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... your stomach but it is simply wonderful to be back "home"
Therefore my personal summary after one week of Kenya: Great as always with a few more precautions to take care of when moving around and try to avoid stupid things and places.
I hope Kenyan politicians will do some changes and improvements soonest to give Kenya a better reputation in the global press again.
I will be back soon. No doubt…
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It is a very secure house with security gates, and 24 hour security guards. They do a night shift and a day shift each. We have a little garden with pretty flowers and sweet potatoes growing.
To the back of the house is a yard area where the chicken house is - there are a good 10-12 chickens that the Sisters keep. The Sisters live on the two floors above us.
The house is very basic - we have a living area with a leather ...
... they love to watch all types of movies but mainly fighting ones! (typical eh?). As it was Sisters day off, I thought it would be perfect to go round the corner to the DVD 'shop / shack' and get a few for them. Father Josephat is so lovey and laid back - he said this would be fine.
So I ventured out with 3 of the boys to the main road area (about 10 minute walk away) and stood for ages whilst they argued about ...
... the boys to measure them one by one, it turned out 2 had gone missing. Muhammed and Idi - 2 of the smaller ones. I hoped they had not gone back to the streets.
I left earlier than usual today as a meeting was to be held with everybody. Just as I was walking out of the door...in came the 2 missing boys!!!! They were about to be hauled into Sisters office to explain where they had been...I left them to it at this ...
... over the place (as I found out with my injury last week)...I couldn't bear to see these 3 nomads following us like sheep over the scorching pavements.
Steve took the 3 boys back to the centre, whilst I went with Father Simon to the more 'dingy' street area. It is literally a slum type area just a few streets away...you turn a corner and come face to face with the poorest of people I have ever seen. There is about 700 people living ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Nyali Beach Hotel Mombasa
Just returned from Nyali Beach Hotel. Staff can't do enough for you, all very friendly. Very good food in all restaurants - Mvita grill excellent! All gardens kept in beautiful condition. Only complaint is air contitioning in bedrooms good but very noisy.
Tip- if you want to go on safari, book it with Richard or Steve on Beach (by free form pool, much cheaper than tour reps and excellent. Two day/one night to Tsavo East £85-100 includes all meals and accommodation (cash only - prefer GBP or Dollars). We stayed at Lion Hill Camp - Excellent accommodation!
Just spent 2 weeks at Nyali beach and it was wonderful! Located on the beach, and with beautiful well-kept grounds we had a fantastic time here! The main pool is huge, and the rooms (garden wing) were lovely - nice and cold to escape the heat!
The staff were friendly and helpful and put a great deal of effort into their work.
We were half board and the food was amazing!! There was SO much variety and choice at breakfast and dinner. Dinner consisted of 5 courses with choice of buffet or dish of the menu. One evening the whole restaurant was taken outside and we ate under the stars - lovely! Plus there was Tea and Cakes (& pancakes!) at 3pm every afternoon which was perfect just to keep you going!
In the evening there wasn't much to do, and we were advised not to leave the hotel. Some evenings there was entertainment and there is a small 'disco', casino and a pub.
Would definitely recommend this hotel and be back soon!
Absolutely wonderful hotel.
We had relatively low expectations of the Nyali Beach hotel having initially wanted to stay at Hemmingways resort but eventually rejecting Hemmingways on cost (it was to be for my 30th b'day after safari). Nyali beach seemed extremely cheap in comparison so hopes were not high of any degree of 'luxury'.
We were extremely pleasantly surprised. The hotel itself is lovely and spread over a very large area. Rooms are clean and quite large. Watch the size of your balcony though. We were given one with a tiny one initially which we complained about and were moved. From the outside we could see that some residents still had one twice the size of the one we were moved to.
Although I could not say that the hotel was packed it was surprising to see just how many people there were in total there at some of the evening events. In the day we felt pleasantly not on top of anybody. We always sunbathed around the smaller pool where there were normally only another two couples.
All meals were fantastic. I am vegetarian and I have to say that I have never had such good choices. My other half is not and said that the meat and fish were similarly good. The breakfast choices were immense. We did not have lunch but at around 3pm every day they serve tea and coffee with sandwiches/cakes/biscuits and freshly cooked pancakes with fillings. There were a choice of places to eat for evening meal and every other night meals were held outside with an outdoor bbq/spit roast plus buffet and a local band (good). Drinks in the bar are not expensive at all but the best thing is that they allow you to buy a bottle of spirit and give you a key to a private cupboard to keep it in for the next time that you want it. Saved me loads in vodka cocktails!
Pretty good watersports centre too. Did snorkelling at the coral reef and a scuba dive test for free in the hotel pool. Then had to go to two of the other hotels for actual scuba dives. Went to Whitesands which looked so much more downmarket full stop and seemed to be full of tatooed couples and sooo many kids. Also went to Voyagers which again didn't look a patch on Nyali Beach.
Highly recommended and would go again. Reading the other reviews, I did not know that the hotel was in administration but am sure that it will come through and it must be testament to the place and the staff that we had no idea.
LOVED EVERY MOMENT
After doing a weeks safari we had 8 nights at the Nyali Beach Hotel.
Everything about our stay was great. We was half board and enjoyed
the evening meals being served to your table made a real change
from buffets. It was very quite in the evenings.
Hopefully will be back again in 2006.
Keen on Kenya? Visit Nyali Beach
Two friends and I first stayed at Nyali beach 3 years ago when our booked hotel, Travellers Beach was burned down. We arrived in the middle of the night, shocked and without our belongings or any idea if we would be able to retrieve anything or continue our holiday. The Nyali Beach staff could not have done more to make us welcome and help us and re-opened their restaurant late at night to feed us. For these reasons and the fact we had a very enjoyable stay that time, we went back this year.
After a week's safari in Samburu we flew to Mombasa for 7 nights stay at the Nyali Beach Hotel. Everything about the hotel looked the same, the staff were still very pleasant and helpful and the food excellent. However, it was clear they have been hit hard by the fall in tourism over the last 2 years since the terrorist bombing further up the coast. Some of the staff we befriended before had left and those who had stayed were unsure of their future. The hotel is now in receivership and will hopefully find a new and caring owner to carry on the tradition of excellent service and an unbeatable beach location.
During our stay we met several people who were repeat clients, many from the UK and many retired people who have gone to stay for the winter months. There were also some families with young children and a smattering of young couples, so it is genuinely a place that caters for all, including the disabled, well.
I do agree though with one of the other traveller's comments on this page that some areas of the hotel are due for a facelift. They do also try to provide good entertainment and Mombasa Roots are generally an excellent band, though they may have their off-nights. Perhaps they need to have a re-think of what they could do during the day aswell, to avoid the feeling of being in a slightly faded holiday camp.
I would still recommend people to stay here especially as I heard from lots of other guests that the all inclusive package hotels had gone downhill.
I would also recommend a day trip on a dhow called Monsoon (we snorkelled, saw whale sharks/dolphins and had a fabulous lunch on coral cliffs). This can be organised by 'Bob' at Southern Cross Safaris. You should also visit to the Wema Centre, half an hour's taxi ride from the hotel. This is a centre for street children and they provide excellent facilities/care/food/education for 400 children. They are virtually self sufficient food-wise but rely on fundraising to continue their amazing work and sell small items made by the children.
We have just returned from a holiday at Nyali Beach Hotel and were very disappointed in the drop in standards compared with our last visit five years ago. We booked it last minute and thought that as we had stayed in the hotel previously it would be the same. Whilst the staff were friendly and helpful the whole hotel seemed to be "caught in a time warp". The area around the large swimming pool was the exact same. It needs a complete overhaul with new sun loungers, umbrellas and chairs & tables at the bar. The rooms were not clean in comparison with our last visit and the room fridge had not been defrosted in months. After speaking to the staff we were told that the hotel is in receivership so many were unsure of the outcome. Hopefully it will be bought and money invested in re-developing the hotel as it is in beautiful grounds with great staff but they can only do so much.
I have just come back from a holiday in Kenya where I spent a week at the Nyali Beach Hotel (norht coast of Kenya, near Mombasa).
What a fantastic experience!!! The location is truly amazing with a palm tree garden and views to the Indian Ocean. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are spacious, very clean and all have a balcony. We were there on a half-board basis. The breakfast buffet was brilliant with a very wide choice of fresh tropical juices (up to ten different choices), continental style breakfast, full English breakfast and plenty of tropical fruits. The dinner buffet was also excellent with a wide variety of delicious meat and fish options to cater for everyone's taste. The people who stayed in the south coast complained the food in their hotels was rubbish, which made us feel our hotel was really good value for money.
The evening entertainment and the hotel nightclub were OK but nothing to write home about. The hotel is by a beautiful beach of white sand where you can swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The beach is not private, so locals use it too. But unlike in The Gambia, no one comes to bother you and you can truly enjoy the gorgeous landscape without having someone come and ask you for money or try to sell you something every five seconds. Apart from the beach, Mombasa (second biggest city in Kenya) is only a short ride away and it offers both culture and shopping. We also went on a two-day safari to the Masai Mara by plane, but there are other parks closer to the hotel.
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful, as well as all the Kenyan people we met on our trips. Therefore, I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone planning a holiday on the Kenyan coast.
This place is paradise in every sense of the word. My mom and I flew to Mombasa and stayed at the Nyali Beach Hotel. It was my birthday, and the waitors and hotel staff made a procession carrying a wonderful cake, not to mention the live band that promptly began to play the "Happy Birthday" tune...all this for me! I was really touched.
The Arabesque design added a rustic and romantic feel to the place...the doorman was even dressed in the full Arabic garb with a "Kanzu" and spoke impeccable Swahili!!!
The rooms were exquisite, the ambience perfect and the views breathtaking. Other things i loved about the premises include the Outdoor Jacuzzi that would help ease off the day, and ofcourse Noon's nightclub, one of the best and most lively clubs in the coast.
I absolutely love NBH, and will be back soon.
Fabulous staff, beautiful surroundings
We stayed here for a week after a hectic schedule of safaris. What a lovely, relaxing ambience. Great rooms (a vervet monkey and its baby visited us on our balcony the first morning!), views of the Indian ocean, and two fabulous pools.
The highlight was when the staff discovered it was my son's 19th birthday. A beautiful iced cake with his name on, and a card signed by the staff appeared in our room that evening. My daughter's African braids, which took over five hours to do in the hotel hairdressers cost a mere £40. I'd love to go back. Kenya is fantastic!
Best beaches: Malindi, Lamu & Nyali
Nyali Beach hotel - decent pool; lots of waiters.
Malindi Coast & Lamu for best beaches & historical tours (areas temporarily controlled by slavery era Portugese militia, etc.). Watch out for deep sea poisonous jelly fish (pale or purplish in colour) that may wash up dead or alive on some of the more remote beaches! Buy Arab/Swahili sandals for decent prices in old Mombasa town.