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).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Waterlovers Beach Hotel Diani