Flamingo Beach Hotel

Shanzu, 81443, Kenya | 4 star hotel
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Third World Paradise

A travel blog entry by naomi_osinnowo


It's easy to be misinformed about Sub-Saharan Africa by charity-led images of destitute natives fronting pleas for spare change. Now, financially restrained parts of the continent may be, but many places possess a wealth of qualities that money can't buy.

"Jambo, Jambo Bwana, Habari gani, Mzuri sana. Wageni mwakaribishwa, Kenya yetu Hakuna …

Lions, Elephants, and Hippos...Oh my!

A travel blog entry by tfranklin810


... seem like much but it is when comparing to other tribes of the region. The Maasai worship their cattle herds and I have never seen so many cows and goats in my life. Hundreds and hundreds of cows could be seen walking along (or in/across) the so-called road. As legend tells it, one of the Maasai gods, Naiteru-Kop called out to Le-eyo, a Maasai man. Naiteru-Kop told Le-eyo to build a large enclosure with grass inside of it. Following this, an enormous storm swept over Le-eyo and a ...

"I See Dead People"

A travel blog entry by pollock.franki


... When the family took the casket away, he took us in to the back room and there was a dead baby lying on the counter. It was really awful. We went to the back room where the bodies are stored and he showed us a body that had been embalmed. He said that they embalm people, but don’t drain the fluids. They had 24 different cold areas to store bodies. We stood there for a little while with a dead body laying in front of us while Ranelle asked questions. I was doing okay ...

Help, watermelons and call.

A travel blog entry by anniexf


... result in someone dying, possibly unnecessarily. I’ve seen enough death in the last two weeks to last me awhile.

So I know people are praying for me, and I’m wondering how God is going to respond. Will patients magically be not sick? Or will I see the same things but have a better perspective and the strength to handle it? I’m okay with either, but with the former I’ll get more sleep. Time will ...

I guess it's Diet Coke for breakfast.

A travel blog entry by anniexf


... Kijabe. She once again reminds me to “Spread it around,” to not buy all of my produce from a single vendor as that can cause problems between this. This has shown up several times in the literature I’ve received from Kijabe, so it must be a bit of a problem.

The market is a farther walk than I anticipated, and uphill. I’ve already used my inhaler twice today. I don’t feel very altitude sick, but I know I must ...

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Flamingo Beach Hotel Shanzu

    Don't go!


    I have recently returned from a two week holiday at the Flamingo Hotel.



    Stayed for a few nights prior to a msroyalstar cruise. Am really neutral about this hotel, its ok, nice grounds and pool area. Rooms are dated and need a good overall, bathroom a shocker, no hairdryer, shampoo, soap, hot water, etc. They had no clean pillowcases so the poor houseman said he would go to another hotel if we really required them. They ran out of teaspoons and milk jugs at breakfast so the waiter took ours (without asking) and gave them to the next table...without to have been cleaned. The food is so so. Drinks at the bar were short measured....and dont dare ask for ice from bottled water.....they will tell you they have to walk to Mombasa for it...just silly little things really that make me give this hotel a 2 rating. The day after to have left this hotel half the cruisers went down with GI, the doctor on the ship said it was due to the hotel washing food in tap water and not using bottled water for the coffee/tea. The beach is not the best, seaweed, murky water and the beachboys become a pest.

    A Nightmare!!!!


    I do not see how the other posters could post such nonsense! The hotel was a NIGHTMARE! Night one: The electricity went out! All of the people were STUCK in the dining room. Older people (me and my wife are in our 40's) were told to not take the candles to their rooms! They had to HIRE flash light carrying staff to take them to their room!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best package holiday ever


    Just got back from Flamingo Beach yesterday and quite frankly this was the very best package type holiday I have ever been on during my 50 years on this planet.

    Retro bathrooms


    I am giving this a neutral rating because the hotel is rated as the ASC's flagship hotel and with that title you expect something a little more special.

    Good value for money


    Thanks to everyone for their reviews before are trip to Kenya. very helpful.

    Fantastic Cruise and Stay


    We stayed at the superb Flamingo Beach Hotel for the first two nights of our stay before cruising on the MS ROYAL STAR through ---

    An amazing experience at such a low cost - many of our fellow passengers had paid much more. We had a wonderful holiday.


    Good holiday


    We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Flamingo Beach Hotel, this is visually a good hotel, every thing looks great, the room we were in had a dripping tap in the room which had been leaking for so long it had stained the sink, and the shower worked when it wanted to. All these things are really petty and did not affect the overall pleasure of our holiday, it is also worth mentioning that the staff, ie waiters, room cleaners,reception etc, were great and went out of there way to make our stay great. The Kenyan people in general must be among the most friendly people you could meet they make you feel that you have honoured them by choosing to visit there country, and if you make an effert to learn a few words of Swahili it pays dividends. We really enjoyed bartering with them for the wooden figures etc.

    Liked it, but don't know if we'd return...


    We've just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Flamingo Beach Hotel and we quite liked it although there are some things about it that caused us not to want to return. It is quite tired looking in places and they do try to rip you off in some regards. Basically if you stay here you should buy all your water outside the hotel as you'll pay about 20% of what they charge inside!

    Great Experience!


    Just returned from two weeks at the Flamingo Hotel with the African Safari Club. The combination of the beach hotel and the safari made this a wonderful experience. The Flamingo is in a park-like setting with a multitude of palm trees. The large, open air lobby, lounge and dining areas overlook the lower-level pool which is the size of a small football field complete with island, bridges and waterfall. Through the palm trees is Shanzu Beach, about a mile long with white sand. The standard rooms, while not luxurious, are air-conditioned, large, clean and functional, each with a private balcony overlooking the resort. Breakfast and lunch are from a large buffet with a specialty cook and dinner is selected from a three-course menu. Pictures can't capture the beauty of this resort and the African Safari Club has their act together.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Flamingo Beach Hotel Shanzu

    3.00 of 5 stars Good