Thursday, 6 September 2018

Kola Beach Resort

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First and foremost Mambrui is a hidden gem that is situated between Malindi and Lamu. This is where Kola Beach Resort is located. Just from the photos that I saw on booking.com I knew for beyond any doubt that it was a pleasant resort. Kudos to the management my travel buddy and I were in Malindi at noon running some errands when one of the staff called me and asked me what time we were checking in. That was the first resort in North Coast that actually was concerned with my checking in. I at that point asked the staff what time we were intended to check in and he informed me that we could have checked in quite a while back even at 10:00am my travel buddy and I immediately boarded a tuk tuk and went straight to Kola Beach Resort.



 Location
Kola Beach Resort is situated in Mambrui which is not that far from Malindi Town. In the event that you are using public transport you can take a tuk tuk from Malindi and it will cost you on the minimum side 600 Kenya shillings (6$) and on the maximum side 800 ksh (8$). For more details on how to get to Malindi Click here . The resort also has a taxi which you can organize with the management to pick you up from the airport and take you to Mambrui at an additional cost.

Accommodation
When you get to Kola Beach Resort you will totally feel at home since the villas have that modern home touch. Each villa is divided into two stories where one family can occupy the whole villa or decide to take one floor as other guests occupy the other rooms on the upper floor. Both floors have a well spacious veranda and a kitchenette as well hence , if you opt to prepare meals as opposed from eating from the eatery then you are sorted. My travel buddy and I opted to just go with the resort meal plan which was totally worth it for the price.For bookings Click here .

Restaurant 
The resort has a really nice outdoor restaurant and a bar which is directly in front of the beach. You can choose anything from the a le carte menu and the Gold 55 restaurant offers both local and international cuisines. Just like any other hotel  Kola Beach has the bed and breakfast option , half board , full board and all inclusive as well.


Activities
Kola Beach Resort is the perfect place to simply unwind and relax. The atmosphere is very chilled out and the pool area has that relaxing ambiance. Below are some of the activities that are offered at the resort.
  • Two large pools
  • Spa
  • Conference facilities
  • Quad bikes 
You can also decide to relax on the private beach or simply explore Mambrui and walk for like ten minutes to the golden beach as well as the sand dunes of Mambrui.


Mambrui has a special place in my heart and my stay at Kola Beach Resort was totally worth it. I will definitely go back and if you want to get a 10% discount on your booking Click here .

Many thanks to the management of Kola Beach Resort. My stay was self sponsored and as always, opinions expressed are my own.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Kenga Giama Resort

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In case you are looking for something affordable do not worry I got you covered. Hotels such as Kenga Giama Resort have made traveling so affordable now we do not have an excuse of not being a domestic tourist if you are a Kenyan and on the off chance that you are a foreigner you have to make good use of this affordable deals. The host and the workers at the boutique hotel are very friendly. This is the best place if you are looking for somewhere private.


location
Kenga Giama Resort is located on Casuarina Road and it is only 801 m from the beach and Malindi Marine park.

Accommodation
The boutique hotel is constructed using thatched makuti roofing and the furniture in the rooms are also traditional inspired which give it the African touch. Most of the rooms either have a pool view or a garden view.

 Restaurant 
There is a bar and restaurant at the hotel and African cuisines are served as well. In addition to that there is a chef who can cook any meal if you request in advance.



Rates
What makes Kenga Giama stand out is the reasonable price, for what they have to offer it is totally worth it. The prices below are on a bed and breakfast basis per night. For bookings click here.

Double-3500 kenya shillings equivalent to 35$
Single -1750 Kenya shillings equivalent to 18$

The prices below are subject to change.

Well that is it make sure you start planning your vacation to Malindi immediately after reading this post. If you want to get a 10% discount on your booing click here.


Friday, 27 April 2018

Malindi Dream Garden

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Malindi Dream Garden is a place that I can recommend for any type of traveler. Well I've generally been an admirer of boutique hotels yet this four star hotel has an extraordinary place in my heart.The reception at the hotel is exceptionally inviting and I went in January and there was a sensible number of guests for the most part mostly foreigners and a couple of local tourists.The staff truly know how to deal with guests and treat them special.

Location
First and foremost its situated on Silver Sands Shoreline at Casuarina Lane where majority of the hotels in Malindi are based. Believe me a lane brimming with hotels is extremely confusing in the event if you ever go without booking. This is because you will be spoilt for choice.




Transport
In the event that your contemplating in what manner will you get to Malindi don't stress I got your secured. There four alternatives on the technique for transport that you can utilize . Give me a chance to begin with the speediest method.
  • By flight is for sure the fastest way and from Malindi airport you can take a taxi , Tuk Tuk or motorbike to the hotel.Click here for more details 
  • By car if you want a little privacy and from Mombasa it will take you one and a half hours to get to Malindi.
  • By bus mostly modern coast hence, you wont have to transit from Mombasa since it’s express. Click here for more details.The buses to Malindi depart from Nairobi at night.
  • By Sgr you can opt to take a morning train and by 2:00 pm you will be in Mombasa . If your familiar with Mombasa you can take a matatu to town which is 100 per person and then from there go to Bakazistan stage where you will take a matatu to Malindi . If your not familiar with Mombasa town you can take a taxi from the Mombasa Terminus station upto Bakazistan stage which will cost you  approximately 1500 shillings. A matatu to Malindi ranges from 300-350 for the shuttles.
From Malindi, Tuk Tuk and motorbikes are available. A motorbike to the hotel is 100 shillings.
Accommodation 

I extremely cherished the basic design in the rooms and the way the room had a pool view. The breeze around evening time was extremely luring . Actually most of the times I'd get up at 4:00 am and just unwind at the balcony tuning in to the sound of the waves and watch the dazzling lights.
Much the same as some other hotels Malindi Dream Garden has the bed and breakfast choice , half board , full board and all inclusive . I was on a half board basis. The rooms are all around furnished with a scaled down bar , the room service is additionally on point , the washroom and the balcony improve things and the fan which makes the room exceptionally cool. Click here  for bookings, well I can't grumble much about the pricing since it's pretty much similar like different hotels around the area.




Beach boys 
Well the hotel has a guard on the private shoreline henceforth, you will not be disturbed. However, be aware that they're beach boys and they are not rude but simply pleasant young fellows.For the most part they will disclose to you their stories of how they are selling curios so as to make ends meet.Some offer swimming activities but you are encouraged to book with your hotel or a tour company on the off chance that you want to take part in snorkeling activities.

Subsequently if your a philanthropic individual then you can simply go ahead and support them .If your not when your setting off to the public beach don't make an inclination of taking a gander at them simply overlook them and make the most of your chance at the shoreline . They will leave you alone eventually. However, the guards at Malindi Dream Garden do attempt their level best to ensure when your unwinding at the hotel's private beach no one will disturb you.When you go to the public beach you're all alone.

Restaurant and bar 
I've generally been an explorer who truly inclines towards bed and breakfast or on occasion bed alone . At that point I pick to purchase sustenance from the restaurant's menu . This time round I selected to have a go at something other than what I am used to ! My recommendation dependably take a half board basis in the event that you do not want to spend much. 
This is on the grounds that I don't know of other hotels but for Sandies and Malindi Dream Garden the half board plan is astonishing ! The food is worth  your money, the services and the well disposed management!Every time a waiter passes your table “Chakula Chema “ was the greeting .I’m sure we all love the humility that the coastal people usually display throughout their daily lives !

Activities
During my stay I opted to stick around the hotel since my mother and I wanted to simply relax.Throughout the day the hotel organizes various activities and there is also a hotel photographer so if you want to capture moments and you don’t want to disturb people or your partner ! Don’t worry.Consistently there is an activity at the hotel everyday. 

My highlight is fundamentally on Friday and I'd advise you if your intending to go to Sandies Tropical Village or Malindi Dream Garden ensure Friday is on your plan! The culinary specialists truly plan such a significant number of rarities and the sustenance is displayed outside where you can feel the breeze and the waves ! It's just astounding and you can eat next to the pool. Below is a list of the activities;

  • Water aerobics 
  • Tour excursions  ( but the price is not included in the hotel rate )
  • Beach parties at night 
  • Volley ball 
  • Traditional dances 
  • Jogging at the beach 
  • Gym and spa 
  • Curio shop
  • Two outdoor pools
  • Private beach

Well thats it for Malindi Dream Gadern.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Nyati Hills Cottages

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Nyati Hills Cottages I don't know where to begin words can't depict how stunning they are. You will have a hard time believing that the cottages are just before Rolf hotel. I was so astonished I have gone to Rolf a few times and never did I envision a concealed jewel existed just before it. I adored my experience and the recollections will always be in me. Nyati Hills Cottages is run by a Danish family that stays in Denmark and Chalo is the one that manages the cottages in Kenya. Susanne the proprietor is a cordial woman in spite of the way that we haven't met eye to eye and have been imparting on the web. I as of now have a decent point of view about her she is an exquisite host that will update you as often as possible constantly.

This also shows itself on how Chalo operates things it shows a considerable measure. That unmistakably they are an exceptionally composed and organized team notwithstanding the distance. The cottages are self-contained and are the ideal entryway for long or short term stays with family or companions. I was exceptionally satisfied with the way they utilize solar panels to generate power and gather water and waste water from the cottages in substantial tanks and utilize it for watering purposes. The water originates from their borehole. The water is clean for everybody to drink but they additionally give packaged mineral water, if the guests prefer it.

Location
It is situated in Ongata Rongai which is just twenty kilometers from Nairobi. Arriving through individual means is exceptionally prompt in light of the fact that you will essentially branch at Maasai Lodge and start there you will feel like you're on a little safari due to the dusty, bumpy road that leads you to the Nairobi National Park. You can as well take an uber or another alternative is that you use public transport from town to Ongata Rongai and alight at Maasai Lodge. Afterward, you can take a taxi from the stage which will, for the most part, cost you 300 to 500 Kenya shillings! I have actually used all the three options that I have stated.

  •          35 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  •          45 minutes drive from CBD.

Accommodation
Altogether there seven cottages that all have modern facilities. This is what I loved the most about Nyati Hills. The cottages are exceptionally unwinding that you can end up spending the whole day without leaving the rooms. The lavatories are likewise exceptionally extensive and every one of the facilities is modern and the interior design gives you that African conventional feeling. 

All the furniture's are handicraft and made by neighborhood skilled workers on Ngong Road. I was truly inspired by the interior design and the extraordinary cleanliness in every one of the cottages. Every single cottage has closets, twofold beds secured with mosquito nets, outfitted with bed linen and towels. If it's not too much trouble take note of the fact that radio or TV is not available.
If you're going on a safari visit or any shorter visit while remaining at Nyati Hill. They offer transitory check-out and they will look after your luggage free of charge.
  • The staff provides water and different supplies on a regular routine. Sodas, beer and wine and so on are charged independently.
  • Daily cleaning and dish washing are incorporated. All kitchens are outfitted with electric cookers, refrigerator, and all fundamental kitchen utensils. Dining areas have wooden tables and safari seats.
  • Check-in and check-out are per the agreement with the management. At arrival, the unit will ordinarily be accessible for check in from 1:00 pm. For departures check out ought to typically occur before 11:00 am.


Every one of them is fabricated utilizing neighborhood stones, the rooftop is made of nearby timber and grass. These building materials guarantee a tempered indoor atmosphere making the houses cool in the hot season and warm exposed to the harsh elements season. All the seven cottages have names and are one of a kind in their own specific manner.
  • Nyati is a solitary cottage for up to two people with an all in one sleeping and eating zone, kitchen, restroom with shower and flush toilet.    
  • Zebra resembles Nyati a solitary cottage for up to two people with an all in one sleeping, eating zone, kitchen, restroom with shower and flush toilet
  • Cheetah and Impala is a two cottage unit containing a dozing cottage with a separate bed room, restroom with shower, flush toilet, kitchen and living room. This unit offers more space for two people. 
  • Giraffe, Lion, and Elephant is a three cottage unit containing two dozing cottages with a separate bed room, restroom with shower, flush toilet, expansive dining with kitchen and a living room. This unit is reasonable for up to six people. The following are the rates: 
Nyati and Zebra: Double-180 USD Cheetah and Impala: Double-240 USD Giraffe, lion, and elephant:380 USD (4 people)

Dining
I am one of those explorers that truly incline toward going for the full board course thing. In any case, Nyati Hills changed my point of view. I had never envisioned that I will one day come to acknowledge and have a good time cooking in boutique hotels. I was very comfortable with the fact that I had to prepare my own meals. This was on the premise that the kitchen was truly spacious all the utensils and ingredients, for example, spices were accessible. Thus, no meals are incorporated however all you'll need for breakfast is available to you for free espresso, tea, cocoa, juice, water, bread, margarine, cheddar, eggs and so on. Osoita Lodge can pick you up for a decent dinner at Osoita Restaurant and drive you back a while later. Dinner from Osoita Restaurant adjacent can be conveyed and served at your cottage or the eatery prepares your dinner at the open air kitchen and serves it for you in the cottage or by the pool!

Activities
In case you're searching for a place to unwind then Nyati Hills is the best place I can absolutely guarantee you. The pool is radiant and the stunning views just make things better. The pool area has a fabulous view over the slopes of Nairobi National Park.You can take an invigorating swim or unwind by the poolside on a sun bed and enjoy the awesome perspective of the natural life in Nairobi National Park. The water is constantly clear, clean and the sun heating guarantees a water temperature the majority of the year between 26 – 29 degrees Celsius. Outside the cottages, you will locate a quiet garden and unwinding environment. 

The garden territory is described by nearby stone clearing, grass zones and flower beds with generally neighborhood blooms and shrubs. In the old trees, the weaver fowls are occupied with building their homes. You can appreciate the view and shade under the secured wooden table. The cottages and garden area is fenced to keep out the wild life. Chalo will often exhortation you to close your windows when you're leaving the cottages.

Services

  • Airport pick-ups and transfers.
  • The transport is free when you stay for at least 4 nights however, the driver would welcome a little tip. On the off chance that you stay for up to 3 days the transport to and from the airplane terminal is not free but rather the management can, in any case, orchestrate the transportation for you. 
  • Accessibility of Wi-Fi. 
  • The territory is fenced and the entryway is secured day and night so as to keep out the wild animals. The area around the entryway has video reconnaissance and an alarm system.



Bookings and Contacts 
For bookings click here and payments can be done through your visa card or PayPal.Well, that is it for Nyati Hills Cottages. It is totally worth it especially if you're looking for a place to just relax and unwind.For more information kindly click here .

Thanks to Sussane for offering my team and I a complimentary stay! As always, opinions expressed are my own.


Photo credits- Prime photography and Nufrica Concepts

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Amazing Kenya Retreat

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The Amazing Kenya Retreat just by the name recommends it is exceptionally astonishing. Only a couple of kilometers from Nairobi you will branch at Maanzoni. Consequently you should experience some minor security checks before you make a beeline for the hotel. I preferred the way the environment gives you the safari feeling and there numerous natural life creatures around that you will get the chance to see like zebras, elands, giraffes' and gazelles. 

The hotel has a decent perspective of the savannah fields from the rooms and when the weather is clear you can see Mount Kenya which is one hundred and fifty kilometers toward the north. It is truly an unwinding place for both tourists and Kenyan residents as well. Just from taking a gander at the website I knew what was in store and I wasn't frustrated when I arrived at the hotel. It was more than what I expected extremely invigorating and unwinding.


Location
It is located in the middle of Maanzoni which is a beautiful savannah grassland estate in the heart of Lukenya. The Amazing Kenya is twenty kilometers from both Machakos and Athi River.
  • Thirty-five minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Fifty minutes drive from Nairobi City Center.
Accommodation
The Amazing Kenya Retreat has fundamentally centered on conventional rondavels and I truly loved it since it gives you the inclination that you are really in the shrubbery. You can have a clear ideal perspective of the savannah fields from the room and they have been developed in a way that it would seem that they are rising up out of the ground. This impact has been made by tilting the rooftop to the back, in a blend with the incline of the land they have been based on. All the rondavels have twofold rooms which can serenely suit two families and a restroom.

All the rooms have extensive windows where somebody can have a pleasant perspective of the Maanzoni slants. Not too far off one can see Mount Lukenya in the west and Mount Kenya toward the north and toward the east.What's more all the rondavels have a verandah which has agreeable safari seats.




Notwithstanding the rondavels there is the fundamental private house which is an extensive independent home with three rooms, a kitchen, and a substantial front room. It offers some privacy and is appropriate for expansive families or substantial gatherings too. The following are the rates yet they are liable to change without earlier notice.
RESIDENTS
BED AND BREAKFAST: SINGLE-6500/= DOUBLE-8000/=
HALF BOARD: SINGLE 9050/= DOUBLE-12500/=
FULL BOARD: SINGLE-11550/= DOUBLE-15550/= 
CAMPING: 3000/=

NON RESIDENTS
BED AND BREAKFAST: SINGLE-USD 150 DOUBLE-USD 215
HALF BOARD: SINGLE USD 175/= DOUBLE-USD 265
FULL BOARD: SINGLE-USD 200 DOUBLE-USD 300
CAMPING: USD 40

  • A child 0-3 years is free and 4-12 years is 75% on the off chance that they are separated from everyone else in their own room and 50% on the off chance that they are sharing with a grown-up.
  • Full board is breakfast, lunch, and supper and it incorporates one bottle of mineral water, evening tea, and coffee.
  • Check in time is at 12:00 pm and check out is at 10:00 am.

Dining
There is a lobby which is the principle working of the hotel and it has a pleasant view. What I liked the most about the feasting zone is that it is beside the infinity pool. This makes the environment to be exceptionally unwinding and serene.The building has been isolated in a lounge area zone, indented unwind region with a chimney and a living area. The restaurant is likewise extensive in that you can hold a private function. In the event that you need to get a citation click here .



The following are the costs in the event that you need a smorgasbord menu but there is additionally an a le carte menu.

Breakfast-KSH 1750, lunch-KSH 1750/=, dinner-KSH 2500, bush dinner-KSH 2000 and bush breakfast KSH 2000.
Activities to do
The Amazing Kenya is settled in an extremely quiet condition that empowers one to participate in various activities. Such as team building and nature strolls which are joined by a guide.Bush breakfasts can be sorted out where a diversion drive is arranged at first light since it is simpler to spot wild creatures when contrasted with amid the day.

Horseback safaris are offered where one can go for two to five hours twice every day or for an entire day with an outing lunch.Bird watching, you will have the capacity to spot many winged creature species in East Africa. Game drives and cycling through Maanzoni as well as a visit to the market at Machakos Town. In addition to that Sundowner at the inclines of the savannah fields which is 500 meters far from the Amazing Kenya Retreat and community visits can be composed of nearby towns in the Lukenya zone. Lastly swimming is KSH 300 for grownups and KSH 200 for kids underneath the age of 12 years. 

S  Sundowner-KSH 2000/=, game walk-KSH 1500/=, night game drive-KSH 2500/=, game drive- KSH 2000/=, bike rental full day-KSH 1500/= and bike rental half day-KSH 1000/=.

Services offered
  •         Airport Pick-ups.
  •         Conference packages.
  •         Availability of Wi-Fi at the lobby.
Full board packages are accessible and the convenience incorporates breakfast, lunch, supper and one soda. This includes free use of the meeting room from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. All members are likewise provided with pens, composing cushions, flip graphs, TV and DVD. An LCD projector goes for Ksh 5000/= per day and the PA system Ksh 10000/= per day also.

SINGLE-KSH 15000/= DOUBLE-KSH 22000/=
FULL DAY PACKAGE-KSH 2400/= 
HALF DAY PACKAGE-KSH 3500/=



On the off chance that you would prefer not to utilize private or public transport to get to the hotel then you can ask ahead of time for the management to arrange on transport. The rates are as per the following. 

KSH 5000/= from the airport, maximum of four people.
KSH 6000/= from CBD , maximum of four people.
KSH 10000/= in a van, more than six passengers and a maximum of fourteen passengers.

Payments
All the payments can be done through cash, mpesa and for cheques they should be processed before arrival.
Bookings
For bookings kindly click here.

Contacts
Tel : +254 721 483 112 Facebook
Well that it is for the Amazing Kenya Retreat, I really enjoyed my time and I will definitely go back For more information click here.


 Photo credits-Prime Photography