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“Luxury but keeps you grounded.” 5 of 5 stars
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Diamonds Dream of Africa
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Casuarina Road | P.O. Box 68, Malindi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in Malindi
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Luxury but keeps you grounded.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We have just returned from a week here. We took our 9 year old with us. He is pretty good with just a pool/ocean to swim in so if your children need a kids club maybe think twice as the hotel next door Sandies was shut so no kids club at all this time of year.
Firstly in was low season there so at the very most there was only ever 20 ish guests while we were there. However the staff could not do enough for us. A la carte for lunch and dinner and a beautiful breakfast as well. Room cleaned daily, evening turn down service. The room was huge as was the bed. Fully equipped with TV, tea/coffee, hair dyer, safe, air con, towels and toiletries. The outside veranda had 2 sun loungers and a wooden table and 4 chairs. Remembering this is a poor part of the world it's not 5 star European but it is defiantly 5 star in Kenya. There was lime scale on the taps in the bath, the bathrobe had a little hole in it but so what, it didn't impact on our stay.
The outdoor space is beautiful the pool not overly big but warm and 20 meters from the beach/Indian ocean. Pool towels provided every day. Palm trees everywhere a real paradise.
There are beach boys that others have mentioned on here but so long as your firm and polite they leave you alone but to be fair to them, a lady we met from a couple holidaying there went to the beach boys/girls huts to shop with me (so 2 women) and although it was a bit daunting they where actually lovely and we had good fun trying on all the sarongs and handbags. The guard at the stepped entrance from the resort knew where we were but to be honest there was no need to worry. They sell some lovely wooden craved
animals and all manner of other things.
We did a day Safari whilst there called the Red Elephant Safari. We returned the same day we left and saw more than some people who had done 3 days safari. Please don't think you can't safari if you don't book before you go as you can book it all over there with your first choice rep. We wish we took stuff for the locals. There is a lot of poverty there and if we go again we will take sweets, pencils, paper and toothpaste/ toiletries for the locals. When someone asks you to trade a t-shirt for a wooden animal you know they don't have much, trading happens during the low season as they will take anything they can get for their wears but not so much in the high season so we were told. We loved it there not only was it paradise it also made us very humble. TIA DOA,the Harrisons. X

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hull, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned home from the first of our two planned trips to this amazing hotel this year, and as always we have had a perfect holiday. From the moment you step into the reception at the hotel to the moment you leave, you can be sure of first class treatment from each and every member of staff who cannot do enough to ensure a truly memorable holiday. A special mention this year to Roxy and Giuseppe who were managing the hotel in the absence of Alan;they did an exceptional job, and were present every day to ensure the smooth running of the hotel, and took time to spend with the guests.

This hotel offers a perfect retreat for those who want to be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful location in plush grounds, and luxurious accommodation, with great food, and company, nestled on the Indian Ocean, and "away from the crowd". The hotel also has a superb spa for those who like to be pampered.

We will continue to return to this hotel again and again, and can't wait for or next trip in October this year.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Malindi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The resort has an amazing team of Staff who are always out and willing to listen to you, The service right from the reception, Restaurant, Rooms, Beach is absolutely amazing. The Mvua spa is one of the best, the Gym is well equipped and at the sea front, the boutique is well stocked with variety of latest items on it's shelves, the Garden is ever green and healthy.

Room Tip: The Suites especially S 2 is wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This resort was absolutely amazing. The staff was the friendliest we have ever encountered, and went out of there way to make our stay very very special. They organised for us to have dinner on the beach and we saw all the preparation happen. From guys climbing the palm trees for the palm leaf gazebo to raking the beach before dinner. We were able to do a lot of excursions and prices were very affordable. I will recommend this resort to absolutely anyone.
The only negative I had is that the people walking up and down the main beach tries selling stuff over the edge and it becomes a bit irritating after a while.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We drove around Malindi looking for a good spa...by luck we ended up here.I got the opportunity to spend at the mvua spa..was a lovely experience. calming serene environment and the beach volleyball was interesting. definately will use the spa again. also Samuel (pool attendant hope I got his name right...dressed white in shorts) was an interesting chap....please make the cappuccino glass bigger?!

Stayed December 2012
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is an hotel called / titled small luxury hotel of the World.

it is to me a very very very very tiny luxury as can be a 2*, we had a 1 week stay and everything went wrong from the begining.

the Receptionist is unprofessional, reading news paper or playing with mobile phone, you feel like you embaressed to disturb them as they even dare look at you

Room clean and spacious but obviously not renovated, scratched taps,loosing painting jacuzzi outlets, noisy AC, unefficient Fan, snatched mosquito net...

empty buffet room, huge room but small food ,the set a la carte is terrible, always potatoes and pasta, service to the minimum, difficult to get a sincere smile, you can feel theysmile as they only expect tips, you even have to call them to get served.

Bartender unprofessional, always speaking behing the bar with an other staff while you have to wait for your drink for more than 20 minutes outside. And still when you have to go yourself to the bar to ask the ordered beverage you feel again disturbing them...

it is an AWFULL feeling to be a guest, and feeling disturbing the staff every time you ask something. they do not come to you , you have to go to them, you might undestand when the hotel is full staffs are busy but as a waiter said there was only 30% occupancy and staff still not find time to pamper their guests

Wooden beach loungers are extremly old and damage, beach boys so anoyng that you have to stay at the pool, because they never keep calling for morning to late evening, the only time you enjoy the beach is night time or high tide.

what makes me sad and very sorry for this property, is that there is no one to control, supervise or check the staff, i felt they were on their own, i did not have the chance to have a word with the manager in a week. A bit of management could change the place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We have just returned home from our second trip this year, and were not disappointed. The staff make the whole experience truly one to remember and just make us want to return again and again for more.

It was good to see that on this occasion were were many "repeaters" which must prove that this hotel lives up to it's name.

Special thanks to Alan, Timothy, Dolla, "Sir Chiko", Josphat, Moses, Raphael, Denaice, Vincent, to name but a few, but we not forget the GM, Bruno without whom the place would not be the same.

All of the staff are attentive, and nothing is too much trouble for them to make e holiday another to remember.

Although on this occasion the manager Daniella had left and was missed by us, the service continued to be second to none.

From the beautifully appointed rooms, to the lush tropical gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean, it is all you could wish for to escape from the mundane and live the dream.

We met some wonderful friends, and hope to meet up with them again next year.

Room Tip: All rooms are of a very high standard, but our preference is a ground floor room as these have thei...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Casuarina Road | P.O. Box 68, Malindi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Malindi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Malindi
#2 Romantic Hotel in Malindi
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Malindi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Malindi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Diamonds Dream of Africa 4*
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