Reviews of Ras Kutani
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Ras Kutani review
Very good; just what was needed after the hassle of getting there (more later). The rooms were very comfortable and the eight foot wide bed was unbelievable.
Alice in the Spa was a real joy - wonderful aromatherapy massage for us both and a scrub for Jude.
The food was very tasty but, as usual in Africa, there was too much! Good efforts were made to accommodate Jude's "dairy free" requirements.
The one frustration was the performance of the wifi - it didn't! Don't get me wrong - I didn't need wifi although others appeared to be glued to their phones etc, but when it is available but doesn't work, there's an element of frustration - but it was miniscule.
Secluded African beach lodge
The setting was excellent. It was so pleasing to have an East African beach where you could still swim at low tide on a wonderfully long, clean beach with nobody to hazzle you.
The staff/service was excellent and the food was of a consistently high standard. We made three recommendations while we were there and every one was fulfilled within hours! As you will see from our Tripadvisor report (nandph) we felt that our room number nine on the lagoon was the best except for new/full moons when it was impossible to sleep because of the frogs.
The only personal complaint we had was that the loungers around the pool were not conducive to relaxing/reading in the afternoon as you could only lie on them and not raise them so we had to retire to our room.
Great place to start your honeymoon
We had a brilliant stay at Ras Kutani - it was the perfect place to relax after the long flight. We had a great welcome and attention during the stay. Perfect balance of your own space and being looked after.
Not too many guests when we visited so it was very peaceful and the stretch of beach was quiet. Food was excellent and we had a nice range of meals - including dinner on the beach which was such a nice honeymoon experience.
Great for short break
Once again dieterary needs accommodated with all members of staff including the chef quickly recognising the two people who went vegetarian.
A very quiet time of the year to visit which suited our group perfectly.
Great place to relax before or after safari.
Ras Kutani is a fantastic place especially after a long flight with no sleep. David the manager was very welcoming as were all the staff. The food was lovely, especially Sundays curry! The best breakfasts we had with an amazing view.
The rooms were very comfortable and clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights here. We were sad to leave even though we were off on safari. We would recommend Ras Kutani unreservedly and it made a lovely alternative to staying overnight in Dar.
Ras Kutani beach
Unfortunately our visit did not get of to the best of starts, when I put my hand in my rucksack to get my bins out, as we were being rowed across the lagoon, I was horrified to find that the bins in my hand were not mine, and my expensive bins and telescope, plus field guide and medicines was missing. It turned out that the pilot who brought us into Dar had taken my rucksack, and I had the rucksack of a birder who had gone to Zanzibar. All was sorted out twenty-four hours later, but I missed a days birding.
However our main gripe was that having arrived at the camp at around 16.00 hours we read that we had to vacate our rooms by 10.00 on the second day, although we had paid for two nights full board, we did not consider that 36 hours equated to two days and I made my point quite forcibly to Dave the manager, who said we should have paid extra if we wanted to keep our room until 17.30 when were due to leave. Eventually we were allowed to have another tent for the day, but I think this is something that Expert Africa needs to address, either by ensuring that your clients have a secure tent where their luggage can be kept, and where they can shower and change before departing, or offering this as an extra.
A great start
Transfer and arrival after 3 flights from London extremely efficient made very welcome
Waited rather too long (1.5 hours) for suite to be ready, guests arriving after us went directly to their accommodation, no information in the interim.
Other than above we were looked after very well in terms of suite, restaurant and beach facilities.
Very pleased we began the trip with this 3 night introduction we don't think RK suitable for more than a 3 night stay due to its relative isolation.
We particularly liked the self service meals.
Ras Kutani: perfect paradise
This gorgeous place situated along the beach front, next to a fresh water lagoon separated from the ocean by a sand bar, is just the place to relax and refresh after days in the bush.
The decor is most attractive, the food and facilities excellent, and we found it the perfect paradise. The service is friendly and first class, and the manager and assistants delightful.
A Relaxing Finale!
Ras Kutani was an excellent way of calming down from the adrenalin filled activities of being on safari. We had thought about returning home directly after our safari adventure but pleased we chose to unwind in the friendly and relaxing atmosphere of Ras Kutani. Thank you Liz for suggesting this, otherwise we would have had to spend many hours hanging around in Nairobi Airport, as well as spend more on the airfare home!
We emerged from the plane to a smiley man called Swedy who drove us a short distance to a small boat on the lagoon. We were then rowed across to where David and his staff were ready to welcome us onto the beach - a great introduction to this mainland retreat.
During our stay David and his staff were on hand to cater for all our needs in a professional but relaxed manner. The food was excellent and one evening we enjoyed a Swahili style BBQ! Our accommodation was spacious and amazing and overlooked the ocean. We also had inquisitive monkeys in the grounds who seemed to keep a close eye on us whenever tea and biscuits were around. However, a clap of the hands kept them at bay, although they did make great photographic models! All in all the perfect place to stay if you just want to put your feet up.
An oasis of calm at Ras Kutani
If we had the opportunity to re-plan our trip we would do 2x3 night safaris and perhaps 2 nights at Ras Kutani. After all the action at Impala camp it seemed almost too quiet at the beach!
However a very relaxing stay, excellent food and service was great.