It has been a wonderful, adventurous year of travel for me. However, the best thing about my travels this year has been sharing them with my family. We started our travels in April with a trip to Voyager Beach Resort in Nyali in Kenya’s coast. Being the first time for some of us to be at the coast, the time had involved a flurry of sightseeing activities and I really didn’t get the chance to take photos to help me write a blog post. I was therefore very excited to get the opportunity to go back there again in early December.
Voyager is a popular ship-themed hotel in Nyali located north of Mombasa. Almost everything at the hotel has touches of a ship at sea. It comprises 236 garden view and sea view cabins. Clients can take a 40 minute flight from Nairobi or go on an 8-hour bus drive from Nairobi. On arrival a trumpet was blown to announce our arrival. We got to the resort earlier than the normal check-in time at 12pm. The lady at the reception allowed us to get to our room which was a huge relief for us. Once checked in, a hostess gave us information on the hotel such as the restaurants and meal times, wi-fi password etc. As we walked to the room, we were surprised to find that the grounds were lush and green despite the coastal heat.
We had booked a garden view hotel however were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been up-graded to a sea-view cabin! (Who wouldn’t want to wake up to sounds of lapping waves?!) I loved the sliding glass door of the room that allows one to enjoy un-interrupted views of the outdoors. Room amenities include a television, mini-fridge, A/C, and a safe.
The resort has is owned by Heritage Hotels and its toiletries were labeled thus.
My first order of business was to book my daughter into the Adventurer’s Club. Voyager is a family-oriented resort and boasts of the best children’s club in the north coast. They have an awesome Animation team that looks after kids. They organize day-long activities for children to take part in leaving the grown folk all the time to relax and enjoy the holiday as well. The Snack Bar serves the kids with meals all day long so parents can rest easy knowing their young ones are well taken care of.
Loved this Snakes and Ladders painted on the floor of the club! There is also a life size Scrabble board, a snooker table, darts, checkers and lots of other games to keep everyone entertained. Near the Adventurers club is a Sports Bar where soccer fans can cheer for their favourite teams. Adjacent to the Sports Bar is the Salon, so ladies as he catches up on sports you can get your mani-pedi done.
The Boutique has lots of souvenirs and just about everything you need to make your stay at Voyager comfortable. If you forgot to bring along a book to help you while the day away, the bookshop has a variety of genres to choose from.
The resort has three restaurants: the main restaurant Mashua,the Italian Minestrone restaurant and the Smugglers Cove. I only ate at Mashua but I regret not having tried the Cove which is in a cave! Meals are served buffet-style at the main restaurant and diners are encouraged dine in presentable attire (no swim suits!) On Friday, after dinner, the animation team put up a great show for our entertainment. On Saturday, a band kept us on our feet until 11pm.
Much of my time at the resort was spent in the pool. There are three pools: the infinity, beachfront pool near my room is reserved for adults, I would recommend it for couples. The sports pool is for keen swimmers and the fun pool is mostly recommended for children. It has a water slide and a baby pool. The animation team took us through an entertaining water aerobics session on Sunday morning – totally enjoyed it!
When I was not swimming, I enjoyed my time at the Swahili Lounge. This rooftop lounge with Lamu seats is the perfect place to laze as you enjoy the ocean breeze.
This seat in front of the little pond would also be a fantastic place to catch up on reading.
I wouldn’t end this post without mention of the staff. The ‘Humans of Voyager’ are amazing. My daughter fell in love with Monica, a hostess at the restaurant back in April and she was eagerly looking forward to see her again. The reunion was touching to say the least! Everyone at the resort was exceptionally pleasant and is truly a plus to the hotel. Many thanks to Ibrahim who granted us late checkout and allowed us to enjoy Voyager’s hospitality longer. If you’re ever in the north-coast, be sure to stay at Voyager Beach Resort! Merry Christmas!!