After an ex-tenuous and torturous trip back from the beautiful country that is Kenya, I have found myself reaching for the laptop prior to a long deserved sleep to comprise what both my new wife and I had endured on our Honeymoon, at the Diani sea Lodge. On arrival from a remembered and fantastic four day safari, my wife and i found our self overwhelmed with the beauty Diani sea lodge had to offer... Lavish white stone walls, African architecture a king would be happy to visit, wild coconut trees and not to mention probably the best beech view we have ever seen. On our continued excitement we were also met with exceptional service from the staff on our arrival (and i must say this continued over the holiday). Only to be slightly discomforted by that fact that although a weaved love heart left on our front door and a (Warm) fruit basket was a nice touch, we both felt and heard that honeymooners were prioritised with the highest of service elsewhere. We both agreed at the end of the holiday we were not met as honeymooners but as regular holiday goers. Discussions from over honeymooners (at others close by resorts) it was the little touches that made what they thought was a special occasion and made us both feel quite jealous of this fact that our counterpart had received a bottle of wine in there room or a small present/icon to back with them e.g. giraffe statue. Do not get me wrong we do not ask for the red carpet to be laid but examples that could be seen as unique could have gone a long way. The worst part of our stay at Diani sea lodge was unfortunately the food. The hotel continued to portray its self as high class/five star etc with its dress code and formal wear. This was downplayed by that fact that the choice and standard of food was only camouflaged in its high standards of service by its staff. Every night there seemed to be a change if fine cuisine theme: African, BBQ, Asian which were always accompanied by the side orders of potatoes, rice, (Bland) pasta and cubes of wheat & flour. It got to our fourth night of continued pedigree chum and potatoes where we finally had enough of risking a night of problematic bowel movements and decided to eat at the many local fine (and affordable) restaurants in the area (Yibba Yabba, Ali Barbours). Lastly but not least I feel I may be over dramatic on this due to my ignorance in domestic culture regarding the locals, but it seemed to be a continuous strain to be able to walk from the beach to the sea in comfort without being pestered by, what can only be seen as persistent second hand car dealers, coming from all angles. My wife was so intermediated by the persists of the locals it took her four days to courage to the lavish waters, only to be met by 3 salesman sprinting from the perimeters of what seemed like 'no-mans land' barraging her with sales pushes. from this point not only my wife would not venture into the sea, it was seen this was met by other residents at the hotel as well. I am not a usual blogger and moaner regarding things of this sort but i felt it was my duty to other holiday/honeymooner goers to communicate this. Other pros and cons include: All inc was awful, when checking out (at 10am) you have to pay for beverages even if you leave at night; if like my wife you are all about the tan, you may be upset bout the fact movement of sunbeds is essential every hour due to many palm trees; on many occasions our towels were not changed; (Hate this one) the straws and paper coverings are re-used... YUCK!!! Snack bar is great (Ham and cheese toastie), ample amounts of tea and coffee (Biscuits/cake too); no matter the time of day staff are always happy; entertainment crew were fantastic and always a joy to watch; very clean and large spacious rooms
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