Shanzu-Paradise Beach Hotel
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... also liked to volunteer. Also this week I went with John to dance practice and watched his group work on a routine that they are going to use in an audition for something similar to American idol but for Kenya and for dancing. On my last night I was stopped after packing and before I went to the shower and I was blindfolded. I didn't know what was going on but I was led into the kitchen. When the blindfold came off and the lights turned on, the whole family was in the ...
... the other side. Once he was convinced we were safely across and would make the train we said goodbye (with a small tip of course, that counts as slightly above and beyond!) and hustled to make the train. Two hours later.. the train pulled out. As this was due to security checks, the sniffer dogs had been called in, there were no complaints. They were already feeding me at this point anyway so naturally I was happy!
We were in First Class, and attempts were made ...
... for I know Eskimo culture. The Old Town is filled to the brim with rubbish, but it somehow manages to retain a bit of charm, with ornate balconies, garish mosques and frequent juice bars breaking up the narrow streets. We visit the spice market and Anna is convinced into buying a pound of coffee. She says she'll drink it but I suspect it'll end up turning our rucksacks into portable ...
... fall or hurt yourself!). He eventually slowed at a tree and circled it. As we approached it I saw them! 2 cheaters laid out hiding from the sun! Everyone had a bit more of a buzz about them and we took a load of pictures. It was a little nerve racking at one point as Richard decided to step out of the van to take a pee. As soon as the door opened the cheaters ears pricked up and they became way more alert! Brave/Stupid man but he wasn't hurt so I ...
... chorizo. It is called the sausage tree, the fruit of which is used to brew beer in parts of Africa. When elephants eat the leave of this tree though they get drunk and end up either fighting or bumping into trees and knocking them down. All in all the consumption of this tree's leaves leads to a lot of elephants loosing their tusks! We headed up to one of the airfields on the Mara to wait for 2 more people that were joining the safari. We took this time to get some pictures with ...
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I arrived back from Kenya on the 27th May and would just like to say how amazing Kenya was. I know there have been a lot of bad reviews regarding Shanzu Beach Resort but I thought it was fantastic, you just have to know how to make the resort work for you thats all. I think the managment at the Swiss hotel are rubbish and treat their staff very badly, but I think they love working there as the alternative is a lot worse.
we have just returned from shazu beach hotel andwas not sad to leave. t here is no way this hotel is four star.On arrival we had to wait three hours for our luggage to arrive ,we weretold to go for breakfast while we waited, the dining room was disguisting , flies were queing up to go on the bread and the fruit was placed in direct sunlight with no covers on, most people refused to eat in there and chose toeither eat out or in a different hotel,this was much better cleanliness wise but the food was still terrible,fortuanately they did make nice soup , so it was soup and a roll for two weeks.The rooms were very basic but clean,although not everybodys was,everytime you walked through reception someone was complaining,and to be honest ASC management really did not care. This hotel is the first hotel we have been to where you have to pay for sunbeds,water and even eggs.the security was very poor we know of at least three guests who had cameras etc taken from their rooms.This is our fourth visit to kenya and are already planning our fifth but needless to say not with african safari club. kevin & julie plymouth
This is a Swiss owned hotel and is run like clockwork. The strange thing is, though, we didn't see a clock anywhere.
I was a little nervous a few days before flying to Mombasa due to stay at Shanzu Paradise Hotel to read some online reviews-it has taught me to take them with a pinch of salt and wait and see for yourself.
We were lucky
we have just returned from a 4 night stay then followed by a 11 night cruise on the msroyalstar.
I think we were just lucky with our room it was clean and tidy and we had clean towels everyday (due to tipping first day).
but alot were not so lucky, drains flooding there rooms, holes in towels and some smelt like they had never been cleaned!!!!!!!!!
I would not stay there again but would go on the msroyalstar the food was good and you would never think it was the same company.
Kenya is lovely but this hotel not one of the best.
We have just returned from 4 days in Shanzu followed by a 11 day cruise on the MS Royal Star. The Royal Star was pretty good but the Shanzu...words fail me.
In September this year we went to Kenya for two weeks. We booked a flight/hotel combination with Africa Safari Club. Our 4-day safari was booked locally (much cheaper and just as good as anything you would get elsewhere).
We stopped in the Paradise beach hotel for 4 nights prior to our 6 night safari and for a further 3 nights afterwards, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
This hotel was very nice the rooms are on 3 levels very adequate. I took my own coffee and kettle to make in the room. Alot of people did the same thing.
The food in the resort was alot of like stewy meals. Some are very spicy. There is plenty of it. It could do with being a bit hotter in heat not spice.
The swimming pool is really nice and plenty of sun bathing area and loungers. The trips are a bit expensive but the Safari we went on was really worth it. That was the Red Elephant. I hope this helps a few people to go there.
Hotel is Owned by African Safari Club, located at the North Coast in Shanzu Beach. The beach itself is nice clean turquoise water, the staff, hotel cleanliness and entertainment is above average. I visited Mombasa in Mid June so it was still the rainy season, which meant rough seas, lots of sea weed and thunder storms, the best time to visit Kenya would be December to February. The advantage of going in the rainy season is few tourists, cheap deals and both the beach & pool side is empty.