I travel a lot and usually try to find best "bang for the buck" in a laid back accommodation. I never plan in advance because I worry about getting locked in to something I will not like...I am not sure how or why I ended up with Forest Dream - they were extremely responsive to my inquiries and flexible with my plans or lack of clear plans. I arrived and was still not sure what to do for the week. Alone, low season at the beach and no other guests...I ended up spending the entire week. I looked at some other options but it was quiet everywhere and Forest Dream had the best deal and what I thought was the nicest rooms and setting.
Although set far back from the beach this was not a worry. I love to walk and bike and do not have to be near or on the beach (but do note it takes about 15 minutes plus to walk). Even with low season you get plenty of beach boys bothering you. This is a little of a challenge at night and for grabbing the matutu to go to toan but I worked it out with getting to know a bike taxi driver. You can work it out easy and the staff are really helpful.
The bikes :), well yes, they offer this free bonus but in fact they are not in the best shape. To be honest I am no hard core biker so this was perfect - got me from A to B and I even biked 20km to Chale island and back! For me this was a selling point given the location and it worked out. If I was with a group or others had the working bike(s) it may have been a real bummer.
Staff - all great and nice and helpful. Hard to be the only one here - felt bad sometimes getting dinner late since it meant staff had to stay...I am really low key and would have carried my own dinner from the kitchen but these guys keep 100% professional and classy even for little old me.
I got tea anytime in the afternoon after 4 (again, alone) and think things earlier mentioned have been addressed. Service was sometimes slow given I was the only person here (for food and drink) but this is africa (not Forest Dream).
I would definitely come back and would recommend Forest Dream to others (perhaps with family or friends since I was pretty lonley)! Pool is great, food is very good, rooms are really nice and clean, TVs and DVDs available. I hope things are just as good during busy season.
- 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 at the back of the resort. Some of the villas have their own private pools and are fully staffed. Free "tennis court in the shade of palm trees" ... more less