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Reviewed 24 January 2021

It has been my first time at Mbuyu Beach and I have been happy at every minute. The compound is beyond beautiful. You can almost jump into the ocean. And the food is also so nice - same as Werner and Isabelle who are very welcoming.

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Werner Zeppenfeld, Owner at Mbuyu Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2021

Hi Oti, thanks a lot - it was a pleasure to host you in our small beachside hotel. All the best for your wedding plans, for your studies and the charitable project in Thika!

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Reviewed 2 January 2021 via mobile

It is easy to find a beach along the Kenyan coast with lots of sand, people and action. It is much harder to find a place where the white sand is almost exclusively for you and where you can still enjoy the amenities of civilisation. Such a place is Mbuyu Beach. Isabelle and Werner have built a little paradise which they share with guests and friends. The place is open to the beach and well integrated in the local community. No big walls and fences, but a breezy openness, wind and sea. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and cozy. Five traditional bungalows, in the midst of palmtrees and with the constant sound of the ocean, well equipped and decorated with taste. Guests enjoy life on their veranda, swim in the sea, walk along the shore or watch the local fishermen go about their work as they have done for centuries. A shared dinner table in the garden allows you to get the newest stories and trade experiences in the evening. A week in Mbuyu is like a month in busier places. Enjoy!

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Werner Zeppenfeld, Owner at Mbuyu Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2021

dear v + b, thank you very much for this nice feedback - we take it as an encouragement for our post-corona restart. and we really need it: the praised exclusivity is fully given at the moment. true to our advertising slogan, there are currently only "the baobab, the ocean - and you" (whoever comes)...

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Reviewed 30 November 2019

I enjoyed my stay at Mbuyu Beach Bungalows very much.

It is a very quiet place and ideal to relax. Beatifully set in a quiet part of the beach next to the small fishing village of Msambweni, away from all the tourists in Diani and other parts of the beach. As a result the usual "hustle" by the local beach boys is greatly reduced and you can enjoy the beach without having to deal with any unwanted offers. It is also a very small hotel so that you will know the other guests. The atmosphere is that of a family-run guest house and not as anonymous as the big tourist hotels.

The owners Isabel and Werner are great hosts and invest a lot of time to make their guests happy. They have extensive knowledge of the area and can recommend great day trips and the best guides. They are also both very knowledgeable about East Africa since they are authoring the newest edition of a travel guide on Kenya. If you want any tips on how to continue your trip, you can't do better. Additionally, Werner has co-authored a couple of books set in the area. They are available to read in the rooms, which means that you can add a great perspective to the place you are staying at (and of course talk to the author about them).

The rooms are located either in bungalows on the property or on the second floor of the main house. They are nicely decorated and well-built and maintained. The bungalows include a second floor with views of the sea and the rooms in the main house include balconies with sea view. There is a pool for the guests and since the property is set on the beachfront you can of course always go to swim in the sea.

The dining area of the restaurant also opens to the sea and it is great to sit there with a drink looking out on the ocean. The food is great. There is no menu to choose from, but the kitchen always prepares a great meal. If you want, you can have dinner at the same table together with the owners and the other guests and share stories of your trip. I enjoyed these communal dinners ver much.

The service at Mbuyu is great and the employees are always at hand to help you.
But the best thing about Mbuyu Beach Bungalows is the beautiful setting. Since words are insufficient to describe the beauty of the place I have attached some pictures below.

If you come to the area and are looking for a quiet place to relax, i can only recommend you to stay at Mbuyu. You will enjoy it very much.

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank SiSch2019
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IsabelleUndWerner, Manager at Mbuyu Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2019

Thank you Simon for this encouraging review - we keep on trying to deliver, and to be honest: our lovely fishing village, our dedicated local staff (and open-minded travellers like you) make it quite easy. Welcome again!

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Reviewed 20 February 2019 via mobile

By far the best coastal getaway we've had.
My husband and I along with our daughter (toddler) travelled from Nairobi to Msambweni. There's no check-in upon arrival. You're shown straight to your bungalow by the owner(s). No time wasting, no standing around waiting for keys. You get to dive straight into your holiday of relaxation.
The tropical garden is beautiful here. Very well maintained. Like nothing I've seen next to a beach. The bungalows are perfect in size but we hardly spent time in there as there are so many places to relax out in the gardens.

The hospitality and service is second to none. The owners, Werner and Isabelle are the loveliest and most friendly hosts. They go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and content.

The food is amazing. Just like home cooked food. Although there is a set menu but the kitchen does cater for your needs.

There's a real family like feeling at mbuyu beach bungalows. From the owners to the guests to all the workers. It makes all the difference.

If I could give the place a 10 star rating, I would!
Thanking Isabelle and Werner for letting us into their home.
We're really looking forward to coming back!

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Zaymh
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IsabelleUndWerner, Owner at Mbuyu Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2019

Thanks a lot, you lovely people from Nairobi! We promise to keep on trying our best, and to keep the place as welcoming and intimate as it is. See you back on our beach some day!

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Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Cool ocean breeze, services were excellent..ocean waves and sounds at night it's a lifetime experience i can never forget.The place is organized in such a way it suits the wants of every visitor and fun it's all covered there... Back soon

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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