We stayed here as part of our honeymoon, and as other reviewers have mentioned, this is a beautiful property where everything is really well thought out and well laid out with great attention to detail for a couples getaway. The sand is fine and powdery white almost like snow, the water is turquoise and clear, and the architecture is distinctly African in the best way. Riccardo and Valentina are very friendly and do a great job of being open to any requests and try to go out of their way to accommodate their guests. Most of the staff here are very warm, kind, and go to great lengths to make you comfortable. The rooms are perfect, and the whole resort is well designed to make it feel like a private getaway even when it is full. There are plenty of different beach chairs and places to sit down when eating to give the experience plenty of variety. It is in fact so easy to be out of the other guests' way that I wished there was more social interaction between the guests. But I realize this can be hard while trying to create a private experience, particularly with the age and cultural variations of their guests. Despite what is mentioned in the other reviews, there are actually plenty of activities that one can take part in, and they provide you the necessary information but do not force anything on you. But if you inquire, you will not run out of interesting things to do for at least 2 weeks. You can take a kayak out to the sandy bar during low tide and explore the surrounding reefs, which, while a bit battered from people casually walking on them during low tide, holds a good variety of marine life. Kitesurfing is also very good and popular here. The food was above average, but nothing to write home about. We are vegetarians, and there was an extensive vegetarian menu but some of the items, although interesting, did not taste great. In the end, we found that sticking to the standard items was a better bet than going for the exotic ones, which hit or miss. The Italian representation is a bit heavy on the menu, and it would be good to see other types of foods (Thai, Greek, etc.). The drinks were not good, although we only tried once so maybe it was an aberration. The place is a bit expensive for what you get compared to similar places I've stayed in (especially the food), but they are a small business with great service, so I think it's worth paying the extra to have what feels like your own private property on a beautiful stretch of Diani Beach.
- 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