Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club
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... in the slums are vibrant, resourceful and hard-working. The mothers provide for their families and stretch their money to make sure there is a meal on the table everyday. The children find their own fun, the girls do each others' hair and the boys race down the road. The kids value going to school and pray with their whole being come Sunday.The slums are an amazing place, and one can learn a lot by just walking around and observing. I can never ...
... shared austerity" is what we've been doing a lot of- we do the same chores/jobs they do.
1200 Lunch at the cafe (mud hut with a table inside with LOTS O FLIES
Lunch can take a while sometimes I usually send my translator home so I can prep for my meeting/lesson at 4 with my scholars.
4- 530 Meeting/check in with my scholars
530- play time with my fam/ hang out
Then I usually bathe around 7ish ...
18th and 19th February 2012
We had 2 nights in Diani Beach before heading back to the orphanage. We had arranged to go and see another orphanage "Upenda Children's Home." The African manager picked us up and took us there – we had to pay the fuel which was no problems. It wasn’t far as was in Ukunda, and we had a good look around and saw many things which we really liked. It was set out as villages are ...
... was a spider on me. When I had come to into my room a spider that jumped kept jumping all over the floor. I killed it with the spray. Now I HATE HATE HATE spiders. (actually I am scared of them and actually have a phobia about them). Anyway as I tried to flick what I thought what was a spider. I felt more and more on me, and bites all over. I thought I was dreaming until I could feel things crawling all over me and in my hair. I reached for my torch and ...
... used to it. The humidity is really bad today – virtually unbearable. Have done nothing but sweat. The builder came to work on the toilet block but slept all morning!! It is so hot at night with no fan and I just sweat most of the night – like a permanent hot flush!! Just got to suck it up. Think tonight I’ll leave my door open and let some breeze in. Mosquito nets are a must here, so won’t be bothered by mosquitos. The dogs were going a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club Diani
Just come back from Kenya during which time we stayed for 5 days at the IOBC.
We had the most fantastic time. The staff are excellent, from the Gardeners right up to the Management, they can't do enough for you. A particular thank you to George and the Animation team, who are brilliant and make you feel really at home.
Accommodation is exceptional the rooms are fabulous. Food is to die for, especially Afternoon Tea with the pancake chef. Dinner is made a really special by theme nights around the hotel. While we were there we had a Kenyan Night with a fashion show in the grounds and a candlelit meal by the pool.
Can't wait to go back.
Unbelievable experience - cannot fault the service
Just returned from 2 weeks (including 3 days in Masai Mara) at the Indian Ocean Beach Club. This is an amazing hotel - with only 100 rooms, right on the white sands and blue seas of Diani, it has a small but highly professional feel. The holiday was made perfect by the special service received. Nothing is too much bother for the staff. You are treated like royalty. The rooms are immaculate and the cleaning staff really take pride in their work.
A special mention to George at the Bahari Beach Cove for the Swahili lesson!
It doesn't get much better than this!
Stunning hotel, amazing rooms, wonderful service, great food and the bluest greenist water you'll ever see. I highly recommend the camel rides ont he beach..be sure to rent a dhow (boat) and go snorkeling and get a massage. The hotel is a wonderful choice and known as one of the best hotels in Mombasa and it truly delivers!
Recently stayed at the Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel in Mombasa. Could not fault the accommodation, food, facilities etc. However money went missing from our safe deposit box on two occasions. The safe deposit boxes are not in the bedrooms but are in the cashiers office. The security manager at the hotel took the matter seriously but the management were not really concerned and made no attempt re reimburse us the $150 which had been taken. Having read a guide book after the event it would appear that what happen to us is a recognised scam. Guests beware!
We had a wonderful holiday at the Indian Ocean Beach Club. It was so relaxing after spending time on safari. The hotel staff were superb, so friendly and attentive, and always with a smile. The animation team especially so and they became firm friends.
The food and entertainment were also very good and we would like to thank everyone for making our stay there so fantastic.
A little piece of heaven on earth.
Before i start please please please get your visa before you come to Mombasa. It is a bit of a hassel at Nairobi and after a long flight you could do without it. Now i shall begin. We have been back for just over a week and we are still raving about this FANTASTIC holiday. We booked into the Indian Ocean Hotel and had a wonderfull time. The hospitality was 100% and they all made us very welcome. On arrival after a very exhausting journey from the airport, we were greeted with smiles and a nice fresh juice and a hot towel, which believe me, is most welcoming. They then showed us around the hotel and then to our room. The room was lovely and we could hear the crashing waves which was nice. We were all inclusive which to start with was alittle confusing but after a chat with our holiday rep all was ok. You have to sign for everything you have and you have to pay extra for non local drinks. The seafood resturant is very nice and if you are all inclusive you get discount there which can make it a cheaper night, well worth a visit. They have a team who work there called the Animation team. Basically they get you up doing stuff like keep fit in the water and water volley ball. They are very entertaining. Thankyou Happy Patrick!
My family (2 adults, 4 kids - 16, 16, 12, 9) have just returned from 2 weeks at the Hotel. We had a terrific time and couldn't praise it highly enough. The staff were excellent, not pushy and well marshalled by the Head Waiter. We found that they could have been a bit quicker sometimes (usually at peak times), but, hey, you're on holiday - chill out !. The animation team were also excellent and were a great hit with the kids (which allowed me to relax). They also arrange a trip to a local village which is an absolute MUST. I would also recommend not bothering with the all-inclusive. We did half board and you get a massive breakfast and an even-more massive dinner (9 courses) so I couldn't see how you could get value from the Lunch and drinks in addition. (particularly when lunches are around £4 and you can have cakes/pancakes for 80p at 4pm.).
The hotel is good but beach and All Inclusive were disappointing.
Fantastic staff at the Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel
The facilities at the Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel were excellent as was its close proximity to the beach. It is situated in a fantastic location being both quiet and tranquil, whilst being within easy reach of the bustling city of Mombasa and close to the Diani beach resorts. However perhaps the most important aspect of the Hotel was the wonderful service that we received from the staff, who were both cheerful and helpful all of the time.
Our daughter was very well entertained and looked after by the excellent animation team and consequently had a brilliant time as did my husband and I.
Finally the food was also excellent, which contributed to the wonderful holiday that my family and I enjoyed at the Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel.
We stayed at the Indian Ocean Beach Club in 2000 and loved it. My first trip to Kenya for 30 years, this time with husband and 2 teenagers. The reception area is Lamu-style with soaring makuti roof and traditional furniture, and all is calm at check-in. Rooms are in single makuti-roofed "bandas" on the beach-front, or 2-storey, set slightly further back amongst tropical gardens. If you can, stay beach-front....the sound of the waves gently lapping on the shore outside your room at night is magical!