Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort
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... raising money for charity and I was able to raise over 500 pounds. Since moving to Kenya, I have been running at altitude, heat and humidity. I wonder what would be next? The Arctic? While in Mombasa, I am hoping I can pursue swimming more than running, as it is a lot more refreshing in this heat!
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Hellooo again! I'm going to do a day by day summery as its so much easier!
I got up nice and early around 7am, and after breakfast and some chill time reading, went on a matatu to the rehab centre. We leave about half 8, arriving usually around 9am. There are no set times for the matatus, they are just constantly there driving around!
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... ourselves that we needed to see this line for ourselves. The big reason behind this stems from that famous Simpsons episode where Bart goes to Australia and determines that the toilet flushes in the opposite direction. I think the more academically inclined refer to this as the Coriolis Effect.
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... some reason, it was decided that we were going to Matwapa, it's a town about half hour away where the locals go out. I really didn't want to go, but you don't leave yourself alone in Kenya, so I had to follow. It wasn't worth it, I got grabbed lots in the bar because I was white and felt really uncomfortable. Luckily some of the others weren't really feeling it so we went home. Still didn't get back until ...
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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!