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Right on the beach
We enjoyed our stay at the Travellers Beach, which was greatly enhanced by the friendliness of the staff.
The accommodation was reasonable and we were greated with flowers and fruit on our arrival each time.
Sadly the Travellers Beach was destroyed by fire in January 2002 - we gather it has been now fully restored. Pool going right from Reception to the Beach Garden, through the coconut palms and beside the Snack Bar.
Two restaurants providing a good selection of food with some themed evenings.
You can not go to Kenya without going on a safari. You have many to choose from but only book with your hotel or tour guide.
The best 2 I have been on were in October 2002.We were staying in the Travellers Beach Mombassa. Included in the 10 days stay was an over night stay at the Mwlagange (think the spelling is near) elephant sancutary. The experence was awesome, you get approx 2-3 feet away from heards of them! Night time in the camp is spent sitting at tables looking over a waterhole and listening to the jungle come alive.
Two days later we flew down from Mombassa to spend a 2 day safari in the Massi game reserve. You can not put in to words the sight's sound's and of course smell's of pure nature.
Well worth the flying.
If you havent been on a safari its one of the things to do before you die.
P.S. The Kenyan people are the most friendlist in the world
Don't be deterred by bad reviews!
I went to Travellers beach hotel with my friend in June/July 2007. We were initaially concerened about the hotel having read a number of bad reports on Trip Advisor but it turned out we had nothing to worry about!
The hotel is great, it is what you should expect from an all inclusive cheap(ish) deal. Its right on the beach -and yes- you do get mobbed by beach boys when you set foot on there but you just need to tell them to leave you alone and you will come to them on your last day to shop - after all they are only there to make a living. The hotel is split into a clubside and a hotel side. the clubside has the typical All Inclusive atmosphere - cheesy music played all day, sunloungers all reserved before 7am. But the hotel side is much quieter and you are almost guranteed to get a sun lounger.
The staff of the hotel really do make the holiday. They are so polite and helpful - NB. look our for hotel side bar man Cyrus, pool boys Gidean and Soluman and Club-side waiters James, Hussan and Vitalis - they were just fantastic.
There are so many excursions to do whilst in Mombasa - you must must must go on safari (with a trip to Masai village) and the 'dolphin dhow' and 'thamarind dhow' trips are also awesome!
Don't expect too much from the food. We chose not to eat any salad (which may have been washed in tap water) and escaped any upset stomachs, in fact we did not hear of anyone becoming ill as a result of something they had eaten at the hotel. You also get one free meal in one of the hotel restaurants - an Italian or Inadian which are lovely.
On a final note, it is defintely worth while taking pens, pencils, unwanted shoes, clothes etc with you, you can give them away as much appreciated gifts or bargain with them for gifts.
Average hotel, Fantastic safari
The Travellers Beach Club is a nice hotel, however you have to remember you are in Kenya so the 4* rating it is given is not equivalent to what we would perceive as a 4*.
The pools and grounds are lovely, our room was massive with a balcony overlooking one of the pools. It could have done with updating but we were only in it to sleep and shower etc so wasn't too worried. There are 2 swimming pools, one is where all the pool games such as water polo are played and the other is a quite pool where no kids are supposed to go.
I have to say going to the beach was an absolute nightmare. There are steps from the hotel down to the beach and as soon as you step on to the sands you are surrounded by the beach boys and girls. They all want to sell you something and we did not find that saying no deterred them in any way. You have to understand that they have very little so are just trying to make a living but it is very daunting and certainly put us off going to the beach.
The food is fine if a little monotonous, but there was soup every day, followed by a buffet with rice, a fish dish, a couple of meat dishes, vegetables and salad plus a selection of deserts. Everybody would be able to find something they liked.
My only complaints about the hotel would be that the bar closes at midnight, (this is in the club side which is the all inclusive part, I am not sure about the bar by reception which was not part of the all inclusive). Also there was very little in the way of entertainment. We spent 5 nights in the hotel as in a weeks holiday we had a 3 day safari but the only entertainment we had was masai dancers for about an hour one evening. Thanks to our delay at Gatwick we had purchased some playing cards and thank god we did as this was to be our entertainment for the 5 nights.
The highlight of my holiday was the safari. We booked before we went with safari hits kenya(see website of the same name). Freddie that did all the organising was very patient with the million questions that I had daily before we went and responded straight away to all the emails, he then met us at the hotel on our first day to run through the itinerary and answer any questions we had. Alex was our driver and he was fantastic. I would definately recommend them. We visited Tsavo East and Amboseli and what an experience it was. We stayed at Voi safari lodge and Kibo safari camp, both of which were so much better than I ever thought safari accommodation could be (especially as Kibo was in tents but don't think canvas 2 man tents they are huge and so cosy) The only animal we didn't see were Rhinos but I think this is to be expected as they are quite rare.
I could go on for hours about my experience but think I have said enough...if anyone wants any information please contact me.
absolutley loved it
to every one wanting to go .i loved this hotel and all the staff it was amazing the bach was white and the see was clear.the only problem about the beach were the beach bois .they did hassle you but just tell them to shove off.the entertain ment was fun and it even has a kids club.im only 15 but i made loads of friends and are still in contact with some of the workers there .the rooms were kept clean and all rooms were air conditioned .there are 3 large swimming pools and about 5 resteraunts.the food isn't bad because im usually really fussy but i aint most things there.
we also went on a 3 day safari and i really think you should take a trip.its a 1 in a life time experience.the accomadation we went to the first night wasnt the best but at least there was a roof and 4 walls.
take loads of suncream as unless you want to come back looking like a local !!lol but otherwise come here as im definatley comin back when im 18!!!!
Would not return
Although the hotel itself is very picturesque, we encountered a serious problem with the food and drink resulting in stomach cramps and diarrhoea every day of our week long stay.
Forget sunset walks on the beach, as the beach boys are ready to pounce on you before you even hit the sand.
The reception staff were poor often giving us incorrect advice and were unable to solve any problems.
It was often unpleasant to obtain drinks from the main bar, as the staff were disinterested and slow. The pool bar was much quicker and cheerier.
The rooms badly need updating and a good clean, as there was a lot of dust and the showerhead and taps had lime scale.
Unfortunately I can't say I will be returning.
fabulous hotel couldnt fault it
Excellent hotel, lovely scenery right on the beach the rooms are large and spacious couldnt fault the cleanliness, what amazed me was the staff everytime they saw you they would say hello were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, we asked for mossy nets for our room and they were delivered asap,
the 3 pools were great loads of loungers and slides, the pool bar is fab with great service, and whilst we were there we ate at the italian and indian restaurants in the resort which were lovely, we were all inclusive and the food was great no problems the soup was especially nice and the variety was excellent. t
he location is superb with a bank round the corner less than 2 mins away from the hotel, the animation boys took us into mombasa for day trip to the wood carving factory which was cheap, and to a local school, where we took out pads, pencils, pens, and other school stationery to give to the children.
the night entertainment was good too, always a disco until 11-12pm, dancers and other shows were put on too ,there was no need really to leave the hotel, but if you wanted a bit more of a lively atmosphere try bobs bar for live music which is left out of the hotel past the two large disco places, tempo disco is one, and black mambo both open at 11ish, but bobs was enough for us!
the hotel offers full body massages, which we both took advantage of which were 1st class, i also had a facial which was amazing, all half price of back home! there is also a gym and classes to go to, would definately visit again superb holiday and value for money.
loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have to say that most of the other reviews on here about this hotel are utter rubbish. i loved every second of the hotel with the rooms being very clean. To the hotel staff saying jambo (aka hello) every time they saw you. yes there were the same activities in terms of entertainment but they were such fun that the day they weren't on we found ourselves asking for them. the animation staff organised opportunities to go out which you could either take up or not without pressure. there are opportunities for any experience although some may cost extra such as the jet skis. as for the comment about sunloungers ... you can always find one!!! or if the number you require are not availiable together a kind request to the pool attendants goes a long way. Also whilst tipping is not compulsory I do recommend that you do so as the staff really do deserve the extra. As for that all important point of the beach boys....... yes they sometimes do approach you and you may not like it but if you say you just want to be alone they will leave you but they are also not bad people and you can often engage in some interesting conversations with them. And find bargains!!!!! please remember the welfare system is not the same and they have to work to eat besides which they may not have been able to afford secondary education.tip though do not hand over any money without seeing the product first and whilst a deposit may be required ensure that it is a very small one. Finally as for the food...... all the food is cooked thoroughly and is very tasty. the waiting staff in the resteraunt are absolutely perfect ( especially upon my recommendation Julius and Francis) and there is a guarantee that none of the salad is washed in tap water. so dodgy stomachs not caused by food but perhaps the malaria tablets that may have been taken by other travellers to this hotel. There is always a wide choice and i found that on safari ( while the food was still good) i missed the food at travellers. this is a big deal considering i am a picky eater.
Completely reccomend this hotel to all, well if you are a nice person who would treat the staff with their deserved respect. Even considering already going back in 2 years with 2 friends i met there when we all have enough money to go back. LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!
B.T.W i strongly recommend taking pens, bobbles, socks etc to get a great deal on the beach. one tip is that you shouldnt be afraid to walk away in fact do it !!! it gets the price down.
Kenya - Mombassa
"Travellers Beach Club -overview"
This is two hotels in one, The Club is AI and the hotel is HB. It is clean , rooms are large and simply furnished with AC. The accomodation is down one side the site so unless at the front there are no sea views at best there maybe a limited side sea view, three pools run down the middle. Meals are taken in the one dining room buffet style, each night is themed. There are two bars on by the pool and one under the Dining room. Entertainment is by the pool bar at night. There is an activity team who will try hard to get you involved but will not force you. There is enough sunbeds but sites by the pool are a premium. Staff are helpful but as with all Kenya this is "Pole Pole" land Overall this is a 3 star plus but good value
"Things to DO - Haller Park Bamburi & Pipi Pila"
If you wish to get away - then take either the local bus or taxi(600 sh) to Haller park. This is a nature reserve formed from the reclaimed quarry sites. It costs 600 sh per Adult(approx £4.50) to get in, we spent the whole day wandering round the trails, looking at Birds, Monkeys, small antelope which all wander round freely. Each Day at certain times there is a feeding the crocodiles , not something I liked. Also you can feed the giraffes , they leave the food pellets and you feed them, then they walk back to their forest on the edge of the quarry. The is a nice little cafe with good food and drink at a resonable price. It makes a nice change. Part of the reclaiming project is the nature trail park opposite the hotel, which has walks, cycle tracks and running tracks , plenty of birds and butterflies
Another trip is Pipi Pila , which is a day out on a DHOW at Shamoni with a great lunch at the owners House
"Diving at Bamburi beach"
All the Hotels has dive schools, I chose Bucanneers at White Sands which is next door to Travellers, as they are the only 5* PADI IDC in Kenya also I dived with them back in 2002. There is plenty of sites most less than 20mins on the boat and varying skill levels. Amongst the best are MV Dania a purpose sunk wreck although broken up still a great dive at 30m, and vuma caverns , which is a hour away so you do two dives max is 24 m, The coral is not bad and plenty of fish but you dont see too much of the big stuff. Out of 14 dives I saw sharks once and turtles a couple of times
Travellers Beach Hotel