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Severin Sea Lodge, Mombasa

Sun, May 1, 2011

Eastern Africa



If you are an eco-friendly visitor, you will definitely love to stay at the Severin Sea Lodge that is among the handful of eco-lodges in Mombasa. This one is nestled right on the north coast’s wonderful Bamburi beach with detached cottages featuring thatched roofs, which look more like African huts. Just imagine soft white sands fronting your bungalow, blue seas beyond the dunes, and tropical gardens edged by the swaying palms and you know what the paradise of Severin Sea Lodge looks like. Relax in the African divan swathed with mosquito nets, play under the pleasant sun right in front of the Indian Ocean, soak into the pool shimmering amidst the trees, simply spot monkeys jumping in the gardens, or get on a sun lounger under the palm shade.

Very famous for its well maintained gardens as well as variety of sports, the lodge is only 12 miles far from the airport and 7.5 miles from the city. Besides introducing an award-winning environment protection program, the hotel also boasts a water purification plant for purifying the wastewater, organic farm, water supply system running on solar panels, material recycling system, as well as hedges instead of fences for the birds. So, it is really an eco-lodge to attract visitors as well as birds. And to this, add the touch of friendly service and cozy atmosphere that facilitates the elation of an ocean heaven.

Rooms

There are 201 rooms at the Severin Sea Lodge, which are present in two different styles: the Karibu (meaning welcome) rooms (100) and the relatively opulent Comfort Class rooms (100). The former are the basic ones and offer individually controlled air conditioning, terrace, toilet, double beds, showers, mosquito nets, and a sitting area; while the latter are equipped with private baths with showers, double sinks (in some), toilet, mosquito net, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, coffee maker, flat-screen TV, satellite service, alarm clock, 1 or 2 fans, terrace or balcony, hair dryer, fruit basket as welcome amenity, and Lamu carved furnishings such as beds. The Comfort Class accommodations are larger and luxurious of which 36 are set in the main building.


Lastly, there is also a unique Admiral Suite that is additionally equipped with a kitchenette, separate living room, lounge area, shower and bathtub, balcony with the panoramic vista of the sea, satellite TV, and a separate changing room.

Activities/Recreation

• 2 free-form swimming pools with the quiet one away from the beach • Water slide • Small waterfall • Wooden sun beds flanking the pool, but fronting the beach • Wellness Spa • Shops on site • Live African bands featuring reggae and jazz • Acrobats • Local folklore • Windsurfing • Tennis • Beach volleyball • Golfing • Table tennis • Spa treatments on the beach • Diving • Fitness room • Sports massage • Jacuzzi • Kite surfing • Nguuni game reserve tour to spot antelopes and giraffes • Dhow sunset ceremony

Facilities

• Internet café • Shopping center • Hair dressing salon • Babysitting service • Children play grounds • Barber shop • Outdoor parking • Concierge desk • Valet services • Game room • Multilingual staff • Valet parking • Terrace • Continental breakfast • European/American/half-board meal plans

Restaurants

At the Severin Sea Lodge, the Kisima is the main eatery that looks after all the three meals of the day via its themed-buffets. This one is an expert in offering a traditional English breakfast featuring bread rolls and baked beans along with soups also available for lunch as well as dinner. If at all you want to have pastas and pizzas, try the Flame Tree Bistro, while delicious snacks are offered at the Pool Grill Kisima. In short, you can expect an international menu made from its own organic farm produce, many-course dinners, and a gourmet meal featuring Kenyan selections. The latter is enjoyed a novel restaurant that is perched over a vintage Arabian Dhow. Among all the options I actually loved the Kisima restaurant.

Unique fact

First in the state to include an environmental manager for directing the eco-mission.

Address

82169 Malindi Road,
Bamburi Beach,
Mombasa,
Kenya.

Star rating

3-star accommodation.

Rates

From $45 per night.

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