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Located at Kilifi Creek, just 1.9 mi outside of town and surrounded by a community forest, Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers features a secluded beach area, a restaurant and outdoor pool. The lodge offers different accommodations types, ranging from family and double rooms to beds in a dormitory or safari tents. The spacious rooms feature custom made furniture and shelving. The waterproof tents feature a bed-side table and solar lights. Distant Relatives offers a communal kitchen. Meals can also be ordered from the restaurant and include vegetarian options. Cocktails and refreshments can be enjoyed at the bar. The lodge also offers regular live music events. Facilities at the lodge include outdoor bamboo showers, a private jetty, a library and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking, volleyball, sailing and darts. Visits to the nearby Fumbene village can be arranged. Distant Relatives is 28 mi from Malindi Airport and 31 mi from Mombasa Airport. Airport shuttles can be arranged for a fee.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.5 for a two-person trip.

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.2)

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
Number of guests
 
1 bunk bed
and
1 queen bed
2 twin beds
or
1 queen bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2

This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.0
Facilities
8.5
Cleanliness
8.3
Comfort
8.4
Value for money
8.5
Location
8.2
Free WiFi
8.8
High score for Kilifi
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Ekaterina
    RussiaRussia
    We keep on coming back to DR just because it's the best place to be in Kilifi. You can sleep, eat, work, swim, have fun, listen to music, meditate and socialize - all in one place.
  • Dc
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    We got upgraded to bandas and so we were very lucky in this respect. Great staff, atmosphere, chill space, incredible bioluminescence, activities, games, mangroves and local snorkelling, huge food portions. We loved it and easily could have stayed...
  • Johya
    KenyaKenya
    I LOVE SUSTAINABILITY!!!!! So this was great. all their initiatives are amazing, they area everything about the set-up was great!

Area info

Restaurants
1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant
    • Cuisine
      African • European
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Modern
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Amenities of Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
Great facilities! Review score, 8.5

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private Bathroom
Bedroom
  • Linens
View
  • Garden view
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
Activities
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Happy hour
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Movie nights
  • Beach
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Snorkeling
    Additional charge
  • Diving
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional charge
  • Darts
  • Windsurfing
    Additional charge
  • Karaoke
  • Pool table
    Additional charge
  • Game room
  • Fishing
    Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Outdoor play equipment for kids
  • Indoor play area
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
General
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private entrance
  • Car rental
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Raised toilet
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Outdoor swimming pool
Free!
  • Open all year
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Spa
  • Yoga classes
  • Full-body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Couples' massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Massage
    Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili

House rules

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Check-in

From 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Check-out

From 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

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FAQs about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Pool table
    • Game room
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Karaoke
    • Darts
    • Windsurfing
    • Evening entertainment
    • Head massage
    • Happy hour
    • Back massage
    • Beach
    • Yoga classes
    • Movie nights
    • Foot massage
    • Swimming pool
    • Full-body massage
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Neck massage
    • Walking tours
    • Hand massage
    • Live music/Performance
    • Couples' massage
    • Nightclub/DJ

  • Room options at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers include:

    • Family
    • Tent
    • Bed in Dorm
    • Double

  • Check-in at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is 1.3 miles from the center of Kilifi. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant