​Hotel Review: Voyager Beach resort, Mombasa, Kenya

Voyager Beach Resort, as the name suggests, is modelled to simulate a cruise ship on a Voyage. Typically, ‘MV Voyager’ docks at different destinations each day, allowing travellers and guests on board to experience different cultures through the cuisines on offer and the entertainment provided. The resort is set by the beachfront in Nyali, Mombasa, and is part of the Heritage Group of Hotels, who as you may know, have mastered luxury travel and accommodation in East Africa.

Over the years, Voyager has been identified as the ideal holiday resort by residents and non-residents alike, and has often played host to different corporate events and conferences. Voyager is also famed as a wedding and honeymoon destination, and you only need to spend a bit of time there, to understand why it comes so highly recommended.

Voyager Beach Resort, for many reasons, can be described as picture-perfect. The property is set by the beach, which means that you can spend your days marvelling at the beauty of the Indian Ocean, and enjoying the refreshing breeze that comes with it. If you would like to spend your days swimming, then you have the expanse of the ocean to resort to once you have had enough of the 3 swimming pools.

The swimming pools at Voyager are strategically located, so that you always have a water body close enough to your room, for those early morning or late afternoon swims. There is the Fun pool, which is where all the fun water games happen, and the Sports pool which is much larger and is set outside Kaskazi restaurant, so that guests can easily snack in between their swims. The 3rd pool, dubbed the Relax / Infinity pool is my absolute favourite. This is the pool you go to when you are craving for some quiet, because its secluded location and infinity pool design allows for just the peace of mind you desire.

The Swahili Lounge, which sits adjacent to the Sports pool, overlooking the ocean is another place of absolute serenity at Voyager. The lounge is referred to as the stress free zone, and it is filled by beds and swinging couches and decorated with drapery in typical ocean colours. This is the place where you go to read a book or take your afternoon siesta or just spend time with your significant other. This is also the place where you lie down and count your blessings, because those views and that tranquillity will inspire in you a kind of gratefulness that you don’t feel every day.

Accommodation at Voyager typically comes in sea-view cabins or garden-view cabins (or garden view cabins with glimpses of the ocean – which give you a bit of both worlds).

The room I stayed in was on one end of the hotel, just a few steps away from the Relax pool and with breath-taking views of the ocean. That is a sight you definitely want to wake up to, and you can start your days by catching the sunrise at the beach, and taking a refreshing swim after daybreak.

The All-inclusive accommodation package definitely plays a big role in the choice to vacation at Voyager. When you are on the All-inclusive package, you get a bottomless flow of soft drinks and select alcoholic drinks and food/snacks throughout the day, in addition to the usual meals. This package makes your stay with friends, family and especially kids very economical, because everyone can practically eat and drink whatever they want, whenever they want, without spending a single extra cent if you’re picking from the All-inclusive options.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on buffet basis at the Mashua restaurant, which allows for al fresco dining. I stayed at Voyager over a weekend, when the cuisine was Kenyan, and the breakfast spread was overwhelming – in a good way. If you’re the kind that likes to start your day with a good breakfast, the breakfast options at Voyager will impress you. On my first breakfast, I remember thinking about how even 3 separate servings would still not be enough to get through all the food!

The Kaskazi snack bar is another food outlet at Voyager, and it serves drinks, snacks and the usual burgers and pizzas throughout the day, which are part of the all-inclusive package. Service at Kaskazi can be quite slow,  so it helps to order food earlier than you need it.  Smugglers Cove and Minestrone are the other restaurants, and they serve seafood and Italian cuisines respectively. Smugglers menu is A la carte, but guests staying at the hotel get discounts depending on their accommodation package. There are four bars as well which ensure you do not stay thirsty.

The Adventurers’ Club is another feature that makes Voyager so popular amongst young adults and families with children. There is an entire section where kids can play and have as much funas they want, and there are enough games for everyone else too. I loved the life-sized scrabble game, and the snakes and ladder game set out on the floor. Pool, Table tennis, lawn tennis and darts were also quite popular.

The animation team coordinates games and activities in the pool or by the beach, which means that you generally should not get bored when staying at Voyager. Glass bottom boat rides can be organized upon request, as well as water sport adventures like wind surfing and snorkelling. There is no Gym or Spa yet, but with so much activity, you may not really need either.

After a day full of activity, you want to settle down for a quiet dinner and maybe a few drinks after. There is an entertainment schedule during special occasions and holidays. The resident Mombasa Roots band plays different genres of music until 11pm, and they are a joy to listen to. On the weekend of my stay, Jambo Africa band took the stage in the absence of Mombasa Roots, and they got my travel crew up and dancing to a few local oldies. Weeks later, and I can still remember some of the songs they played, and that they ended their show by playing ‘Happy’ – which described what we really felt on the last night of our stay!

Photography by Brian Gatimu IG (Twitter: @TheFlyingKenyan) and c/o of Voyager Beach Resort / Heritage Hotels 

Fact Sheet:

Location – Voyager Beach Resort is located about 10 kilometres away from Mombasa city centre, along Mount Kenya road in Nyali.

Ideal for – Family vacations, group holidays with friends, weddings and honeymoon, corporate events, conferences and teambuilding

Destinations where the ship docks influence the cuisines / themes – they include Kenyan, Swahili, Chinese, Mexican and Italian

Prices – Prices range depending on the room type and time of booking. You can check/book online via the website here: . You can also book half board or bed and breakfast, and prices on these bases typically start from about Kshs. 10,000.

When you book on the website and inform the hotel about your itinerary, you can get complimentary airport transfers, which takes away the hustle of having to find your way to the hotel.

You can also have organized excursions to tour Mombasa at an extra cost. We visited Fort Jesus, Old Town Mombasa, Butterfly Pavillion where we went bike riding in the Bamburi Nature trail, and went on the amazing sundowner Dhow Cruise at Moorings floating Restaurant in Mtwapa.  If you’re lucky, you get chosen to dine at the Captain’s Table at MV Voyager. Do look out for my next post to know how honourable such a dinner is, and to see the highlights from our excursions.

Website: Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa . You will find contacts and everything else you need to know there.

Sights from the Excursions

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