16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
October 2011 Brilliant
"Just returned from a short 7 day holiday at Diana Sea Lodge only one word to describe this hotel AMAZING staff from porters to restrauant managers, entertainement staff, Sammy boy and Danny, so friendly food varied and presentation was so good especially the barbeque night, evening entertainment varied and very good i defy anybody not to enjoy this hotel the only thing that could improve this hotel would be tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms and maybe a small fridge My husband ,myself and 25 year old daughter went and the room was more than adequate.the monkeys in the ground although cheeky were very entertaining we will be returning next year for longer. Just like to add we booked a 2 day safari with WT and could not fault this either. kaye geroge & Emma Stoke On trent England "
- Travel date: 11th October 2011
The great and the not so great..
"Just returned from a three week holiday (September 2011). The hotel was lovely and the staff just so unbelievably friendly. The room had a nice four poster bed and a very large bathroom with all the necessary mod cons. The food was varied and delicious and catered for all tastes. The evening entertainment was super, ranging from African dancers, to acrobats to Masai Warriors chanting and dancing.Indeed, the entertainment was amongst the best that I have ever seen abroad. The Animation team were really friendly and even got me involved in stuff (unheard of for me!). The range of day time activities were a real help and much thought had gone into what was on offer. The gounds lead straight onto the beach which has to be amongst the best in the world..literally. The sand is unbelievable and the water is just clear blue. This beach really is something special and the safari was shockingly good with a brilliant tour guide who really went out of his way. Once you are out of the hotel complex, you will have some very stark reminders that this is a third world country. The people work long long hours in extreme heat, often travelling long distances to work for only Â£50 per MONTH salary..so, this takes me on to the reality check around the constant begging. Ok, the not so good. The beach sellers were just onto you the second you ventured onto the beach or out the front of the hotel. They were stood in groups just stairing and waiting to pounce and it was absolutely relentless. They were never aggressive or difficult, but just persistant and a constant. My wife and I just would not bother using the beach because these beach sellers were all over you. That said, every one of them was polite and friendly, but desperate to sell something. "
- Travel date: 29th September 2011
cant wait to go back!
"my family and i have just returned from 2wks total luxury. the Diani Sea Lodge was just perfect..clean, a/c rooms (ours was superior with tv, mini fridge and breathtaking sea views) the rooms were cleaned every day the meals was of good choice, variety and delicious the pool was clean the beach was clean white sand and clear blue ocean staff was very friendly and had contagious smiles every day (i miss them all) the animation team was excellent (the beach walks, snake centre trip, village tours was informative and fascinating). although the entertainment stopped around 10pm, you could have a bed time walk to the edge of the beach with the security guards, knowing you could sleep well and safe. the monkies were cheeky and the beach boys could be persistent, but in all a truly wonderful holiday experience Kenya,"hakuna matata" = Kenya, no worries :)"
- Travel date: 12th July 2011
Been to many places in the World, never come across such wonderful staff
"We have just returned 31st March 2011 after a wonderful fortnight. The hotel was clean and the food had plenty of choice. The rooms were adequate for anyone's needs, the air-conditioning could have been a bit more efficient. The staff and service was second to non they were polite and courteous and could not do enough for you. We did not go on any Safari's as we have done quite a few in South Africa but the friends we made, all said they were superb and recommendable. Yes you have the "Boys" on the beach trying to sell you something but they are too polite and you do not feel threatened in any way, besides they are always security staff on hand to assist. Wonderful rest and a great holiday. "
- Travel date: 2nd April 2011
out of this world
"stayed at diani sea lodge in september,it was the holiday of a lifetime,i have travelled to many places and this was the best,my friend was in a wheelchair and staff took her everywhere,nothing was too much trouble for them,by the time the end of the holiday came the staff were more like friends,the food was amazing,and i loved my little bungalow,the night shows were the best ever,i don`t usually watch the entertainment but at diani it is so akin to their country it was a must,i will be going back next year for definate,it was so sad to come home,we went to tsavo east booked at the hotel it was so surreal,we stayed in voi wildlife lodge where everywhere was wheelchair friendly, asante sana to everyone at diani sea lodge,see you all again soon"
- Travel date: 9th October 2010
Best Holiday I have ever had!
"This was the best holiday I have been on. I would 100% recommend this hotel, the hotel was amazing everything anyone needs. I believe that it should be upgraded from a 3* to a 4*. The hotel grounds are well maintained and looked after, the gardeners are in the gardens picking up the leaves every morning and in the palm trees cutting down coconuts in the afternoon. The restaurant was lovely, wide range of food on offer to suit everyones tastes. There were even theme nights such a BBQ night while we were there. At lunch time you could grad a bite to each at the beach bar or eat in the restaurant. Staff are out of this world would do anything to help you, you walk from your room to the pool and about 4 staff memebers have said hello to you, they are so friendly. All inclusive was VERY good got every drink availble that anyone could wish for. There is a cocktail menu behind the bar they don't get it out regularly so you might have to ask for it. The evening entertainment was great also the day entertainment. We booked a safari while we were there, we did a day safari in Tesarvo East great safari seen loads of animals. The hotel put breakfast on for us that day at 5 in the morning. They opened it up with two staff members just for us. I will be going back to Kenya and this hotel probably later on in the year. The best holiday I have been on and I have been to the Maldives. Defo worth a visit. x"
- Travel date: 21st May 2009
"Travelled with Thomson Holidays on a late booking in December 2005. Flight poor, but apparently long haul has been upgraded to provide more space and entertainment. About 1.5 hours transfer time, but the journey is worth it. Beautiful views of Diani beach, pure white sand and turquoise sea. Temperature in mid 30'sC. Water lovely and warm. Did three trips. A full day in Mombasa arranged by Thomson. Visited Fort Jesus, Spice market, Old Mombasa and wood carving before lunch. Had lunch (amazing food) on Tamarind Dhow, whilst cruising around Mombasa harbour. Afternoon spent at the Bamburi Nature Trail (fantastic). Well worth the Â£45 charge for the whole day. Second trip was organised by the hotel to see a local snake farm. This is run by a man who collects snakes from the local hotels and either releases them or keeps them in homemade tanks in his back yard. Â£2 entry fee. The man who runs this has vast experience of snakes and enthusiastically gives information on each species in excellent English (he also translated what he was saying into German for the other guests with us). Collection includes Green Mamba, Cobras and Boomslangs. You also get the opportunity to handle some of the safer varieties. The final trip was on a glass bottomed boat to a sandbar that becomes exposed at low tide, costs Â£10. This has to be one of the most beautiful places around. You get the opporunity to snorkel before reaching the sandbar. The Captain dived into the water to feed fish by the glass bottom and retrieve sea creatures from the seafloor. One downside of holidaying here is that the beaches are public and you get hassled on the beach. Be firm and say no if you are really not interested, they are persistant. Hotel is a 2/3 star property and so do not expect luxury, but it is functional and comfortable. Beautiful surroundings and wonderful helpful staff (one of the gardeners risked life and limb climbing a tree to collect us a fresh coconut which he then opened and decorated) . Monkeys are frequent visitors here and they tend to time their visits with afternoon tea. I found them a nuisance, but my wife loved them and spent every opportunity in videoing them. Had a great time. This is probably one place in the world we will return to."
- Travel date: 30th January 2007
don't spend your holyday in this hotel
"please avoid this sad place full of old germans people that drink all day long. the towels, pillows amd matresse stink. i had to slleep in a bed so dirty that the morning i discovered somebody had pissed in it and it was brown and yellow. bleah!! the windows can not be open so all the rooms stink. the manager of the staff are ridicoluopus: you have to dree well foer dinner!!! you can't seeat next to the swimming pool! you have to eat alway at the same table!!! dinner is served only at the main restaurant and only two days a week in the garden, why? the management is a mix between german and kenian: a disaster!"
- Travel date: 2nd January 2007
"I would recommend this hotel to a couple or group who is interested in visiting the Diani Beach area, but doesn't desire a totally all-enclusive experience and doesn't want to pay the high price for it. The resort provides you with a safe, clean sleeping room with luxuries such as a pool, lounge chairs, breakfast, snacks and a beach bar if you need to take a break throughout the day. I enjoyed staying at this resort as it had character. We tended to use the resort as a place to sleep, relax and regroup with our co-travellers before either exploring the Diani area or going out to excellent neighbouring restaurants for dinner. It was good value for that purpose, plus offered a beach and a home base. We didn't rely on the all-inclusive dining or entertainment services offered by the resort. If we had stayed at one of the more expensive resorts along the Diani strip we would have wasted our money as we weren't looking for an all-inclusive experience. Our bungalow was very clean and spacious. We slept under a four poster bed with a mosquito net, which was romantic. Preferable to a droopy net that hangs across your face, which we frequently encountered. The front window did not open which disapointed me, however the air conditioner worked well. We had a cute little front porch that was frequented by small monkeys and cats. The hotel was very cat-friendly, which impressed me. In every courtyard there was a small cat hut, sheltering their food dishes from rain. The reception staff was friendly and accomadating, as were the waiters and co-ordinators. They had a charming small beach bar, connected to a small eatery where food was available most of the day. We only ate dinner once at the hotel during our 4 day stay. It was a barbeque buffet which was good, with some fun musical entertainment (a man and woman singing cover tunes of Elvis and Kenny Rogers, backed by a 4 piece band). The music was a bit silly, but a crowd pleaser. There were a few problems, however. They have to improve on their towel cleaning facilities. They had big fluffy towels, that appeared clean however smelled of mildew. I suspect it was a matter of not having access to proper machines or bleach. This was not the first time I encountered smelly towels in Africa. I suspect thin towels are the way to go here, where they can dry quickly in the sun. My other complaint was the quality of alcoholic beverages. The beer was average, but served in thimble sized glasses. The spirits were low-grade (a brand called 'Safari'). I ended up only drinking a type of mohito drink or white wine spritzers, in order to disguise the fact I was drinking plunk. Oh well, that's what you get at all-inclusive resorts. There were a lot of hecklers on the beach, but this seemed to be a common problem throughout Kenya. At least the 'vendors' weren't permitted on hotel property so you could relax and sunbathe on the hotel's raised area above the main beach. If visiting Diani again, I would go back to the Sea Lodge. If dining in the area, we loved Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant and the African Pot. Forty Thieves was a great bar/restaurant right on the beach where you could lounge arabian style, listening to the surf, on large pillows surrounding a low table. This bar got a bit busy with younger travellers later in the night and the music was dated, however we still had a great time here."
- Travel date: 23rd November 2006
"WE were married here on october 11 2006, staff couldnt do any more to help us, beautiful setting, extremely friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. This may not be a plush as other hotels but the atmosphere is sooo relaxing and the management team are only interested in ensuring you had a wonderful time, we will return to diani beach and it will only be to this hotel, one of the cheaper hotels but do not be put off by this, this hotel excels at the small touches for example, a crescendo of drums to inform you the dining room is open was a nice touch and also wasnt present at it's sister hotel diani sea resort. we cannot commend this hotel and staff enough as they made our wedding day and our entire holiday a sublime experience and the unspoilt view of the ocean which hasn't been artificially enhanced was superb. the food was quite good although not amazing but there was always more than enough options and the restaurant and snack bar were extremely clean and the service perfect. we've never been to a hotel where all the staff including gardeners, mangaers etc are all so proud of their hotel and genuinely want you to enjoy yourself without you feeling they are trying to extract as much money as possible from you. A wonderful hotel, wedding and destination, just relax and watch the ocean lapping up the beach."
- Travel date: 23rd October 2006
Perfect place for a wedding.
"I got married at this hotel, and i could not have wished for a better day. The hotel staff were wonderful and the manager took care of everything for us, from putting garlands around my door to hunting for 2 days for the flower colour that i wanted !!. He even recommended we barter with the photographer, and we ended up buying all our wedding photo's for 150 quid - and they were of great quality and beautifully presented !! The sea was unbelievable, and clean. The food was done 'al fresco' some evenings, and it was a real suprise to see the fishermen bring the crates of fish direct from their boats to the resturant !! The rooms were basic, but clean, although i would bring your own towels as the ones provided were not very good. I didnt venture much out of the hotel at night as it was not advised by the rep, but the entertainment in the hotel was good. We danced with a hired Masi Mara troop, and watched amazing acrobatics peformed by a group of locals. The hotel organises trips to see local villages and snorkalling, and to the game reserves. It has some great pool games, although i wouldn't recommend the dodgy Bingo! There were a couple of down sides though, the beer stopped being served at 11, and the hawkers on the beach were very persistant, but if you barter with them you can get beautiful carvings for less than a tenner ! Lovely place to go for a chillout."
- Travel date: 20th October 2006
Very Friendly But Bad Beer!
"This hotel although very basic in design it was very clean and tidy - the only thing that I had a problem with was the towels which all smelt like rust so I ended up buying my own. But having the monkeys roaming about the place all the time and sitting on our porch was one of the best bits of the room. The food was very good although small portions when served up for you but there were many buffets which were very nice. Entertainment was not too bad and there was something every night. The staff were really really nice and friendly, although at some points we did feel a bit like we were repeating ourselves several times a day! The other thing was that we were the only 4 English people at the resort as the hotel is run by a German company so all the guests were German - most of them were really nice but we found alot of announcements were in German only and some of the people gave us funny looks and stared alot for no reason?! The drinks in the resort were OK but the beer - supposedly Tusker Beer Kenya's own beer - was crap and we were told by one of the local people it was just dregs of Tusker Beer and dont drink it - they did sell the beer by the bottle in the hotel but it was cheaper outside the resort and well worth buying for about 70p per large bottle!!! The main problem was there was a fantastic beach with white powder like sands for miles which were just at the bottom of the pool area but it was constantly guarded by local people selling things so you were unable to sit or walk along the beach without being constantly approached by sellers or have someone accompanying you along on your romantic stroll! We did manage to make friends with some of them which helped keep some of them at distance but my friends who did not want to buy anything from the stalls were really put off from going onto the beach which was a shame. We were even asked several times about if they came to England would the Goverment give them money, house and car etc for free and they wouldnt have to work!!!! The best place we found to eat and drink (as we got bored after a while) was a 2 minute walk along the beach to Forty Thieves Bar - dont bother eating in the cave as the food is the same but more expensive - they have live bands good alcohol and great food. The place is open onto the beach and has a sandy floor no dress code and reasonable prices - dont miss it!! I would stay in this area again but probably in bed and breakfast as its so cheap everywhere but if you fancy this hotel its very nice and I would recommend it."
- Travel date: 18th October 2006
Top traveller tips for Diani Sea Lodge
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