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Forest Dream Resort
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“Best holiday EVER!”
Reviewed May 14, 2012 via mobile

One warm evening as we floated in the pool, pointing out the constellations to each other, I thought about how I'd review Forest Dream. I knew I wanted to do it justice and also wanted to keep it cliche free! However, cliche free isn't possible - this resort really is 'paradise', it really is 'heaven on earth' and it really is 'amazing, awesome, fantastic'!
We chose Forest Dream based on the fact that we wanted to be in Diani, we didn't want a big All Inclusive and we wanted somewhere with outside space. With two boys we were also attracted by the pool slide and free bicycles.
We stayed in Leopard Villa and had a chef. A taxi was provided to take us and the chef shopping for supplies on our first day and with what we bought he created an amazing array of different dishes, cooked breakfasts, pancakes, African doughnuts, fresh juices and smoothies, curries, delicious rice, cakes, desserts, fresh fish dishes ..... the food was superb and it was so relaxing not having to dress up and go out to eat. All we had to do was sit at the table in Leopard Villa's air conditioned living room, or at it's outside eating/seating area. We had complete privacy which was wonderful.
The villa was immaculate, with a massive bathroom, outdoor jacuzzi, mini fridges, well equipped kitchen (which we only poked our heads in, due to having a chef!). Beds had mossie nets (again immaculate) and all the windows were netted - of four of us, two weren't bitten at all and the others had only a couple of bites. There's an abundance of wildlife including baboons, Colobus monkeys, exotic birds, lizards, dragonflies, frogs and butterflies and the gardens are beautifully planted with native trees and flowers.
All the staff were friendly and helpful and obviously enjoyed working at Forest Dream. On arrival, as we sipped ice cold juices, we were told that the employees had decided all tips were to be shared, and we should tip at the end of our stay (if we wanted), and if we felt we wanted to give an individual tip too we could. I think this is a good way of doing things, especially here where there are acres of beautifully maintained grounds, so clearly lots of people are working 'behind the scenes'. Having read reviews of other places where people felt 'hassled' by people expecting a tip, it was nice not to have to worry until check out! And it was nice to know people weren't just being polite to get a tip.
We spent most of our days in and around the pool, which is lovely and deep, and very well looked after. Our boys particularly liked the swim up bar, where delicious juices and smoothies were made (and excellent Mai Tais I might add!!). The slide was great fun, fast, steep and exciting.
We were fortunate to have a tour of the cave where the water pump and filter is located - the resort has it's own water source - and where a colony of fruit bats has made its' home. There's also a nature reserve just for guest's use, where in addition to loads of monkeys you can see dik-diks.
We went to the beach a few times, getting a lift once and walking or cycling the other times. It's a very short distance, in fact embarrassingly so when we got a lift! We all felt a bit daft as we were in and out of the car in about a minute! Forest Dream isn't beach front, and after trying to escape some very persistent beach boys we were glad it wasn't!! Whilst we really loved the beach, it was a relief to escape to the tranquility of Forest Dream.
We've travelled fairly extensively, although this was the first time in Africa, and Forest Dream is the only place we've wanted to definitely return to - it just has everything we're looking for, and if you also like peace and quiet, good food, comfy beds, clean rooms, huge showers, plenty of hot water, beautiful furniture, privacy, tropical plants, being close to nature and doing right by the environment then you'll love it too.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have stayed in Forest Dream and absolutely loved it! The place is really unique, not like all the other big resorts in Diani.This place has a good feel to it with good service, beautiful nature and the best food I have ever tasted. Being vegetarian has never been so great, their chef makes you the most wonderful dishes and even though we booked B&B we ate there every afternoon and night. You can tell that the cottages and rooms have been made with love and since the owner has designed everything himself you can feel the personal touch.
During our stay we did a tour of the whole place including the small nature reserve with the DikDiks! The only place in Diani where they are not chopping down trees but actually planting new ones and buying land to preserve the nature.The family that runs this resort really loves nature and they are working on becoming even more eco-friendly. A long review but this was the first time we really fell in love with a place on holiday! Definitely advising this to everyone and we are returning there next time!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Gerhard B
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Forest Dream is what it promises: a dream location in the forest of Kenia, close to some of the prettiest beaches of the country. Whether it is the terrific pool, the ever present monkeys or the friendly staff, everything here will make you feel that you have found a perfect place to spend your relaxing holiday. If I ever go back to Kenia, I'll go back to Forest Dream .

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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4 Thank Koen R
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

The owner wanted to build a resort in respect of the nature and environment. Challenge done with full success and taste. The resort with different cottages and atmospheres is full of little and elegant details. Rooms are beautifull, made with natural elements. Really clean and maintained. A lot of space between the cottages garantee intimity.
Monkeys are jumping around while you having a drink at the pool.
Drinks and food prices are really fair.
10min walking distance from the beach. (3 with free bicycle)
Generators in case of network breakdown.

Perfect for holiday in couple, family or friends.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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5 Thank JF K
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We spent about nine days at Forest Dream, more tha expexcted. It is a very nice, well-run place with very nice staff. The place is exotic and at some distance from the hectic all-inclusive resorts - but yet with beach access. It is close to nature and worked very well for our children, not least the pool area. Recommended!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Johnny M
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Diani was recommended as a splendid honeymoon destination and Forest dream resort made the trip WORTH IT.
splendid customer service, meals, ambience,...you have to try it.
will definitely be back one day.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

We (husband, wife and two kids aged 10 and 12) were in Kenya visiting family over Christmas and New Year. We wanted to take the opportunity to visit the coast to spend a few, hopefully relaxing days on our own after the hustle and bustle of family visiting. We found Forest Dream on the internet, did a bit of research (reviews, Google maps etc) and got a good feeling about the place when we contacted the manageress: she was prompt and efficient in providing the information we needed. What we found out was that Forest Dream seemed to match our lifestyle. So we booked.
We spent four nights at Forest Dream at the beginning of January, 2011 - just after the schools had gone back. That was a good plan; we had the place almost to ourselves, including the most beautiful swimming pool I have ever seen. The two boys had a fantastic time on the water slide!
We had a self-catering unit, which consisted of two large bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom (shower and toilet) a spacious kitchen and an open air living/dining area linking the three. Each bedroom had a comfortable double bed with mosquito nets, a fan and an air conditioner. The water was hot and available, the electricity was reliable. The place was kept clean by the friendly staff. The whole place exuded an air of calm and coolness. The units are well spaced in a forest setting – plenty of trees, plenty of monkeys and even some bushbabies. As we were self-catering, we only ate at the restaurant once – for an evening meal. The menu was not particularly exciting or varied – which is probably not surprising for a small enterprise – but the food was well-cooked and well-served. Eating out in Diani Beach is not a problem – the restaurants supply a courtesy lift from and back to where you are staying. The down side of self catering is shopping. We flew from Nairobi to Mombasa and so did not have a car when we were in Diani Beach. The staff at Forest Dream organised a taxi for us to get to the local shopping centre and back – in fact, the staff were very friendly and helpful in giving advice and arranging other outings (such a s a sightseeing trip to Mombasa). When we had to go back to the shopping centre to get some more provisions (and book a snorkelling trip – Coral Spirit is the one to go for; absolutely brilliant!) we simply borrowed some bikes from Forest Dream and rode there and back (yes, it was hot – but quite manageable, even for an old one like me past 50).
We knew Forest Dream was not right on the beach so we were prepared for the approximately 1 km walk there and back. That wasn’t a problem and the beach and the ocean were well worth it. The sand is lovely – fine and white and soft; and the water is calm and warm and inviting.
In short, we had a fantastic few days at Forest Dream. If you want hectic nightlife and if you want to step out of your room onto the beach, then don’t go to Forest Dream. But, if you want a beautiful, cool and tranquil place to use as a base at Diani Beach, then Forest Dream is worth considering!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank Southways
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Property: Forest Dream Resort
Address: Diani Beach Road | PO Box 787, Diani Beach, Ukunda 1000, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forest Dream, a special (family) resort of luxury villas and cottages(7) sits in 25 acres of subtropical forest,3 swimming pools, water slide, bar and restaurant, located in Diani beach on the south coast of Kenya. With the white sandy beach at only a 10 minutes walk, free beach shuttle,our guests have the unique combination of beach and forest. We offer a variety of eco-friendly accommodation like standard room, luxury rooms and suites but also complete cottages and villas with or without AC. All of our cottages and villas are set on its own 1 acre forest garden providing the most exclusive privacy. Best place on the coast to view the local wild-life. The owner of Forest Dream Resort is also the founder of the well know "Colobus trust Diani" and has designed the Colobus bridges over the Diani Road to save those endangered monkeys. We have a private nature reserve at the back of the resort. Some of the villas have their own private pools and are fully staffed. Free "tennis court in the shade of palm trees" ... more   less 

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