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“A good Safari, beach and Scuba diving combination.” 4 of 5 stars
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Diani Sea Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Diani Beach Road | Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in Diani Beach
Brentwood
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A good Safari, beach and Scuba diving combination.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 2 weeks in November and can support much of what Jaks_10 reports in her review dated 20 Nov. We met them at the end of their holiday, gratefully taking on board their tips. Diani Sea Lodge is definitely value for money, with a good choice of food and drinks being served by friendly staff. The hotel grounds are visited by four types of monkey, which can keep you amused for hours :-) The entertainment is generally good with the acrobatic displays being the highlights. Alternatively you can grab a bar stool / table away from the show or pop down to the Forty Thieves bar. We found walking down the beach in groups at night fine, but if you are alone the cab ride is only a couple of minutes drive down the road. The public beach is lovely, and the beach boys do approach you to make a living, but a polite, firm 'no thanks' will suffice if you are not interested. Note that most of the hotel workers are from up North and not locals. It appears business it done along tribal lines over there. However, once you have made friends with the local beach boys by way of using them to book cheaper safaris, boat rides etc; they usually ensure you are not pestered. I agree with Jaks' reporting that Eddie (pictured) is a very good lad. Yes you barter with him over the trips etc, but he was good to his word and threw in lots of extras. We'd go for walks with him along the beach, surrounding woods (looking for monkeys), chatting with the locals / other beach boys, and Eddie always made sure we weren't bothered. He came in handy when bartering with the stall owners over goods too. He never asked for any payment on these little excursions, instead asking us to recommend him to the next bunch of tourists, which we gladly did. In turn we treated him to a Cola along our walks, tipped him after our trips he organised and gave him (and a couple of local girls) swimming lessons in the sea. We hope he still practices with the goggles we bought him :-)
Rather than do the school trip organised by the hotel we went to Eddie's local school as they do not receive foreign visitors as much (i.e. donations etc). We took pens and sweets with us and made a donation. The kids sang and were great fun. Eddie gave us a tour around his village and we meandered our way back to the hotel via the 'locals' route. This was an eye opener I am glad we did it. The diving was good, but please remind the guides to give clear briefings to the divers about protecting the coral as this was not always being done and I had to yank some divers off the bottom. Such a shame as if this continues they'll have ruined dive sites very soon :-(
We did the 2 day safari to Tsavo East , staying at the Voi safari lodge and saw lots of animals, thoroughly enjoying the trip. We also did a one day trip to the much smaller Shimba hills, which was also great animal viewing. If you want a splurge the Ali Barbour's cave restaurant has a great natural setting, but you will pay European prices. Lastly remember that the majority of people here are poor and whatever you can give/ leave behind will be greatly appreciated.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hull
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

We stayed for 2 weeks and it was average. We upgraded our room which we shouldn't have really as we only got an extra sink and a tv. The hotel grounds where nice, monkeys are funny to watch. The beach boys started to really annoy me near the end of our stay but the security tried there best to get rid of them. I wouldn't go back due to the food and the night time entertainment. The food was to hit and miss for me. The bbq nights, african night and Saturdays where really nice but the self service buffet was pretty poor. Breakfast was nice, liked the egg station for the omelettes. I didnt go to the restaurant for lunch we went to the snack bar which was ok. The drinks where fine and always flowing. The staff seemed to either really like you or didnt really say much, they didnt really say much to us so they tended to go to "liked people" first. The night time entertainment was really poor, i enjoyed the African group, really good, but the rest such as the dancers which just jumped up and down, bingo and some weird thing on Sunday nights were really really poor.
JTSafaris were awesome. We did 2 night 3 days and we saw 4 of the big 5 including 3 leopards and 2 babys. Samuel aka blue blue was brilliant and always kept us filled in with whats going on, he must have a built in binocs in his eyes. The Voi safari lodge was really nice, food tasty, great views. Serena was brilliant, would have loved to stay there for 2 weeks. The bed was massive, food brilliant, staff really made an effort, views stunning especially from the restaurant. I would 100% recommend JT and request blue blue. We were promised it would be just us 2 on our jeep and thats exactly how many people where in, brilliant, especially when we looked inside others and there where 5,6,7 people. Julius from JT and blue blue really made our holiday.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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sussex
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

stayed here dec/jan 2011. all the staff are excellent, friendly and helpfull. hotel rooms are a little run down, but everything works. if something does not - you ask and it is fixed quickly. food here is very good. during our stay over the new year the place was heaving and there was a small problem seating guests in the evening. this occured because they liked to seat guests outside alternate nights.: not enough tables there! wife and I both got stomach upsets, needed to get meds. from the doc. 3 diff. pills £120.00 and fixed up a treat. I put the stomach upset down to the continual handshaking this is a country where people dont have running water, let alone hot water and soap! the beach sellers are a real problem. the beach is not really useable because of them, but that wont spoil your hoilday. Entertainment is low key but good fun.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stocckport
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7 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

JAMBO to all at sea lodge, what an amazing hotel and place, dont no where to start, this hotel is heaven on earth the beach sea and people are just out of this world, the food is great, entertainment at night is ok. If you can upgrade your room it is well worth it. If you booking a safari look for bob on the beach wt tasovo east and west staying at salt lick fab hotel we paid 640 pound for 4 of us for 2 day ond one night well worth the money. Also make sure you go to the village with the boys from the hotel it is so much fun and very interesting also go to the ophanage with them aswell. The monkeys are so funny to watch. If you are going soon to this hotel please say hello to nancy who frys the eggs in the mornings she is so sweet . I can say if you go on holiday to this hotel you will have an amazing time.

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

After been delayed by 15hrs we arrived at the Diani Sea Lodge around 2am. We were greeted in reception with a fruit cocktail and informed they had prepared a meal for us as we had missed the evening meal.
After taking us to our room the porter waited to guide us back to the restauarant (it was very dark!)
The hotel is lovely, there is an indoor and outdoor bar area, a tv room, a snooker room and a few small shops selling souveniers aswell as essentials. The pool is warm and big enough for a few laps!
Our room was situated within a horseshoe shape with lovely gardens in the middle. We had a very large king size bed complete with mosquito net, plenty of wardrobe/drawer space, a bathroom with shower and a terrace with table and chairs. The room was cleaned daily and new towels provided when you wanted.
Each morning there was a menu outside the restaurant telling you of the days meals. These included fresh fish, meats, salads, vegetables, fruits and desserts. There is also a snack bar outside serving burgers, chips, pizzas etc. As we were there during Christmas we were given a British Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve and a BBQ with a huge choice on Christmas Day night.
The Entertainment Team provide masses of things to do around the hotel aswell as organised trips out of it. On Boxing Day my partner went sea fishing with a company within the hotel. He was very impressed to catch lots of tuna, snapper and a sail fish (although this escaped!) within the 6 hours he was out. It cost £85 for fishing, transport to the boat and refreshments.
The beach has beautiful white sands and turquoise sea.Be careful of sea urchins in the shallows, its recommended to wear shoes. There are 'Beach Boys' who want to sell you trips/souveniers/clothes etc. We didnt buy any trips although spoke to people who did and they were very impressed. We bought some hand carved Masai Warriors from them- be prepared to barter they wanted KSH13,000 we got him down to KSH1,000!!
The hotel is quite popular with Germans who we found to be quite rude, especially when they descended on the outdoor bar around 5pm!
There are lots of monkeys roaming the hotel but they cause no harm and are cute to watch when they are on the prowl for any left over bits of food around the pool or on your terrace!
We booked a safari through Antony at Kenya Wildlife Safaris (see seperate review on their site).
Everyone in this hotel is extremely friendly and helpful. We would recommend it to everyone and are already deciding when we can go back.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

Garry Blower from Torquay has said pretty much what we think about Diani Sea Lodge so I'm jsut going to add a few extra bits. This holiday was our first ever all inclusive package we've been on and would say that the resort and trips we did far exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived.

At Diani Sea Lodge there is something for everyone - our children are 11 and 17 and they both had plenty to do, if they wanted to. The animators were superb - not pushy - but somehow made us all join in the various activities at some point during our stay. The activities included beach bowls, beach volleyball and football, darts, table tennis, limboing, pool aerobics, water polo, table tennis and lessons in Kiswahili!

The sea there is superb - plenty of opportunities to 'wave surf' and go snorkling. Looked like a fantastic place for kite surfing too.

We booked our 2 night/3day safari to Tsavo East and West with WT Safaris and would recommend them highly. We also had Hamadi, who as Garry said, was knowledgeable, a great driver and friendly. Didn't see the big five but did see loads of elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, lions, lionesses & cubs, gazelles, impalas, a jackal, baboons, hattiebeasts, cheetas, warthogs and loads more. The birds are also superb.

Went to Wasini Island and although we didn't see many dolphins (about 6), the snorkling at the coral reef was brilliant and seafood lunch was great. A grand day out!

The Snake & Crocodile Farm down the road is a definite must - even if you don't like snakes! Brilliant guide who had some great stories to tell about the snakes etc.

Haggling is totally normal there so you did need to hone your haggling skills otherwise you will be hideously overcharged. I was quoted 2800 Ksh for 2 sarongs - ended up paying 700 and both sides were happy.

Although we didn't have a drink at Ali's Forty Thieves bar or Kim 4 Love (just along the beach from Diani SL) we had a looksee and they were both always full and very, very popular bars. We used the Cyber Cafe at the back of the Forty Thieves - cost: 6KSH per minute and the room is beautifully airconditioned.

Our family room was standard and was absolutely fine - spacious, immaculately clean, air conditioned in our room and fan in the boys' room.

The staff are fantastic - so helpful you won't believe it and incredibly friendly.

There are monkeys in the gardens but not a huge problem, same with the beach boys who in the end left us alone.

All in all - a brilliant place for a 2 week holiday!

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Buk, Hungary
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

This was max 2.5 star Quality..Maybe I go back in the next life...........

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Diani Beach Road | Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Diani Sea Lodge 3.5*
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Situated right on the white sand beach of the Indian Ocean, Diani Sea Lodge, an all-inclusive 3+ resort, is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. ... more   less 
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