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“Perfect beachfront escape in Diani, Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Waterlovers Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P O Box 5444, Diani Beach | South Coast - Kenya, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
London
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“Perfect beachfront escape in Diani, Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

We can 100% recommend WaterLovers. It is exclusive with 8 spacious rooms – all beach facing with large balconies – all approx. 20 metres from the sea. All rooms have AC, individual design, large four-poster bed and are very clean.

It is run and owned by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable young kite-surfing Italian couple, and a team of friendly and capable local staff.

The whole experience is fantastic, the food is Italian influenced and matches the best European standards, the wine list is also good. The views are outstanding and every aspect of the hotel build is stunning down to every last detail – they also have 2 friendly boxer dogs as security guards.

We would definitely go again – you wont want to leave… in our experience it is by far the best option along Diani.

FYI: We strongly recommend flying to Ukunda / Diani if possible and miss out the ferry from Mombasa airport as you can queue for a few hours here

FYIFYI: From WaterLovers it is a 5 minute stroll along the beach to Forty Thieves Beach Bar and Disco

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 20, 2010
Thanks a lot for your support on TripAdvisor!
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and many guest are inquiring because of it.
We wish you a nice Christmas and happy new year!
Riccardo, Valentina, Sara and Sole (new arrival in the family!).
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

We went to Kenya on safari before heading down to Diani Beach for 9 days. We had the pleasure of meeting Ricardo & Valentina (the owners) and spending our last few nights at Water Lovers.
This is a great alternative to the larger slightly soulless hotels which dominate the Diani Beach strip. As there are only 8 rooms you get a total feeling of privacy and seclusion despite being right in the middle of a bustling tourist area. Especially liked the swimming pool which feels like you're looking over the sea, and the other quirky and cool design features in the main area. Food was very good and staff were excellent (thanks to Lawrence, Michael, Bahari, Richard, Sudi and the rest of the team there). We borrowed the kayak one day and headed out to the reef which was fun.
Ricardo and Valentina's passion for hospitality really shines through - we definitely look forward to visiting WaterLovers and them again!

  • 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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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 20, 2010
Thanks a lot for your support on TripAdvisor!
It was really precious for us,
and many guest are inquiring because of it.
We wish you a nice Christmas and happy new year!
Riccardo, Valentina, Sara and Sole (new arrival in the family!).
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mosta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2010

me and my wife arrived there on the 12th jan and were promptly met at mombasa airport by taxi sent from waterlovers as promised. accomodation is very good as is the food if one wants to eat there.the location cant be any better right on diani beach.,i used to have a swim every morning before b fast as the sea is only 2 minutes away from cottages. staff very good and very very friendly.hello to grace, ronald ,saidi michael and the rest of staff.only 2 things we missed a small fridge and a coffe maker in the cottage.ricardo the owner did say he was thinking of putting them in soon.i would recommend waterlovers very highly.

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thanks a lot for your support on TripAdvisor!
It was really important for us,
and many guest are inquiring because of it.
We wish you a nice Christmas and happy new year!
Riccardo, Valentina, Sara and Sole (new arrival in the family!).
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

Having lived a dozen years in Kenya and returning annually for vacations makes it hard to find new gems on the coast - luckily Waterlovers was just that, a gem right on the best beach (in my opinion), Diani Beach, south coast, Kenya. We stayed with our extended family in the villa (6 adults + 1 baby) enjoying the peace and quiet of a villa setting but also being able to use the pool and restaurant of the hotel (excellent food!). It feels very private since there are only a handful of hotel rooms and the villa at the back of the property. The place looks extremely chique, with a clear influence of Swahili design (all furniture was made of the beautiful African mwuli wood for example) and contemporary Mediterranean design. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of activities for the active travellers (kit surfing, windsurfing, diving etc.), or one can just relax by the pool or beachside. The staff are friendly and helpful and the owners Riccardo and Valentina will ensure that your stay is more than enjoyable. Congratulations to the couple who have built and run this fantastic place.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
It was really a pleasure to host your beautifull family,
our is groing too, we have two daughters now!!
Hope to meet you again to share some good time .
All the best from Riccardo Valentina Sara and Sole
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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

It looked too good to be true on the web site but we booked anyway. We arrived expecting, as one does, that it wouldn't be quite so good as depicted. We were wrong! if anything, it was better! What a location! A stones throw from white sands washed by the deep blue, Indian Ocean. Picturesque, spotless, accommodation, delightful pool and cool dining area, good food, cheerful, efficient service, charming hosts, you couldn't ask for anything better. We will be back as often as possible.

  • Stayed December 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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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 20, 2010
Thanks a lot for your support on TripAdvisor!
It was really precious for us,
and many guest are inquiring because of it.
We wish you a nice Christmas and happy new year!
Riccardo, Valentina, Sara and Sole (new arrival in the family!).
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Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

On a short rough road, you would not think of what lies behind the big wooden mvuli gates. Unbeknown to a first-timer, when the gates open all you see is a small white reception building and a carport. The front of the reception boasts two Maasai sculptures proudly seated on each side of the reception desk, giving accolade to WATER LOVERS location.
Once at the reception, you are greeted by an ever-smiling receptionist, who gladly informs you that Valentina and Ricardo, the Italian owners, are on their way. Within a few minutes a smiling and jovial couple arrives to welcome you to WATER LOVERS Resort.
Their naturally welcoming and happy nature immediately makes you feel quite at home. It’s like they have known you for years.
As you leave the reception, you walk on a wooded pathway among indigenous trees and immediately the ocean breeze embraces you. The beautiful unique cottages on each side of the pathway, gives you a quiet tranquil. Their makuti (palm leaves) roofing immediately gives you the sense of how cool they are. Once inside a taste of African and Italian aura let’s you know that you will definitely be comfortable. The Swahili furniture ranging from an old canoe, to a comfortable king size Lamu bed makes you appreciate natural materials. The bathrooms are uniquely done in the same Swahili and Italian mix.
The Ocean view is awesome and the presence of beautiful white sand all around, including the whispering sound of the palm trees, gives you the best relaxation.
The pampering cuisine ranges from traditional Italian to fresh seafood dishes set individually at different dining locations within the premises.
This is a kind of resort which is conducive for every type of people, be they business executives, corporate personnel, young families, the elderly who are looking for a quiet place to relax.
In the morning Collobus and Velvet monkeys make their presence known as residents of WATER LOVERS.
If you are looking for a place that will make you feel relaxed, at home and part of WATER LOVERS community, without feeling like a guest, then this is the place to be.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Wow!!!
I couldn't find such detailed description of our place
(even if we builded with our own hands), and so many nice words in a row ...
....are overwelming! ;)
Thanks a lot, we'll remember you .
One warm greeting from the Waterlovers
Riccardo Valentina Sara and Sole
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Roma
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

We found this place just by mistake, and like all the best thing is a hidden beauty,
I don't think is already famous on the touristic circuit, but one of the best places I ever stayed. (opened one year ago).
The best feeling is the continous discovery of new details, and the food is delicious (if you can try their homemade pasta with lobster.... and you'll see).
The owners are two italians, very friendly and always present in the place, they really made us feel at home.
We racommend this to travellers or to honeymooners looking for a 5 star service but in a relaxed enviroment.
Sorry to everybody for my english.

  • Stayed October 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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ricfort5, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
To work in the hospitality with guest like you is one of the most rewarding experience !!
Thanks for giving us the fuel to improve every day.
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the WL team
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Address: P O Box 5444, Diani Beach | South Coast - Kenya, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterlovers Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterlovers is a small eco-friendly resort in the centre of Diani, directly on the beach. All our rooms (only 8 suites and 1 Villa) are ocean front and luxury equipped, with air conditioning, king size Swahili bed, double washbasin, stone shower, private veranda, complimentary wi-fi, I-Pod, I-Phone and Mp3 docking station, complimentary I-Pads available on request, with pre-loaded music, movies and apps, complimentary cellphone and local line, private security 24/7 etc... The boutique hotel fitures also a Spa, a small artcraft shop, and a beach house for the watersports. Come as a client...Leave as a friend! ... more   less 
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