I'm reviewing Leisure lodge after my 5th stay here, over a number of years and at different times of the year. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but, I would say I know the place very very well indeed.
The first thing that hits you when you get to Leisure, is the warm welcome and the friendliness of the staff. I've always been greeted by the local band singing a welcome song. Followed by a drink and a relatively swift check-in process. I've always stayed in the Bustani Club side of the hotel, which is definitley the 'nicer' part of the hotel. I've also stayed in the Oasis Villas on 3 occassions.
On my latest visit, I was put up on the Baharini hotel side, and I quickly asked to be moved to the Bustani side, although the management said that the Baharini side has been recently refurbished, I found the rooms to be small and the bathrooms dated. I know what the Bustani club offers, so I insisted I be moved. This was taken care of quite swiftly - again good service.
The rooms are large and generally well equipped, they have a lounge area, a big bathroom with his n hers sinks, a dressing area, mini-bar, separate toilet and a double and single bed as well as a balcony with outdoor table and chairs. The furniture varies from room to room and is generally of a good standard. Rooms have airconditioning with remote controls for temparature control. The TV's show a selection of satellite channels including sports and movies.
The dining experience at Leisure varies - depending on the time of year you visit, there will be a different spread - I personally have always enjoyed the food - however, my wife who is vegetarian prefers the spread around peak holiday seasons when the hotel has a designated vegetarian chef.
One great thing at leaisure is that the hotel sets up lunch and dinner at different parts of the hotel each night with some entertainment - I really enjoy this.
The pool areas are generally nice however, the sun umbreallas need to be updated. They are quite old. The pool attendants are possibly the poorest of all the hotel staff as they are slow to repspond when you arrive there - with towels etc. The pool in the Bustani club has a bar, which serves drinks till early evening.
Overall, I think that if you are from Europe or have visited Dubai etc, you will struggle to see how this is a 4 star hotel. Rest assured they have all the services (Spa, Golf Course, Multiple pools, room service, laundry, etc etc) however, the property itself is slightly dated (not so if you are on the Bustani side).
Finally, I would have to say that the service you will receive here, is actually outstanding and this is entirely down to the CEO John Mutua - a highly energetic and cheerful man who is single handedly responsible for this hotels success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Leisure Lodge Beach,Golf and Conference Resort, situated directly at the beautiful Diani beach!Our attentive team will make your stay most memorable and unforgettable!The Resort is situated 38 km south of Mombasa on a coral cliff offering you breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by a 10000 square meter large tropical garden, you will find the perfect place to relax and to enjoy your privacy. The hotel and the Bustani Club offer a 600 meter long, gorgeous beach with fine white sand.The Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort is also the only top hotel at the Kenyan south coast with its own golf course! The hotel and Bustani Club offer first class accommodation, animation and relaxation, surpassing the expectations of its guests.A shuttle service is available to the center of Mombasa at an extra charge, and in addition to this, a taxi service at the hotel is at your disposal.The train station is about 35 km. Moi International airport,Mombasa Island is about 42 km away from the hotel. However,the now busy Ukunda Airstrip,highly operational and versatile with majority of the local airlines flying between Diani and Nairobi is approximate 10 minutes drive from the Hotel.In walking distance or within a short taxi drive are shopping facilities, bars, restaurants, discos and banks with ATM's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leisure Hotel Diani
- Leisure Hotel Beach