I recently returned from Kenya in East Africa, where I enjoyed a Kenyan safari exploring Tsavo National Park, staying at Saltlick Game Lodge and relaxing on the coast in Mombasa at the Baobab Beach Resort & Spa.
Kenya has always held a special place in my heart, as I have been lucky enough to spend several childhood holidays in this beautiful country, I always look back on those times with fond, happy memories. The last time I was in Kenya was in 1999 with my parents for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Extra special that year as we were entering into the year 2000!
This trip was another first, as I was introducing my husband to Kenya, secretly hoping he would love it as much as I do. We flew on three flights with KLM to arrive into Mombasa very early morning, via Amsterdam and Nairobi (by choosing indirect flights you can get a better deal and save yourself some money). On route to our resort we stopped by the famous White Tusks in Mombasa, on Moi Avenue, for a quick picture and then onto the ferry crossing. The transfer took about 1 hour 30 minutes, as it is all dependent on ferry times and the time of day you are travelling. It can sometimes take up to 4/5 hours during the day.
Arriving at Baobab Beach Resort I felt happy to be back in Kenya. Entering the hotel, passing security we drove up a drive and came to the reception, all open plan and in typical African design. The resort is located on the world famous Diani Beach and is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean. There are 323 rooms and they are split between three wings: Baobab, Maridadi and Kole Kole Wings. Standard rooms are in the main building of the Baobab hotel and the bungalows within the main gardens. Superior and Deluxe rooms along with Suites are located in the Maridadi and the Kole Kole Wings. The Kole Kole Wing operates as a separate hotel, with its own reception area, dining room, lounges, bar and pool. Facilities shared with the main hotel are the gym, wellness centre, spa, amphitheatre and watersports. The Kole Kole Wing is unable to be booked by most UK agents.
We stayed in a deluxe room in the Maridadi Wing, it resembled that of a round house, with stairs winding around the side of it. We had the upper floor and that had a semi sea facing view. The room was very spacious and nicely furnished, it housed a four poster wooden bed, plentiful wardrobe space (a win win in my opinion as you never get enough normally) a sofa and table, t v unit, plus a desk and chair. The bathroom was huge, with a glass shower enclosure that could have housed a family in it… I liked the open plan design of the bathroom. Outside the balcony was a good size with a large double padded sunbed and table with chairs, the only tip I would give about the balcony is expect some visitors in the form of monkeys! Keep the sliding door closed whilst out and about, as you like many other guests may find your room has been turned upside down by the monkeys. Accommodation is to a high standard and very comfortable indeed. We were perfectly positioned next to the infinity pool, one of the hotels three pools, which was only a few steps from our room, along with a pool bar and one of the restaurants.
Gaining our bearings on the first morning, we walked the length of the resort and took in the picturesque view of Baobabs location. Overlooking one of the best beaches I have seen, the resort stretches over 500 metres of golden sands. The Baobab’ quotes itself as “In a world of its own”, offering such a idyllic and peaceful setting I can see why.
The resort has a selection of restaurants, lounges and bars on site. 5 restaurants, 3 of which are included on the all inclusive package, Jodari, Karibu and Maridadi that serve a selection of African, seafood and international cuisine. The A La Carte choice is in the Marhaba, offering seafood and grills and the Tangezi, Italian Gourmet cuisine, where guests receive a 20% discount when dining, perfect for that special occasion or holiday treat.
We ate at the Marhaba, as I celebrated a birthday whilst staying here, a sumptuous feast of fresh seafood was served with an slight asian influence followed by a lovely rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ Kenyan Style and a cake. Location wise it is situated near the beach, in a small thatched elevated restaurant, with sliding doors so you enjoy the sound of the ocean whilst having dinner. It is intimate setting, with excellent attentive staff and the chef came out to check your food is perfect. Price wise it was very reasonable £30 per head including drinks.
Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is perfect for that relaxing getaway, recharging the batteries and relishing in the joy of doing nothing. Whether it be by their 3 pools, the beach or in one of the lounges enjoying a cocktail, there are plenty choices open to you.
The Spa is highly recommended. We had a couples massage for 1 hour which cost £20 per person and it was amazing, certainly taking away all stresses and strains from home. It is located near the main hotel building and off to the left, in a very tranquil and quiet area with amazing views of Diani Beach.
We enjoyed 9 nights here, however we broke the stay up with a two day safari into Tsavo National Park and a visit to a local Masai Camp. This is the ideal base whilst exploring other parts of Kenya, reverting back to the hotels motto “In a world of its own” this gem in Mombasa’ coastline certainly is its own little oasis of calm in an African paradise. I will be back.