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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Kampala, Uganda
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a well travelled Ugandan, i highly recommend Distant Relatives Kilifi. The place is well organized with a laid back vibe. Great for meeting other travelers passing through or just kicking back and eating a ''Karanga'' (beef stew served with rice or mash). The cottages have a nice eco-friendly design and are very serene in a pristine kind of way....

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 1 week ago

How do you describe the word "Laid Back"? The Backpackers have places to sleep or snooze off everywhere. You can wake up and order for a burger and go back to sleep again. Once you have slept enough, you can decide to get wasted in the full stocked bar... pssst!! They have Coconut Toddy!!!! Enough of being lazy. We hosted...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for the feedback! We love it here; the good vibes from awesome humans and all the events! Karibu sana for this weekend's tango festival! We are looking forward to host you again. Asante!

Manaus, AM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think the whole place is just amazing but I would especially highlight the staff who were friendly, welcoming, helpful and professional. I felt very comfortable from the very first minute. I enjoyed a single room for two weeks and could have easily stayed two more months! The bedroom had a double bed with mosquito net, a fan, a private...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Why thank you very much! We are very honored to have had you stay with us. We are glad that you had a great time here and enjoyed the wildlife as well :) Pizza night is definitely our favorite night of the week too. We would love to have you back, karibu sana. Siku njema, yenye mafanikio!

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a big fan of the Eco lodge concept. This place provides an atmosphere and environment conducive and affordable for all cadres of people. The staff here are friendly and I love their Pizza Friday nights (Every Friday of the week). Also, if you do not have any New Year's Eve plot, this is the place to be! I...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

We are honored to be your place of solace! Friday night aka pizza night is our favorite day of the week and NYE our favorite time of the year. We love your positive vibes! Our doors are always welcome for ye, human! Asante!

Scarborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, I'm aware I'm in Africa and there's lots of corruption but I expect better from this hostel...I was told that to get wifi for 24 hours I could leave a 5 star review ...lots of people left a 5 star review just for free wifi but unfortunately tactics like this ruin the review system and consequently here is my...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi! We seem to have really disappointed you and we sincerely apologize for that. We are very sorry that we have to charge for Wi-Fi but due to our remote location, our internet fees for a 5 Mb/s connection are extremely high and we need help to cover these costs. Without charging users, we would only afford a much lower...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved the Banda and the eco lodge concept. Definitely worth staying a couple of nights here. The atmosphere is spot on. Chilled and cheery. The only downside was the flies hanging around the seating area, particularly while eating. And the local village tour needs some structure so tourists can feel more comfortable.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for giving us your great feedback. Glad you liked the bandas and the Eco lodge concept. Our garden is thriving from the rains we've had recently and we are loving it but unfortunately, with the rains comes a bout of flies which is indeed a nuisance. We have tried to get rid of them including using...

Louisville, Kentucky
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

truly a home away from home, i still dream of this place! the staff is dedicated to providing a cozy feel and the space itself is clean, green & downright beautiful. so many reasons to keep going back. love my distant relatives!

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Asante Sana! We miss you too and hope you'll get time to come visit your distant relatives soon. We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Queen! Maisha marefu!

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The best of all time.its just a special place if you go once.for sure you will go back again.the staffs are just amazing the volunteers are just so friendly.i loved it for real.thats what they call themselves distance relatives.for sure I feel am a relative now in that little heaven.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Walid for your glowing review of our eco-lodge. We're glad that you felt you had joined the Distant Relatives family having you here felt like you already had. Do come back our doors are always open to such amazing souls.

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Turn left where you see the Sign for Makuti Villas,then right.a few metres along you will see Power Pylons turn sharp left and follow the dusty road for a mile or so. Then just follow the signs. I suggest you take a Tuk-Tuk from Tuskys which will cost about Kshs.100 depending on the time of Night. When you arrive you...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to give us such a heartfelt review. We always Love it when our neighbours visit do come as often as you would like our doors are always open to travelers and members of the Kilifi community alike.

Reviewed 13 April 2017

The Hostel feels like a refreshing, hidden paradise in Kilifi. The garden, the bamboo beds with colorful cushions and the sky beds to watch the stars at nights, the swings, the hammocks and the whole design of this beautiful hostel are just amazing. Jackson the guy at reception welcomed us with a big smile on his face (although we arrived...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are happy you like it here. We have passed your regards to our staff, especially Jackson and everyone sends big hugs! We are proud of Jackson going the extra mile to make your stay comfortable. Thanks for the note about food, we are reviewing our menu items to see if we can improve it even...

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  • Pool
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour's drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events. Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters! At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya's tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you've had in East Africa! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Address: Seahorse Road | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Price Range: €20 - €53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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“Be a bohemian. Choose the dorm or a banda. You can even carry your own Tent. Remember, it is an eco lodge. Less wastage of everything.”
sdrayin, 22 May 2017 | Read review
“Best vibes”
Jessd638, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Banda rooms are great.”
371nellym, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Safari Tents are a good cheaper alternative to private rooms”
sufyen, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Dorms are nice and spacious”
darwinisera, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
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