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!
- 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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