Severin Sea Lodge At A Glance
- Beautiful Resort
- Very Friendly Staff
- Soft Sand Beaches
- Coral Reef
- Can’t Go Deep In The Water Without Good Shoes Due To Coral
- The Price Is Very Expensive But There Are Good Deals In The Off Season
- Watch Out For People Who Want To Take Advantage Of Tourists On The Beaches
- Check For Travel Advisories Due To The Resorts Geographical Region
Severin Sea Lodge is located on Bamburi Beach and is a German run Resort started back in 1972, the founder having an establishment on the property since 1965! It is easy to feel the influence of the long standing history and the legacy that has been established through the home-feel and friendliness of the staff. It almost doesn’t seem like a resort, but rather a relaxing getaway with friends that seem somehow familiar. What a testament to the great staff at Severin!
The white buildings, with thatched roofs gives Severin a rustic, truly Kenyan feel, while the modern conveniences including free wifi in all of the rooms, as well as throughout the entire resort make it easy to relax and enjoy the stay; truly a one of the great Mombasa hotels. The rooms are very clean, simple with a European touch; the hand carved furniture and décor brings the feel back to the beauty of Kenya. The bathrooms boast tile floors and stone that reaches have way up the wall. Very different than most of the other places we stayed while in Kenya, there are toilets with seats and faucet/shower with temperature control, can we say hallelujah for hot water!?! For Kenya, this is something to be said in itself!
The staff, as mentioned earlier, is incredibly friendly and truly concerned about the well being of their guests. There was hardly a moment where the service lapsed, from the waiters, to the men helping with towels and chairs to the guards, to the entertainment team, they make every guest feel like a VIP. Down to the man that takes the bags to and from the rooms, all of the staff at Severin made our time spent there even more enjoyable.
We were there during off-season so several of the restaurants were closed. The two places that were open were the main dinning area where they serve buffet breakfast and lunch, a la carte and a five-course dinner. The breakfast buffet and a la carte were fantastic, we didn’t eat the main dinner at night.
We did, however, eat at their restaurant the Imani Dhow. The Imani Dhow is an old dhow boat that has made its final dock in terrace of Severin Sea Lodge. A dhow is an Arabic style boat, similar style dhows to the Imani Dhow have been used in and around Mombasa for hundreds of years. The Imani Dhow was used to transport goods including spices and sugarcane to and from Zanzibar and Mombasa. When the boat was full it weighed in around 90 tons!!! The boat dropped anchor for the final time at Severin Sea Lodge and was renovated into an upscale restaurant.
The food there was absolutely amazing! Seafood, steak, roasted chicken, rack of lamb, it was all quit delectable. The best menu item that we enjoyed was their seafood ravioli. The ravioli were swimming in a creamy sauce topped with dill. WOW!!! It was delicious! And to top it all off, the chocolate mousse was to die for! It was on of my all time favorite deserts, EVER!
The setting was amazing as well. Dark wood, ropes accenting the furniture, the way the servers dressed, it all strengthens the grand mix between the dhow’s old life of countless trips up and down the coast of Africa and it’s new life as a luxurious dinning experience! If you ever find yourself on Kenya’s beautiful East Coast don’t forget to stop into this restaurant to sail back in time in a delicious way!
Megan penned a wonderful post about the soft white sand of Bamburi Beach that surround the Severin Sea Lodge. All I will say here is that the coral reef right off of the coast is supposed to be incredible for snorkeling and diving. We didn’t have time to “dive” into those adventures but the beaches are lovely to walk on as well.
I cannot finish this post without mentioning the monkeys! Yes, monkeys. In Mombasa, they have monkeys like we have squirrels back home in the USA! The only difference is that the monkeys are smart! In fact, they are so smart that they often outsmart tourists and snack on whatever the unsuspecting visitors left in their bags or on their porches. Seriously though, as funny as it sounds, it is important NOT TO FEED THE MONKEYS because they remember who you are and will not stop coming back for more and they have even been known to get violent when they are not fed like they are used to! So enjoy the cute monkeys and lizards also, just keep a distance. 😀
All in all Severin was a great place to stay! I would give it four and a half stars. I would stay there again in a heartbeat! Normally it is very expensive to stay there for bed and breakfast. Thanks to agoda.com and Megan’s eagle eye for deals, we got an incredible deal.
As a final note, be weary of anyone that is not hotel staff. They will get way up in your space on the beach, which is public and it is very important to be firm with them. If they give you a sob story, there is a good chance they are fabricating a story to get money from you. Even if they have a very solid story don’t hand over any money unless they are part of the hotel or show you their ID that proves that they can legally work the beach and don’t pay upfront, pay when the ride is done, again be firm. We spent four months in Kenya before going to Mombasa and we still got bested by a pro who made off with a about $20 that was supposed to get us a boat across the canal. So when traveling, be extra careful. Better safe than sorry. Also last but not least check with your countries travel advisories. Kenya is usually a relatively peaceful country but occasionally things can get unrestful so be sure to know what you are getting in to!
I want to go back to Mombasa again soon, I hope to see you there next time!
Until next time, Safe travels!