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Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Aware of all the rave reviews below, I'm going to rate this property from an objective point of view. On the plus side, its literally on the beach, the common living room areas are really lovely - with attention to detail such as board games, plush pillows to lounge, and a decent restaurant. This is also the kite surfing hub of Diani and they seem to do a good job of teaching and building the kite community. The way the place is set up really encourages people to socialise with each other, and I can understand why some of the travelers say they wished they had stayed a month.

Basically, this place is a backpackers - in South Africa, or Europe or Asia, one would expect to pay around 20 - 30 USD per night. Instead, Kenyaaways charges about 100+ us dollars per night for a double. The price does not at all reflect quality. The room we got (Park) is one of their newest rooms. The website portrays lovely photos, taken with wide angle lens - obviously they spent more money on the camera than on the room itself. In reality, most of their rooms are hugely run-down, really old, weary. mattress quality is very cheap, no extra blankets. You see beautiful photos and you end up in a drab room with a bed and mosquito net - don't expect better. And you will pat over a hundred dollars for this. Granted Diani is expensive, but I think you can do better by looking around further.

If you are indeed going to book this place, do it for the sun, sand, and ability to hang out with fellow travellers. Do not do it for the rooms or the service,. both of which are pretty awful.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2012

To Neha, Thank you for expressing your thoughts on Kenyaways. However you cannot back up most of your claims.
About the quality of the mattresses since they are the highest quality from the best manufacturer in Kenya, vitafoam and were only purchased only 4 years ago when we opened. The mosquito nets and pillows are also newly purchased and I also have all the receipts to prove it. How can you describe a room as drab when you are giving an objective opinion?
You also don't realise that backpackers all over the world make ends meet by fitting in 40+ people with 10 in a room. However at Kenyaways we have 10 rooms which sleep 1 - 4 people, so we are nothing like a backpackers. Kenyaways is completely exclusive, and if we charged $20 a night we would have to close down. Instead we pay our staff over 3 times the usual wages, we donate free nights to charitys for raffles, we use eco friendly and home made materials which cost more than the usual stuff that people in Nairobi use from Nakumatt the cheap chain store. You can try finding anywhere else on the Kenya coast with the same exclusivity, quality and price but you will find only a few special places.
Kenyaways is not for everyone, it is a simple place we do not advertise more than a comfy bed, pretty decor, ensuite bathroom and a nice view with peace and quiet. If you want air conditioning and luxuries, you chose the wrong place.
Considering you did not express any complaint while you were here, I think your review is unfair, wrong and easy way for you to get away with being spiteful towards us. We try very hard to make everyone happy, but how can we please you if you do not tell us what is wrong in the first place?
Every other review on our page is objective and fair and is testament to how we do get it right.
Nevertheless I am glad you did enjoy our fabulous location, beach and gardens and I do thank you for your appreciation of that.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

My wife and I decided to stay at Kenyaways for our 8 nights stay in Diani after reading the good comments on Tripadvisor and we can cofirm all the good things read about this place. The location is fantastic, right on a beautiful, white sandy beach in the southern part of Diani, far enough from the big resorts and hotel of the north part of Diani. We stayed in room Rebel. First impression of the room was not very positive compared with the pictures we had seen on the website. In the end we realized that this was mainly due to the fact that the room is too dark because the shutters need to be kept closed because of the monkeys. Anyway the room is very spacious and has a really nice bathroom. The staff of the b&b were great, everybody was very helpful and kind. The restaurant, which is run by a different management from the hote, is good and has very fresh seafood. Breakfast is good too. It is the perfect place to relax and chill out on the beach.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Kenyaways is a magical place. I came here at the end of my Kenya trip. I stayed three nights and wished that I could've stayed for another week...or month. The accommodations, service, and food were all excellent. The breakfast was fantastic and the strong coffee was a welcome surprise. The beach is incredible...get up early to see the sunrise! Just beware of the salesman on the beach. Start with a "no thank you" and stay consistent with it, otherwise you will be pestered. The lounge chairs are up a few steps and they don't bother you there. Kenya is an amazing country and Kenyaways is one of its jewels!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Kenyaways is a fantastic alternative to the bigger beach resorts in Diani. The rooms are nicely decorated and with a pool and a beach front with loungers, Kenyaways is exceptional value for money. There was an issue regarding reservation and rooms, but as soon as it was mentioned everything was sorted out promptly and professionally. I was even compensated for a nights stay which I thought was very generous. There is kite boarding but it is in no way mandatory, as well as a restaurant with good food. Overall, Kenyways is an excellent option if you are looking for a smaller and more personal setting. I will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank KellyB32
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2012

Hey Kelly,
Great to see your review saying that you enjoyed your stay and again I am sorry about the mix up. I am happy it was alright in the end.
You looked lovely and bronzed by the end of it so you definitely got some good beach time!
All the best, Linzi

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

What a beautiful, tranquil and relaxing place to stay. The staff were so friendly and helpful. After a long 'tough' day on the beach, come back for a few sun downers and a BBQ by the pool, love it! I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We stayed in Kenaways in mid-June after a 3 night stay at Baobab Beach Resort. Kenaways was a welcome change from the all inclusive resort. There is such a chilled out vibe here, it would be difficult not to unwind and relax. The restaurant had recently being taken over by a new manager and the food was great. The bedrooms are 'beach chic' but have everything you need, a comfortable bed and a good shower, plus you are so close to the beach that you can hear the waves rolling in. The location of Kenaways is one of its major advantages, it sits right on the beach with sun beds looking out to sea and this end of the beach seemed to be a look quieter than further north near forthy thieves etc. Would definitely recommend.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Hi Ruth, Thank you for your glowing review. It is reassuring to know that Kenyaways is appreciated and compared against the typical large hotel resorts. We continue to try and get ideas from nature and recycling projects to make it as natural and eco as possible. I hope you had a safe trip back home.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed at Kenyaways with a group of friends in Sept 2011 and had a great time. There's no pool but the premises are right at the beach. The beach is gorgeous, white sand, palm trees, turquoise water, perfect for walking and swimming. There's a peaceful and shady garden and a little restaurant with tasty food and a great cocktail menu. The breakfast buffet is nice and there are daybeds a little elevated from the beach which makes it easier to ignore the beach boys. Right next door is a high end hotel with a great restaurant that serves delicious seafood (oysters etc.) in a very stylish (all white) atmosphere for reasonable prices. It's easy to get into Diani for shopping, dining and going out. Staff at Kenyaways are very friendly, the rooms are clean and cosy and at night you can hear the waves. On the first floor is a beautiful spacious terrace with lots of sofas, cushions and a beautiful view of the ocean. A great place to relax and enjoy.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Ange516
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Linzi1948, Owner at Kenyaways Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Hi, Thank you so much for your great review. I am sure it is helpful to others who are thinking of coming to stay here as it gives a broad description of what to expect. I am pleased to say Kenyaways does now have a swimming pool which was completed in December 2011. It is a small pool in the forest amongst the trees and monkeys and is so peaceful and different compared to the breezy breachfront. Also, since you were here we renovated 2 more rooms, and have a new restaurant and bar "Madafoos" which is under new management and is doing really well. The bar area has been extended and makes for a very social comfy environment with good food music and company. Hope you come back and see us again with our new improvements! Thanks again!

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Address: Diani Beach Rd South Galu Beach | Via Mombasa Kenya, 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
Price Range: $64 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kenyaways bed & breakfast Diani Beach is a family run B&B holiday villa right on a beautiful Diani beach. Kenyaways only has 11 bedrooms, 5 with seaview, beach facing. One is a self catering apartment. Kenyaways is exclusive yet reasonably priced for travelers and holiday makers for families, couples or single travellers. The Kenyaways beach villa is colorful and friendly and has a relaxing vibe and a magnificent view of the beach. It is convenient for onward travel, general relaxation, water sports, communications, shopping and nightlife. Kenyaways is especially attractive for kite surfers and surfers. Kenyaways Diani Beach has a watersports centre and kite surf school offering kite surf lessons and IKO kitesurf courses to beginners and intermediates. The kite school is Diani Beach's leading kite surf school and offer a professional service all year round. Diving is also an option for the less wind days and there is an amazing tropical coral reef which runs parallel to the beach where you can see many colorful interesting coral and fish as well as turtles and dolphins. ... more   less 
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