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Waterlovers Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Munich, Germany
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“This place is heaven on earth!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I think I never before was so sure to say about a hotel that, if I will ever come to this area again I will for sure again stay in this paradise hotel again! The owner and all the staff are so lovely and attentive, the food and the arrangements for breakfast and dinner are amazing, the decorations and settings are sooo lovely, the size is just about right to meet people if you are of the communicative type or to enjoy your privacy, if you prefer. Some details I adored the most: the freshly made eggs of your choice, fresh fruits and the cake of the day for breakfast, the swing bed with ocean view for relaxing, reading or sleeping, the possibility to enjoy your dinner at a different spot each day (the displace the tables all over the place for the evening), the smiles of the staff, the infinity pool, the possibility to rent snorkelling accessories and even a canoe for free, the good advices of the owners and the stuff... well, let's make is easier: everything!

To respond to some of the previous reviews:

It is true that once you leave the place you are surrounded by Kenyans who want to sell their little somethings. But we took this also as a chance to get in touch with the locals: We once walked the beach with two of them and they told us a lot about the beach, the animals, plants, the people... At the end we bought some little wooden things that they made on their own at the beach (you can go and watch them crafting it) - especially if you count the one hour private guide on top it was really inexpensive! The next time we told them that we would like to have a walk alone and they respected that - after having greeted us by hand shake and by our names! Another day we went snorkelling and without the help of three others we would have never made our way to the spot - or at least with a lot of see-animal stitches. So of course we paid for that as well (do not forget to bargain - prices are as usual ridiculous to start with)! At the end of our stay I still had not bought the little black wooden hippo that I had seen at some tourist shops before – so they went and got it for me at some nearby souvenir shop.
If you really do not want to be bothered, be strict with them or just stay on the ground of the hotel where Ricardo and the rest of the staff has an eye on them, so you are never bothered.

It is also true that when you are sitting at the other end of the hotel ground at a perfect spot under the open air or on top of a little "view-tower", the freshly made food that comes to you might be not so warm any more or get cold relatively fast. So if you prefer, take your food closer to the kitchen and everything should be just fine. But first, most of the time the food was rightly tempered, and second, in my opinion, the setting largely makes up for the case the food might have cooled down a bit on the way to our table (despite the dinner bell).

What I found a bit disturbing was the slightly musty smell of the room (and the towels and sheets) - which is why I only give 4 stars for rooms and sleeping quality. I acknowledge that the Indian Ocean is a very humid area - especially if you go there during the rainy season (we've been there at the beginning of July 2012). So I know it is hard to avoid this, especially if the rooms are not hermetically closed to the outside, which on the other hand is really nice as well. But if there is any possibility to do something against this, you should try it to make this heaven even more heavenly! Also I think that the walls of our bathroom could get a new paint by time, but this is really a minor complaint.

As remarked by other guests, I also advise to fly in and out of Diani beach. The road to the airport of Mombasa and to most of the National parks and reserves goes right through Mombasa and you generally waste a lot of time and mood in travic jams or waiting for the ferry (we only got our plane thanks to our our driver who bribed the officer so he could get in front of the lane for the ferry).

Room Tip: We prefered the upper room for the privacy and the ocean-view (although the lower rooms have a beaut...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Wow!, First of all thanks a lot for taking the time to write such a detailed and beautiful comment.
We really appreciate your compliments like your suggestions.
It's not easy to find such and attentive traveller, and to get back all these energy is overwelming for us. We hope to see you again.
All the best.
Riccardo, Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers tribe!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

I was very impressed with Waterlovers, everything was first rate, down to the last detail, just beautiful, so artistic, the decor, the layout of the rooms and the buildings, etc. I would highly recommend this place and definitely would go back, The food was incredible, so much better than the average resort food. The only critique or more by way of suggestion I would have is that it would have been nice to have a bit of music, live or otherwise, around the pool, if not for the whole day, then maybe at sundown or when tea was served; this also because apparently Riccardo and Valentino love salsa music and are very good dancers, so I am sure whatever they would do in this regard would be with the excellent taste that is evident in everything done at this hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Déesse
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thanks a lot for your precious feedback.
Your suggestions are imprtant to us as your compliments.
Hope to have the chance to meet you again.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers tribe
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Riccardo and Valentina have built a small corner of paradise. The service and place are outstanding and so is the atmosphere. Extremely relaxing and does not feel you're a guest in a hotel, but feels you're at home

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Marco P
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Thanks a lot for enjoying your holidays here with us.
It was really nice to spend some time you and have the privilege to host you.
Hope to meet you again. You'll always be welcome here.
Have a great Christmas.
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers Staff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Loved that it was a small hotel tucked in among mass tourism hotels. The service was great, the food amazing and the owner (Ricardo and Valentina) really nice people. You can enjoy the peace and quite of this place and walk just 5 steps next door to one of the larger hotels to do water sports. This really could be a five star place with just a few changes. These are suggestions and in NO WAY criticism: the towels were musty, the bed was not very comfortable and putting water bottles in the room would have been a nice touch. A mini bar or a small fridge would be great too so drinks stay cold for the late nights when the staff is gone.

Really did have a wonderful time and will stay again. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room upstairs for more privacy.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank anuka9
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thanks a lot for your beautifull review, it was nice to meet you.
We're happy to see that you enjoyed the service, the staff, the food and the people.
Thanks also for the tips on what to improve, that's very important to us, it gives us a direction to take. For the mattress, we're sorry that you didn't ask when you're here, since we have 3 different density, and we have spare ones in our store, so if it's too hard or too soft , we normally replace them on request within short time.
For the water in the room, it's a good suggestionto to put bottles (and we'll take action immediately to implement it, so thank you!). At the moment we offer a complimentary mineral drinking water jug in the room (1,2 lts), which we refill twice a day (the jug with the glasses you found in the room, is pure drinking water). We understand anyway the need of bottles too.
Your feedback is precious to us, thanks a lot!
Hope to see you again.
All the best.
Riccardo and Valentina
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

First things first – would like to thank Riccardo and Valentina for this fantastic place. They did an incredible job creating this piece of paradise out on the Indian Ocean coast.
This is a unique hotel – something very new to experience. It’s like visiting your friends or family – nothing like staying in a hotel. The hotel is small – 8 rooms and one villa only. They stand out well so nobody can disturb each other. Each room is unique – we were very lucky to stay in the Elephant for 11 nights and enjoy a great view and our own terrace. Everything is carefully thought through: the beach bag, the cell phone available for use, the flashlight). The staff is very friendly and in a couple of days they already know what your breakfast or drink preferences are. The food is outstanding - true gourmet (all credits to lovely Valentina). We were on HB – breakfast and dinner – and never regretted the choice of basis: after 6 pm you definitely do not want to go out of the hotel looking for some bite.
Special thanks to Risha – the hotel manager - very nice, helpful, attentive and very reactive young lady

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if avalable. Will not regret it. And bring along a good read to indulge...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ricfort5, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Great and really kind feedback,
what a warm feeling we got back from you guys!
This way we can only wait for you to come back.
We wish you all the best.
Riccardo Valentina Reesha and the rest of the WL staff
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Our family have just returned after 3 weeks in Kenya. Water Lovers was the place for us to relax after our 10 days in the Mara National Park. The staff are fantastic, caring nothing was any trouble. Accommodation was fanastic, the food was amazing a place we will remember and one day would return. Thank you for this experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Muir_12
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ricfort5, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
You guys are great guests!
Loved the way you enjoyed our place.
Hope to see you again (maybe also in Australia next time, you never know!)
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers staff
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Gothenburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We (wife, husband, and son) just arrived back from a nine days stay at Waterlovers and can only agree with all the other reviewers who give this place top ratings.

It is indeed a very special place that Riccardo (or Ka-Do-Do as our son named him) and Valentina have built up. We have statyed in many, many beach places around the world and have already decided to name this one our all time favourite.

Our expectations were high coming there (based on TripAdvisor reviews and friends having visited the place). Having now experienced it for more than a week we just have to agree with all the good things (and disagree with the very few bad things) that have already been written about the place.

The highlights from our point of view where
1. The charming and beautiful style of the "hardware" (i.e., the resort as such). Being "grown up" backpackers with a bit more comfort demands than before, this is the perfect place. It gives all the charm of a beach bum place combined with all the comfort needed and wanted, without falling into the "big luxury resort without charm" trap.
2. The charming and excellent "software" (i.e., the staff and owners). Everyone was very friendly, helpful, and positive. We miss the daily conversations with the staff already - thank you Edvin, Helen, Carol etc. for making the visit a social delight.
3. The child friendliness. The place as such is great for children, lots of sand to play in, staff who seem to truly enjoy having a child around, baby cots anc chairs available (in the same on site hand crafted beautiful style as the rest of the resort) etc. Extra great was the fact that our son could play with the owners' children and their friends - under the supervision of their caretakers - leaving us parents with some child free time.

Needless to say we are going back - already booked to be there during New Years.

Joe, Linda, and Wilson

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JoeGothenburg
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ricfort5, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Ciao guys!!
We really loved the days you where here with us, and your little son is a great personality!
The time you took to write these beautifull words, can only complete the picture of super-nice people you are!! We'll try to give you back all this positive energy with our best hospitality .
We look forward to see you for New Year.
"Ka-do-do", Valentina, Sara, Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers tribe!
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Property: Waterlovers Beach Resort
Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterlovers Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterlovers is a small eco-friendly resort in the centre of Diani, directly on the beach. All our rooms (only 8 suites, 1 villa and the ocean penthouse) are ocean front and luxury equipped, with air conditioning, king size Swahili bed, double washbasin, stone shower, private veranda, complimentary wi-fi, I-Pod, I-Phone and MP3 docking station, complimentary iPads available on request, with pre-loaded music, movies and apps, complimentary cellphone with local line, private security 24/7, etc... The boutique hotel features also a spa, a small art shop, and a beach house for the watersports. Come as a client...leave as a friend! ... more   less 
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