We just returned from a short visit (3 days) at AKL while attending to some business in Florida. Can I just say that I love this hotel. The first time I stayed here I wasnt overly impressed due to the fact that we were just checking in a day prior to our ressies at BWV 1 BDR. This time I have a totally different opinion. AKL ....HAS WON MY HEART. From the moment of check in things were magical. The CM at the front desk Michael was very attentive to me and the baby. He showered us with cute little gifts and upgraded our room to a deluxe pool view. This guy was the best. The room was in perfect condition and had an awesome view of the pool. We ate at Boma. The greeters and waitstaff were awesome to my family. They played with the baby (18 months) while they took us through the buffet explaining all the items. The food was nothing short of outstanding and no one said a peep when my son at 10 blueberry tarts and deemed them to be the best thing he has ever had in his life. The animal viewing area was just to the left of my door and we could have our coffee and watch the zebra and giraffe every morning. DS esp. liked this part. The CM's at Arusha rock were great and went over every animal and told us little facts. Very cool. THE BUSES WERE GREAT!!!! Very quick and efficient. We are used to sharing buses when we stay at BC or BWV and this was wonderful not to share a bus with 4 resorts. 10 minute wait tops and quick to and from since they were only picking up guests at that resort. The food court was great and moved quickly. The pool was a zero entry pool and just amazing. Our son could run in and out and we sat right there with him. The frozen drinks were fabulous at the pool bar. The Zawadi market place has a large assortment of goods and souvineers. We didnt eat at Jiko but a few people said it was very good. The lobby was impressive and had comfy furniture. The firepit had some kind of story telling at night with these big rocking chairs to sit in. The playground was a big hit with the little one and mom and dad took turns enjoying the hot tub while he was playing. There is a cool area just across from the far hot tub where the kids can feed the flamingo. Also if you participate in activities you get these beads (to make a necklace with I think). We had great fun and I would highly suggest the AKL to anyone with children. We could have stayed here all week and never even visited a park. This place has it all. We loved it so much we switched our ressie to here in November.