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Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast
Diani Beach Rd South Galu Beach | VIA MOMBASA KENYA, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #4 of 19 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Kenyaways is paradise.

We wanted a few days to relax - and this was the perfect place. The beach was gorgeous, the staff friendly, the food was great and the room was comfortable.

Every corner is beautifully decorated with so much detail.

One of the highlights was watching colobus monkeys from the pool lounge area.

It truly felt like a home away from home. I hope to one day return.

  • 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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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Hey Thank you for your great review. It is great to know you enjoyed your stay and found paradise! As I speak the monkeys are drinking at the pool while it is still early morning and everyone is asleep and the dogs haven't noticed! Hope we see you back here again. Take care.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I’ve stayed at this place twice in the last year and can’t wait to get back to it. There’s no question, the best thing about it is the location. Situated smack on the beachfront you get that surreal ‘I’m actually in paradise’ feeling lazing in the afternoon under the shade of the palms with the breeze swishing through their fronds. Aside from the location, Kenyaways is an ideal place if you’re looking for a week or two to chill out or do some kitesurfung. There’s plenty of cosy couches to lounge on, a separate other lounge area with swimming pool to cool off in which you also generally have all to yourself.
It is a small guesthouse which has a family feel to it. You get the feeling you’ve been welcomed into somebodies home, not the feeling you’re staying at a resort. Kenyaways is situated on a stretch of Diani beach which is wider than elsewhere and has to be up there in the top ten beaches in the world. Take a quick look around neighbouring properties and you won’t find a better value place which offers the same privacy and comfort and breathtaking sea views.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thanks for your lovely review. I am glad you felt at home and loved being in our little paradise. I wish we had more Irish travelers, you all seem to be very relaxed and happy with everything! Hope the weather in Ireland is not treatin' ya too bad 'so'. If it does, come and visit again soon! Linzi
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Kenaways helped us have one of the most magical trips of a life time. The rooms are all individually styled with character and nature coming together.We stayed in both Tribal and Park. Tribal has a sea view and is massivly spacious. Park is equally as impressive with pretty much your own private pool on your door step.

Stephen the manager is professional and a fountain of knowledge when arranging excursions and forward travel. I had "acuna matatas" (pardon my swahili) staying here!!!

The food was great and we had great company with the many like minded guests staying here. Unfortunately didn't get much kitesurfing in but only gives me reason to return.

For somewhere off the beaten track, Kenaways and Diani beach I highly recommend!!

Room Tip: Tribal is sea front and tranquil. Park is quiter and is set back in the forest still close to the b...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Linzi1948, Manager at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Hey Joy, Thank you for your review it is great to know you really enjoyed it and the 2 pics are great! Stephen really appreciated the compliments too.
It was a shame the wind was so hopeless for you - not much we can do about that unfortunately! Hope you had a safe trip home. All the best...
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I stayed at Kenyaways for 1 week and it was not long enough, the beach is amazing and everyone is so friendly that I could have stayed for a month. My room was lovely and the food from the restaurant was exellent. I had some kite surfing lessons as well which was great fun and the instructors were really good. I would recommend this hotel to anyone as all the staff are really friendly and the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and louge area are great for just chilling out. I had an amazing time and will be going back to stay again.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

A small gem ON Diani beach.
Kenyaways made us feel totally at easy when we stayed there a few weeks ago. A combination of bohemian and boutique hotel feel I felt far removed from reality. The rooms simple and clean with Gigantic comfortable beds. The communal areas both bohemian/ comfortable in style and the food exactly what you are looking.. fresh salads, beautifully cooked fish straight from the sea with daily specials such as oysters, crab, lobster etc...
It is a short walk along the beach to many more bars/ restaurants etc...
All the staff extremely accommodating. You are not hassled or baby sat but if you want any advice - trips/ tours etc the staff have all the info you need,,,

This is a great place if you want to get away, eat some yummy food, meet some fantastic people from all different walks of life and.... even learn to kite surf for an affordable price!

A 10 out of 10 for me!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Hey Emilia, Thank you for your positive and glowing review, I was starting to get worried after the last 2! But it does show that Kenyaways is not for everyone. However I am glad that the relaxed atmosphere, simple and comfortable deco and no frills service appealed to you and that you had a good stay. See you again soon hopefully! Take care, Linzi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Positive thing: Beach was beutiful and the location is nice and quite, if you want to spend time to read a book or hide from the busy tuarist areas.

The negative side: For the amount of money people pay, I think you can do better to improve the standard of the rooms and your services in general, I have travelled wide hence it is my opinion that the rates are two high for the services provided.

Room Tip: You are better off saving alittle more money and then stay at the normal tuarist resorts around Dian...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for your review. I am glad you have enjoyed the location and beach. However I really regret that you did not agree with the price for what you get.
The lowest price room is €37 per person in the high season and €30 in the low season which is €30 per person including breakfast and the highest price room is €60 per person in the high season and €45 in the low season. The difference in price is not for facilties in the room it is for the popularity of the rooms, where the seaview rooms are most popular.
I would like to highlight the positive points, Each room is uniquely decorated in theme with coastal, simple barefoot swahili style. The rooms are all ensuite, 5 of which have an amazing seaview, and all rooms are only a few seconds stroll to the beach. They have fan -cooling, mosquito protection, linen, beach and bath towels and soap and shampoo, washing powders provided. The showers all have hot water and the house keeping clean the room TWICE a day. No more than this is advertised on the website and so you not have expected more.
Of that price, 30% goes to tax already. That leaves us with nearly half left over of which to provide FREE, ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast with cooked meats, eggs, toast, cereals, fruit, yogurt, pancakes, and omelette. and the other costs involved with managing rooms.
The price you pay reflects the exclusivity of having a private room in a small private resort with immediate beach access. Since we only have 10 rooms we cannot afford to lower the prices and compete with resorts which have 100 + rooms. The Kenya govt. charges a small hotel of 10 rooms the same taxes as the large resorts.
I hope this helps to explain why the prices are as stated.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Aware of all the rave reviews below, I'm going to rate this property from an objective point of view. On the plus side, its literally on the beach, the common living room areas are really lovely - with attention to detail such as board games, plush pillows to lounge, and a decent restaurant. This is also the kite surfing hub of Diani and they seem to do a good job of teaching and building the kite community. The way the place is set up really encourages people to socialise with each other, and I can understand why some of the travelers say they wished they had stayed a month.

Basically, this place is a backpackers - in South Africa, or Europe or Asia, one would expect to pay around 20 - 30 USD per night. Instead, Kenyaaways charges about 100+ us dollars per night for a double. The price does not at all reflect quality. The room we got (Park) is one of their newest rooms. The website portrays lovely photos, taken with wide angle lens - obviously they spent more money on the camera than on the room itself. In reality, most of their rooms are hugely run-down, really old, weary. mattress quality is very cheap, no extra blankets. You see beautiful photos and you end up in a drab room with a bed and mosquito net - don't expect better. And you will pat over a hundred dollars for this. Granted Diani is expensive, but I think you can do better by looking around further.

If you are indeed going to book this place, do it for the sun, sand, and ability to hang out with fellow travellers. Do not do it for the rooms or the service,. both of which are pretty awful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
To Neha, Thank you for expressing your thoughts on Kenyaways. However you cannot back up most of your claims.
About the quality of the mattresses since they are the highest quality from the best manufacturer in Kenya, vitafoam and were only purchased only 4 years ago when we opened. The mosquito nets and pillows are also newly purchased and I also have all the receipts to prove it. How can you describe a room as drab when you are giving an objective opinion?
You also don't realise that backpackers all over the world make ends meet by fitting in 40+ people with 10 in a room. However at Kenyaways we have 10 rooms which sleep 1 - 4 people, so we are nothing like a backpackers. Kenyaways is completely exclusive, and if we charged $20 a night we would have to close down. Instead we pay our staff over 3 times the usual wages, we donate free nights to charitys for raffles, we use eco friendly and home made materials which cost more than the usual stuff that people in Nairobi use from Nakumatt the cheap chain store. You can try finding anywhere else on the Kenya coast with the same exclusivity, quality and price but you will find only a few special places.
Kenyaways is not for everyone, it is a simple place we do not advertise more than a comfy bed, pretty decor, ensuite bathroom and a nice view with peace and quiet. If you want air conditioning and luxuries, you chose the wrong place.
Considering you did not express any complaint while you were here, I think your review is unfair, wrong and easy way for you to get away with being spiteful towards us. We try very hard to make everyone happy, but how can we please you if you do not tell us what is wrong in the first place?
Every other review on our page is objective and fair and is testament to how we do get it right.
Nevertheless I am glad you did enjoy our fabulous location, beach and gardens and I do thank you for your appreciation of that.
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Address: Diani Beach Rd South Galu Beach | VIA MOMBASA KENYA, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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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 ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kenyaways bed & breakfast Diani Beach is a family run B&B holiday villa right on a beautiful Diani beach. Kenyaways only has 11 bedrooms, 5 with seaview, beach facing. One is a self catering apartment. Kenyaways is exclusive yet reasonably priced for travelers and holiday makers for families, couples or single travellers. The Kenyaways beach villa is colorful and friendly and has a relaxing vibe and a magnificent view of the beach. It is convenient for onward travel, general relaxation, water sports, communications, shopping and nightlife. Kenyaways is especially attractive for kite surfers and surfers. Kenyaways Diani Beach has a watersports centre and kite surf school offering kite surf lessons and IKO kitesurf courses to beginners and intermediates. The kite school is Diani Beach's leading kite surf school and offer a professional service all year round. Diving is also an option for the less wind days and there is an amazing tropical coral reef which runs parallel to the beach where you can see many colorful interesting coral and fish as well as turtles and dolphins. ... more   less 
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