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    Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

    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
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    Overview
    • Excellent88%
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    “eco lodge” (51 reviews)
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    Free Wifi
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    3.0 Star Hotel
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    Makuti Villas Resort
    28 reviews
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    Reviewed 1 May 2017

    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...More

    Thank James S
    Response from DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & BackpackersResponded 12 May 2017

    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...More

    Reviewed 30 April 2017 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...More

    Thank nicnac987
    Response from DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & BackpackersResponded 12 May 2017

    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...More

    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!

    1  Thank ebeahenrytrips
    Response from DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & BackpackersResponded 12 May 2017

    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...More

    Thank walid a
    Response from DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & BackpackersResponded 24 April 2017

    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...More

    Thank Avee H
    Response from DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & BackpackersResponded 24 April 2017

    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.

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    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Beachfront
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Free Parking
    • Laundry Service
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    • Microwave
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    • Pool
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    • US$24 - US$59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Kitchenette ,
    • Family Rooms ,
    • Accessible rooms ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 16
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    • Kilifi
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    walid a
    20 April 2017|
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    Response from DistantRelatives | Property representative |
    Hi Walid, Sorry for the late reply. Thank you so much for getting in touch. I think the best way to send it to us is to share it on google drive. I'm not allowed to share our email address here but you can findit on our... More
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    Begoña P
    7 March 2016|
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    Response from Frida B | Reviewed this property |
    There's a small beach just a few minutes walk. Not far to travel to larger beaches. There's possibility to snorkel within short traveling distances too. Better organise the snorkeling with a professional company, I went with... More
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    Chokoishii
    22 June 2015|
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    Response from DistantRelatives | Property representative |
    Hi there! Great to hear from you! Your cheapest bet apart from taking several matatus would most likely be by bus. There seems to be at least two companies doing Moshi to Mombasa (Tahmeed and Raqib) but I am sure there... More
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    "Do not take private rooms but safari tents : it is cheaper and you will have common areas the same way"
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    "A private room should be great!"
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    "Beware of the monkeys......they might try and steal your soap!"
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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..."
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