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“Paradise - Best accomadation along Diani Beach!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Almanara Luxury Villas
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Paradise - Best accomadation along Diani Beach!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Jambo (Hello in Swahili)!! Wow....It’s hard to sum up in words how amazing this place really is. Following 3 long days on Safari, Myself and my partner stayed here from the 23.09.12 - 30.09.12 and can quite honestly say this was our best holiday yet. We are both under the impression that you only get so many holidays in a lifetime so therefore we like to broaden our horizons and try new places, however Almanara has changed our perception of this and we will return here, it will be hard to find a place that tops this.

Our villa was extremely spacious, given there was only two of us with 3 large bedrooms, all with on-suite was great. This felt like home from home, not your typical hotel room which you find in many places.

Food - well, what can i say, some of the best food we have sampled....and we like our fodda!! Patrick our chef was very talented in what he did, every single dish was tasty and to our liking. The seafood was to die for, biggest prawns i've ever eaten, Lobster, calamari, squid, octopus, oysters, whatever you wanted. If on the other hand you are not a seafood lover, then there are plenty of other dishes to choose from, pasta, steak, lamb, chicken kebabs....I can go on. The Swahili dinner is a must, but make sure you're hungry as it’s a BIG dinner! Thanks to our waiter Rama who worked very hard and provided us with many evenings of laughter.

The staff here is what makes this place so great, Gemma, Jackie & Leo (Managers/owners), Jayne (Maid), Julius (Pool barman) and as previously mentioned Patrick & Rama. Thank you all so much. Just the little things, such as popping by for a glass of vino and a general chit chat made this place feel like home with friends. We had an incident whereby after a few too many cocktails made by Julius at the pool bar, we dropped our camera in water, within 5 minutes Leo had brought us his laptop to our villa, so that we could check that our memory card wasn't damaged and following that, 5 minutes later a car was waiting for us outside to take us to the local shopping centre to purchase a new one. 1st Class Service!

I could go on forever, this place is a must try, you will not be disappointed!! Enjoy.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future.

Dean & Kayleigh

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Dear Kayleigh & Dean,

Thanks for your feedback, and great news that you had such a wonderful time with us. It was so much getting to you know both and we're expecting to see lot's more of you!

Julius will be standing by - perhaps with a good balance of cock & mocktails! Although i'm glad we managed to sort the camera issue out!

See you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
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London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our 5 days at Almanara was a joy. Beautiful location (the beach is simply spectacular), and the resort itself is well appointed and clearly thought through to allow it to feel expansive and luxurious without being stiff or too exclusive.

The villas have everything you could need, and the staff make absolutely sure you're looked after, going out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.
In addition to this, the hosts and resort managers are approachable and make a point of checking in regularly to see if there's anything else you might need (this was a lovely touch to make the place feel welcoming).

We ate like kings throughout our stay, and such amazing seafood. Our chef cooked a variety of meals, things we'd particularly requested, but also local dishes which were fantastic. You would not go hungry!

The pool is lovely and secluded, but with a bar to offer refreshment throughout the day. And there are beautiful plants across the resort, with the occasional friendly monkey to keep you entertained for when your books gets a little dull.

And despite being relatively low key (on the scale of spa offerings in some resorts), Sarah provided excellent massages, better than many I've paid a lot more for in London!

We were incredibly lucky to hear about this resort, so thanks to our agents in London, Imagine Africa for suggesting. There are a number of resorts in the same area, and we'd looked into a few, but for the additional luxury we were looking for for this particular holiday (it was our honeymoon), I'm really glad they encouraged us to go to Almanara.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kate H
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Hi Kate,

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon. It was a true pleasure to have hosted you both and we do hope to see you back here again soon.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

This review is long overdue, because we have wanted to keep Almanara to ourselves since "discovering" it 4 years ago! There is truly nothing to fault with this very special place. The villas are beautiful and spacious, the staff efficient and friendly, the food delicious and plentiful and the management superb. On top of that it's located on the most beautiful beach in the world! Over the years we have had every type of holiday at Almanara; family birthdays, romantic breaks, golf trips, as the tail end of safaris as well as travelling with friends and young children and every single time Almanara has provided the perfect backdrop for the perfect holiday. Our children have grown up with Almanara and it is now our family benchmark for beach holidays. So far, nothing else has measured up. It is truly and incredible experience!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nina J
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Thank you so much for your review and kind words.

We truly enjoy hosting you and your family each year, and appreciate that you keep coming back to us. You guys have brought a fantastic atmosphere to Almanara on each of your visits going back 4 years now, and we're already looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Best,

Leo Giovando
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Been to Almanara twice and loved it. Fabulous beach home staff and food. Can't complain.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Amrita J
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Almanara in January 2012 after a long safari adventure. Almanara was beyond great, from the service to the beauty of the property everything exceeded our expectations.

We stayed in a lavish 3 bedroom villa with a beautiful rooftop complete with a personal butler and chef. Upon arrival we were greeted by the owners, our butler and chef. After a brief tour of the villa we were told that if there was anything we needed all we had to do was ask and they would accommodate the request to the best of their ability, they even provide a cell phone for you that is a direct line to the owners. I knew then that Almanara was going to be a wonderful experience and everything we asked for was provided, from local dishes to your favorite soda, even down to chocolate chip cookies.

There is a spa, restaurant, pool (shared by the 6 villas), and private beach. They have a multitude of ocean sports available for an additional fee. The beach is amazing with soft white sand that felt like it went on for miles. There is the occasional vendor trying to sell something, but the Almanara security/staff does a great job of ensuring its guests are free from unsolicited salesmanship. The beachside restaurant is beautifully decorated to look like sails (at least thats what if looked like to me) and excellent food. The spa is available upon request and though it wasn't a 5-star luxury spa it was excellent at offering the essentials. Additionally, there is a van that you can request to take you to the town of Diani for shopping in case you hadn't picked up souvenirs, or if you have a desire to purchase local arts and crafts.

Almanara is definitely a 5-star luxury experience that my wife and I plan to do again. We highly recommend it to anyone considering properties along Diani Beach. Its was the perfect ending to a spectacular vacation.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank trilogy03
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thanks so much for your wonderful words. Feedback really helps us maintain the high standards that we set for ourselves, and so your review is greatly appreciated.

I'm thrilled to hear that we exceeded expectations and that you are already considering visiting us again. We'd love to see you back here soon!

Best,

Leo Giovando
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

During the summer of 2011 we spent 3 weeks as a family of four (two boys aged 9 and 11) at the Almanara Resort and its sister property, the Ol Seki camp. To make it short: this was the best vacation we ever had. The staff in both locations are unrivaled hosts. They make you feel at home from the minute you arrive and they will keep up this feeling for the rest of your stay. Any wish you might have will be taken care of immediately, whether it is making a trip to the next village, a one day sight seeing tour in the jungle, a tee time at the golf course or a boat trip to the cliffs, not to mention kite surfing, snorkeling and you name it. Every evening you will have a chance to talk to the owner family or Angie, the manager, and share your experiences about Kenya with them or get valuable insights and tips for your next adventure.
The restaurant is probably one of the best in Kenya and you can chill out wonderfully in the afternoons with a cocktail or two.
The beach is breathtaking: White sand and very few hotels and inns nearby. When you look at Almanara from the ocean you see a lot of trees, but very few houses. This gives the feeling of unspoiled nature. If you ever forget something at the beach the hotels security guards will almost certainly have found it before you even realize that you left it there. The locals are very friendly (occasionally overselling their goods a little bit) and our kids found plenty of opportunities and partners for a round of soccer,beach ball, or wave riding. And if they did not want to play at the beach there was always the pool secluded among the villas where they would play water ball with other guests. For the adults there is also a well attended pool bar.
The villas are very spacious and every day you will return to an artist‘s work of flowers after the staff has cleaned your vacation home. In the evenings you can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the rooftop terrace, an unforgettable experience! And of course, your personal villa staff will have prepared a sun downer for you and call you once your dinner is ready! The villa‘s staff is another highlight: the food is outrageous and you can order anything you want and you will get it. Go for the local dishes, it is really worth it!
All in all a vacation we will never forget and a location that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. Once you arrive you will forget your day to day life immediately. And at the end of the stay you will wish that you would never have to leave. Fortunately, you can always return.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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1 Thank Marko S
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Dear Marko,

Thank you for the kind words. It was a true pleasure meeting you, Cordula and boys. I am thrilled to here you had a wonderful time. Your three weeks was long enough for us to still be missing you all, as you became part of the Almanara furniture!

We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Best,

Leo Giovando
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Addis Ababa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for five days at the Almanara in mid-April. My expectations before arrival were extremely high based on prior reviews, descriptions and the professional and courteous approach Leo had with helping us book our stay. I can summarize our experience by saying every expectation was fulfilled during our stay and the trip was lovely. As a Diplomat, I have traveled extensively for work and pleasure and the Almanara is really quite incomparable.

Upon arrival we were met by Gemma who would be our hostess during our stay, as well as our chef Dorcas, Eric our butler and our housekeeper Jane. We were provided with a juice cocktail as Gemma showed us around our spacious and well-appointed villa. Left to settle in, we became quickly aware that the staff of the Almanara have considered every possible way to make the villa a beautiful environment inside and out. The furnishings are perfect - not ostentatious, not "thematic" or tacky in any way but rather, eclectic and tasteful. The interior was elegant and simple at the same time. Every villa also has a beautiful veranda with ceiling fans and soft, comfortable furniture perfect for lounging in during the early mornings and evenings when not at the beach.

The Almanara grounds are also obviously carefully attended to, with beautiful trees, flowers and plants of all variety. The birds and occasional scrambling monkey in the treetops made the setting perfect. And the pool… the pool with its slate bottom and earth tone finish was perfect. The swim-up bar at one end of the pool was a great spot to enjoy tea time in the mid-afternoon and Julius behind the bar was incredibly friendly and courteous. We enjoyed talking to him while in the pool.

All the villas are only a few steps from the beach and of course, the green and blue hues of the Indian Ocean in contrast to the sugar-white sands of the beach are breathtaking. The water was warm and clean and though this time of year brought with it a bit of wind, the whole experience was perfect. We took a chance on arriving during rainy season but got lucky with virtually no rain and beautiful skies. The Sails restaurant is quite nice and is located right on the beach. The wait staff there were friendly and attentive.

I would like to give special praise to our villa staff. Gemma, Dorcas, Eric and Jane worked very hard to make sure that Sofia and I were totally pampered.

Gemma was lovely, stopping by every evening to make sure we were in need of nothing and always so helpful. She provided us with a cell phone that we could use to reach her at any time. I appreciated her dedication and professionalism.

Dorcas, so friendly and considerate, did a wonderful job preparing our meals. She even offered to make fresh homemade ravioli for us one night but we did not want to burden her this way and instead asked for a simpler lasagna which she happily made for us. The seafood dishes she prepared were quite good as well. Each meal, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, was prepared well and with emphasis not only on quality but also presentation.

Eric was a champion as well – kind, attentive, soft-spoken, unobtrusive but always available. He did a fantastic job of serving our meals and providing drinks and snacks throughout the day. We enjoyed having him at our villa tremendously.

Jane was also very dedicated and did a wonderful job of making us happy during our stay. Clothes left for washing were returned neatly folded and perfectly pressed. Flowers placed on our pillows and in our bedroom as well as in other parts of the villa made for a tranquil atmosphere. The villa was always spotless and orderly and Jane did it always without an intrusion.

The Almanara lived up to our expectations in every way and it is a truly beautiful property that is professionally and caringly managed. Every attention is made to details no matter large or small and we hope to return again soon.

  • Stayed April 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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1 Thank Jason M
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Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Dear Martin,

Thanks so much for your comments. It's wonderful to hear that you and Sofia enjoyed your stay, and indeed the compliments of your Villa team are greatly received. I will be sure to pass them onto Dorcas, Jane and Eric.

We hope to see you again very soon as you're not that far away at all!

Best,

Leo Giovando
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Property: Almanara Luxury Villas
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Almanara Luxury Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Diani Beach, Kenya, Almanara offers 6 Executive Villas and 1 spectacular Presidential Villa. Complete with personal chef and butler services, this luxury collection of private houses offer guests a bespoke luxury experience whilst maintaining the genuine cultures of Africa. ... more   less 
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