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“Great stay with slightly slow service” 4 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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“Great stay with slightly slow service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

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!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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safarikees, General Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear sisters Wakefield
Thank you very much for your honest review. As je have mentioned in the review, you and your sister where almost alone in the resort at that time and that can feel a bit strange indeed, but this happens only in our low season and on the other side it is nice to have almost the whole resort for your selfs if you like to relax and enjoy the animals in our nature park.
I have printed your review and handed it over to the waiter, so he will know that you like to have this extra shot of coconut flavor in your Pina colada the next time you are here.
Your complain about the 30 min. time for you to get your cocktail is right and I apologies for that, it should be no more than 14 minutes to make 2 fresh cocktails , but keep in mind that we are using the real fresh coconut to make the cocktail:)
Same for the food, you where both vegetarians and since we make only fresh food (from our farm) it can take as long as 45 minutes to arrive at your table, but we are very sure that that food is from a excellent quality and that is very important to us.
Next time, I promise, you get your fresh cocktails in 14 minutes time, otherwise I pay for them!
Hope to have you soon again in our middle,
The management
Forest Dream Resort
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Rating summary
  • 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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Dursley, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Wonderful cottages spread out amongst the Forest, making you feel like you've got the place to yourself. We went as two couples, in separate cottages (bed and bath) with a shared central living area and kitchen hut. We hired a local chef, who turned out to be amazing, with French and Italian training. He sourced our food and made bread and cakes every day. We bought fish daily from the beach and ate crab, lobster, prawns and all sorts of wonderful fish. The pool is a good size and was quiet. We spent some time on the beach but it's not the best location if you want to be on the beach in two minutes. We also had a car to tour around. Recommend a marine safari down in Malindi, so much fun. Ideal place for couples to relax, but would also take a large family group there.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Nic
Thank you for your time to make this review. We at Forest dream appreciate it very much when our guest share there holiday experience with other travelers.
I have told Silvanas ,our chef ,that you liked his fresh baked bread very day and told Saleem the Fresh juice specialist of our pool bar that you liked it so much. He said that when you are coming back in a different season he can even make a greater selection of the fresh made juices than you have tasted already when you where here. It helps a lot that we have our own ECO farm where we get most of the fresh products we use here in the restaurant and pool bar. Thanks again and hope to see you soon back in our Dream.
Kees van velzen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Had a fantastic 5 nights at a perfect spot. Wonderful food. Dont miss the juices. A lovely walk to the beach where the nomad beach bar watch your things while snorkelling around the sandbank.remember to feed the bushbaby at night time and take pictures of the monkeys. Kayaking at funzi Island is a perfect daytrip.

Room Tip: All rooms super
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Siljetveitdal

Good to see you so happy and relaxing at our ECO DREAM in Diani beach when you where here with your friends.
Next time you come you have to try our 2 persons C KAYAK which we have here at the peak season in December for our clients to use to go from the beach to the reef or sail with us for a few hours on our CATAMARAN which is in SHIMONI (near wasini island) very year for a few weeks.
We, the managers and staff in FOREST DREAM thank you very much for your review, it proves we are on the right way in giving the best we can in service to our guest.

Kees van velzen
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I have just returned home after having a fantastic holiday at Forest Dream Eco Resort. This really is a wonderful place and we all had an excellent time. The resort is spread over several acres of forest land, which has been planted by the owner to create the perfect habitat for the local monkeys. Within the resort you will see Colobas, Skyes and Vervetes along with the occasional Baboon and a very cute Bush Baby, who comes down a tree near the restaurant to be fed by the guests in the evenings. What will strike you about this resort is that the monkeys never steal your food or cause any havoc (unlike many of the other resorts and guest houses nearbye). There are several different accommodation types that are sparsely scattered around the resort, offering a very relaxed and secluded stay. We stayed in the mongoose house, which has 6 very clean rooms that are built using local materials. The top floor rooms are built amongst the tree tops which provides an excellent viewing point for spotting wildlife. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and by the end of our 10 day stay we were on first name terms with almost all of them. One of the best things about the resort is the great value for money. They offer some excellent rates compared to other places around Diani. The food is very good with a wide selection to choose from. The fresh fruits and juices for breakfast are amazing and the fish skewers were delicious. The staff are also willing to cook food to your specific requirements. One night we requested some BBQ meat (nyama choma) which is a local delicacy and it was prepared especially for us. Every morning the gardener (Yusuf) would climb the nearest palm tree to our house and cut fresh coconuts (madafus) for us to drink. This service was provided free of charge! It is hard for me to think of anything negative to say about our stay at Forest Dream. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and would definitely choose to stay here if I was to return to Diani. Thanks to everyone at Forest Dream. x

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Stayed here with my family and had a brilliant time. We looked around a few options in the area and found this be the best option at a fair price. Spotlessly clean rooms, friendly helpful staff and decent service. Good variety of a la carte food, much of which is grown organically on site and far better than the usual buffet fare at other resorts. Slight downside is that its a 15 minute walk to the beach, but there is a shuttle service four times a day and the amazing forest location makes up for this. If you like wildlife then you will love this place; so many beautiful trees, look out for the bush babies who come down the tree nearby the dining area at night. Pool is well designed with a bar and has a jet-slide. Each villa is unique and beautifully designed with lots of privacy.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Dear James,

Thank you so much for your review.
We trying our best to make things better all the time here in Forest Dream Resort like our beach shuttle witch brings and gets clients from the beach 4 times a day.
In the past we have experienced that some older clients of us find it difficult to walk for 15 minutes to the beach, especially when mid day in a hot season.
But the fact that we are not right on the beach have proven us very good responses from all our clients. Many of our clients came from a beach hotel who changed to our resort because they got frustrated by all those beach boys who want to sell something to you and do not take "no thank you" as your answer and felt unsecure at the same time.
Better than to relax at our big pool with water slide and bar, like you did most of the time!
Thanks again, and hope to see you soon back here.
Kees van Velzen
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is a fabulous place set in the forest. Syke and colobus monkeys are everywhere and the grounds are landscaped with all types of trees and vegetation.

The villas are set apart from each other so you feel you have a place of your own. Each villa is different in style and two have their own pools.

Food at the restaurant was very good and fresh and new everyday. This is a great place for privacy, relaxation and quiet. The beach is a ten minute walk or there is a shuttle taxi to take you there. I would stay here again and avoid the other tourist traps on the beach.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Dear Hanzi,

Thank you for your review and we love to see you coming back soon.

Kees van Velzen
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were a family of 6, staying in three huts set together, with an additional AC room, and a large outside sitting area. The decor of the whole place is really nicely put together, with lots of tasteful local crafts, makuti roofs, nice quality bamboo and so on. The forest they are growing on the site is also really nice, and full of monkeys and frogs, in a good way. The communal pool is also very nice, and the staff generally very friendly and responsive to most of our needs. The restaurant is OK, although not super special - we were happy with the breakfasts and the few meals we had there - you need to order a little in advance for dinner. A couple of things would have made it an excellent stay - we were puzzled by a cleaner who seemed to spend the whole day at our bandas, cleaning every spot, both inside and out, which was a little too intrusive. We would have also have liked them to be a little more flexible on using the parking bay by the bandas - they have a nice space for cars and a covered walkway to get to them, but for what they termed 'security' reasons we were not allowed to use them, other than for arrival and departure. But overall I would recommend this place for a Diani stay - especially for families with kids. It's not too far from the beach, and it is centrally placed in Diani, at the beginning of Galu, near lots of other restaurants.

Room Tip: If you want quiet then get a room away from the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, January 9, 2014
Dear Bradshaws,

Thank you very much for your kind words about your stay at Forest Dream with New Years. We are glad that you enjoyed it and would like to thank you for your feedback. We are proud of our forest filled with wildlife and the décor of our cottages so we are very happy you have also enjoyed this. Our apologies that our housekeeper might have come across as a little intrusive. During the high-season we make sure every cottage and villa has their own housekeeper to ensure there is enough time for the complete house and that they are always at your disposal. His intention was to make sure the villa was done from top to bottom and to be around in case you needed him.
Regarding the fact that we do not allow parking anymore at the houses, we have made this decision indeed because of security reasons. We want our guests to feel secure and safe which is done by a number of measures, including avoiding cars on the premises as much as possible. Besides security reasons this is also done to make sure our guests, especially children, can run around without having to watch out for cars and to ensure the peace and quiet. In front of our reception we have a large parking area with 24/7 security.
We would like to thank you again for taking the time to write this review and we hope to see you again this year December.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations
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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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