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Waterlovers Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Hey!! Stop searching!! I found it, paradise. It is here!!

Amazing place... 6 days there my family. Lovely couple that has the place and has built it on the beach. Very nice cottages with AC. So relaxed and friendly. Food is cross african and italian, top european standard.

//Staffan

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Wow! What a great review!
Thanks a lot, you'll always be welcome here!
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the WL team
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Taibon, Italy
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

So many pluses for this hotel because its a small one. First the food was not served buffet as most hotels in Kenya, they use Table d'hôte menus for lunch and dinner and the food was always fresh and tasty. At breakfast there was variety of cereal, cookies, yogurt etc tea, coffee and bacon, eggs and sausage served on request, they got it right when it came to food.
The rooms were big, clean, wonderful views, nice big comfy bed, and air conditioning and a fan, WiFi, iPod docking station, and enough storage space.
The service was good, very personal and the dinners were set up very well, candlelit, in the sand facing the ocean or at the top of the tower with a view of the whole place, very private, romantic, quiet with the sound of the ocean, just perfect!
They have an infinity pool and the pool area had hammocks, swing beds and seats, seats with foot pool?, they put a lot of thought into comfort, luxury, and privacy.
Our only issue with this hotel was the food and drinks were a bit pricey.
All in all we had a perfect honeymoon, Diani is a very beautiful place and this hotel was the icing on the cake for us.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a perfect view of the ocean, clean and quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear friends,
thanks for this beautifull feed-back.
Your time to leave it is one of the biggest award for our job.
Hope to have the chance to meet you again.
Good life!
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the WL team
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Windsor Berkshire
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My Husband and I have just spent 11 nights in this wonderful place, It is without a doubt, the best place the stay in Diani Beach, the best beach resort we have ever stayed in.

The website gives you all the info you need, The pictures are true, and in person the place is even more magical. The rooms are just beautiful, cleverly designed and beautifully decorated, and very clean. Take a look at the selection of leaflets in the room as they have taken the time to create a photo book of the construction from August 2007-July 2008, very impressive,

The food here is just delicious, Valentina has created all the recipes herself from her 'passion for cooking' the portions sizes are great, so you never go hungry. Breakfast is a treat as well, mini croissants and quiches, with all the usual cooked breakfast and fresh fruit. Dinner is served outside on the beach area and tables are moved around every night so you get to experience different views of the resort at night, very romantic :)

Nothing is a problem, any question or query is assisted with a genuine smile and a helpful answer. The staff are just lovely too, really friendly people who all seem very happy which is nice. The ground staff will help with anything while you're relaxing in the sun, moving your sunbed, helping with the free kayaks etc. you're made to feel special The owners also come around and introduce themselves, have a chat, get to know you, and everyday will pass by and say hello.

The place is great to see the family of Colobus monkey's running and jumping around the palm trees, vervet & sykes monkeys are always on the look out for food which can be quite amusing they are all located in the trees on the man made beach which is what the cottages are built on.

We wish Riccado & Valentina and their lovely family all the best and send best wishes for the safe arrival of baby in July, as they really have put in the effort, we hope to have the opportunity to visit Waterlovers again.

Mary & Trevor Wilson

Room Tip: We had the Hippo cottage, beautiful ground floor room with lovely views, all rooms are good, if you...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Wow!! Thanks for taking the time to write down this really nice and detailed
comment about your stay with us.
This is one of the best we ever received!!
I could go on thanking you for a while, but the true is that we really enjoyed your presence,
and we hope to have a little bit of it again.
You'll have always a special room waiting for you in case you decide to come back to this corner of the world.
All the best, and more!
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the WL staff
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The best boutique hotel we have stayed in- immaculate service, friendly staff, the place is spotless, the rooms are well designed and spoacious, and the overall experience was magnificant. Ricardo and Valentino's personal attention was just the right balance. We will definately be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Southafrican friends,
it's been really nice to have you here.
Your words are the best reward for us..
You'll always be welcome in our small place.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the Waterlovers team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Waterlovers. From handling our reservation, to helping us book a safari, to welcoming us and looking after us throughout our stay, Riccardo, Valentina and their superb team could not be faulted. The resort is exquisitely designed and every little detail well thought of. Rooms are beautifully planned, with large and comfortable four poster beds with huge mosquito nets, and well ventilated with the addition of fan and air conditioning. Wi-fi is excellent throughout. Waterlovers is a boutique resort, with only 8 rooms in 4 cottages plus a villa. The feeling is therefore very intimate but there is plenty of space and one never feels crowded neither is there any pressure to socialise with other guests, though it is easily possible if one would like to. There is an excellent turtle shaped pool, a great bar area and an excellent restaurant serving excellent food. Every night your table is laid in a different area of the property which is very nice if you are staying for a few nights as we did. There is everything you need for wind and kite surfing, canoeing and snorkelling and a lovely and easily accessible home reef and sandbank, though we also took a great excursion to Wasini island with some of the clearest water we had ever snorkelled in. There is a great attention to detail, beautifully chosen furniture and crockery with local motifs plus strategically placed sofas and hammocks to relax everywhere.
It is a place suited to couples, families or friends groups though the atmosphere is definitely on the calm and relaxing side. There was a broad age range whilst we stayed and all guests seemed happy with their choice. I would definitely strongly recommend this as a great destination.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Thanks a lot for your wonderful comment,
it's a great push for our day to day work, and even if we know we can still improve,
it's nice to read the satisfaction of special guest like you are.
Really hope to be able to host you again.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the Waterlovers team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

It is without a doubt, the best place the stay in Diani. It has probably been the best beach hotel/cottage I've ever stayed in.

Firstly the website gives you all the info you need, along with any extra advice or guidance from a personal email to the managers, (information on water sports and yoga).

The pictures are true, and in person the place is even more magical.

My partner and I stayed here for 8 nights in mid Jan 2013. The whole experience was fantastic. We were met by one of the managers when we arrived and taken to our room. The rooms are just beautiful, cleverly designed and beautifully decorated.

Make sure to have a look at the selection of leaflets in the room as they have taken the time to create a photo book of the construction from August 2007-July 2008, very impressive, it does make you feel like you get to know the owners more personally before you have even met them.

The food here is just delicious, Valentina has created all the recipes herself from her 'passion for cooking' Riccardo told me, also very impressive. The portions sizes are great, so you never go hungry. Breakfast is a treat as well, mini croissants and quiches, with all the usual cooked breaky and fresh fruit.

Nothing is a problem when you stay there, any small question or query is assisted with a genuine smile and a helpful answer. The staff are just lovely too, really friendly people who all seem very happy but at the same time are very chilled out which is nice when you're relaxing for the week! There's also a 'groundsman' Richard, who will help with anything while you're relaxing in the sun, moving your sunbed, helping with the free kayaks etc. All these little things may seem pedantic to some, but when you only have 2 weeks to unwind before getting back to a busy london life, it makes all the difference, you're made to feel special.

The owners also come around and introduce themselves, have a chat, get to know you, and everyday will pass by and say hello.

The place is exciting too, with Colobus monkey's running and jumping around the palm trees which are all located on the man made beach which is what the cottages are built on. And as day turns to night the bats come out to play in the trees while the monkeys sleep.

The rooms are always cleaned and have brilliant mosquito nets, which you probably won't need as it's always a bit windy, which is a relief when you're enjoying your dinner outside.

What else can I say? Well my partner and I have mentioned a few times since being back home that we miss it. It's a very warm environment and a joy to spend a week in for couples and families.

I wish them all the best as they really have put in the effort, and I hope I have the opportunity to visit Waterlovers again.

Emily and Rob

Room Tip: The cottages are built in twos (one of top of another) in a horse shoe shape, so any room will have...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Dear friends, it's really a joy to read your detailed and enthusiastic comment!
It was very nice to meet you. The effort we can still put everyday in our work comes only from your great energy. This feedback is for us a full refill of power, in order to enjoy the beautiful side of the hospitality, and try to make it better everyday . We really hope to have the pleasure to host you again, to be able to return such a good feeling.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and the rest of the Waterlovers tribe!
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Deurle, Belgium
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Each review we've read is true. The nicely decorated ecolodge is more than a hotel, it feels like home, with the hotel service on top. We spent a marvelous relaxing week there with our three young daughters. It was nice to have one cottage for the family the children upstairs and the parents have their privacy downstairs. each room has is own terrace with beautiful sea view.
We liked a lot dinner time every evening on a different spot especially the dinner on the beach with the moon rising.
We did some sight seeing on Diani beach and came to the conclusion that no other hotel can be compared to Waterlovers who is unique because it is small and nicely decorated. No plastic, no kitsch, a lot of wooden furniture and white sand.
We had planned to do a lot of sports but it was exceptionally hot during our stay so it became more of a relaxing holiday. We attend some very good yoga classes next to the resort; unfortunately the kite school nearby was not that well organized but we have to say there was not much of wind. But then these lounge chairs on the beach were so comfortable that we enjoyed to stay at the hotel.
The staff was most friendly especially Riccardo and Valentina who personally do every effort to make you happy and get the best out of your stay. They are warm, enthusiast people with a very good taste who have put their heart in this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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ricfort5, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear friends,
it's been really nice to meet you and your beautifull family!
Hope to have the chance to meet you again,
also to thank you PERSONALLY for these beautifull words.
All the best from Riccardo Valentina Sara Sole and
the rest of the Waterlovers Staff
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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 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 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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