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It was an amazing holiday,the hotel was fantastic and not to big. You never feel overlooked and the staff are so genuinely friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and adequate....but remember you will be outside nearly all day with so much to see and do. The only problem we had was with the "beach boys"! Basically sellers on the beach that hound and harass you to the point where no one sits on the beach! It's a shame because the beach and sea are truly stunning,crystal clear warm waters and fine golden/white sand but no one was on the beach the whole two weeks we stayed. At one point they where chased away by security with batons....only then did people venture down, and only until the sellers returned!
The safari we booked was Ndogo Safari and it was truly amazing,cannot recommend it enough. The drivers/guides are so knowledgable and have eyes like hawks. The animals are so close and unbothered by the vans you almost feel as if you could reach out and touch them.
Would definitely recommend the Philli Pipa excursion, it was some of the best diving and snorkelling we've done. We swan with a pod of dolphins in the open sea for about 20 minutes! Just remember to take lots of sun screen as there wasn't much shade.
All in all it was the dream holiday that me and my wife had wanted for years...cannot recommend it highly enough.
Spent a great week at the Southern Palms. Accommodation, staff, food and weather were all excellent. In particular the choice, quality and presentation of the food was superb.
Facilities were extensive and all well maintained, staff standard levels were high and despite the hotel being only half full, coming towards the end of the season, we were not bothered too much to take part in hotel activities or to purchase extras such as the boutique services, upgraded meals etc.
The staff were excellent particularly Defence in the Italian restaurant and Hussain in the main restaurant.
Only one real irritant - drinking water was v expensive in the hotel however a short taxi ride to the supermarket was a way round this.
Would highly recommend.
Just returned from our 10th visit to Kenya and third to the Baobab where we stayed in the Kolekole section again. I have no issues with the hotel facilities as provided and its staff whatsoever and the food and service was nothing less than very good or excellent. One suggestion might be to have some limited availablity of perhaps beer and wine in the room chiller but heyho it is all inclusive and available throughout the hotel. The washrooms in the public areas are the cleanest I have seen anywhere.
The boys on the beach are not a problem and a simple polite greeting and telling them that you are just walking and that there will be no business will get rid of them. My wife and I walked on the beach for up to 3 hours a day most days - tides permitting and staying out of the midday sun without problems. Please bear in mind that many of these boys live in poverty and if you can find room in your luggage for some unwanted but decent clothes they will be very grateful. Given that most have no education their linguistic abilities are impressive and one should not confuse intelligence with education. I had more of an issue with our continental cousins (and sadly a few Brits) the majority seemingly not having please and thankyou in their vocabulary when dealing with the hotel staff and as usual not understanding the principle of waiting their turn to be served. In that respect it is the same the world over.
We booked a 3 day 2 night safari in the Masai Mara via JT Safaris using the same flights and camps as if via Thomson but with a substantial saving - sorry Thomson! We will certainly be booking again, probably for 2015, but I do wish Thomson would take a greater number of deluxe and superior rooms.
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