Don’t be confused by the name Mnarani Club is a hotel and not a club. I’m not sure where the name comes from maybe at one time the place was a club of some sort before becoming a hotel, and what a hotel it is.
I really like this place, not that I have ever spent a night here but on my recent trip I came here for a swim on a few occasions. Well I say swim, but for a large part of the time that I spent in the pool a lot of it was spent leaning on the edge of the infinity pool staring out over the creek to the open water beyond.
It’s not just the pool here that is a bit classy; If you can’t hear “Jambo Bwana” being played anywhere in tourist hotel at any time then it is a sure sign that you are in a classy joint. Mnarani Club is a joint.
Unlike tourist hotels north or south of Mombasa this place is not one of many hotels injh a long strip of hotels lining the beach, it is very much a stand alone hotel perched above Kilifi creek with a steep path down to its own private beach from where the hotel operates all its diving and water sports.
I also enjoyed a meal here on a few occasions. When the hotel has low occupancy lunch has to be ordered from the menu but generally a buffet is in operation at lunch time.
Roasters is a bar that not surprisingly with a name like that also specialises in roasted meat, but also happens to have a few rooms available for accommodation.
Roasters is over the bridge from Kilifi proper in the village of Mnarani. I had intended to stay at a place I knew about called Giriama Bar that is supposed to have rooms but when I arrived at the Giriama found it half way through some serious refurbishment.
Roasters is not so far from Giriama bar and is also having a bit of a refurb. The refurbishment to the accommodation will smarten up the existing basic rooms. At the moment the rooms have stone floors in fairly big rooms with a biggish bed but with a smallish mosquito net. The one room that is almost complete now has a tiled floor and bathroom. There was also some talk of having fans fitted.
The bar itself never got too busy while I was there but had a regular stream of customers in the evening buying their 100 bob Tuskers from the friendly and helpfull staff.
400 KSH for a bog standard room in
Perched on the bank on the Mnarani side of Kilifi creek stands Bandari beach hotel.
This place has seen better days and is looking slightly faded but still the position of the hotel down a windy lane probably hasn’t helped the place even as I walked down the lane there I only saw one battered sign post that was not exactly pointing in the right direction. All this is a shame really as its lovely spot where the hotel stands on the creek above a small sandy beach which is only occupied by a few beached dhows.
The shady bar has a nice view looking out over the creek.
The hotel has many self contained rooms costing 1000 Ksh
Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers (www.kilifibackpackers.com)is very new, opened less than a year ago and has already become the social hub of Kilifi! Whether it's for live music nights, 'All you can pizzas' every Friday for 500 Ksh or 'All you can eat burgers' every Tuesday - this is where it's happening! Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is even certified by the Ecotourism Society of Kenya "for demonstrating awareness and commitment to environmental conservation, responsible resource-use and socio-economic investment".
The new place is already ranked #1 out of 178 other hotels of the Kenyan Coastline! Have a read of other’s opinions; see what they thought of their stay! Follow this link:
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbene and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Join for snorkelling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks, and bonfire parties. Mingle with travellers from around the world in vast, green and leafy social spaces and be welcomed by the wonderful village community. The restaurant serves fantastic fresh food day in and day out and our staff are ready with all the travel advice you need!
Distant Relatives is located right on the edge of Kilifi Creek with its own beach and jetty wherefrom you can take off for your adventures!
Guests can swim in the emerald waters of the creek or in the Distant Relatives’ swimming pool. Other common facilities at Distant Relatives include a vast communal kitchen for cooking your own meals if you would like or you can also order all your meals from the restaurant – with weekly ‘All you can Pizza” every Friday and “All you can eat Burgers” every Tuesday (for only 500Ksh) ! There is plenty of vast communal areas with sofas and cushions where to relax and read your book in peace or to work on your laptop using the new wifi connection! There is also of course a fully-stocked bar where you can relax with other divers, sailors and travelers after a day on the water!
Distant Relatives also has a range of other activities to fill your time ranging from sunset beach volleyball games, full range of sailing, kayaking and windsurfing activities, scubadiving, traditional sunset sailing as well as tamu traditional village dinners and other activities involving the wonderful surrounding local community!
In terms of accommodation, we recognise that everyone is on different budgets and might want different levels of privacy. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers can cater for all types:
Family/ Group Rooms
If you are a group of friends or a family who would like to share a room then there is the option to stay in the family/ group rooms which are equipped with one large double bed and a bunk bed with the option of adding an extra single bed. These rooms have their own shower and toilet enclosed in a charming private courtyard. (One unit is completed and available – 6 further units will be available from mid-December 2013)
Rates: @ 3000/- per night single | @ 4000/- per night double | @ 5000/- per night triple | @6000/- per night quadruple | @7000/- per night 5 people.
For those of you who are looking for a little bit of privacy, for a small amount more than dormitories, you can have a private room equipped with an en-suite shower and a large double bed with the option to add a third bed.
Rates: @ 2000/- per night single | @ 3000/- per night double | @ 4500/- per night triple
For those of you who are adventurous, want to feel closer to nature, or want their own space but are on a tight budget then Distant Relatives has its own safari tented camp area with five large safari tents equipped with two single beds easily combinable into a double bed, solar lamps, carpets, and bedside tables.
Rates: @ 1500/- per night single | @ 2500/- per night double or twin
This is the most popular choice for volunteers and the younger more sociable interns - there are two eight-person dorms at Distant Relatives set inside beautiful thatched makuti roof eco-buildings. The beds are very spacious and super comfortable and the openness of the dorms provides an extremely airy and relaxing environment.
Rates: @ 1000/- per night per person
There is endless well-shaded camping space available for those who have their own camping gear We have had groups of more than 60 people using the campground and could comfortably fit twice that many. We also have a vast secure car park which can accommodate large vehicles (e.g. overland trucks). Rates: @ 500/- per night per person
All rooms and beds are equipped with mosquito nets and provide a relaxing place for you to chill when you are not diving. Distant Relatives’ location by the sea really makes this a dream setting.
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