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“Amazing experience on the whole” 4 of 5 stars
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Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   North Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #22 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience on the whole”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed here for 2.5weeks at the end of March 2012 into April.
Was my first experience of a exotic get away and the stay at the Jacaranda was fabulous.
Great rooms and buildings, excellent staff (especially mohammed by palm tree coconut collector) sea breeze which was needed as the humidity was through the roof. Thankfully with such a strong sea breeze it kept the mozzies away... didnt get bitten once the whole time I was away!
The reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 was not the hotels fault as such, but its location from the main airport.... a VERY long journey topped off with a ferry crossing in the scorching heat. A great experience but the ferry got a little dull having to cross it for excursions elsewhere etc.
On the whole, amazing place. Wouldn definitly go back if the opportunity came about.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jacarandaDiani, Manager at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Steve,
Thank you so much for your positive feedback on your holiday with us, I have talked to Mohammed and said big thanks and we are looking forward to welcoming back to Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort possibly this year. Pass the great word to all there.
Be Blessed.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Very nice place for relaxing. Very nice and friendly staff. Excellent massage with eucalyptus oil. Great seafood restaurant for lunch. Great ocean view sunset and sunrise!. I really enjoyed my very short vacation.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jacarandaDiani, Manager at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Dear Marina
Thanks for the feedback on your holiday with us. we shall do our best to
maintain the same and wish to welcome you back in the near future.
Regards.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

LOVED our little bungalow on the water !! Beach was beautiful,, just wish they could somehow control the beach boys better. We love to walk the beach everyday but found we only ventured out 2 times. Loved our gardener he brought me flowers, pool guy great too.
All staff was very friendly too. Food was standard buffet style, after almost 30 days of it, we got a little tired of it. Not too bad but pretty much the same everyday.
Very quiet, which was nice for us, but if we went back would need it to be a little liivlier. If you wanted to look at the Voyageur Resort we stayed there only 1 night but it was overflowing with people. They must be doing something right.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Was there recently and have been there on more than one occassion and its always romantic..
The staff... Excellent
Location....Beautiful with white sandy beach
Rooms.....cosy and romantic esp. 435 very close to the plunge pool
Food.... Can do better
WiFi... Available with good speeds

Overall i always enjoy when i am there.... Feel completely at ease :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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James C, Manager at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Thank you Zulfikar for your postive comments, we look forward to hosting you again.

kind regards

James Chege
Group Sales Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Just back from a holiday in the Jacaranda, brilliant location, very friendly staff, but the food was quite a let down, having come from the Masai Mara, where we had five star food, cooked in a tent. Rooms were clean and well maintained, with turn-down each night. Area around our house was spotless, cleaners at work there every morning at 7.0'clock. Breakfast was ok but dinner was very disappointing.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Better than average, less than very good...
Starting with the pros, the setting is gorgeous. Historical site, long white beach, beautifully built and designed rooms and buildings, all rooms ocean facing (ours opened right on to the beach!) it is a fabulous location. The service, too, is good quality - staff remember your names, remember orders, respond to queries/requests promptly and kindly. We arrived late evening, and one of the waiters in particular was very helpful (Dalmas). Similarly, at 7am the following morning we started talking with one of the groundsmen (Mohammed) who arranged our sunloungers, cushions etc in our chosen spot. We tipped the latter on the first day (instead of the last) and he ensured that our area was prepared at sunrise each morning.

Moving on to the cons: I hadn't read or heard anywhere of issues swimming, however when the tide was going out on the first day i cut myself twice on rocks. When the tide went out, we could see very large, jagged rocky plateaux. Once i saw those, I could identify a way out to sea without goign over them, but it was a huge disappointment (as I love swimming in the sea). Even after we arrived, reception should have mentioned this!
Secondly, and probably more important to some, is the food. It's just not good enough. I've been to the Swahili coast before, and enjoyed myriad seafood dishes. It's barely on the menu at Jacaranda. Lunch is either a buffet upstairs, or a menu order down by the pool (mediocre pastas; overly processed burgers) and neither is impressive. Food is the biggest point loser for Jacaranda where it would be generous to say it's worthty of a 3-star hotel. Constant disappointment.
Lastly, and this might not be a con for all - the 'Animation' each evening. Whilst it's nice to have a bit of entertainment and an opportunity to meet other residents, having pounding dance music reverberate throughout the grounds (we were at the far end) continuing past 11pm isn't my idea of a relaxing holiday. I could have gone to Ibiza for that. Other evenings were less intrusive with some talented dance troops, but again, why were the 'local' dances to a soundtrack of electronic and dance-pop music instead of swahili, masai or bantu? Most residents that we met were either from or going on safari, and most are interested in the general culture of east africa, kenya and the swahili coast. Opporunity massively lost by the Jacaranda. Music like Ladysmith Black Mombazo should be on the agenda instead.

However, rooms were lovely and comfortable, tv allowed us to glimpse some of the olympics; en-suite was lovely with powerful shower. Air-con is available for the warmer months, and of course a mosquito net hangs over the bed for your protection. he rooms, indeed the whole complex, is immaculately clean and clearly well cared for.

I would recommend staying here with the usual and interesting surroundings, and lovely staff team, but if I did it again it would be half board, not full. Take your meals elsewhere!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We travelled by bus from Nairobi to Mombasa and then taxi to the hotel 12 hours in all due to a 3 hour traffic jam in Mombasa. Arrived at 10pm tired sweaty and hungry greeted by our first names by the reception staff with cold drinks and flannels. Our cases were taken to our rooms and then we were escorted to the restaurant for dinner where the staff served us with the most welcoming dinner! Back to our rooms to a good shower and the most comfortable beds.We awoke to an amazing view of the indian ocean and the most fantastic beach! We had a wonderful stay freindly staff good food and alovely room ideal place to chill and relax. Exellent service from beginning to end after a week we left early to catch the ferry and as requested a picnic breakfast was waiting for us at reception to take with us.Thankyou to all the staff for making us so welcome and making our holiday perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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James C, Manager at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Dear Stella,

We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us. Thank you for the great feedback. At Jacaranda Indian ocean beach resort we always strive to ensure our guests enjoy our excellent African hospitality .

Best regards

James Chege
Group Sales Manager
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Additional Information about Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort

Address: North Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#14 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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