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“Stylish and Welcoming” 4 of 5 stars
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Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   North Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #22 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Kenya
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Stylish and Welcoming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jacaranda Group, formerly Indian Ocean Beach Club

Reopened for Easter 2015 under new management this is a truly wonderful hotel with fantastic potential.

Being a long- established hotel the grounds are spacious, accommodating the surreal Boabab trees and renovated cottage accommodation”. Of course overlooking beautiful quiet stretch of Diani beach

Rooms Superb, clean, tidy private, not stacked as you find in many other hotels in this area and the management have spared no expense in renovating with all new furniture and fittings.

Food was very good once a Chef had arrived from Nairobi to recover what was a poor start. Breakfast buffet style with fresh fruit and live cooking. Evening meals were al a carte with selection to suit any taste, I am sure the chef would have prepared anything if asked with the hotel quiet at the time.

Service was in process of improving under the guidance of Victoria who having been with Serena hotels knew exactly how to achieve high standards.

All in all a wonderful place

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It's a hotel in a very good location but their services suit business travellers, not leisure travellers.
It's dining is too formal for life and very few TV channels exist in the entertainment system.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Just returned from this resort last week and although it was nice have stayed in far better on previous trips to Kenya. The best on Diani beach it is most certainly not as I have stayed in four different hotels on Diani and found the Diani sea resort head and shoulders above this one for both quality of accommodation and service. Nice place but far better out there!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying in this hotel in a cottage. I watched the sunrise right across. Great trees dot this property and they have even named some. The beach is pristine this side and quite private too. You can enjoy totally. The breakfast buffet was amazing .
The people helpful.
They have a nook where the birds have built their nests and you can sit on a bench and hear them warble away!
The only thing is they dont tell you that they are serving tea and coffee on the house and the timings. So just remember to ask!

Room Tip: Just check out the toilets thoroughly..many rooms have plumbing issues
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The individual cottages are a real plus. The rooms were comfortable, although I my fear of bugs and lizards was definitely challenged. Guess its to be expected in the tropics. The food was fantastic and the service left nothing to be desired. I could vacation here every year. The beach was relaxing and beautiful. We partied at Forty Thieves down the road. Overall, a great resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed here with friends back in June following a week on safari and loved it. It was their low season so was very quiet (only 10 rooms taken some nights) but great for us as we got upgraded to a beach side bungalow. The rooms were clean and spacious with a window seat with views out to the beach/ocean so even on the rainy days I could sit reading while out to sea. We could also lie in bed and watch the sunrise and watch the fishing boats sail by in the early morning. The rooms was large with a great bathroom (with separate toilet) and both air conditioning and ceiling fan. I am not sure what more you could ask for. The only thing that annoyed us was that we had to pay for the safe which I didn't agree with but had to use. The beach was lovely with rolling waves while we were there. You do get beach boys hassling you but you can just ignore them plus there is always a security guard keeping an eye open for you. One day I walked along the waters edge on my own and the security guard walked along the beach along side me to keep an eye so never felt uncomfortable. As it was quiet the Bahari Cove seafood restaurant on the beach wasn't open so can't comment on that but the food in the main restaurant was first class, again as it was quiet we had out dinners served to us (set menu but loads of choice) but the breakfast was buffet style with loads of choice plus you could have omelettes and scrabbled egg cooked fresh. All the staff were great from the restaurant and bar staff, reception, gardeners and pool and room staff who kept our rooms immaculate. Special mention to Ann in the restaurant (all the best for the new baby), David at reception, William at the bar, Gabriel at the pool and our `room boy` sorry forgotten his name. There is a water sports centre at the hotel behind Bahari Cove but we didn't use it but we did take a walk along the road to the nearest shops. There is a good, cheap gift shop about 20 minutes walk away which is well worth going to if you are looking for gifts to take home (much cheaper than on safari) but the supermarket is nearer 45 minutes walk so would recommend taking a taxi if you go there which you can book with reception. As there were four of us we felt quite safe walking long the road but we did get some hassle from locals wanted to sell us things but you'd expect that. One bit of advise take/buy mosquito spray etc. as in June the bathroom was full of them. So you are looking for somewhere to stay in Diani Beach do consider the Indian Ocean Beach Resort as it has everything you need (shame it doesn't offer all inclusive).

Room Tip: Definitely worth paying extra for a beach side bungalow although all the rooms looked OK. Some room...
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  • Stayed June 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I have stayed in one of the thatched cottages right on the beach and would highly recomend.
the staff are friendly and the area safe, but watch out for the monkeys! they will nick anything! and the rip tide on the beach, there are warning signs but I didnt see them till after I had an interesting and dam scarey swimming situation,,, lol,
But location and service are second to none, I just sat under a coconut tree in the sun and was pampered,,,, excellent, got to fly around kenya, see killimojaro and go on safari from here too, loved the water jet ski safari through the mangroves and nature reserves near Zanzibar, x

Room Tip: must have a beach house!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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Also Known As:
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel Diani
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Hotel
Indian Ocean Beach Club

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