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Diani Beach Road | P.O. Box 5107, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Diss, United Kingdom
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“paradise revisited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

At Asha the rooms are clean comfortable and spacious
The staff are cheerful helpful and always ready to help
The food is absolutely fabulous thanks to Omari & Racheal
John and Dominique the owners are like old friends

Room Tip: the best rooms are Blue and Yellow but the names are now in Arabic
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

asha is the place that left enough of an impact on me to nudge me to finally start contributing to tripadvisor. my boyfriend and i spent a mere long weekend here in march 2012 when we hadn't been dating very long. we'd be so bold as to say that asha was the place where it fully dawned on us that we were in love with each other! a special place and the launchpad of a new chapter in my love affair with the continent. on diani beach, the indian ocean, you feel as if you are at the furthest point towards the end of the earth you can get. ive been everywhere in my short life but this place redefined 'peaceful' for me. we are aged 28/32 but i would equally recommend this to my parents' generation- i think we were the youngest people staying there. on the website asha looks low-key and belies the incredibly relaxing atmosphere of the place. the pictures dont do it justice. asha is on the beach but raised and set back. seems to even have its own microclimate. its consistent heat satisfied my wretched cold english bones, but the constant temperate breeze stabilises you and stops you from becoming uncomfortable. the air feels sort of muted and all is calm. food- healthy and satisfying- we wanted for nothing, i was generally delighted by it and let's face it we don't come to africa for fine dining. we developed a 'thing' for the 'asha special' smoothie which we would indulge in daily from the comfort of the hammock. dont get me started on the hammock! sand, sea, beach- all divine. do take the little boat out to snorkel the sand mound. i got stung a couple of times by jellyfish but its harmless- like a nettle sting. nothing a little douse in vinegar can't sort. we rented the 'unglamorous' option- there is a room dominique rents out for cheaper than the others- its set back from the others but we were glad of the privacy- the value for money was just amazing. the service was efficient and charming- unobtrusive and low-key but lovely, the attitudes of the staff was sort of heartwarming. i dont mean that to sound patronising. didnt use the spa but looked v nice. did see the monkeys- cute. also, v. convenient so near the air strip. ate once at the Cave place- full of overweight or overdressed tourists but worth it if only for the novelty value of the surroundings but i do remember the lobster was v tasty. we walked up and down the length of the beach a couple of times and its safe to say asha is the jewel of diani. we are people who as much as we can like to avoid other tourists or the ex-pat gamut- we are londoners who both have lived and worked/have family in east africa so we are at home with kenyans and we crave the local nightclubs and dancehall/afrobeats music. if, like us, you intend to check out local haunts then it's all there in the town. yes we were the only white people there but you will be safe if you are used to assimilating. asha cottage is truly unpretentious, but with just enough luxury and natural charm, and just so relaxing, and i am someone who takes a while to wind down from my stressful job. from the moment you arrive, from the architecture of asha's semi-open air lobby, and fresh juice welcome, to dominiques thorough but unsuffocating briefing, you know you made the right choice. as i say, we'll be back, not a minute too soon! and i rarely visit the same place twice. keep up the good work D & J!

Room Tip: we chose the 'budget' option (set back from the sea view) but we didn't feel we missed o...
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We spent a week at Asha Cottages in August. The location is perfect - beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, the sound of the sea is very peaceful. Dominique and John are lovely people and excellent hosts. All the staff were friendly and attentive. The evening meals are superb especially the lobster and seafood. Alice gives a great massage.Highly recommended.

Room Tip: facing the sea
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chobham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I spent 5 blissfully happy days at Asha cottages after a week of safari holiday. The time included our 25th wedding anniversary. That evening was made into a realy magical experience as they pulled out all the stops to create the most romantic atmosphere. Despite all the excitements during the safari, this was the high point of our holiday.
John, Dominique, Daniele and all the staff are all so friendly and welcoming. We were looked after very well at every stage. The gardens and the wildlife were fascinating; the sea and swimming pool were both warm. We don't usually do 'relaxing' holidays, but at Asha cottages that was what we did, although there was more on offer if we had wanted it.

Room Tip: I'm sure all the rooms would be good. We faced the Ocean and it was excellent.
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Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My husband and I finished our honeymoon in Kenya with a 5 nights stay in Asha. It could not have been better. Our room was directly facing the ocean which was only a few meters away. We fell asleep and woke up to the sound of waves on the sand, beautiful. We had stayed in some nice lodges in Kenya prior to our stay in Asha and I have to say the food in Asha was by far the best we had. Everything was cooked fresh everyday, the menu was changed every day and quite diverse. The service is excellent, the people very friendly and they looked quite happy to work there too. John and Dominique were very friendly also and spent some time chatting with us. The area of Diani is of course beautiful, we went snorkeling on the reef in front of the hotel and it felt like we were snorkeling in an aquarium, so many fishes!!!
Asha cottage is the best place I ever stayed in to relax, wind down, live in a beautiful setting and enjoy life!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I and my boyfriend stayed at Asha for 8 nights in September after completing our Kilimanjaro trek and safari in Tanzania. Our stay was absolutely wonderful. We have travelled all over the world, and we will always remember Asha as being one of the nicest places we have ever stayed. Our room was the one closest to the sea, which literally means only a few meters from the waves. The room was large and delightfully decorated, so was the bathroom. The staff was excellent, polite and very professional. The property was very well run, everything is shining and clean, from the garden to the cutlery and the wine glasses. The food was delicious, and my boyfriend who always experiences stomach problems, ate everything included uncooked salads, and his stomach was even better than at home in Norway. Dominique and John are very welcoming and nice hosts.

Room Tip: Ask for the room closest to the sea!
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Seems that most folks doing the game park circuit in southern Kenya prefer to start in the Masai Mara and end up somewhere along the coast. We decided to start with a few nights on the beach to level our heads before we set off for the parks, working from Tsavo East through to the Mara. Our agent originally steered us towards the larger resorts around Mombasa, but we stuck to our preference for more intimate, laid-back surroundings. We were thrilled to end up at Asha Cottages for two nights.
+ The property is compact and beautiful. It's basically U-shaped with the open end towards the beach. On the left are the five "cottages", actually just rooms in one central building. (Only the frontmost one has a direct water view, but we were in #4 and could hear the surf clearly.) On the right is the bar & snooker room and the back is the central pavillion, which is all open air. In the middle is a pool. Not huge but perfectly suitable for such a small property.
+ Good wifi should you need it
+ Meals were amazing. One night was an outdoor barbeque buffet and other night we ordered a la carte. Menu emphasizes seafood and we happily obliged for all meals. We decided to stay on a full-board basis because we had no interest in venturing into town or even out to the shops on the main beach road.
+ Snorkeling directly off the beach was nice, but not spectacular. The tidal swing here is huge and snorkeling at low tide can be dicey because of low clearance over urchins and other sharp stuff.
+ Amazing personal service from the proprietors, Dominque and John. They looked after us without being intrusive and were quick to answer any questions.

Only qualms are more with Diani than Asha in general:
- If you come from Mombasa airport, note that you have to use the Likoni ferry in order to move further down the coast to Diani. We arrived on a Saturday morning and proceeded to spend almost two hours at nearly a dead stop waiting in the car queue for the ferry -- not the best feeling after a very long journey to reach MBA. That the actual ride across the river takes less than five minutes only adds to the absurdity. Here's hoping they eventually clear the corruption that is preventing a bridge from being built.
- Beach boys are everpresent on Diani Beach. They're largely harmless, but still pretty annoying to be approached when you're trying to enjoy a pleasant stroll with your sweetheart. John does well to keep them away from directly in front of the property, but as soon as you walk up or down the beach, you will be approached. My advice is to firmly but nicely tell them right when they approach that you are not interested in buying anything and prefer to walk alone. (I heard that wearing headphones -- even if there's no actual music on -- can be a good trick to discourage them approaching.)

Even though it rained much of our short stay, we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this property. Can genuinely say that this is one of the best beach stays I've ever had.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Diani Beach Road | P.O. Box 5107, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Asha Cottage is a sea-front family-run boutique guesthouse with a commitment to responsible tourism. It offers guests an atmosphere of quality comfort, tranquility and privacy. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Asha Cottage Hotel Diani

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