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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 #19 of 31 hotels in Diani Beach
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“pleaant look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

l stayed here for a week but the staff is organized with quick service,the rooms very nice and in general the plan for the whole beach hotel is quite excellent and clean floors,nice fast sea food, and front sea breeze which make somebody feel relaxed .l really e joyed my short stay there.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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  • 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 January 25, 2013

I had read the reviews before hand and was a bit apprehensive about going there but decided to take my chances! I was pleasantly surprised.. The hotel rooms are stand alones, very spacious, clean and we had a room almost on the beach!!! Definitely not the normal crampy hotel rooms with a lovely view of the ocean from your bed! !Service was excellent! We only had breakfast which was good and ate elsewhere for the other meals. I highly recommend the place!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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jacarandaDiani, Manager at Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Aswila
Thank you for your very positive posting on your holiday experience with us, we promise to maintain the good standards and look forward to hosting you in the near future. We wish you a great year ahead.
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isle of wight
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23 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stay at this hotel regularly as it is perfect for me. The rooms are spacious and clean, and have fabulous views. Very few are more than a few metres from the beach. There is one main pool and a number of plunge pools throughout the gardens. There is a small coral shelf in front of the hotel, but it is not hard to walk around it to get into the sea. When the tide is in it is of no consequence anyway, and when the tide is out, it traps a pool of water that many people like to sit and tan in.
On this occasion someone complained to me that all the beds were reserved. I explained that you tell the pool boy (Gabriel) where you want to sit and he will put bed and shade there for you and see that it is made up each morning for you. There is plenty of space.

The staff are attentive, without being cloying, and are very nice natured whether you tip or not. Sometimes they are busier than others, and on a couple of evenings this time the service was a bit slow. However this is Kenya and are you really in a rush? If so tell them at the outset - they will oblige.

The food this year was slightly better than last year, although virtually everyone i bumped into, regardless of hotel were not entirely happy with the evening meal although breakfast is fab. I think for what it is it is excellent. Also, if there is really nothing you fancy on the menu, you can ask for something else and as long as they know how to make it they will.

My main love about this hotel is the peace and quiet. No loud music all day and no forced entertainment or being pestered to play water polo, volleyball, football etc etc They do offer water aerobics at 11.00 and for that half an hour they play music but it is not very loud. This time there were no aerobics as nobody wanted them.

Evening entertainment is not spectacular, but is ok to chill out and have a drink. It only lasts usually from 9 until 10, 11 at the latest then all is peaceful again.

If you are the sort of person who likes plenty of entertainment, loud music, pristine surroundings and British Hilton standards then this hotel is not for you. If you want peace, relaxation and a chance to unwind in a stunning location with a chilled atmosphere and genuine Kenyan feel then this is for you. Kick off your shoes, have a G&T or a Tusker while watching the sun go down. Pure magic.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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:
#7 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*
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Also Known As:
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel Diani
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Hotel
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