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“Tranquil location - popular with honeymooners” 4 of 5 stars
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The Cove Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kinondo Beach PO Box 5016 | Ukunda Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Diani Beach
West Sussex
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41 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Tranquil location - popular with honeymooners”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Although we were not on honeymoon, we really liked this small boutique hotel. With only six tree houses, no music, no water sports, it really was very peaceful. We received a very warm welcome from Doris and during our short stay there, Charles and William were available to help us with everything and anything. The Head Chef was really helpful and the food was plentiful - you could dine whenever and wherever you wanted - they were very flexible. They have a good masseuse on site - Evelyn who was very competent and very reasonable priced.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Colchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

I find it quite sad that i review has been written on compalining of the lack of 'charms' of The Cove. No there isnt shower gel in the bathroom or robes and slippers but theres is abutler on hand (thank you William) for your every care. No they dont sell suncream at the resort but you also dont have any beach boys to contend with every day because The Cove is completely secluded and maybe the towels are a little crispy but the private jacuzzi you had before you need them more than makes up for it.

Having spent the second week of our honeymoon at The Cove I cant rave about it enough. Its isnt the cheapest place to stay on Diani Beach but the intimate attention and service is worth every penny. We enjoyed breakfast on our private deck everyday and a huge choice of options for lunch. Dinner was often quite traditional african food which we were more than happy with, so much so Joshua gave me the recipe for his Swahili fish which I will be trying soon.

The pool is kept clean and I loved the in pool bar stools :)

Theres plenty to do around the resort with local guys ofering fishing, snorkelling, mangroves tours and village trips.

If you can a trip to Sable Valley is a must too. we didnt think the service could be any better until we had our own private butler and chef. Sleeping under the stars was amazing and is something i will never forget.

So David, William, Joshua and the rest of the team at The Cove thank you. You made our honeymoon and will forever be in our hearts for making our time in Diani unforgettable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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leamington spa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

We saw this place online and knew we had to add this to our honeymoon itinerary. We contacted them directly and the staff sorted out the rest of our itinerary for us as well, working to our budget. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. There are not many rooms so you have a feeling of privacy. The food was fresh and delicious but it wasn't fancy if that is what you are looking for. The staff were happy to go off the menu and nothing was too much trouble. The resort works with the local village who will provide trips/visits if you wish. Because of the good relationship with the local people, you feel safe around the place and aren't surrounded by barbed wire. A fantastic romantic destination.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

We finished our honeymoon at the Cove and it was a wonderful time where we could truely relax. The staff were lovely and nothing too much trouble although not the speediest of service. We were disappointed at a couple of factors. The rooms were lovely but lacked some of the facilities you would expect for a 4/5 star establishment. There were no robes or slippers which would have been great when using the spa. The towels were very hard and not great if you have had a bit of sun on your skin, it is rather like a post shower exfoliation. The bathrooms are wonderful but don't expect to be provided with any cosmetics, we were cought out as we had not taken shower gel as we expected it to be provided, only a bar of soap. The food is fine, although fairly limited in choice, it is not a fine dinning experience considering the cost of staying here. The Cove hints at being eco... there was no evidence of this at all. It is a lovely venue and great for a quiet trip 10 guests max. Don't believe the web site there are no gifts and no extra treats for honeymooners. We did feel that they were operating at minimum outlay but charging high prices. We were uncomfortable with the long hours staff (7am-10pm)were expected to work with the attitude of if you don't like it there are plenty of others who will do your job. We would not stay again as much as we enjoyed the novelty of the treehouse and wonderful views. Make sure you have all you need when you get there it costs £30 to get a taxi to town and the hotel does not provide any essentials that you may run out of, ie suncream etc.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Edward
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

WOW, what a stay, the welcome the service the location, all just FANTASTIC. Richard our buttler, YOU are the MAN. Thank you. that personel touch made our 2nd Honeymoon even more special. Steph you and Doris are just what that resort needs. That nothing is too much trouble, a massive thank YOU.
to all the other staff, thank as nothing was too much trouble and we will be back SOON.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Port Edward
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

WOW what a fantastic stay at the Cove. Richard, you da man... keeping me well Tuskered.. Thank you. What a piece of Heaven. from the moment we arrived we could not have asked for more, for our 10th (LATE) ann. we could not have asked for more, the staff the location the everything. Steph, you were correct, we did stay at the best place to relax on earth. could not have relaxed more, and as for the jacuzzi???? you need to experience for yourselves. thanks once again to all

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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leicester, UK
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

The Cove was our first glimpse of paradise and the attention to detail was
what made the visit extra special. While I often feel uncomfortable if I
feel people are running around after me, Rafael, Philip, Rosie, the Chef,
and the guy filling our jacussi made me believe that it was ok for us to
truly relax, and that we could do things on our own if we wished but that
they really were happy to cater for anything we wanted. Philip was
understandably called Radar by one of our co-visitors for his ability to
know what you wanted even before you did and I could not have agreed more;
in fact the staff at the Cove were the Radar Team!! We also felt looked
after by the guys at the village shop on the beach. Saif, despite no longer
being an official life guard, nevertheless took on this role brilliantly,
running over to warn us of the dangerous rip tides and keeping guard over
us, which was appreciated as it was not until I was in the sea that I
realised how strong the current was. We also
took the tour to the village and mangroves with Saif and Boris, which was
interesting and educational but also much fun as they were both great
characters. They had also ok'ed it with the teacher for us to stop by at the
school and I enjoyed sharing some songs with the children.

the owners of the cove also own the Sable treehouses about an hours drive away which was the highlight of the trip. The treehouse was spectacular, complete with
flower heart on the bed and the uninterrupted view over the whole of the
valley. It was truly the most romantic experience of my life, having a
bubble jaccusi with a bottle of bubbly, a beautifully prepared and served 4
course candle lit meal and then sleeping outside under the stars in our
four-poster bed. It didn't just take my breathe away it blew my mind and I
will never never forget it.

the owners (destination adventure) also organised safaris, a trip on a dhow in mombassa and a diving trip. Seriously recommended.

  • Liked — accomodation, service, quiet, monkeys, local village, ethics
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kinondo Beach PO Box 5016 | Ukunda Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cove Resort 4*
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