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Staying for 14 nights at the Shanzu Paradise Beach Hotel leaving on 3rd January 10, this is a real bargain!
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#1
flying with flyglobespan ;)
#2
£56 per week to upgrade to full board
sounds magic when you look out the window this morning
#3
Shame I can't go. This deal is hot hot hot!!!!
#4
sashicee
flying with flyglobespan ;)


Dammit, Beat me too it lol :thumbsup:
#5
One day, maybe *sigh* Voted hot!
#6
that is awesome
#8
I have read the comments on trip advisor, and they mostly relate to the food and disorganisation. But this is Africa! Disorganisation is part of the experience. Eating out in Kenya is cheap, so the hotel food can be avoided. Breakfast is often egg, toast and fruit wherever you stay. For £300 you can't expect luxury, but if you want a really cheap way of visiting Kenya, this hotel seems average, and well worth it. If you can go.....go!!!!
#9
intime
I have read the comments on trip advisor, and they mostly relate to the food and disorganisation. But this is Africa! Disorganisation is part of the experience. Eating out in Kenya is cheap, so the hotel food can be avoided. Breakfast is often egg, toast and fruit wherever you stay. For £300 you can't expect luxury, but if you want a really cheap way of visiting Kenya, this hotel seems average, and well worth it. If you can go.....go!!!!


You sure you've read all the comments? Sounds like a hell hole
#10
Excellent price, heat added but shame I cant make it to go!! If I find anything like this for April then I am booking on the day! Its Africa, I dont expect perfection and it would be an amazing experience. I dont go on holiday to sit around a hotel, Im out every single day exploring, taking the good with the bad.

Off to search for anything similar on different dates, excellent find!
banned#11
Think they're doing cheap Somalian cruises too, only problem being they can't guarantee return flights.
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Do you know is Rainy Season.... although that said Kenya experiening a Drought... Kenya Visa Charges has dropped in price... you can get it on arrival ... do not forget Malaria precausionts ... even if you on the coast .... otherwise a brilliant deal:thumbsup:heat and rep added! I am an Africa specialist so any questions give me a shout !:thumbsup:
1 Like #13
Ive been to Kenya, not this hotel, but its the best place ive ever been.
I seen elephants about 5 yars away at my Safari Lodge.....brilliant!
#14
Place looks like a s**t hole !!! ......save yer money ...visit a zoo !!!:p
#15
Houstie
Place looks like a s**t hole !!! ......save yer money ...visit a zoo !!!:p


There are no game viewing on the coast .... so zoo will do you know good! It is a real cheap hotel I would say 2 star .... but then again if you want to escape for some Sun and get away ....its the way to go... do not go if you have champagne taste... the beach is amazing! At least you not in a tent or caravan in Bognor Regis at the same price! :whistling:
#16
Southern africa rocks, for this price you can't go wrong. Just don't expect it to be fantastic.

Don't waste your time at the hotel either, spend it all on safaris. If you want to sit in a hotel somewhere sunny then go to Spain. For sitting on the beach with a bit of culture thrown in then go to southern Turkey. Or Greece.
#17
Just called them... they have space available ... flight are on Monoch and fly from Manchester! I get get it 5% cheaper ... Tour Operator rate but I would have to book it for you, sorry they do not offer discount codes otherwise would have posted!
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#18
kirstyanderson
Ive been to Kenya, not this hotel, but its the best place ive ever been.
I seen elephants about 5 yars away at my Safari Lodge.....brilliant!


will there be many elephants on the beach ???


just jokin :0 good deal
#19
wish I could go :(
#20
not quite sure what people are expecting when they say the accomadation is not that good its £300 for 2 weeks with flights what do you expect for that price
#21
hot price but for those saying what do you expect for this price , its 75% discounted so for 1200 quid id expect more than toast and egg with fruit in a 2 star hotel.


if you buy a bottle of perfume at 75% you wouldnt expect to recieve 1/4 of a bottle would you
#22
Looks like you gotta go prepared to tip, loads.
#23
zekespah
Think they're doing cheap Somalian cruises too, only problem being they can't guarantee return flights.


I think I would opt for the Somalian cruise. Seems like the food would be better LOL :thumbsup:

Tripadvisor is a great site and rarely wrong so forget the sales blurb and read what real people have to say before wasting your money.
1 Like #24
skintzimbo
Looks like you gotta go prepared to tip, loads.


Have you ever been to Africa you CRETIN , do you know how much £1 is to a person in Africa :x

Tip £1 at Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and you will be told its to much.

I would have booked this but we are off to Ghana in the new year.

Never read to much into TripAdviser when it comes to places like Africa and what we call the THIRD WORLD, 2 & 3 stars are like 50 stars compared to what the locals have.

It always amazes me what people expect for their money.
#25
[QUOTE=jesterx9x]will there be many elephants on the beach ???


Only the Large Arsed Elephants from this thread booking this Holiday....:thumbsup:


Only Kidding No Offence intended:p
#26
There will be Camels on the beach (for a price). Is there any obligation to actually stay at the hotel with holiday packages? I quite fancy the flights.
#27
sounds awesome, fpr £299 you cant complain for 14 days and flights!

on trip advisor, the comments whinging about the bus ride, beggars and touts. these are all normal in poorer countries and obviously the complainers felt uncomfortable being outside of their 5*-lifestyle-bubble an in reality.

the complaints have only made me more excited about this holiday... shame my big holiday next year has eaten most of my leave... but i still get to look forward to seeing north korea at least :D
#28
Eggs on toast for brekkie suits me!

What's the weather like over there at the mo?
#29
any other dates available ?
#31
ascen
sounds awesome, fpr £299 you cant complain for 14 days and flights!

on trip advisor, the comments whinging about the bus ride, beggars and touts. these are all normal in poorer countries and obviously the complainers felt uncomfortable being outside of their 5*-lifestyle-bubble an in reality.

the complaints have only made me more excited about this holiday... shame my big holiday next year has eaten most of my leave... but i still get to look forward to seeing north korea at least :D


Is that hard to organise? I'd be curious to visit at some point (not anytime soon) but I'd imagine it's nearly impossible to get a visa?
#32
great find worth it for the flights
#33
Houstie
Place looks like a s**t hole !!! ......save yer money ...visit a zoo !!!:p


:-D
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Hi all

I have been to kenya via ASC and stayed in this very hotel a few years ago. Now i'm no travel critic but will give you a brief rundown.

Firstly you must remember the country your in and it's economic state. I'm not sure what bus journey the post on tripadvisor refers to as haven't checked I only assume it means from the airport to the hotel. If so the bus I was on was rickety to say the least I sat next to the window and could physically push the side of the bus and make a gap and see the road passing beneath me BUT don't forget they don't have the strict MOT laws we do that said we got there in one piece and the journey is a real eye opener showing you the real kenya and how people live.

When you pass through the guarded barrier you enter a 'bubble' completely shut off and unaware of the 'outside'. On arrival we were met by a guy who took our luggage up to our room and a small tip was given. Rooms were adequate with bath/shower/toilet double bed air con etc and clean (again remember your in Africa not Mayfair). The next day guy came to clean our room and he said he would be our 'cleaner' during our stay. This proved good which i'll explain later on.

We went half board and food was ok lots of fish rice bread etc which can be bland for some pallets. If the thought of seeing a fly or monkey in the dining area worries you then this is not the holiday for you. In relation to purchasing drinks you sign a ticket with your room number and settlle the bill during your stay you do not hand over money due to the of it being pocketed by the bar person, the travel company will tell you the same thing.

Venturing outside the bubble
As i'm a rubbish 'sit in the hotel kind of person' I decided my wife and I should venture out. Here's a thing of note once you past the guarded gate and go outside the complex your on your own they will not help you. After we were about 10 foot outside we were approached by lots of people trying to sell different things etc my misses did get a bit intimidated but I found if you were firm and polite things were ok. People will ask you for money for sponsorship etc and fill out a form with your address etc I advise you not to do this for obvious reasons. We made it to small shopping area and had a look round then headed back it was a bit disconcerting when there were large groups of blokes starring at us but again there was no trouble.

Days Out
Now the tour operator filled us with horror stories about tourists getting left in the middle of no where after being robbed etc and that all tours should be booked with them to ensure safety obviously this all comes at a premium. Me? well I wanted to see the real Kenya. I got chatting to another couple who had been on trip by an 'outside' company to a rainforest park and there were happy so I decided to go for it. They called the person up and arranged for us to meet them. Misses and I walked to the village and entered a small shop probably no ****** than single bedroom where a very welcoming lady greated us. she introduced us to a young lad who was to going to be our guide for the day. We were told not to tip him as he earn't money from the cost of the tickets but we should pay for his travel. We headed outside and hailed a tuktuk which took us up to the main road and cost about 20p. At the roadside all I could see was brightly coloured mini busses haring about at 100mph. Our guide nodded to one coming down the road and it skidded to a halt in a flurry of dust in front of us. Now when I say mini bus think more VW camper van with as many seats crammed into as possible, side door was towards the front so we climbed over other passengers and were away before we had even sat down. I gave the guide money to pay fair to guy sitting in front passenger seat as I didn't have a clue. Another thing of note they love music and it's blasted at you while you travel in these but for me it just added to the atmos and I grinned all the way to the park.

At the park we saw plenty of animals etc and the lad was really knowledgeable. At one point it started to rain and he ran off and left us, my wife and I just looked at each other lol but a couple of minutes later he came back with an umbrella and opened it above us we couldn't thank him enough and obviously I took it from him as I wasn't going to make him hold it for the duration he deserved more respect than that. I asked him if he had one and he said 'nah I don't need one' poor guy was soaked with only poncho for any type of protection. Our journey back to the hotel was as exciting as it was leaving it. I did give the lad a small tip but here's the thing be mindfull of how much you give as you don't want to insult them by flashing the cash. What we consider a small amount is ALOT in this country. I gave enough to show my gratitude for his hard work but no too much as to take the mick.

We got back to hotel in one piece all safe and totally shattered one of best days of holiday and seeing 'real kenya'

I've just realised i'm rabbiting on so (sorry) so i'll cut it short. We did safari though ASC and brilliant time was had seeing wild animals a few feet away. We also did scuba diving via 'outside' company which was awesome. We had to stop taking melaria tabs as they made us both ill. Hotel was hit by frequent power/water cuts etc so make sure you have lots of books.

In conclusion always remind yourself of where you are and respect the people. Yes there's lots of (expensive) trips supplied by ASC but by venturing out it made our holiday so much better just make sure your on your toes.

Tip: The locals want things like pens/paper/socks etc (which we only found out during holiday) which may sound trivial to you and I but they need them for schools etc which have zero budget, they will exchange them for wooden animals/gifts etc.
#35
I dont think anyone has mentioned the various jabs and medication you'd need to go to Kenya. From memory you need to have sorted this about 4 weeks before departure.
#36
Yup you need yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A starting a few weeks before and malaria tabs for just before/during and after you get back. This is quite costly so factor it into your holiday.
#37
Came back from this holiday package in August. Stayed at Flamingo Beach Hotel, paid £393, and I wouldn't listen to anybody on this forum! The hotel was top, and food was good. For what I paid, I will never complain and will go back next year if this deal is back! I didn't have any injections, took the risk, however Malaria spreads mainly around the Summer season from November onwards. Its true that the staff ain't been paid for 7 months, which is pretty bad. Overall, i loved the holiday, and i love the country and people.
#38
I went to Kenya with ASC in June 2008 and stayed in the sister hotel to this one. There is an important difference between going somewhere 3rd world and what we experienced with ASC.

The basic problem is that the staff hadnt (and by the looks of the posting on the lonely planet link, still havent) been paid in a long time, the group appears to have financial difficulties and as a result a lot of staff really dont give a damn, so the customer requests that might get taken care in a "better hotel/resort" are not bothered with.

When we were there loads of people came down with stomach bugs due to the poor quality of the food, people had their safari dates changed at short notice and there was plenty to genuinely complain about.

Having said all that, the prices are dirt cheap and if you are prepared to set your expectations properly given what you have read on places like tripadvisor, you can still have a good time.

As the holiday only costs 300 qiud, you could go out there, eat out all the time, and use the money you are saving to spend on the safaris. We did one with ASC and it was truly truly awesome - not necessarily because of ASC but because the Masai Mara is a great place to do it.

If anyone does book do not upgrade for airport-resort transfers, or the restaurants or the reserved/guaranteed sunbeds as they do not give you any real benefits.

Hope the above helps.
#39
If you want Safari's, be prepared to add £100 a day to the price
#40
Great! Get to Kenya to sit on a beach with all you HDUK'ers. whooo...what a great trip I'd have chatting about poundland & Netto under a beach brolly sipping pina colada's!! ;)

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