13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fantastic hotel and beautiful setting.
"I have just returned from this hotel. We were a party of five, myself with a sixteen year old and 9 year old daughter and my friend with her 8 year old son.I have , since 2002 holidayed every year, twice if funds permit in Olu Deniz, Turkey, however I shall be returning to this hotel. It was the holiday of a lifetime, beautiful, friendly.....words cannot describe adequately ! There are some reviewers on this site who really should not holiday outside Europe......shamefully rude and ungrateful.To complain about plentiful, delicious food when there is evidence around them of a struggle to afford things. The food was excellent, service was good and i myself find that being friendly and polite attracts the same in return. If you found staff to be rude or unfriendly then perhaps you should hold a mirror up to yourself !!!! In fact the friendliness here, both in the hotel and out on the beach is the key factor in our wishing to return .... in fact my children did not want to leave and my sixteen year old would like to live in Kenya when she has completed her studies !! I would recommend anyone who goes to be clear with beach vendors if you do not want to buy....or as we did say that you do not wish to be disturbed and that on your penultimate day you will be visiting the shop... once this was established we were able to enjoy friendly dialogue and really enjoyed talking to people out on the beach ....get over yourselves....you are a guest in a beautiful country and should think how very very lucky you are to have such an opportunity in life. Every morning I woke up and gave thanks to be in Diani at such a beautiful friendly place. i tnink it well be a great shame if the beach vendors are moved on elsewhere to satisfy tourists ...people need to earn a living !!!! Also .. enjoy what the hotel has to offer but get out and see the place .....the African Pot, safari to Mara, trip to Shimoni for dolphin watching and lunch on Wasini Island and morning in Mombassa were fantastic. The ferry crossing which we did a number of times was certainly no hassle....a chance to see part of daily life..... if they do build a road I shall be specifically requesting to go the ferry crossing way !!!! The hotel grounds are beautiful, the monkeys a delight to watch and the cats are there for hygiene .....I have two mousers of my own at home and my children loved the presence of the cats and monkeys. The entertainment team were very good...friendly but not too intrusive and work very hard. I have been home only four days and already looking for a deal so we can go back. Thank you to every member of staff, to the staff, guides on our safari, to the people in the shop st side of hotel and to the people we just met and chatted to further up the beach !!!!!! "
- Travel date: 16th August 2012
Kuoni have been running special offers t...
"Kuoni have been running special offers to this resort in Kenya for the last couple of months. We paid half what other couples had for a week all inclusive. It is only a 3 star hotel so don't expect 5 star luxury but I found the resort had everything we needed. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms were perfectly adequate, and the buffet food very good compared with other resorts we have been to on an all inclusive basis. The beach is absolutely beautiful but apart from a quick dip most people didn't use the beach because of the beach vendors who we found quite amusing and friendly but can be persistent. You can have a lounger just in front of the beach and still take in the view though but because you are on hotel grounds and there are security staff, the vendors stay away. We absolutely loved Kenya and did a short safari also which is a real must if you go all that way - it was an unforgettable experience. We felt quite safe to go out and about in the daytime although at night took taxis on the rep's recommendation. We cannot wait to go back there someday. I would recommend this hotel but don't expect 5 star luxury."
- Travel date: 4th December 2007
Fantastic holiday. Hotel food a little r...
"Fantastic holiday. Hotel food a little repetitive, but perfectly nice, usually plenty of variety. Animators very entertaining and helpful, waiters friendly, particularly Bernard at the Pool bar and Eric Okuku up in the restaurant. Lenox and Philipe both excellent animators. Security excellent. My only complaint being the beach boys, at all resorts so there is no escaping but security at Diani Sea made sure you were ok and dealt with them if you needed them too. Sea not as clear as I had expected, but pool beautiful and clean, plenty of beds available, even by the sea, without having to touch the main beach. Excellent value, try Kenpal for Safari, highly recommend, so much cheaper than booking with your rep, and silver service guaranteed. See Peter in the Kenpal hut across the road turn right, just 1 minute. You also get a choice of lodges and like us can combine your salt lick with Tsarvo east and west for half the price, 3 days Â£200 each, 4 of us went rather than the 6 you get stuck with the reps, more room, much more fun."
- Travel date: 29th June 2007
"We have just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks. During our stay we did a half day trip to Mombasa and a three night safari. The hotel gardens were beautiful and extensive. The food always varied and enjoyable. The hotel staff were very friendly and hard working. I wasn't prepared for the saline water in the room though and grubby looking towels BUT everything else was wonderful. The monkeys were no problem so long as you left them alone. The hotel entertainment in the evening was varied and the Mombasa acrobatic team were fantastic. This hotel is situated right on the beach. There is plenty of shade if you want it or you can swelter in full sunshine. Remember this is Kenya so you will need high factor sun cream even if the sun is not shining (you will still get a tan you just won't burn!). A great experience drinking wine watching the Indian Ocean that is so warm to swim in. One piece of advice I wish that I had had. Take clothes, shampoo, shower gel and soap that you can leave behind. We left a huge sack with our rep, Martha, who was going to take it to the orphange for us. This not only left us space in our luggage to take home the many souvenirs but benifitted others. The trip to Mombasa was arranged through Kuoni and was well worth it. The safari was a fantastic experience and we stayed in wonderful accomadation. Our driver, Shavan, was knowledgable and we met some great friends during this time that we continued to meet up with back at the hotel. English money and dollars are widely accepted as payment. All in all a wonderful, wonderful holiday and we thoroughly recommend the hotel and this type of holiday."
- Travel date: 15th April 2006
"We've just return from a weeks all inclusive holiday at The Diani Sea Resort. The hotel is in a beautiful setting amongst palm trees and superbly kept gardens, right on the beach. The rooms are clean and spacious all with air conditioning. The beds i found very comfortable but some people thought they were a little hard. The plug sockets are three pin like in England so you don't need adaptors. Rooms are cleaned every day with fresh towels if required. Mosquitoe nets are supplied being big enough so not to interrupt sleep - having said that i don't think i saw a mosquitoe!The food was OK - not a lot of choice - i think the best choice was for breakfast. There is a main restuarant and snack bar by the pool but they do close at certain hours, so food is not available 24hrs. There are two bars,with the pool bar open until midnight. Evening meal finishes at 21:00 and is always followed by some local entertainment ( take some money for souveniers). There is security at the hotel that are really there to stop the beach boys hassaling you when you go on the beach - they ensure they do not approach you while in the confines of the hotel. There are a few shops at the entrance to the hotel on the main road and if you turn right and take a 10 minute walk there is a new shopping precinct with supermarket that sells almost everything and an ATM (cash Machine). We took a two day safari while we were there booked locally ( awsome !!!)- you must barter for the best price - expect to pay about Â£100 each for 2 days and one night in a hotel in the national park(do not book anything on the beach). I hope this is useful information - for a relaxing holiday where you just want to chill out i would highly recommend it - i would definately return."
- Travel date: 14th April 2006
"Well i had been looking forward to the holiday for ages and must say i was not disappointed. We found the hotel excellent. I realise this is only our opinion and others may think different, but i would go back at a drop of a hat given the chance. The rooms were fresh and clean, the staff couldn't do enough for you, the beds were to hard for me (as i have arthritis) and we asked if it was possible to change the mattress, they had it changed and bed made up within the hour and that was at 8 oâclock in the evening, i could not of asked for better. The food was varied and we always found there was something we liked (did make things easier that we liked pasta and rice lol) but if there isn't anything you fancy the staff would find you something else, there was also the snack bar by the pool that would serve you hamburger and chips or omlett and chips etc if you wanted something basic. We met some lovely people while we were there and had a right laugh with them. We have even stayed in contact with a couple of the staff (they were so lovely) The pool was great and as you are within spitting distance from either the pool, sea or main hotel there was not much walking to do. Oh and you must join in the 'water poloooo' they are a great bunch of lads. We found we were never hungry or thirsty. If you take a walk along the beach you will get to the Forty Thieves beach bar and restaurant, which do a wicked scampi lol, and on a Sunday lunchtime has live music (we spent a great last day there) We found the beach boy's not to much trouble, some of them just come along for the walk and just make it clear to the others that you do not want to buy anything. Oh and the monkeys... well i found them fascinating to watch and got some great pics of them lol We were only a short taxi ride from the Diani Childrenâs Village orphanage (just in case you have taken pencils, paper, crayons etc out with you) which we found brought a lump to our throats and wished we could have done more. Any one going, i hope they enjoy it as much as we did and thanks to everyone that made ours so special. Guests and staff. Take care Rachelle & John p.s. Please remember that although the staff are there to serve you etc, a please and a thank you costs nothing. Even a smile when you say 'Jambo' can brighten your day as well as there's lol"
- Travel date: 17th March 2006
"I have stayed here twice and loved it, once in December and April 2005. It is a smaller hotel compared to southern palms which is much bigger but it depends on what u prefer. I found the rooms to be reasonable compared to a previous guest who did not enjoy her stay, the beds I didn't find comfortable but thats it. Unlike southern palms who have security guards on the beach this is not so with Diani Sea Resort, so going for the first time u may or may not find it annoying. You have to bear in mind that every traveller have different expectations, so u have to go with an open mind, the ratings abroad are different from the UK. The pool is lovely, not huge but okay. The beach is great and warm, u can see your feet which is a big thing to me wherever I travel to. Not all reviews will be positive, so remember that and don't be put off."
- Travel date: 27th February 2006
Fantastic staff, great food, super beach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Just returned from 2 weeeks at this great hotel. what it lacks in 5 star attractions it more than makes up for with its super staff and good food. The gardens are stunning, the pool a delight."
- Travel date: 22nd February 2006
"Kenya-South Mombosa, we spent xmas/new year 05/06 here with a large family, brillaint valve for money ,good food, excellent hot weather, friendly people. We chose to do a 4day safari booked with virgin hols-wow its was best ever the lodges/animal sightings and setting were better than we thought it would be our youngest son 10 loved it. We would go back and recommend it to others. Sitting watch the watering hole with the sun going down was surreal. We had doubts but was proved wrong. If you like to rest in the sun,but also enjoy something different this is a good choice. Fun to bargain for hand carved goods too."
- Travel date: 17th February 2006
"Was initially a bit apprehensive after reading the review from the member in Gloucestershire - but now we have been cannot understand how they could justify writing such a review. The rooms were immaculate, towels & sheets changed every day, room cleaned to a high standard. The food was really varied and good and the staff were really friendly. There's no real problem with the beach boys - it's not a good idea to book safaris or trips with them as they are generally more expensive than elsewhere as they have to take their commission and pay the tourist police. Once you tell them you've booked a safari or dolphin boat tour, they don't bother with you. The only ones that still bother you are the ones that want to you visit their shop - a firm 'no' works fine. We booked our safari with Malibu who are located at the Diani Beach Shopping Centre (turn right out of the hotel and walk for about 10 minutes) we went to Tsavo East & West for two nights and stayed at Voi Lodge and Ngula Lodge. We paid Â£170 - after a bit of haggling - found it to be amazing value. The lodges are really good, especially the Voi which was our favourite. We went to Mombasa by arranging a taxi through Rashid, one of the waiters. We paid 3,000 shillings for the day plus a tip for the driver and waiter, we went to the old town and shopping in the Moi Avenue area. We went around on our own and felt quite safe. We also went by taxi from the shopping centre to the village of Ukunda which isn't to be recommended. After about five minutes we were followed by youths telling us that it wasn't safe there and that we had to pay them protection money. We didn't give them anything but they continued to follow us for some time saying nasty comments - couldn't wait for the taxi to return to pick us up. We gave all our books, old snorkals, pencils etc to the eye charity shop in the Diani Beach Shopping Centre. The only downside for use - and this will only affect a minority of people, is that the sports facilities i.e. tennis & table tennis were a bit shabby. There was only one tennis court in use so it was problematic booking it in the second week of our holiday. The balls were almost bald - they did manage to order some for the last day of our holiday. The table tennis bats had the coating hanging off of them but the manager did say he would order new ones. All in all we had a wonderful holiday."
- Travel date: 7th February 2006
"Hotel was fantastic, staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Monkeys are a great bonus, hilarious to watch and the Colobos are something else. Some hassle from boys on the beach but you have to be firm with them. Rooms fairly basic but very clean. Hotel food was really good. No complaints and can't wait to go back!"
- Travel date: 7th February 2006
"My husband and I spent three weeks at this hotel and had a great time, we think the lunch and evening meal times need to be extended and perhaps a more varied menu but apart from this it was great we have just booked to go again this christmas for three weeks so what does that tell you?"
- Travel date: 4th February 2006
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