My sister and I stayed here for two nights in March. The hotel was lovely and the cottages (in which we stayed) were beautiful, well-maintained and very clean. I loved the tree-house feel of my room! The food was quite good (we even asked for vegetarian entrees for dinner and were made a wonderful vegetable curry with chapati). The cocktails were just okay (my pina colada needed a lot more coconut flavor) but their wines were good.
We were under the impression that we could easily walk to the beach, and although the walk was pretty short and easy, you need to be escorted by a hotel employee to the main road. I think it's both for general security and also safety against the baboons. The monkeys that live around the resort mostly ignored us and were lots of fun to watch!
The one real complaint I have is that it was the low season and so we were two of about 6-8 total guests. However, the food service was very slow. We ordered lunch in the swim up pool bar and it took about 30 minutes to bring the drinks and 45 minutes to bring the food.
I would recommend a stay here though, especially if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the Diani beach boys and to not feel like you're staying at a sterile/average beach resort. This one is unique!
- 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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