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“Relax in idyllic surroundings”
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Review of Colobus Cottage

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Very good
5 reviews
View from the Veranda
A view of the Beach from the Veranda
Diani Beach
Main Sitting Room
Master Bedroom
Second Bedroom
Nearby Golf Course
Somewhere shady to eat and look at the sea
Your beach at high tide
Try and swim with Dolphins at nearby Wasini Island
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Diani Beach, Ukunda, Coast Province

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Very good - based on 5 reviews
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jofraser2...
Thatcham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Relax in idyllic surroundings”
Reviewed 10 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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I didn't believe that Colobus Cottage could be as beautiful as the photos, but it is!! It was wonderfully relaxing to sit on the verandah, admiring the view and listening to the waves on the beach a short distance below. The housekeepers, Francis and John, provided delicious meals for us and took care of everything in the house. The sea is warm and great for swimming at low tide, but you need to wear reef shoes to protect against the coral and prickly sea-urchins! Diani Watersports, just a short ride away, do a great snorkelling trip for a very reasonable price. I would recommend a stay here as the perfect follow-up to a safari.

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Liked best: Situation near to beach
Liked least: No Wi-fi
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
Thank you for the kind review and recommendation. We are very glad that you and your family had a lovely, relaxing time at the cottage and were looked after so well by our cook/housekeeping team of Francis and John who have been with us for many years.
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Lorie J
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not great”
Reviewed 20 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
1
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First of all this place only has 2 bathrooms, not 3 as advertised. The man that was to pick us up from the airport was an hour late and kept telling us he was 10-15 minutes away. We turned down offers from the other cab drivers at the airport out of respect for our commitment but should have taken another cab. Francis, the chef and John were great but we were not prepared with enough changed $ to pay them for the food. There was no communication about how much to expect so we did not know. It was a scramble to get them paid as we were trying to leave. I would not recommend this place. the location was nice.

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Liked best: beach
Liked least: no wifi, no AC, mislead about baths
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
26 May 2016
Thanks for your review. I am glad that the location was nice and that Francis and John looked after you well but am naturally dis-appointed that all was not perfect with your stay. Responses to your points as follows:

Our property has been listed with the web-site for well over 5 years. It has always been advertised as having 2 loos/shower rooms so I was surprised that you reported that this was not now the case. I am not sure what has happened (perhaps the joy of some IT refreshes by TripAdvisor) but thanks for drawing this to our attention – we have now rectified.

Apologies that the taxi driver you asked us to arrange to meet your flight was late. Having checked with him, it appears there was a big accident on the road from Diani which caused the delay and the police then held the traffic in a stop/start pattern so it was hard to give you a firm ETA. The driver we sent was our regular chap and this is the very first time any of our guests have reported him as not being there on time. He apologises once again and although you were late arriving at the cottage then at least he kept Francis informed so he was able to have a hot dinner waiting for you on arrival at 10pm.

On the money side, the regular practice is that guests should pay for all food in advance as our team do not have a large cash float nor do they hold foreign currency. For guests who have a late arrival time, in case the shops are shut, we normally ask Francis to run an initial tab so that there is sufficient food/drink on arrival. Because we have so many regular local guests, Francis has obviously got used to all guests running a tab for the whole of their stay and then settling on departure. We will now instruct him to ensure any overseas guests pay for shopping in advance so they have the necessary local currency to hand.

I do hope the above didn’t spoil your holiday too much and hope you will be returning to Diani Beach sometime soon.
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DanielaKa...
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“Review”
Reviewed 4 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

The service was great, Mr. Francis and Mr. John were taking great care of us. The food Mr. Francis had prepared for us was very delicious. The best cook ever!
The property is in very nice location, close to the beach. You can hear the ocean.
I loved the view from the terrace.
What was surprise for me, the beach boys were everywhere but despite of that we had a wonderful time.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Catherine...
Dorking, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Paradise on Diani beach”
Reviewed 5 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We spent a heavenly week at Colobus Cottage. We felt ourselves relaxing from the moment we arrived. The bedrooms are very comfortable, and meals are served on the verandah, which has an unbeatable view down to the beach and the clear blue Indian Ocean. The fantastic cook prepared whatever we asked for - from a delicious breakfast, through to wonderful fish and prawn curries.

The reef just below the cottage is amazing - we spent hours snorkelling and finding colourful star fish, exotic shells and other creatures at low tide. A few hundred metres to the right is a beautiful sandy beach perfect for swimming and jumping through waves.

We can't wait to return!

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Liked best: Everything
Travelling group: Teenagers
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mayaplues...
Baden, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017
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