Second visit to this hotel and a little worried as sometimes it is not so good when you repeat an experience. However from the start, to the wonderful reception on arrival to the end it was everything you could wish for in a holiday. We didnt go on safari this time as we had had a few stressful months and just wanted to relax and this is the place to do it.
The room was spacious, very simply furnished (only had one small drawer) but perfectly adequate and always kept very clean, floors mopped daily. The bed was a bit hard for me and rather high, had to clamber in but they arent all like that. We had ground floor room with a small terrace /balcony area, but didnt really use this as spent time on the palmed area overlooking the sea. here we could sit under the palm trees in the shade or dappled sunlight and not worry about burning. It is very hot. The wind really picks up about lunchtime but we found this pleasant. Also a lovely quite large pool which you could sit around, we like to see the sea and the beautiful almost white sandy beach.
The monkeys come out to play around 4-6pm and are an entertainment. They could be a nuisance but are kept under control by staff. Tourists cause more of a problem by feeding them and then shooing them off if they become a nuisance. Why cant people be sensible, same with seagull in Uk and then same people become annoyed when they get aggressive or come too close.
Sea is very warm but tides could be quite strong n the afternoon but fun to jump the waves and just so warm.
The food was excellent, always something to suit and fresh pineapple, mango, watermelon, papaya at all meals. There is a pool bar restaurant which serves pizzas and chips plus various rice or pasta dishes but we always preferred to use the main dining room.
The staff are amazing. EVERYONE says jambo (hello) and is very friendly and they cant do enough for you. It is all inclusive but it is important i think to give small tips to all, they dont earn a lot and our 50p is quite a lot to them so doesnt break the bank.
The hotel has a great entertainment team who will push you a bit but not too much to participate in the varied activities. I loved the history of the coconut talk (free under the palms) and the trip to the orphanage (only around £3 each although extra donation is kind of compulsory) and of course books , pens , crayons, sweets always welcome. I didnt enjoy the trip to the local village - to much of a stage set for me. I wanted to go to the local school again which i did the last time but i was the only one to turn up so didnt go. What a pit if people dont go to this as you do get a very good idea of the way people live from this and well worth the small cost (around £2) - do go!
The snake farm is an interesting experience, a walk up the beach in the afternoon and only charge is the small entrance fee. You will see and be able to handle if you wish snakes and chameleons (cute).
The massage which is down on the edge of the hotel is brilliant (around £10) but do have to book early.
A truly wonderful place and the staff cannot do enough for you - i love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the most beautiful unspoiled crystal white sandy beaches on the south coast of Kenya. The expansive compound is shaded by coconut palm and a myriad of exotic tropical trees & flowers; the resort offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Animal life abounds in the compound and various varieties of monkeys can be seen jumping around in the vicinity. Bright white against the blue sky, the hotel has 170 rooms. The rooms are of 3 main categories: Standard rooms with garden view, Family rooms & Bahari rooms with sea/pool view. All rooms have TVs, coffee/tea making facilities, mini bars are in the Bahari rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diani Sea Hotel Ukunda
- Diani Sea Resort Kenya/Ukunda