Severin Sea Lodge
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The only form of transport missing from my trip was a train ride, therefore I took advantage of one of my last opportunities and went aboard Kenya Railways from Nairobi to Mombasa. The train was supposed to take about 13 hours, but I knew that rail in Africa is extremely unpredictable and prone to long delays. The train ride wound up taking 22 hours but was filled with great company, gorgeous views, edible food and cold ...
Most useless item brought: The sewing kit. I've never used it but bring it on every trip. I do end up lending it to other travellers though. This time it was a group of peripotetic evangelicals, who broke one of the needles. Perhaps trying to get a camel through it.
Farewell, beautiful palace. You will be sorely missed once I'm back in my tent, sans towels, hot water, four poster bed and basic ...
... with tatziki followed by grilled bonito fish. We were about to leave when he bought out some Turkish coffee and an almond liqueur. Yummo!
Troy is of course famous for the Trojan horse. Our half day tour enlightened us to the amazing archaeological dig that is the real Troy, 9 different civilizations uncovered in the ruins, layer upon layer. There is a replica horse there as well as one ...
... people- which doesn't work with everyone, so I am learning new communication techniques. Ha!
7. I have drank several coconuts then subsequently eaten the flesh. Charro, my dad, asked if I wanted one, one day and he climbed right up in the tree and got me one.
8. My host dad had me plant a coconut tree with him the other day so "they could remember me always"
9. Gma Lois told me that she's going to be very sad when I leave and ...
... them (and there were over 20 all piled up) that when we came to fry them they were all stuck together, tad frustrating. Even so, everyone said it was a really nice dinner, so sure it was worth the effort.
To celebrate Michele's birthday, once again, we all went out for drinks at Thalasa, a really lovely bar and restaurant on the water. It was nice to get all dressed up and do something as a whole group. Sean was asking ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Severin Sea Lodge Bamburi
having read other review's for severin on this site, we were really lookng forward to two great weeks , in fact we were very disappointed, our room was very tired looking, the towels, were very old and smelt musty ( although they were changed everyday) the sheets on the bed were threadbear and not particularly clean looking and when we closed the curtains the room was filled with the most awful smell. I must say that this was also the same with the seats in the safari bar and pizza area. Also having to sign for all drinks and food was a pain - so much paper work for hotel staff and guests.
We didnt find the food particularly great in fact we ate at the pizza corner most days, the food in the main restaurant wasnt ever hot and not great quality Myself and my husband had upset tummys the whole of the two weeks, and we have since found out that we were not alone with this - many people had to see the doctor for gastric problems!!!! say know more....
the beach boys were a problem, you really couldnt go on the beach and relax, because they wouldnt leave you alone. More disturbing was the mango and banana selling women who sold more than bananas and mangos!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they did quite a good trade at our hotel..........
Having said all of that , we wouldnt of missed the safari , it was fantastic and the hotel that we stay in whilst on safari was great , fab food , clean and super location - worth ever penny.
we have travelled all over the world and stayed in some very poor countries and many all inclusive hotels , i can honestly say this was not worth the money, and how first choice classes this as 4*'s is beyond me. I would not recommend this hotel , apparently the voyager and bamburi beach resorts are very good
Relax, its Africa!
The Severin Sea Lodge hotel is a wonderful place to chill out. Having just spent two weeks here in June. The staff are exceptionally friendly and the service diligently and professionally carried out. The rooms are perhaps a little "tired" but, hey, this is Africa! Relax.
The beach boys will hassle but behind that painted smile lie some hearts of gold. If you don't want to buy simply say "no thanks" and they will leave you alone (eventually).
Before you go, clean out the bottom draw of the old shirts and maybe trainers and pack them in the suitcase. Give them to whoever you like best in Kenya and they will love you forever. They have very little except a lovely smile and a big heart.
It was a nice holiday
I have been to kenya before and this was my second time i chose this hotel because of its location. The hotel was at a good standard and the staff made you welcome to the hotel the hotel is on the beach front this is good apart from the people on it trying to sell you keyrings and things made from wood that did make it hard to go on the beach because once at the top of the steps down to the beach they were there and calling you down. The food at the hotel was at a good standard different food every day. We used the pool everyday and the pool attendent was fantastic he used to get the beds ready for you in the morning and they would be in the same place every day witch was good we got to know some nice people in the second we who were getting married there the week we came home and they said it was all done for them the hotel in a lovely place to get married.
If i went to back to kenya i would consider staying at this hotel again but there is so many hotels out there.
Best holiday ever!
just come back from the best holiday ive ever had ! the severin was just fantastic the people who worked there were fantastic friendly and couldnt do enough for you fom the cleaners to the bar staff and the animation team all really great people the severin itself is beautifull and clean and the food was good never boring i would challenge anyone to say any complaints i went with my daughter and we were so looked after and never bored once there was things to do like water aerobics water polo jogging beach walks boat rides endless things but you werent pressured if you didnt want to join in hello to festus !! a top barman and to sweet harre who was a trainee animation team member give him a permenant job!! all the staff worked very hard to make your holiday great the rooms are really clean and comfortable and lovely gardens to look out onto (pat on the back to the gardeners !) i cant say enough about the severin it has as i said the best employers ive ever had the pleasure to meet and i think that made our holiday perfect well done to the owners of the hotel because they have made it a real pleasent family atmosphere there i cant wait to return again thanks for a perfect holiday
I found the journey from the airport to the hotel a bit of an eye opener - alot of poverty.
The hotel staff were wonderful. Always smiling and trying their best to please. I picked up an infection and a parasite while there but the doctor was very good and the staff were always asking how I was. It was very disappointing not to get the opportunity to go out on any trips but am just very thankful the hotel was decent otherwise it could have been a nightmare.
The food was good and alot of variety. The sea was however very disappointing. We had originally booked a holiday to the Maldives last November which had to be cancelled at the last minute so we'd booked Kenya thinking the Indian Ocean would be as blue and clear as the Maldives but were wrong. Full of seaweed but worse than that was the touts on the beach. It was impossible to avoid them and they really were a nuisance. After two attempts I gave up trying to get to the sea which was a real shame.
Can't say I'd go back but enjoyed the experience and would recommend the hotel.
Great Holiday, Excellent Value For Money
We arrived early morning at the SSL on 18th Feb 2006. We were greeted by warm friendly staff who straight away offered us a cold drink and a cold flannel.
We were then shown to our room which must have been one of the best rooms in the hotel, room 402 - first floor bungalow with a great sea view. If we had to pick a room in the hotel it would have been this room.
Beach :- The Beach boys are a pain, we went out for a walk on the beach on the first day and they followed us right out to sea, they did take us on a 'sea safari' and showed us things we would have never seen on our own but they do expect paying for it. They will try to sell you anything from safaris to wood carvings. After a week they do get to know you and they start to hassle the new guests. My husband played football with them and after this they were fine, they are all really nice people. Take anything to do with football (shorts, tops, programmes, magazines etc) to give them they will love you for it.
The beach was lovely, but the sea was a little disappointed considering it is the Indian Ocean. It is not clear like the Maldives unless you go right out in the sea on a boat and go snorkelling or diving. The snorkelling was superb lots of colourful and large fish. The sea is full of seaweed so it is not good for swimming. The tide goes out mid morning and in early evening so it could take you 10 mins to walk to the boat when the tide is out. I believe the South coast does not suffer with seaweed.
Entertainment :- The night time entertainment is low key but we met some great people so really had a great holiday, there is a swing bar next to the beach which is great if you get to hot inside the hotel. The hotel animals are very entertaining, they have monkeys that live on the complex, they run round the hotel grounds every day.
Food :- The food was superb. The main restaurant is only buffet at breakfast and lunch times and once a week in the evening, all other evenings it is a set menu which is four courses, this service was very fast and the plates were always piping hot. The service is generally slow in the bars and other restaurants and you can wait up to 15 mins for a drink but that would not stop me going back to this hotel. The pizzas are huge they hangs off the side of the plates but you can ask for a smaller one which is big enough.
The Dhow boat and the Japanese are not part of the AI but are well worth a visit. The Japanese was approx £18 per person and you got a lot of food for your money.
We visited the boat twice which was also reasonable and very good food in nice surroundings.
Weather :- We were told due to it being so hot in Feb we would not see many animals on safari, this was not the case. The weather was at least 35 every day and it never felt too hot due to the breeze coming off the sea.
Safari :- The Safari is a must, you can't go to Kenya and not go on safari. We decided to do a two night safari going to Tsavo East and West and booked with First Choice when we arrived. We went with Somak Safaris who were superb our driver Clyde really looked after us for 2 1/2 days. The East park is where we saw more animals and the lodge where we stayed was lovely but the West was more scenic but the lodge could have done with a Refurbishment. Ladies if do need to dry your hair with a hairdryer, take one with you, they are not supplied in the lodge rooms or from reception.
Insect Bites :- If you suffer with bites make sure you take with you
Boots 50% DEET Insect Repellent Extra Strength Tropical Lotion, I had 21 bites the first week using Jungle spray until our friends gave us the boots lotion. I was not bitten after, the bites were very bad but we were told they were not mosquito bites maybe from ants.
Malaria Tablets :- We have taken Malaria tablets before and been very ill, we were advised to take Malarone and found them really good, hardly any side affects and you only take them two days before you enter the country, when you are there and a week on your return. The cheapest place we found to purchase them was Tesco at approx £51 per person.
Visas :- You can get visas before you depart; we booked a late deal so purchased them on arrival at the airport. They cost $50 per person and we found it quite a quick
Process considering the amount of people all filling the forms out on arrival.
Airport :- After a fab holiday we arrived at the airport and went to the check in desk only to be advised our cases were overweight, a lot of people were made to pay the extra charge but we were lucky and our guy let us off and put our cases through. It turned out most people were being charged for excess baggage, we think this was a scam because we know we had less on the way out and they were trying to get cash out of the tourists. This would not stop me going back to Keyna. It is a great country with fantastic people, shame about the airport staff (apart from our man!!)
Great Holiday And What A Wedding
This was the holiday not to be missed
the weather was great the staff very helpfull
the safari was the highlite of the holiday you MUST be done before its to late
the wedding was fantastic what a setting
The only down side to the holiday was if all inclusive you are constantley having to sign bits of paper
This could have spoilt the holiday but in the end all was ok
My husband and myself have just returned from a last minute holiday to Severin Sea Lodge, Bamburi Beach on an All Inclusive basis. As soon as we drove in we were very impressed with the picturesque cottage style hotel rooms. Seeing as this was a last minute deal we didnt expect this to be such a plush hotel. We can honestly say that this was one of our best holidays. Great value for money!!
We were located in the main building. Room 209. The rooms are basic but very clean which to me is most important. There is a hair dryer and safe in the room. In the Main Building you do not get much of a view so if that is important to you make sure that you ask for a seaview. Room 402 is a must have!!
The food is excellent. The main restaurant serves a buffet style breakfast including omlettes etc, buffet lunch and A la carte dinner. There is a set menu for dinner where you get to pick from 2 main courses. We never had a bad meal. There is also a pizza restaurant that is opened most of the day from lunch till 10pm. You can get steak, pasta, salads, chicken etc and is fantastic, especially the pizza's they are huge and could feed a family! You can ask for a small one but is still big. The grill is very good and you are able to have seafood, meats etc. You will get asked to sign for everything that you have ordered. Do not worry you are not going to get charged this is just for there records. We did get worried on our first day thinking that we was going to get a large bill at the end, this is not the case. The majoity of drinks are all included. When looking at drinks menu and food menus any item that has a * next to it means that it is all inclusive. There is hardly anything that you have to pay for.
Absolutely fantastic. So helpful and would do anything for you. Especially Robinson one of the bar staff. Once you tip them they will look after you and a small tip of 100ksh (80p) will make there day. We never tipped every day, but they work so hard in 35 degree heat that you feel they deserve it.
Pure white sand, the sea is very sea weedy. If you enjoy snorkelling then this is a great opportunity. The hotel can arrange snorkelling trips morning and afternoon at a cost of 1200ksh and the guys who take you out on the boat are very helpful and will tell you what type of fish etc are in the sea. They know there stuff!
During the two weeks that we were on holiday we only had one bad experience and that was at Mombassa Airport where we got charged £40 pound for excess lugguage. We were charged £8 per kilo that we were over and they also give you a bad exchange rate. Staff are also very rude! Be prepared for all the security checks. Not a bad thing i guess.
Apart from that one bad experience we can honestly fully recommend. Wish we were there now!
Enjoy your holiday!
Reluctantly left Nairobi for the Coast, weather notwithstanding in Nairobi, very dull, heavy rains.
Asked to find out where we would be staying, "Severin Sea Lodge", uuhhh! really? as in ok, if you say so, but I have never heard of such a place. Already been to Whitesands, Nyali, Watamu; Severin sounded different.
The moment we drove in, I just loved it. Yes, it was the excellent place to be at that time. Everybody was really good, explaining, providing information and details, very friendly, (information not requested but provided).
Enjoyed myself thoroughly! Recommended to all interested in a regenerating weekend!