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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved the stay at DR, the staff are friendly, food is great and the accommodation is awesome. I especially like the whole eco-lodge aspect - where you can shower in the open, the water is recycled into their food forest. For your accommodation, you can select to sleep in a tent, safari tent, in a shared banda, dorm room...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely breath taking, it is located perfectly in the most beautiful part on the eastern coast of kenya with so much unspoiled beauty. the path to the beach is out of a fairy tale and the villages near by and the locals are all fantastic. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the rooms, i stayed...

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Woonona, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first impression was great as we were upgraded to a private room free of charge. The room was clean and very spacious, which included a private shower. The pool and bar area were great for wasting days away. The staff were excellent in helping to organise activities and meet any request. Highly recommend.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the excellent review! We are honored to have been at your service. You are most welcome again any time you in Kilifi! Asante!

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Distant relatives is located in Kilifi and is easily accessible via public transportation. I loved my stay here. Just a couple of highlights; PROS: *It lives up to it's brand. It is the one of the best Eco-lodges i've been to in kenya thus far. Everything about it's design factors in environmental conservation *The food is absolutly fanstastic. Great simple...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Wow! Such a stunning review! We are very grateful and thrilled that we met and surpassed your expectation. It is very heart warming when all the effort we put in get's appreciated. Thank you for the very constructive feedback. We will look into the issues you have highlighted and strive to make those better too for an even greater experience...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed for 4 nights(wish it was more) as soon as I arrived I felt at home and comfortable. The staff couldn't of been nicer. I stayed in one of the private bandas which have plenty of room for 4 people with a large double and bunk beds. The room and bed were very comfortable and the compost toilet and outside...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here and that you loved the bandas, despite the cheeky monkeys :) ! We love to welcome such positive people into our home, you are welcome any time! Karibu!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The people, the rooms, the food, the pool and the surroundings were very nice. The nearby discotheque was played noisy music every night. You can go to the beach at Kilifi, but there is not much else to see. However, it is nice to make a daytrip to Watamu (ruins of old town/mosque, snake park, butterfly farm, Arabuko Sokoke Forrest...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking your time to give us your great review! We are very happy that you found your stay with us to your satisfaction. The nearest discotheque to us is in the middle of town. The noise you heard was from a funeral in the village; which are very elaborate here but don't happen all the...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 14 February 2017

For an eco-lodge this place beats the rest. From the bamboo showers to the composting toilet. You should also try the hangover breakfast and try to get the pizza and burger nights. The outings board is quite informative. The staff too are very friendly. stayed in the cottages

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words sir! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us! Hopefully you can join us for more burgers and pizza night again soon! Karibu!

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect hangout for the global backpacker. Relaxed atmosphere. Short walking distance to a local beach, 15 minutes by motorbike to a marvellous quiet beach. The pool was closed when we were there, it seems to need some serious cleaning... but a great place anyway.

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and good vibes! Kilifi county has been hit with serious drought from end of last year and we didn't have enough water to spare for the pool; which is why we closed it for a while. Otherwise the pool is now very clean although we have to buy fresh water very expensively...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Distance relatives ecolodge is a great place for anyone , families who like outdoors and a little adventure , solo travelers , couples . They have thought of everything , pool tables , swings , lots of sitting areas , pool and access to beach . It's truly an ecolodge and it's great to see how things are recycled ,...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for all your positive words! We loved having you around and are constantly aiming to improve our service and all the feedback we can get from our guests is very useful to us. We sincerely apologize for looking a bit too pushy with money. We just bought a new point of sale system which our boys...

Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Distant Relatives stands for something different - and it does so with a pride and enthusiasm long lost along the rest of the Kenyan coast - and no doubt beyond. Although I was not present over the New Year period, I have heard of nothing but encouraging praise for the very, very small team of individuals who worked their guts...

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DistantRelatives, Manager at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the splendid review! It is always great to see our efforts appreciated like this. Asante for always having our back. Please know that our doors are always open for awesome humans like you. Hope to see you again soon, queen! Ciao!

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  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour's drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events. Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters! At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya's tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you've had in East Africa! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Address: 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
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Price Range: $29 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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“Best vibes”
 of 5 bubbles Jessd638, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Banda rooms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles 371nellym, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Safari Tents are a good cheaper alternative to private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles sufyen, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Dorms are nice and spacious”
 of 5 bubbles darwinisera, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
“if you can afford then dont go for the tent”
 of 5 bubbles BPuser, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
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