Had a great 3 nights at Forest Dream in Diani. The workers there were extremely courteous, rooms were clean, they allowed us both early check in and late check out (with no hassle at all), pool is beautiful and fun, and there are beautiful trees (and monkeys!) everywhere on the property. It's a great place to relax, and definitely well-managed.
The only downsides are:
-While breakfast was very good, the lunches and dinners we had there were sub-par, almost always overcooked, and generally lacking in flavor.
-It is quite a hike to the beach (definitely not the 10 minutes quoted on the website). BUT they have multiple "shuttles" (actually nice, private cars) to a nearby beach starting from 10am. In addition, the bikes didn't seem to be in great working order. However, we managed fine using the shuttles!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forest Dream, a special (family) resort of luxury villas and cottages(7) sits in 25 acres of subtropical forest,3 swimming pools, water slide, bar and restaurant, located in Diani beach on the south coast of Kenya. With the white sandy beach at only a 10 minutes walk, free beach shuttle,our guests have the unique combination of beach and forest. We offer a variety of eco-friendly accommodation like standard room, luxury rooms and suites but also complete cottages and villas with or without AC. All of our cottages and villas are set on its own 1 acre forest garden providing the most exclusive privacy. Best place on the coast to view the local wild-life. The owner of Forest Dream Resort is also the founder of the well know "Colobus trust Diani" and has designed the Colobus bridges over the Diani Road to save those endangered monkeys. We have a private nature reserve full of wildlife at the back of the resort. Some of the villas have their own private pools and are fully staffed. ... more less