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Waterlovers Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Wonderfully crafted.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have been to Diani a few times ad stayed at a variety of places, but this was the first time to stay at Waterlovers. Perhaps slightly less secluded than a few of the other 'high end' hotels on the coast, Waterlovers makes up for the small lack of beach privacy with wonderful service, brilliant design and a great overall package. We felt very welcomed from day one, the staff couldn't do enough to please, the food was exceptional, the room was very well designed and decorated and the poolside area and walkway was just great. The lack of privacy is a result of the gymnasts who practice on the beach outside the resort every morning, and the hawkers who hassle you as soon as you walk onto the beach, but a few clear words can remove the hassle. The privacy of sunbathing with a troop of gymnasts watching you was the only real - and minor - peeve. All in all a really wonderful place to relax, unwind and take in the best of the Kenyan coast.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thanks a lot for your great feedback.
It's been a pleasure to meet you.
Really hope to see you again in the future.
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe

PS: Thanks also for the suggestion for the acrobats on the beach,
we'll ask them to train a bit further on the beach.
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7 reviews
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Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

If you go to Diani Beach you'll see there are loads of hotels on the beach front. Almost all of them are aiming for the rustic-luxury vibe. That's ok but they draw louder crowds and usually have popular bars or restaurants frequented by people from all hotels. If you want to relax in a quiet, rustic but not super fancy boutique hotel, waterlovers is perfect. A little cozy bar and restaurant overlooking the beach. You can order your table set for dinner right on the sand making it an unforgettable little dinner with the water almost touching your feet. You never feel you are in a hotel because there are only a few rooms/cabins. So most of the time you'll be in the pool or bar with another family or two. The staff are super friendly kenyans and the owners know most of the beach arts salesmen so they are very respectfull of your space around the hotel. Breakfasts are deliciously never loud or crowded like the other hotels!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Thank you Carlos,
it's been a pleasure to have you here with us,
and in our case the motto come as a client and leave as a friend was true more than ever.
Hope to see you soon again here, or in Rome.
Good life wherever you are at the moment!
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

We had a wonderful experience at the Waterlovers hotel. You are practicaly living beside the monkeys, and the beach and the pool are perfect for a cool-down. It was realy nice to take a cup of afternoon tea and a homemade cookie when the sunset are comming up. The rooms where wonderful, all with showers and aircondition, if you are lucky with the weather, you will need it.

Room Tip: Families would maybe like to choose one of the bigger bungalows.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Thanks for this wonderfull comment!
It was really nice meeting you and we hope to have the luck to meet you again.
(we'll keep an extra jag of homemade bisquits for you on the side! ;) )
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stayed here in Leopard cottage (checked in 21st June) after a gruelling 4 nights safari in the Mara. I cannot tell you how relaxed we felt the minute we stepped through the front door. Without exception the staff make you feel right at home and part of the family. Food is excellent and we loved the setting. 10 mins from Ukunda Airstrip (Diani) it is a perfect place after flying from the north. Built from scratch and almost everything bespoke - it is difficult not to gush

We didn't stay nearly long enough here and we regret that, but it has made us want to return. Riccardo & Valentina a superb hosts and they deserve every accolade going. Please dont change the formula - we are coming back for more.

Room Tip: You cant get a bad room - Just specify if you want upstairs on the first floor or ground floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
No Worries!!
We have no idea to change!
We love what we do, especially because of the fantastic support we receive from guest like you.
Looking forward to have you again here with us.

Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2014

We have had the most wonderful holiday staying with Ricardo and Valentino at their lovely hotel. The atmosphere is relaxed chic and the staff could not be any more helpful and charming.
The attention to detail and pure style of the place is everything you would want to do yourself.
The food is excellent and the wine choice and value excellent.
In their publicity they say " arrive as a guest, leave as a friend" and although this sounds like such a cliche on this occasion it is so true.
Can you ever give something a ten, well let's settle for 9.9 and leave it at that.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. We stayed on the Hippo cottage.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 28, 2014
Woowww! There are no words to thank you enough for these wonderfull feedback!
I read it today to all our staff and they were overwelmed. I should have taken a picture with their smiles and send it to you.
It gives them motivation and appreciation for the work they're doing,
Thanks again on behalf of all of us, with the hope to meet you again in the future.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe
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Diani Beach, Kenya
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

The beaches in diani are a piece of heaven, but once you arrive and check into Waterlovers, you will suddenly realize that you have now landed in a garden of eden!
Everything about this resort is perfect! The design, scrumptious food, elegant rooms, the powder like beach and top notch service with a smile. If you wish to spoil yourself and a loved one with nothing but the best, look no further, this is the place to be!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Thanks a lot for your nice feedback.
Our doors are always open for you, and we really hope to have the chance to share some more time again in the future!
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL Tribe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at this beautiful resort just last week and we found this resort to be nothing less than paradise!! The location right by the ocean, the villas/rooms were stunning, spacious, comfortable, the furniture and décor were simply amazing! The food served was delicious; the staff and owners, Ricardo and Valentina truly made our stay memorable and we'll forever cherish the memories of staying at Water Lovers!! This resort will definitely be a special gem in our heart. We can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Joan7354
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Woooow!
No words enough to thank you for this wonderfull comment!
Please let us know if you manage to come back to this side of the world, and we'll be thrilled to have you with us again.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL 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 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Spa 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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