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Forest Dream Resort
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Had a fantastic 5 nights at a perfect spot. Wonderful food. Dont miss the juices. A lovely walk to the beach where the nomad beach bar watch your things while snorkelling around the sandbank.remember to feed the bushbaby at night time and take pictures of the monkeys. Kayaking at funzi Island is a perfect daytrip.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2014

Dear Siljetveitdal

Good to see you so happy and relaxing at our ECO DREAM in Diani beach when you where here with your friends.
Next time you come you have to try our 2 persons C KAYAK which we have here at the peak season in December for our clients to use to go from the beach to the reef or sail with us for a few hours on our CATAMARAN which is in SHIMONI (near wasini island) very year for a few weeks.
We, the managers and staff in FOREST DREAM thank you very much for your review, it proves we are on the right way in giving the best we can in service to our guest.

Kees van velzen

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

I have just returned home after having a fantastic holiday at Forest Dream Eco Resort. This really is a wonderful place and we all had an excellent time. The resort is spread over several acres of forest land, which has been planted by the owner to create the perfect habitat for the local monkeys. Within the resort you will see Colobas, Skyes and Vervetes along with the occasional Baboon and a very cute Bush Baby, who comes down a tree near the restaurant to be fed by the guests in the evenings. What will strike you about this resort is that the monkeys never steal your food or cause any havoc (unlike many of the other resorts and guest houses nearbye). There are several different accommodation types that are sparsely scattered around the resort, offering a very relaxed and secluded stay. We stayed in the mongoose house, which has 6 very clean rooms that are built using local materials. The top floor rooms are built amongst the tree tops which provides an excellent viewing point for spotting wildlife. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and by the end of our 10 day stay we were on first name terms with almost all of them. One of the best things about the resort is the great value for money. They offer some excellent rates compared to other places around Diani. The food is very good with a wide selection to choose from. The fresh fruits and juices for breakfast are amazing and the fish skewers were delicious. The staff are also willing to cook food to your specific requirements. One night we requested some BBQ meat (nyama choma) which is a local delicacy and it was prepared especially for us. Every morning the gardener (Yusuf) would climb the nearest palm tree to our house and cut fresh coconuts (madafus) for us to drink. This service was provided free of charge! It is hard for me to think of anything negative to say about our stay at Forest Dream. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and would definitely choose to stay here if I was to return to Diani. Thanks to everyone at Forest Dream. x

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here with my family and had a brilliant time. We looked around a few options in the area and found this be the best option at a fair price. Spotlessly clean rooms, friendly helpful staff and decent service. Good variety of a la carte food, much of which is grown organically on site and far better than the usual buffet fare at other resorts. Slight downside is that its a 15 minute walk to the beach, but there is a shuttle service four times a day and the amazing forest location makes up for this. If you like wildlife then you will love this place; so many beautiful trees, look out for the bush babies who come down the tree nearby the dining area at night. Pool is well designed with a bar and has a jet-slide. Each villa is unique and beautifully designed with lots of privacy.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

Dear James,

Thank you so much for your review.
We trying our best to make things better all the time here in Forest Dream Resort like our beach shuttle witch brings and gets clients from the beach 4 times a day.
In the past we have experienced that some older clients of us find it difficult to walk for 15 minutes to the beach, especially when mid day in a hot season.
But the fact that we are not right on the beach have proven us very good responses from all our clients. Many of our clients came from a beach hotel who changed to our resort because they got frustrated by all those beach boys who want to sell something to you and do not take "no thank you" as your answer and felt unsecure at the same time.
Better than to relax at our big pool with water slide and bar, like you did most of the time!
Thanks again, and hope to see you soon back here.
Kees van Velzen

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Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a fabulous place set in the forest. Syke and colobus monkeys are everywhere and the grounds are landscaped with all types of trees and vegetation.

The villas are set apart from each other so you feel you have a place of your own. Each villa is different in style and two have their own pools.

Food at the restaurant was very good and fresh and new everyday. This is a great place for privacy, relaxation and quiet. The beach is a ten minute walk or there is a shuttle taxi to take you there. I would stay here again and avoid the other tourist traps on the beach.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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safarikees, Owner at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

Dear Hanzi,

Thank you for your review and we love to see you coming back soon.

Kees van Velzen
Forest dream resort.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were a family of 6, staying in three huts set together, with an additional AC room, and a large outside sitting area. The decor of the whole place is really nicely put together, with lots of tasteful local crafts, makuti roofs, nice quality bamboo and so on. The forest they are growing on the site is also really nice, and full of monkeys and frogs, in a good way. The communal pool is also very nice, and the staff generally very friendly and responsive to most of our needs. The restaurant is OK, although not super special - we were happy with the breakfasts and the few meals we had there - you need to order a little in advance for dinner. A couple of things would have made it an excellent stay - we were puzzled by a cleaner who seemed to spend the whole day at our bandas, cleaning every spot, both inside and out, which was a little too intrusive. We would have also have liked them to be a little more flexible on using the parking bay by the bandas - they have a nice space for cars and a covered walkway to get to them, but for what they termed 'security' reasons we were not allowed to use them, other than for arrival and departure. But overall I would recommend this place for a Diani stay - especially for families with kids. It's not too far from the beach, and it is centrally placed in Diani, at the beginning of Galu, near lots of other restaurants.

Room Tip: If you want quiet then get a room away from the pool.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Dear Bradshaws,

Thank you very much for your kind words about your stay at Forest Dream with New Years. We are glad that you enjoyed it and would like to thank you for your feedback. We are proud of our forest filled with wildlife and the décor of our cottages so we are very happy you have also enjoyed this. Our apologies that our housekeeper might have come across as a little intrusive. During the high-season we make sure every cottage and villa has their own housekeeper to ensure there is enough time for the complete house and that they are always at your disposal. His intention was to make sure the villa was done from top to bottom and to be around in case you needed him.
Regarding the fact that we do not allow parking anymore at the houses, we have made this decision indeed because of security reasons. We want our guests to feel secure and safe which is done by a number of measures, including avoiding cars on the premises as much as possible. Besides security reasons this is also done to make sure our guests, especially children, can run around without having to watch out for cars and to ensure the peace and quiet. In front of our reception we have a large parking area with 24/7 security.
We would like to thank you again for taking the time to write this review and we hope to see you again this year December.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Forest Dream Resort is a large forest with some cottages and rooms which makes it quite personal. We've been only a few people around so it felt even larger than it actually was, but even with more guests it is a good choice. It is a good place to spot monkeys, squirrels and other animals with all the trees around. Especially the pool is a nice place to spend the whole day.

We enjoyed the friendly and polite staff and waiters very much, it was always nice to talk to them and they were always very helpful. Especially our 'pool-bar-and-dinner-waiter' was amazing.

The standard room was very big and very clean and the lounge with TV and everything was even more spacious. We would not book a luxury room since you don't spend a lot of time in your room in this unique resort.

We were looking forward to every morning because of the great breakfast: Fresh juice, fresh fruits, eggs, pancakes, toast, coffee and tea, cornflakes - we got whatever we wanted. The food in general was very good. Just dinner is quite expensive especialle the soup and the dessert (a soup was around 5 euro and one little crepe was 4,5 euro which is really expensive). The good thing about the dinner is the cute bush baby which is fed during dinner time.

The beach is around 15 minutes away, but it's possible to walk and the guards always offered to come with us. Furthermore, there was a beach shuttle without charge 4 times a day to and from the beach which is a really good offer.

We were just surprised about the free bicycles. We asked for one to go the ATM, but the young owner answered that the bicycle won't make it to the ATM. This was surprising because the free bicycles even appear at the homepage of the resort.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Thank you very much for your kind words about your stay at Forest Dream this month. We are glad that you enjoyed our tropical garden filled with wildlife, personalized services and your cottage. We have shared your feedback with our staff and hope to welcome you again in the future.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations Manager

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We have just returned to Nairobi after a blissful 5 day honeymoon break at Forest Dream. We found every aspect of the Resort absolutely spot-on. Our initial booking enquiries were responded to swiftly and efficiently, and the whole process made very easy. We were extremely excited on arrival after a long, dusty journey on the overnight train from Nairobi to learn that we had been upgraded to one of the amazing suites with a private pool, which had been decorated absolutely beautifully with fresh flowers. Very touching. The staff were all absolutely brilliant and the whole atmosphere is so tranquil and serene with just the sounds of birds and monkeys to wake up to and when we relaxed by the pool. It is clear from the outset that every aspect of the place has had a lot of thought and care put into it, from the environmental features such as solar panels and raised hot water tanks to the beautiful wooden Swahili buildings. We also enjoyed some long walks along Diani beach which really is not far away AT ALL despite what some reviewers seem to say. We were escorted by a guard along the track to the beach whenever we wanted to go which made us feel very secure, and they even waited for us for the return leg when we were just having an evening stroll. In fact, we found the fact that Forest Dream is not right on the beach a real plus point as it gave us a proper, relaxing and secluded escape, and returning there was always a pleasure. The food was lovely (as was the bush baby who comes to eat banana near the restaurant in the evenings!) and we really enjoyed playing tennis in the evenings before dinner. All in all I think it is one of the best value for money places we have ever stayed at. We will certainly be back as soon as we can!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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safarikees, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Dream Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2013

Dear Katy,

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are happy you have enjoyed your honeymoon so much. We have shared your compliments with our team and truly look forward to welcome you again in the future when your friends and family come to visit.

Kind regards,
Nicoline
Customer Relations

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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 70 Specialty Lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range: $64 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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