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... 12. I put up the alphabet and numbers 1-100 on chart paper I had and we work through them. They could only count to 30 but now they're getting it. They were sent home Friday from school b/c they couldnt' pay the school fees, so we had school at home :) That night I came in and Charro and Eunice (mom and dad) were going through the alphabet too. charro only completed primary and eunice didnt' go to school. It was quite a cool moment to see ...
... and the beach boys harassed me as usual. Eventually Wade came wandering down the beach. The hotel had no water, so no shower, and no way to flush the toilet!! This is Kenya. Apparently there had been a fire near Ukunda airstrip and they used all the treated water, instead of pumping the water from the sea which is right next to the airstrip!!, so all the hotels along Diani Beach strip were without water. We walked to Forty Thieves ...
... For the fourth time straight we found our name misspelled (this time it was Beckel) and we took our last long journey to our next place of leisure. This consisted of a 1-hour drive, a ferry ride across a river which inexplicably didn’t have a bridge, and another 1-hour drive to Diani Beach.
Our place there was on the far end of outrageous. The landlady, a Kenyan lady named Agnes, and her French husband Mark were there to greet us. They showed ...
... and they would then translate it for me in English and proceed to talk to me in English. The local adults also seemed happy when I was with the students, perhaps it really reinforced the reason why we're actually there. For the first time, I didn't feel like an invasive 'mzungu' and it was a really warming feeling. One by one the boys went their separate ways and off I trotted to Salama Estate with happiness in my heart.
... wild after the robbers into the jungle, bare foot, alone, unarmed. So, let me summarise till this point: couple on beach, black people with sticks jump out of bush, take bag, run away, are pursued by white person... white person is now lost in jungle.. and finally outnumbered by people with sticks. So Tristan and I run up to the lady to make sure all was ok, but police were already going into the jungle to help. The guy was in there for 15-20 minutes before he came out empty handed. ...
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Do a safari but give Mombasa a miss!!
Just returned from a 2-centre holiday in Kenya. First week on safari was awesome. Wonderful experience and stayed in great lodges with fantastic staff, accommodation and food. Then we transferred to the Travellers Beach Hotel..... Rooms are large but require updating and decorating. We had to report that our showerhead was blocked and that water leaked from behind the hot water tap all over the floor. Tap also got so dangerously hot that it had to be handled through the protection of a towel!! None of the faults were satisfactorily rectified.
Pools and grounds look fantastic but ladies if you have recently had your hair coloured, beware. My wife and several other women ended up going home with areas of bright green hair due to the chemicals being used to treat the pools. Sunbathing around the grounds became stressful some days due to the constant tirade of individuals trying to sell scuba diving, snorkelling, boat trips etc.
Food was below average, breakfast being the best of the three meals. Swarms of flies able to settle around food on buffet counters - not very appetizing! Can't understand how lodges located in the middle of game reserves miles from anywhere can produce such fantastic food and yet a property right on the edge of a major town can produce such rubbish. However, restaurant staff were friendly and helpful and Italian and Indian themed restaurants in non-All Inclusive part of hotel were worth paying extra for.
The beach at the rear is very poor. Better sand and clearer water at UK beaches - couldn't believe it was the Indian Ocean. The minute you step onto beach you are bombarded with locals trying to sell you all manner of crap from safaris to wood carvings. Know they are only trying to make a living but after trying both methods of being polite and courteous and rude and abrupt, we gave up! Makes no difference, they still won't leave you alone to enjoy a quiet walk down the beach.
After viewing Mombasa during airport transfer, didn't feel safe to venture out alone. Other guests said they had used local buses / taxis and paid for a guide in the centre but seemed a very risky policy. As a result, we felt trapped in the hotel and after a couple of days of relaxing and catching up on sleep from the safari, we couldn't wait to leave. In fairness, the hotel entertainments staff did appear to be reasonable and very hardworking but not something we're really bothered about on a "relaxing" beach holiday.
Final straw was the number of Kenyan male and female "escorts" staying in the hotel with British and European guests. We are open-minded enough to appreciate that such affairs are likely to go on in poorer contries around the world but didn't want to have it right under our noses in a supposedly 4* reputable hotel. All "escorts" appeared to be regular customers from their friendly interaction with hotel staff. We ended up feeling "dirty" and part of the whole charade.
In conclusion, we'd recommend a 7-night safari to everyone and Kenya is a fantastic country to do it but just don't bother with Mombasa afterwards. Accept that a safari is not a normal holiday - very tiring with early mornings and lots of travelling so either leave a few days to recover when you return home or fly on to a decent beach location like the Maldives, Seychelles, Dubai etc. Really don't understand why anybody would be happy to visit this place once let alone return year after year. Get out and visit a bit more of the world and see what you are missing!!
Nice hotel right on the beach
We were thrilled with the Travellers Beach Hotel. The grounds were beautiful, the pools were lovely and the beach was so nice (even with the constant hustle of the beach boys). The hotel felt very safe and our double room was clean and quite big.
The food at the hotel was okay. Breakfast was much better than dinner, but the service was excellent. For dinner I would recommend booking a dinner cruise on a traditional dhow boat (We booked through an outside company). We did and it was magical!
We booked a day trip to Tsavo East, but since it takes three hours to get there from Mombassa, we barely had any game-drive time. If we had to do it over, we would have spent two of three days there instead of rushing around and not seeing that many animals. But Tsavo is beautiful and we are glad we went, even if it was a brief visit.
There is a lot to do at the hotel too. There are activities scheduled all day on the hotel grounds and if you dare to brave the beach, you can swim in the Indian Ocean, sail on a wooden outrigger with a local guide (which we did and loved it), cruise on a glass-bottom boat, book a snorkeling trip or take a camel ride up the beach.
The cost was very reasonable too. Our double room (with breakfast, dinner, and pool towels included) was only $135. We had a great time here and would stay here again.
Loved travellers beach hotel
We stayed at the travellers beach hotel three times for the last five years we have always found everything about the hotel and the staff to be excellent we decided to take a safari with the beach boys which was superb we went to exactly the same safari lodges as the people who had booked from the travel agents for pounds less. We saw the big five even rhino. WE MADE FRIENDS WITH MOST OF THE BEACH BOYS. Most people who are on holiday in Africa dont really know how the beach boys live we visited one of the beach boys homes we were amazed at how poor they really are .but all were good natured I just think it is a shame people dont get to know the beach boys before belittleing them when they are only trying to make a living for themselves and their families and who knows what we would do if the situations was reversed. We are looking forward to going back for three weeks this year and make some more friends.
We have just returned from a family holiday to the Travellers Club in Mombassa, this is the all-inclusive part of the Travellers Beach hotel. We had a wonderful time, the staff were fabulous, helpful and friendly. The animation team were very good. The staff who cleaned the rooms were very good. We booked a two week holiday from England and decided to book our safari whilst we were there so as to take full advantage of the "local" knowlege. Our children are 9 and 11 and we found this a fabulous age to take them as they were not too young to enjoy the safari and not too old to be "bored". The only drawback as with all these places is the fact you have to remember to take your malaria tablets! The beach at the Travellers was very nice, but is full of hawkers trying to sell their wares, when in Africa it is best to remember, however annoying they are, that they are just desperately trying to make a living. Once you let them know you are not interested they tend to respect that and leave them alone. We didnt use the beach except for walking, and tended to sunbathe by the two lovely pools (the hotel also has a pool, but we found the AI side had all the best facilities). Sajid the Somak rep at the hotel has a lot of knowledge about safaris and I would recommend booking through him rather than from a person on the beach or outside the hotel, at least that way you have some guarantees. We went to Mwalugange Elephant sanctuary a tented accommodation for one night, which was included in our holiday. It was fantastic there. Then we went to Tsavo East, staying at Voi Wildlife Safari Lodge for one night and Saltlick Safari Lodge for one night. There are plenty of animals to be seen in Tsavo East, but take heed, you will probably not see Leopard and you definitely wont see Rhino as you need to go to Tsavo West for that, and would need another night really. In Tsavo East we saw a total of 29 lions over two days, not more than three metres away, we also saw a total of approx. 400 elephants over the period. Do not listen to rumours that there are no animals to be seen in Tsavo, it simply is not true. Go, have a great time, and remember take loads of camera film because it is very expensive there!
ich war mit meiner tochter im tb und es war großartig. die anlage ist sehr schön, das personal sehr zuvorkommend, ohne aufdringlich zu sein. das ganze hatte familiären flair.
wir würden jederzeit wieder hinfahren.
Sauberes Hotelzimmer von angenehmer Größer, Bettwäsche wurde täglich gewechselt. Essen durchschnittlich, jeden Tag mehr oder weniger das Gleiche, Frühstück aber besser als Abendessen mit Pfannkuchen und Omelette auf Bestellung, hmmmm, sehr lecker. Aktivitäten am Tag gut mit Darts, Wasser-Aerobics, Wasser-Polo, Minigolf. Abendunterhaltung durchschnittlich. Insgesamt gutes Hotel, könnte aber besser sein. Bitte beachten: Sonnenbaden am Strand nicht möglich, weil die Pagen einen andauernd damit nerven, etwas von ihnen zu kaufen; einfach entschlossen bleiben und nein! sagen.
Wir sind gerade von einem zweiwöchigen All-Inclusive-Urlaub im Travellers Hotel zurückgekommen. Ausgezeichnetes Personal, aber das leitende Personal ist lästig. Frühstück ist gut, Mittagessen okay, zum Abendessen lieber ein anderes Restaurant finden. Das Essen in der Poolbar ist gut. Besser als das Mittagessen im Restaurant. Baraccuda Tauchkurs sehr gut. Tauchjungen sehr freundlich und toll fürs gemeinsame Tauchen. Wunderschönes Riff. Wassersport gut. Sicherheit ausgezeichnet. Zimmer sehr sauber und geräumig. Zum Essengehen in der Nähe probieren Sie mal das Yuls, Il Covo, das indische Restaurant im Hotel oder The Moorings in Mtwapa. Kann auch das Big Game Fishing von James Adcock empfehlen (im Hotel nachfragen). Das Hoteltaxi sollte man lieber nicht benutzen, denn man bezahlt viel mehr als den üblichen Preis. Lokale Taxis um die Ecke oder fahren Sie mit dem Bus (20 Shillings, um einen Stück die Straße herunter zu fahren).
We have just come back from two weeks staying at the all inclusive side of the Travellers Hotel.
Excellent staff but the management staff are tiresome.
Breakfast is good, lunch is OK, find somewhere else for supper.
Pool bar food good. Better than lunch in the restaurant.
Baraccuda Diving course very good. Dive boys very friendly and excellent to dive with. Great reef.
Water sports good.
Rooms very clean and spacious.
For food nearby try Yuls, Il Covo, Indian restaurant at the hotel, The Moorings in Mtwapa.
Would also recommend big game fishing by James Adcock (ask hotel for details).
Try not to use hotel taxi as you pay way over the going rate. Local taxis round the corner or try the local buses (20 shillings for a ride along a stretch of road).
A must do
Hotel room good size and clean,bed linen changed everyday.Food average basically same food everyday,but breakfast was better than evening meal with pancakes and omlettes cooked to order mmm very nice,Activities in day good with darts,water arobics,water polo,crazy golf.Entertainment at night average.Overall good hotel but could do better.Take note no sunbathing on beach because ofb bellboys hassaling you to buy things all the time,just be firm and say no!.
Great Hotel Beach off limits!
My boyfriend & I took a holiday here in July/August 2005. A really great hotel - can't fault the cleanliness or the service esp from the restaurant staff. Rooms were a bit dated I thought and could do with a bit of modernisation i.e. the tv was very old with a green tinge to the screen and the pictures on the walls were a tad gloomy. Food fab, loads of choices, very clean pool. Nice security - esp 'Dave'. Lovely African grey parrot called 'Amigo' in a cage in reception. He looks a bit depressed we wanted to free him. He didn't say a word in 2 weeks! Birds in cages - not right. Beach is very stressful infact it spoiled our holiday with the constant hassle from the beach boys. Far too in your face and won't take no for an answer. Going for a romantic walk is out of the question. Esp at night. Safari is well worth going on but NEVER book from the beach boys. We went to Tsavo East and it was unforgettable. Cheetahs & Lion cubs on the sighting list. Wouldn't come back to Kenya but would thoroughly recommend Travellers Beach Hotel.