem with getting one in the morning, even though the hotel was full. Towels supplied. Everything about this hotel was good, would thoroughly recommend it. The only let down, is possibly the beach, coral right in front of the hotel, but 30 minute walk either way and there is some nice swimming spots. Beach sellers are persistent so be prepared. There are a lot of stairs and no lifts so not people with a climbing problem Would definitely go back if only for a short break."

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  • Travel date: 24th March 2007

Excellent Holiday at Kaskazi

4
Good
by
Reviewed 6th December 2012

"As regular travellers to Kenya, we know what to expect regarding the standard of accommodation. Kaskazi is classed as a four star hotel, however, we would class it more as a three star. As other reviewers have stated, this hotel is run by a German company and as such has a large German clientelle. So what!! As well as the English there were French, Dutch and some Swedish guests. A good European mix which is NOT detrimental to the quality of the stay at Kaskazi. The hotel grounds are shaded and very relaxing. Most afternoons around 4 o clock, monkeys appear, mostly to plunder the tea tables but some just to graze on the fresh leaves. Very amusing to watch the battle between the monkeys and security staff trying to keep them away. The "Animation" team organise the usual volleyball, water polo, shuffle board, botcha (boule) etc throughout the day. The food was varied and excellent. It says something for the quality when the hotel management eat alongside the guests. The Alladin Grill is to be thoroughly recommended, whether you accept the inclusive "free" meal or plumb for the more exotic Crocodile steaks etc. The hotel was very clean in all areas, room service was particularly good. Bar service was exremely good particularly at the Beach Bar. Not so good was the waiter service whilst watching the evening entertainment. The evening entertainment was a mixture of local bands, acrobats and in house shows. Some good some not so good. Tip. Don't bother with the glass bottom boat trip. At 13 pounds per head, it is poor value as there are no decent reefs to visit. Watamu is much better for this sort of thing. You are transported to "Robinson Island" which is a sandbank about a quarter of a mile off shore where believe it or not you are still hounded by beach boys who wade out to try and sell you their wares. Safaris are sold in the reception area and are better value than Tomsons. Also for around 4000 Kenyan Shillings £30 you can hire a taxi to Mombasa for the day. You have the car for the whole day and get a very good guided tour.Fort Jesus and old Mombasa on foot will cost another 300 Ks per head, payable to a local guide. All in all we would thoroughly recommend this hotel. Pete & Babs York"

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  • Travel date: 9th January 2007

LTI Kaskazi Hotel Diani Beach Kenya 12 t...

4
Good
by
Reviewed 1st January 2007

"LTI Kaskazi Hotel Diani Beach Kenya 12 to 27 March 2006 Tour Operator Thomson Booked @ Thomas Cook Flight 1st time with Britannia Airways since 1999, regret TUI still makes great profits from overpriced duty free drinks and very poor meals. Even worse the plane was an old Boeing and from seats 14a & b we could not see a film screen, never mind we saved cost of earphones! Airport reception was slow but no problems. Transfer to hotel was quite exciting seeing bustling streets, colourful ferry, many pushing water carts and various parts of Mombasa. Reception, Check in and Reps Meeting Very slow and almost seemed timed so we would be too late for lunch. Early afternoon we went by coach to the Reps Talk at a conference centre a few miles away. We were promised all sorts of vital local information. We got a hard sell for a few overpriced Thomson trips. No information on shops, markets, restaurants or how to book “The Lunatic Train” The 4* Hotel If ever there is an enigma about any hotel it is the Kaskazi. German owned managed by a Dutch Giant who was visible every day. Reviews are scarce and tend to be old. We talked with English & German Couples who choose to stay here every year many had more than 6 visits. If you keep coming back you must enjoy the Hotel. It was kept clean, the grounds were well looked after. There were 2 illusion signs everywhere commanding us “Not to feed the Monkeys” most were chimps, and “do not tip bar staff” well if you choose not to tip don’t complain if you wait for hours for your drinks. Food Breakfasts were wonderful in the main Restaurant or alfresco on the surrounding verandas, plenty to choose from hot porridge, cereals, fresh fruit, fresh cooked “full English”, toast machines, cooked meats beloved by Germans, coffee in thermos flasks, fruit juice and some morning’s pancakes or healthy fruit drinks from members of the animation team. Lunch Alfresco above the pool, buffet that varied each day, Kenyan style toasty cheese sandwiches, various foods cooked in front of you, chips (French fries). Waiters fetched drinks from downstairs bar. Afternoon Tea Same location as lunch, wonderful Kenyan tea & coffee plus cakes & biscuits. The real adventure at tea time most days was the battle between “monkeys” and Security guards armed with catapults. The monkeys won most days 9-1 as they came for their helpings of cake. I’m sure most European guests were supporters of the monkeys and many helped feed them while they posed for photographs. Monkey team work and strategy left the guards flatfooted. Dinner When held in the main Restaurant was good. However there were many “themed nights” when tables were around the verandas and if you did not attend early you waited for seats. There was always plenty of choice we enjoyed dinner. Drinks were fetched to table by waiters from a bar where frequently there was only one barman hence service could be slow tipping helped. Room Basic but comfortable, loo flushed, shower powerful and hot. Tipped room boy 1st time seen he was a young friendly lad. Room kept spotless, clean towels & sheets every day. No hairdryer, asked but strange silence from Reception staff when I asked for one, by end of holiday concluded hairdryers and TV are rare items in Kenya. Entertainment Sometimes I felt I was in a time warp at Hi-Di-Hi land with the 10 o’clock wake up song that lasted for 10 minutes and ended with the animation crew doing “the Hi-Di-Hi dance.” Then loud speaker announcing time table for the morning ”Stretching with Rita at 1015, Pool Aerobics with Fred at 1030, Healthy Vitamin drink with Liz 1045, Beach Volleyball ….etc. But there were many pleasant relaxing areas and bars. I do not care for TV on holiday maybe an occasional news bulletin but here there is one small TV in the downstairs bar where English Footie Fans cross Swords with German “News Viewers” ritually each evening. The rest of us enjoy our free drinks and the evening show outside. The evening shows performed outside were very good, waiters bringing drinks if rewarded. Shows were basically Song & Dance. Hairdresser Spa Various massages by wonderful lasses who were excellent. Traditional and modern hair treatments, beads, locks and extensions. A 1ST Dariusdave enjoyed both manicure and pedicure after Safari price reasonable. The Buddy System We were “adopted” by a member of the Animation team ½ way through the holiday who joined us for tea and evening meals. It seems policy that they are there to help and see to it you enjoy yourselves. The Beach Well forget about swimming in the Indian Ocean from this hotel. They say the sand was washed away by the Tsunami leaving “exposed coral”. But you can swim from hotel beaches further south. We took the Glass Bottom Boat trip which was worth every Shilling; we saw beautiful live coral and enjoyed snorkelling from the boat. Beach traders, there were sheds of wood carvings alongside the hotel, the boss seemed fair we purchased a hand carved Nativity Set. However we did not like the “Rwandan refugees” let us say their business methods are unacceptable. The other beach traders and “boy guides” operate under the protection of the hotel security guards and most guests would rather they were not there. We found they just kept pestering you and didn’t take a No for an answer. Hence we avoided the beach and rested in the hotel grounds. Sundays Members of The Animation crew escorted Catholics by Taxi and Protestants by walking to African English language Church Services. This was a cultural experience Dariusdave enjoyed his African worship that starts late and is far longer than an Anglican Hour, very lively at times but The Pastor was most challenging. Sunday tea time children from the local Aids Orphanage visit. There seem to be well established links between German guests and this Orphanage. I always take pens, crayons etc on 3rd world holidays (often used as tips) but this time gave them all to the Orphanage Rep. If any readers are going to stay at Kaskazi Hotel do try and find room in your case for a few treats for these children. Safari A separate review is included under Resort Reviews. I will say 3 days Tsavo East & West were 3 of the happiest days in over 35 years of married life. Other trips locally arranged were 1st class. Conclusion It would be best to think of Kaskazi as a hotel by the Indian Ocean, but not a beach hotel. The Hotel is promoted as 4* even given our 3rd World experiences (Sri Lanka, Egypt Tunisia, Cuba & Dominican Republic) this should be regarded as a good clean 3*hotel. Management is hands on and enthusiastic but why have a 1st class Hairdressers / Spa in a small shop open long hours and a large shop for souvenirs that rarely opened. Why cram guests onto verandas for dinner and leave the main Restaurant empty? I accept that tropical conditions do dull paint and hotel was due to close for maintenance in May. But there were almost as many water leaks as Thames Water have, a good plumber was required but would he have good fittings? We enjoyed Kenya so much we have booked to go again next March but this time will try a beach hotel."

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  • Travel date: 1st January 2007

LTI Kaskazi Beach Hotel Dianni Beach Mombasa

3
Average
by
Reviewed 17th November 2012

"LTI Kaskazi Hotel Diani Beach Kenya 12 to 27 March 2006 Tour Operator Thomson Booked @ Thomas Cook Flight 1st time with Britannia Airways since 1999, regret TUI still makes great profits from overpriced duty free drinks and very poor meals. Even worse the plane was an old Boeing and from seats 14a & b we could not see a film screen, never mind we saved cost of earphones! Airport reception was slow but no problems. Transfer to hotel was quite exciting seeing bustling streets, colourful ferry, many pushing water carts and various parts of Mombasa. Reception, Check in and Reps Meeting Very slow and almost seemed timed so we would be too late for lunch. Early afternoon we went by coach to the Reps Talk at a conference centre a few miles away. We were promised all sorts of vital local information. We got a hard sell for a few overpriced Thomson trips. No information on shops, markets, restaurants or how to book “The Lunatic Train” The 4* Hotel If ever there is an enigma about any hotel it is the Kaskazi. German owned managed by a Dutch Giant who was visible every day. Reviews are scarce and tend to be old. We talked with English & German Couples who choose to stay here every year many had more than 6 visits. If you keep coming back you must enjoy the Hotel. It was kept clean, the grounds were well looked after. There were 2 illusion signs everywhere commanding us “Not to feed the Monkeys” most were chimps, and “do not tip bar staff” well if you choose not to tip don’t complain if you wait for hours for your drinks. Food Breakfasts were wonderful in the main Restaurant or alfresco on the surrounding verandas, plenty to choose from hot porridge, cereals, fresh fruit, fresh cooked “full English”, toast machines, cooked meats beloved by Germans, coffee in thermos flasks, fruit juice and some mornings pancakes or healthy fruit drinks from members of the animation team. Lunch Alfresco above the pool, buffet that varied each day, Kenyan style toasty cheese sandwiches, various foods cooked in front of you, chips (French fries). Waiters fetched drinks from downstairs bar. Afternoon Tea Same location as lunch, wonderful Kenyan tea & coffee plus cakes & biscuits. The real adventure at tea time most days was the battle between “monkeys” and Security guards armed with catapults. The monkeys won most days 9-1 as they came for their helpings of cake. I’m sure most European guests were supporters of the monkeys and many helped feed them while they posed for photographs. Monkey team work and strategy left the guards flatfooted. Dinner When held in the main Restaurant was good. However there were many “themed nights” when tables were around the verandas and if you did not attend early you waited for seats. There was always plenty of choice we enjoyed dinner. Drinks were fetched to table by waiters from a bar where frequently there was only one barman hence service could be slow tipping helped. Room Basic but comfortable, loo flushed, shower powerful and hot. Tipped room boy 1st time seen he was a young friendly lad. Room kept spotless, clean towels & sheets every day. No hairdryer, asked but strange silence from Reception staff when I asked for one, by end of holiday concluded hairdryers and T.V. are rare items in Kenya. Entertainment Sometimes I felt I was in a time warp at Hi-Di-Hi land with the 10 o’clock wake up song that lasted for 10 minutes and ended with the animation crew doing “the Hi-Di-Hi dance.” Then loud speaker announcing time table for the morning ”Stretching with Rita at 1015, Pool Aerobics with Fred at 1030, Healthy Vitamin drink with Liz 1045, Beach Volleyball ….etc. But there were many pleasant relaxing areas and bars. I do not care for TV on holiday maybe an occasional news bulletin but here there is one small TV in the downstairs bar where English Footie Fans cross Swords with German “News Viewers” ritually each evening. The rest of us enjoy our free drinks and the evening show outside. The evening shows performed outside were very good, waiters bringing drinks if rewarded. Shows were basically Song & Dance Hairdresser Spa Various massages by wonderful lasses who were excellent. Traditional and modern hair treatments, beads, locks and extensions. A 1ST Dariusdave enjoyed both manicure and pedicure after Safari price reasonable The Buddy System We were “adopted” by a member of the Animation team ½ way through the holiday who joined us for tea and evening meals. It seems policy that they are there to help and see to it you enjoy yourselves. The Beach Well forget about swimming in the Indian Ocean from this hotel. They say the sand was washed away by the Tsunami leaving “exposed coral”. But you can swim from hotel beaches further south. We took the Glass Bottom Boat trip which was worth every Shilling, we saw beautiful live coral and enjoyed snorkelling from the boat. Beach traders, there were sheds of wood carvings alongside the hotel, the boss seemed fair we purchased a hand carved Nativity Set. However we did not like the “Rwandan refugees” let us say their business methods are unacceptable. The other beach traders and “boy guides” operate under the protection of the hotel security guards and most guests would rather they were not there. We found they just kept pestering you and didn’t take No for an answer. Hence we avoided the beach and rested in the hotel grounds. Sundays Members of The Animation crew escorted Catholics by Taxi and Protestants by walking to African English language Church Services. This was a cultural experience Dariusdave enjoyed his African worship that starts late and is far longer than an Anglican Hour, very lively at times but The Pastor was most challenging. Sunday tea time children from the local Aids Orphanage visit. There seem to be well established links between German guests and this Orphanage. I always take pens, crayons etc on 3rd world holidays (often used as tips) but this time gave them all to the Orphanage Rep. If any readers are going to stay at Kaskazi Hotel do try and find room in your case for a few treats for these children. Safari A separate review is included under Resort Reviews. I will say 3 days Tsavo East & West were 3 of the happiest days in over 35 years of married life. Other trips locally arranged were 1st class. Conclusion It would be best to think of Kaskazi as a hotel by the Indian Ocean, but not a beach hotel. The Hotel is promoted as 4* even given our 3rd World experiences (Sri Lanka, Egypt Tunisia, Cuba & Dominican Republic) this should be regarded as a good clean 3*hotel. Management is hands on and enthusiastic but why have a 1st class Hairdressers / Spa in a small shop open long hours and a large shop for souvenirs that rarely opened. Why cram guests onto verandas for dinner and leave the main Restaurant empty? I accept that tropical conditions do dull paint and hotel was due to close for maintenance in May. But there were almost as many water leaks as Thames Water have, a good plumber was required but would he have good fittings? We enjoyed Kenya so much we have booked to go again next March but this time will try a beach hotel."

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  • Travel date: 31st December 2006

Fantastic

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 15th October 2012

"Vistied in feb 2006 having never been to kenya always going to jamacia But what a holiday staff rooms food atmosphere all excellent Just booked again for christmas 2006 and feb 2007all in all a wonderfull holiday (german run but you get high standards because of that . we all know what the germans are like for complaining never heard one complain ! ! )"

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  • Travel date: 12th September 2006

Kaskazi....hmmm

3
Average
by
Reviewed 28th October 2012

"Kaskazi…hmmm The holiday was great but the accommodation could have been better. I thought the staff were friendly…but they were biased towards the Germans, of which the brits are totally outnumbered. So if you need a sun bed ask Robert or Emmanuel to save you one by the pool (for a small tip)…well worth it. The food was good with lots of choice (antelope, buffalo and lots of fish) but it’s nice to eat out in the second week…see below. The entertainment was good (apart from comedy night!) and the staff were friendly and tried there best to make everyone happy. Only 1 staff member on the bars so service can be slow and there is only 1 choice of beer (tusker)…not great. You must also pay after 11pm and for water. A tip is to get a bottle and keep filling it up at the water fountains. The beach was full of dead coral, so urchins are lurking about waiting to strike….so put some shoes on. There are better beaches about a 10 min walk away. We booked a safari to Voi lodge through the beach sellers and saved a bundle. Thomson were awful and the trip (overnight in a lovely hotel) cost £185…we got the same deal for £80! And what a result. We stayed at Voi lodge hotel and saw Lions (14), cheater, elephants, water buffalo, giraffe, hippo, zebra, in fact everything but for rhino…not bad for £80. also good value was a glass bottomed boat trip for £10…via the beach “bums” If you want a drink outside the complex, go to ALI BARBOURS pub by taxi and then get a camel back along the beach (£4) Also have a special romantic meal at the Ali Cave…they pick you up and drop you back, one of the nicest places you could eat.(You sit below the stars) We did have some money and pills taken from our room, but the management sorted the problem out quickly. The rooms were always clean and tidy. I probably would have preferred to have gone to the “lodge” hotel that Kuoni do. But this was a good holiday…but only 3STAR. R.H."

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  • Travel date: 21st February 2006

What a Jem

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 22nd December 2012

"This hotel is a little Jem. The hotel is friendly, very clean and relaxed. Although it may lack some of the amenities of perhaps the very large hotels such as a gym or satalite tv in each room it does have a certain charm. The staff and management are excellent and cannot do enough for you. The standard of food is good with plenty of choice. The hotel is well layed out with a very clear African feel. Although the bedroom's are basic there is plenty of room in each one. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, i felt it was extremely comfortable and welcoming."

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  • Travel date: 26th January 2006

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