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“Perfect honeymoon destination!” 5 of 5 stars
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Forest Dream Resort
Diani Beach Road | PO Box 787, Diani Beach, Ukunda 1000, Kenya   |  
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Perfect honeymoon destination!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We have just returned to Nairobi after a blissful 5 day honeymoon break at Forest Dream. We found every aspect of the Resort absolutely spot-on. Our initial booking enquiries were responded to swiftly and efficiently, and the whole process made very easy. We were extremely excited on arrival after a long, dusty journey on the overnight train from Nairobi to learn that we had been upgraded to one of the amazing suites with a private pool, which had been decorated absolutely beautifully with fresh flowers. Very touching. The staff were all absolutely brilliant and the whole atmosphere is so tranquil and serene with just the sounds of birds and monkeys to wake up to and when we relaxed by the pool. It is clear from the outset that every aspect of the place has had a lot of thought and care put into it, from the environmental features such as solar panels and raised hot water tanks to the beautiful wooden Swahili buildings. We also enjoyed some long walks along Diani beach which really is not far away AT ALL despite what some reviewers seem to say. We were escorted by a guard along the track to the beach whenever we wanted to go which made us feel very secure, and they even waited for us for the return leg when we were just having an evening stroll. In fact, we found the fact that Forest Dream is not right on the beach a real plus point as it gave us a proper, relaxing and secluded escape, and returning there was always a pleasure. The food was lovely (as was the bush baby who comes to eat banana near the restaurant in the evenings!) and we really enjoyed playing tennis in the evenings before dinner. All in all I think it is one of the best value for money places we have ever stayed at. We will certainly be back as soon as we can!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Katy,

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are happy you have enjoyed your honeymoon so much. We have shared your compliments with our team and truly look forward to welcome you again in the future when your friends and family come to visit.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I went to Forest Dream for my birthday in January 2013. The staff welcomed us with a huge birthday cake and even sung for us in our room! That set the tone.
Although the resort was almost empty because of the off-season, the staff was very attentive and treated us wonderfully.
The resort is located a bit more in-land than other beach hotels, which makes it much quieter and gives you the impression to be in the middle of the forest rather than surrounded by other touristy constructions.
We got the Leopard suite for a real bargain; the room was vast, clean and comfortable. There was even a bubble bath that we didn't even have time to use... Overall the resort is very well maintained, quiet and safe. Food is great too, tastefully made to order. You can go to the beach by foot or bike (bikes definitely would need refurbishing or rather changed for newer ones), and there's always a guard who comes with you to keep your things.
The swimming pool's great too, and the bartender at the pool bar makes great fruit juices.
The owners, a young couple, are also very friendly.
In conclusion, a delightful experience, highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear Stephane,

Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure having you stay with us in Janaury and we are happy you loved our place and services. We would love to welcome you again for your next birthday so you can enjoy our garden Jacuzzi this time!

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations Manager
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We have been living in Kenya for many years and our last visit to Forest Dream goes back to 2006. Recently we wanted to have a break at the coast, and decided to go back to Diani-beach, in particular to Forest Dream. The place has become a small paradise on the South Coast. Some 20 years ago many trees were planted and nurtured together with the existing trees. By now the place has become a tropical forest, consisting a perfect blend of indigenous trees and tropical palms from many parts of the world. This is the perfect hide-out for a relaxed holiday for nature lovers and eco tourists. You don’t imagine yourself in a tourist hotel, where u are merely a number.
The accommodation is absolute TOP. A unique experience of African design with a professional finishing touch (everything works!). After two days you actually feel at home.
Kitchen: Besides an a la carte menu, the restaurant serves a daily menu. We opted most of the time for the daily menu which was every day surprising and a very tasty. And if you feel like eating something which is off-menu, all you have to do is ask...
Because of its small scale you will get familiar with the staff within days. They are very friendly and talkative while maintaining appropriate distance.
Even for kids the place is superb. Our children (12 and 16 yrs) were the whole day occupied. Whether in or around the swimming pool (with a Jet-slide), tennis, volleyball, (free) bicycles, or playing on the pool table. Options enough. We met a Dutch couple with three small kids and they told me they never had such a relaxed holiday themselves without having to pay attention their kids every minute of the day.
When you want to spend some time on the white sandy beach it’s a 15 minute walk.
The resort has attracted all kinds of wildlife, such as the endangered Colobus Monkey. In the evening, as the Galagos (Bush-babies) wake up from their day-sleep they will come down from the trees waiting to be fed at their special “reserved” table just outside the restaurant.
All in all a place where u can really relax your mind and charge your batteries.
We will be back for the summer Holidays.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Peter,

It is always a pleasure to welcome you to Forest Dream and it is good to hear that our place feels like as a second home to you. In the last 25 years we have worked hard to restore this beautiful forest filled with wildlife and we are happy to share this with all our guests. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family soon again.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This resort is family friendly.Its located on a 25 Acres of land with few buildings making it true Eco-friendly.The staffs are so welcoming.....once more try your dream.I would recommend for families planning to holiday at the coast.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Sujun,

Thank you so much for your review, it is always nice to get such positive feedback from agents that have seen almost every hotel there is. We would be very happy to welcome many of your guests to Forest Dream.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations Manager
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Taiz, Yemen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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safarikees, Public Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Claire,

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to see that you have enjoyed yourself and that you were satisfied with our services and accommodation. April and May are a low-season in Kenya but if you are looking for a nice holiday without too many tourists around it is the perfect time to visit Kenya. Of course you are very welcome to visit us again in a busier season so you can enjoy the company of our other guests while still having all our services and the privacy of your own room. Please feel free to come back with friends or family. We hope to see you again in Forest Dream in the future.

Kind Regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

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!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed our beautiful forest and our services. We agree that unfortunately our bicycles are not in the supreme condition despite constant maintenance but we do our best to offer this complementary service.
We have also given your feedback to our chefs regarding the food but since we never received your feedback during your stay we were unfortunately not aware and we could not act at that moment.
We are always trying to improve our services and standards so the feedback of our guests is extremely important to us. Kindly email us at info@forestdream.com with the details of the dish you did not enjoy so we can use this for the future.

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Forest Dream
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St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The place is unique.
The hotel area is like a Garden of Eden. So many trees & monkeys.
We've spent a week in this nice place.
The food is really delicious like in the very best restorant.
Room is clean. We've got some micro-ants on our bed but I think we can't avoiв them in the ecvator area.
Staff is really friendly & helpful!
Pool is always clean and transparent.
Bikes may be used but need some repairment.
Beach area is 15 minutes walk.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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timvanv, Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Alexander,

Thank you so much for your kind review. We have given your compliments to all the departments and we all loved having you and your girlfriend with us. We hope the trip home went okay and that it was not too cold after all the sunshine here.

Kind regards,
Tim van Velzen and the Forest Dream Staff
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Address: Diani Beach Road | PO Box 787, Diani Beach, Ukunda 1000, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
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 
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