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We say goodbye to the safari part of the honeymoon. It has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life. We've had a good laugh with Iain and Cat too, but I'm exhausted and ready to relax. We board the safari jeep for one last time as we make our way to Mombasa. Our guide, Jeff, has been exceptional and has really enhanced our experience. He …
... it! This business of following your heart and your passion is definitely much harder than I ever imagined.
Mombasa holds a special place in my heart, as it was my first point of contact with Kenya and Africa back in 2003. I came here as a PhD student working with KMFRI looking at ways of improving shelf-life of food and fish in the absence of fridges and freezers. It changed my life, I don't know whether it was only the location, or traveling itself, that made ...
... had our own little fridge, everything for KES 3000.
In Mombasa the first thing to do was to get tickets to Dar es Salaam. There were different options. The journey was supposed to last 9 hours but with our previous experience we didn’t want to take any risks so we booked the first bus that departed at 5.30. The price was KES 1600 for a bus with A/C. The bus company was called Tahmeed and ended up being really good for African ...
... old. As we started walking through the community of street people we met a 12 year old boy, who had a bottle of glue in one hand. He was obviously high, and very happy to speak to us. The Sisters at the centre say that they will not give money to the boys to encourage them to move to the rehab centre, yet Simon suggested that they do give money for transport occasionally, as they are aiming to rescue the boys, not cause further problems, so there are ...
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
Its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me
This song sung by 32 Kenyan children, in a dark room, after another wonderful day...believe me, I finally know what real goose bumps feel like...
Yesterday I said goodbye to KeBeNe children home, 2 more days left before I'm flying to ...
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I was sceptical that the reviews on this site may be posted by the hotels, but I am not connected to Pinewood in any way and I can honestly report that all the good stuff written before me is TRUE!
The perfect getaway if you are not looking for nightlife!
My partner and I stayed at Pinewood in November. Although we have been fortunate to stay in some beautiful hotels all over the world, I have to say Pinewood has something special. Maybe it is the staff, it could be the setting, the beach, the personal chef and service, but it is probably all of these things!
If you are looking for a lively resort this is not the place for you, but if you want to relax and enjoy long lazy days and even lazier nights, stay here! A safari to the Masai Mara is a must. We got an unbelievable price for the whole package with Q Holidays via the web (about a third less than Thomson)!
My husband and I stayed at Pinewood for 12 days at the end of November for our honeymoon and we would entirely recommend it.
My husband and I stayed at this resort from the 23rd November until the 7th December 2005. This is a magical place. We opted for the suite with a personal chef - Alfred, you were fantastic. The rooms are spacious and cleaned every day - Martin thank you for keeping our room to excellent standards. The check in was a warm welcome after traveling on the bumpy Kenya roads. We were taken to our room and shown our verandah but warned not to leave anything outside as the Sykes monkeys would quickly "steal" anything you leave. Within 5 minutes of arrival we were greeted by both the Colobus and Sykes monkeys - they are wonderful. The pool is fantastic and the sun lounge area at the beach is kept clean by the gardners who work endlessly to keep everything in order. Breakfast is served buffet style in the resaurant and you can retire with your coffee to the reception verandah to watch the beatiful weaver birds at work. Lunch is served at the bistro. The stone baked pizzas are fantastic. (The chicken in a basket is also very good).
My partner James and I have just returned from a 2 weeks all-inclusive stay at Pinewood which we booked through Q holidays who proved much cheaper than Thompson for the same package.
Just returned from a 2 week holiday in Mombassa - stayed at the Pinewood Village in a suite with chef, what can I say - amazing, worth every penny. The suite was lovely though when you book do tell them you want a refurbished room, our chef Evans was fantastic and the actual resort is beautiful, very small, just what my partner and I like. We will definitely return. Booked this holiday with Q Holidays, so much cheaper than some of the others.... Flew with D.M Tours (highly recommended - Denis and Lilian - pat on the back - you run a very professional outfit) to the Masai Mara for a 3 day safari, stayed at Governors Camp, again the right choice. Saw all the usual, and even a cheetah kill, but sadly did not see Leopard or Rhino (Rhino are not on the side of the river where Governors is located) next time if poss would probably do 1 night at Governors and the 2nd night at the Mara Safari Club as they do have Rhino in their vicinity. I did think 3 days personally for me was enough. Back at Mombassa went to the reptile farm (15 mins down the beach) and for a few pounds each this was well worth the money - hands on with snakes, lizards and baby crocs - they even have 2 giant tortoises!!! My only complaint about this holiday is "Wet and Wild", this is a company that is located in the "Aqualand" building in Pinewoods grounds - when you pay 310 euros to do a mangrove safari on jet ski for 90 mins, I expected the word safari to mean stopping to view the wildlife, be told what they were and have the opportunty to take photos, we had an underwater camera with us. Well the 310 euros ended up being a jet ski play which my partner and I could have done on the sea for a lot less money. We complained and tried to get our money back, but no use, what they wanted was another 155 euros to take us back (buy 1 get 1 free) to take the pictures that we should have been able to take in the first place - the phrase throwing good money after bad comes to mind!!! I don't want to appear to biased it was beautiful and an Irish couple we were out with enjoyed it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting and for the cost of that we could have spent a night at Pinewoods tree lodge in Shimba Hills or had an additional 1 night safari in Tsavo - mmmmm!!!! I've never felt ripped off on holiday before, and it's just taught me a valuable lesson - make sure you know exactly what you're getting before you hand any money over...
We stayed in the Pinewood in November 2004 as a cheap getaway. What a lovely place. If you are looking for one of those big brash flashy resorts this isn't for you. If you want laid back style then this is for you.
Pinewood is a small hotel on the southern tip of Diani Beach called Galu Beach. The hotel has a combination of standard rooms (I think 28) and then 20 (I think) suites with their own chefs to prepare dinner each night. We had a suite which comprised of a bedroom with ceiling fan and air conditioning and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath. There was also a large separate lounge area as well as a kitchen for the chef to prepare the food. The suite also had a huge private patio which was probably over 30ft long and about 8-10ft deep and we had dinner outside on this patio every night.
Wedding in Pinewood!
My husband and I got married in Pinewood in July 2005 and the whole experience was totally amazing. Pinewood is a very quiet place, great for a total chill out time. The staff will go beyond the call of duty, food amazing, location beautiful and all the wedding preparations were taken care of so we had nothing to worry about. We had a pampering session on the morning of the wedding and our photographer was exceptional. We went on a day safari, a jet ski safari and the robinson crusoe cruise...which added to an already amazing time in magical africa. A truly special place...we will return!
My family and I stayed here in Summer 2003. We had an entire 3-bedroom villa with our own chef and maid. The staff were fantastic. The communal BBQ and curry nights were excellent but the meals served in the villa by your own chef can vary in standard, although they are generally very good. Pinewood has only 20 villas in a private and quiet setting, being the last resort location on the wonderful stretch of Galu Beach. The only downside is that the Resort is a little remote and the nightlife is a bit limited and quiet. There are good watersports and some pampering facilities such as full body massage, facial, etc. The resort does provide a shuttle service into Diani, where there is a small market and a few boutique shops and bars. It is about a 2km walk North along the beach to the next hotel complex and heading South there is just pure, white sand and little in the way of civilisation. I would recommend Pinewood for a few days of super chill out, following a safari trip. The resort can organise safaris and they also have another location suitable for the first night of a honeymoon. They also specialise in weddings.