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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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“Relaxing and private”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Good staff, big rooms, friendly service. They have a few rooms so even when full doesnt seem crowded. The staff is excellent and make sure we are comfortable. The head butler timothy was specially attentive to our needs as my family is vegetarian. The spa is also very good. Good place to relax. Not much here for kids but the next hotel which is owned by the same group has many activities.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We travelled here to celebrate my birthday in October and had a marvellous time, apart from the safari (see Satao Camp review)

All staff from cleaners and gardeners to the general manager treated us with respect yet were friendly.They went the extra mile to do all they could to ensure we enjoyed our stay, even supplying fresh milk in the minibar for my dietary requirement.

The first part of ouyr stay was in a ground floor suite with access to the gardens via a private terrace including a full dining area and generous cane sunloungers. The suite was very well presented, spacious and comfortable (although the bed was a little hard). The bed was enormous and we had plenty of storage space. The bathroom was large, with a generous spa bath, twin washbasins toilet, bidet and walk in shower.

Our second room on our return from safari was up a short flight of stairs with a private generous balcony/terrace. The suite was appointed in a similar fashion to the first., a slightly different layout

Well appointed guest lounges led to outside terraces overlooking the pool and grounds, with further views to the sea. Sundowners were accompanied by a generous snack, and all meals were beautifully presented and generously portioned. They were served by staff for whom nothing was too much trouble, always smiling.This was mirrored by outside pool and garden staff

The gardens were very well kept, and led through to the spa, which was payable extra to the hotelk, but I had a marvellous massage and used the salt pool, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The hotel does not have animation, this is available next door. The hotel provides an evening per week of local dance display.

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  • Stayed October 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 December 1, 2013

My husband and I have recently returned home, after our second trip to Dream of Africa this year. All I can say is that the experience at this hotel never fails to meet all our expectations, and in fact often exceeds. We are now eagerly awaiting our return in April next year when this time we will be staying for 28 days, and I can't wait to return.

Upon arrival at the reception you are greeted with a warm welcome, with a refreshing fruit cocktail, and face cloth to revive you after the journey from the airport. This is just the beginning. The hotel is very impressive with large spacious rooms, which are finely furnished, and very comfortable.

Every single member of the staff will make a holiday one to remember fondly forever, from the gardeners right up to the top management.

The food offered daily is fresh and varied with something to tempt everyone. The chefs are always happy to prepare any special meal, if notice is given in advance to ensure availability, which will be superbly cooked to a very high standard. Before dinner cocktails are served on the terrace where you can chill out and meet lots of interesting guests of many nationalities. The restaurant overlooks the private pool, with amazing views across the Indian Ocean which provides a very tranquil and relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy your meals. Service is exemplary.

The staff are so friendly and caring and are proud to serve the guests and will do everything to ensure a perfect holiday. Nothing is too much trouble. By the time the holiday is at an end you will look upon them as your friends.

The thalassotherapy spa at the hotel offers lots of luxurious pampering sessions which should not be missed. You'll will walk out feeling very relaxed and on "cloud nine".

The management at the hotel are always on hand, and you will often see them sitting down with guests and socialising with them throughout the holiday. We have had some great times with Roxy (who is the resort manager of Dream of Africa) and Giuseppe from Sandies Tropical Village, which is one of the sister hotels, and we have to mention, of course, the General Manager, Bruno, who is a great character who you will never forget.

For anyone looking for a little piece of heaven, and pampering then this is the place to go.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are of the same high standard, but the rooms on the ground floor which open out dir...
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  • Stayed October 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 September 12, 2013

We - my girlfriend and I - extensively consulted traveller reviews before booking a fornight at Dream of Africa (DoA). We came to the conclusion that the very occasional very bad reviews were the exceptions that likely proved the rule, and are happy to report that this was indeed the case. Some of the reviews here are very hard to comprehend, so unlike any aspect of our experiences are they. DoA is characterised by outstanding staff, food, and facilities, and when the cost of the holiday was broken down, was extraordinarily good value.

Best features:
1. Food. Not only plentiful, but also of very high quality, much more so than expected: good restaurant quality. There were five courses for lunch and dinner, including a buffet for starters and desserts, although the number of guests became so few that starters and desserts in time were prepared to order. There are even snacks and hot meals to order in between meal times, all inclusive. Drinks are much as one would expect at an All Inclusive resort, and were absolutely fine, and certainly plentiful, though I struggled with the house red. Other wines are available to purchase.
2. Staff. Without exception models of friendliness and helpfulness. The manager was around everyday and always asked when passing if we were happy. I hope the company realises what tremendous assets they have in the staff, with the names of whom - Lucas, Newton, Victoria, Edward, Mubarak, Moses, Hosea - we became very familiar during the course of the stay.
3. Size. DoA is small - only around 70 guests can be accommodated - although when we stayed there were never more than a dozen or so. Even with greater numbers, the atmosphere would remain one of informality and intimacy.
4. Facilities. Not only do guests have DoA, but also access to the three other hotels of the chain; the DoA bracelet one wears allows access and food and drinks from the other hotels, but guests from those hotels are not able to access DoA, which is a self-consciously luxury resort. We visited the others, but only once.
5. Condition. The entire resort is spotless and the quality of provision - rolled flannels for drying hands in the beach lavatories, cotton tableclothes, the pool and pool area, pre-dinner cocktails and snacks, etc, etc - is of a uniformally very high quality.

Worst features (and these are minor issues which even taken together don't amount to a serious criticism):
1. Location. The beach isn't a selling point. The sea is contained in a shallow lagoon, in which seaweed predominates. The 'beachboys' are neither unpleasant nor threatening, but are a nuisance if one wishes to be left alone on the beach, particularly close to the hotel (security guards very effectively keep the hotel's own raised beach area free from anyone but guests). DoA is part of a four-resort chain, all of which are bunched along the beach, with DoA at one end. The largest - Tropical Village - is the closeset, and much more family-orientated, with 'animation' and group activities; the music from various pool-based activities and the evening entertainments can be slightly intrusive.
2. Wifi. Wifi provision is good - and usually reliable - in the bar and restaurant lobby (only available there), but it would be a major asset if it were present in rooms, particularly as the TVs have only seven channels. The TVs are good for international sport, but I personally missed very much BBC World and/or CNN and would recommend that DoA obtains them.
3. Some may complain - we didn't and don't, but did overhear one such complaint - that the resort is both very quiet and very international. There were only two other British couples there during our stay, with other couples being Russian, Belgian, Dutch, American, Italian, etc. The Malindi tourist area is very heavily Italian in character, and the vast majority of tourists one encountered anywhere outside DoA were Italian. These points probably need to be known.
4. Children. DoA is an ideal resort for adults and couples; there are more suitable destinations for those with children, and the three children who were there during our stay were conspicuous.

Some recommendations:
1. If you're spending many days at DoA, the safaris bookable from the lobby ares very highly recommended, and better value - and much more convenient - than many available in Malindi. The accommodation on our safari was good, but nothing like as good as DoA.
2. Don't book excursions and trips from the beachboys.
3. Take pens and notebooks for children on the street and on safari - too often they're given sweets by tourists. The conditions in which some of them live are very poor, though the investment in schools is obvious - more so than in dentists - so pens and paper are much appreciated.
4. US dollars required for entry and exit from the country at the airport.
5. Plentiful, and potent, anti-insect sprays and potions are required. One of our party (me) had never been so ravaged, even in the tropics.
6. Tipping is a slightly awkward affair. No tips are expected - or offered - during the stay, but it's clear that staff hope for - and most certainly deserve - gratiuities as guests prepare to depart. Whether one disburses these to individuals or leaves a general tip in the box by reception is a decision we wrestled with: staff clearly prefer the former, but not all staff were present on the day of our departure. We rather sheepishly left a collective tip at reception as we left for the airport.

So, DoA is a wonderful resort, which we were sad to leave. We won't be going back, purely because there are so many other places in the world to visit; we can, and are very happy, however, to recommend DoA without reservation, as it were. It's very hard to imagine how it could possibly have been better (the points about location, above, being beyond the powers of even the most helpful manager). Our only misgiving is that we've been spoilt, and everywhere else after this will be compromised by comparison.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have been having a lovely time at Dreams of Africa where the universally attentive and charming service has been a delight and really making our stay a pleasure . The hotel is very tasteful on all levels, with an understated but sophisticated decor - our room had a canopied bed, is very spacious and quietly luxurious. There is room internet access with a cable, and wireless in the lobby and bar area so many opportunities to keep in touch with base. The food in the restaurant has an italian edge to it which we enjoy (plenty of very good pasta) and is uniformly delicious and beautifully presented, with more than we can eat to be honest. I am at a loss to understand any reviews with complaints about it - particularly portions! Breakfast has lots to choose from whilst lunch and dinner has a choice of food over 5 courses so there is no going hungry and the chef manages a very varied and tasty menu which changes daily and includes plenty of lovely local fish. We are enjoying it too much if anything and once the wine and cocktails have been factored in we're in danger of being rolled onto the plane when we leave!

The hotel is quiet and peaceful which is what we like, though we have access to the facilities and entertainment of the more boistrous place next door so activities and organised entertainment are 2 minutes walk away should you want them. I would agree with the comments about the beach boys and they are annoying but this seems to be a local issue and out of the hotel's control, and we are doing our best to ignore them. Otherwise I cannot recommend this place too highly and it is the perfect spot to unwind after a hot and dry safari (which was amazing) to be pampered and spoilt in sight of the palm trees swaying in the breeze of the indian ocean. Bliss.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms have their own patio area with loungers and tables which is a nice option, th...
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  • Stayed August 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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Liedekerke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

After a bus ride and a flight from Europe(Belgium & the Netherlands) to Mombasa remains about one and a half hour drive to Malindi-town, so we arrived around 23.00 in the evening. The food on board the airplane(Arke-fly) was not really great, so we felt hungry. Lucky for us, after check-in we found inside the spacious room a choice of fresh fruits, cookies and prepared sandwiches.The room had a private terras with sun-loungers, the bathroom was equiped with a double washbowl, jacuzzi in the tub, separeted toilet and shower clean and well maintained, exept for the windows which needed some attendence. The next morning at breakfast in the restaurant a table was assigned to us as long as we stayed so you do not need to look around for a free table, which pleased us. The meal services are partially buffets; mostly the hot dishes were served at the table after ordering from the two-choices-of-each-course-menu, that changed every day. We found the offered dishes to our likings: fish, lamb, beef, chicken, pasta, etc. and on wednesday the African dinner with local food. Everyday around 18.30 a coctailparty was organised which we could participate. Wi-fi didn't work in the room, but this we were told on arrival, around the bar-area the connection is good. After dinner this hotel becomes very quiet and peacefull which is to our thought part of the concept being a small luxury hotel with 35 rooms. The Coconut Village hotel next door is only a few steps away through the garden and since we were guests in the Diamonds we could take part in the activities: schow, dance, sports, etc. even the drinks there were all-included. From day one we had a good connection with the staff-members, a simple "Jambo"(=Hello) opened many doors and some of them became even our friends. On several occasions the manager came to greet us and asked if everything was allright. The hotel has is own protected private beach,but to go close to the sea-side you must go past de "Beach-boys",these are businessman trying to make a sale, if not intrested the best thing to do is ignore them because if we said "Thank You" they thought we were trying to get a better deal and a lower price. We learned to accept that some things and actions needed a little more time on the African continent than we are used to (=Hakuna Matata). On the question would we go back to this hotel if given the opportunity ? Without a doubt.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

I'm really enjoying my stay at Diamonds - Dream of Africa, the rooms are great, the staff are really friendly and there is a great variety of quality food. I've seen write ups complaining about wi-fi and food not being available, but I've had no problems. If there is one draw back its the hawkers on the beach, but once you've learned to ignore them it's no worse than elsewhere in Kenya..
I'd stay here again....

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:4 star — Diamonds Dream of Africa 4*
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