The first thing: the average rating is most probably comes from a personal taste and has nothing to do with the quality.
We stayed here for four days. The hotel itself is very nice all rooms are looking at the sea. Even the little details were worked out very nice in the room (ie. we stayed at the Rhino cottage and we had a huge rhino statue and the handle of the doors were shaping a rhino face... I liked that). I did not like that the floor is made of (very nice) stone, but I guess that is the only way to do it if you are a resort.
We had half board, food was plenty and tasty.
The only issue is that there is nothing to do there. Nothing. You can lay around on the beach and look at the sea. So after two day I started to be extremely frustrated. Also it is very little. So there is a very slight chance that you will find people there who you can talk to.
If you want to go to the sea, you have to struggle yourself through the people trying to sell you stuff. Therefore I was playing a little game: when they were not looking I was running to the sea and I only came back when they were not looking again, since before you reach the steps of the hotel, they literally run to sell you something.
Outside the hotel there is a small shopping area with a decent supermarket. There you can buy what you need and there is also a reasonably priced gift shop. (It takes 3 minutes to get there, pretty disappointing way... Security guards, hawkers everywhere...)
I also think that the hotel is very expensive, however maybe it was due to the season.
So overall: only go if you are planning nothing else but sleeping and enjoying the sun. For that it is perfect, but if you like things going on I do not recommend.
Ps.: The monkeys are cute in the garden. However you are not allowed to feed them :( (Okay, that is understandable...)
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thanks for your feedback. We are happy for your appreciation of the location, the rooms and the details.
We can see that your majour concern were the activities and the beach boys on the public beach.
Regarding the activities to be done here, really sorry if you didn't find the ones for you.
Infact we moved here from Italy and started the resort back in 2008 just because of the many possibility you have to enjoy the outdoors activities all year round in this corner of the world (also our name, Waterlovers, comes from our passion for the Ocean and the watersports).
There is an information booklet in every room with the possibilities in the resort and in the area. We're also available to provide extra information to all our guest on request.
Starting with the watersports for example, you can enjoy kitesurf, since we have a kite center directly at our beach house, for rentals and lessons (H2O extreme). Then we have a Windsurf center just next door (lessons and rentals available). You can also enjoy diving (Diani Marine and Diving the Crab working with us , and they come and pick all our guest divers for their dives almost every day directly from here). Then we have deep sea fishing partner (in the rooms we have the brochure for Get Hooked fishing professionals, they also come to pick our guest with their boat directly here). Then you can visit the coral reef or the sand bank in front of us with a ngalawa (traditional wooden boat, approx 7 euro per trip for the all boat, we organize it) or with our kayaks (included for our guest free of charge). Also practicing golf is just nearby (3 kms from us). Snorkeling is fantastic too and we provide the equipment free of charge. If you don't want to walk, you can rent mountain bikes (we bring you the bikes directly here) and you can ride them on the beach (really cool), and in low and medium tide you can visit all 25 kmts of white pristine Diani Beach and stop for a coffee or an Icecreams at some of the beach bars along the way (cost is approx 13 euro for 24 hrs rental per bike).
Otherwise you can go for daily excursions: one option is a wonderful safari aboard a dhow, the typical Arabic sailboats, to visit Wasini Island and Kisite Marine Park, where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat, and if you're lucky, you can swim with them; another beautiful excursion is to go to Funzi Island, where you visit a fishing village, relax on a sand bank and see a wonderful mangrove landscape; you can finally go for a short daily safari to Shimba Hills to visit the Elephant Sanctuary or the Shimba Hills Natural Reserve. Other interesting excursion
is the one to the old town in Mombasa. Also just nearby we have a couple of property with an interesting architecture that you can visit (even at a walking distance)
For the social life, it's true that we're a small resort, and this is a choice that our guest know from the beginning, but we believe that exactly in a small resort the social life can be better than the big and spersonalized hotels. First of all with us (as you saw we meet personally all our guests) and then also for the intimate and casual environment we offer here.
Regarding the problem of the beach boys it's something going on outside of our property, so we cannot take any responsability for that. Anyway, we still want to give you our opinion, since it's an issue raised also from other guests.
We have a private beach inside WL and then there is a public beach down to the sea.
We don't allow beach boys (or any other outside guest) in our private beach, which is exclusively reserved for our in-guest, and they can enjoy it all day (sunbeds, beach
bar with music, swimming pool, table with small pool on the feet
level, hammocks, swinging chairs, restaurant etc).
Anyway we cannot stop the beach boys to do their business on the public beach,
since it's out of our property, in the public land.
First of all, we can definitely say that there is no safety concern
walking on this area of Diani beach. It's not that these beach boys
are criminals and they can aggress you in the middle of the day in the
middle of the beach. That's never happened, even because on the beach
there are always a lot of people, and there is our beach guard looking
at our guest from the resort edge . For a kenyan to talk to tourists is not illegal.
The fact is that selling is part of the swahili culture, you cannot change it,
infact , travelling to this country, you should be aware if this aspect.
This people have been influenced by the arabs during the many invasions of the last centuries.
Like the arabs (especially the kenyan at the coast) the commerce is
one their first ability and resource for survival. Said so, my wife,
blonde and white like a german, goes walking everyday on the beach
(this for the last 6 years) , and she looks at them and tells them
that she's not interested to buy anything from the beginning, and they
stop following her .
Hope these words can be an inetersting prospective for the rest of the possible and past clients following us on Tripadvisor.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to talk about it.
We hope to have the pleasure toi meet you again, and maybe enjoy some activities together here at Waterlovers Beach Resort.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the Waterlovers Team.
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