We have just returned from Diani Sea Lodge and have had a fantastic time. We are a family with 14 and 9 year old children, and the staff could really not do enough for us. The hotel is not as luxurious as some of the safari lodges, hence the excellent value for money, however the rooms were spacious and clean, the food was always fresh and hot and the service was always with a smile! None of the family had stomach upsets at any time during the holiday.
The animation team were excellent, not too pushy, they were happy to chat and leave you to relax if you are not the active type - Victor is great fun! This worked very well for our family, as the relaxed laid back atmosphere resulted in our children (and us) joining in far more than we would usually do!
The beach boys were not too much of a problem, they left you alone if you said a firm no thank you, however we quite enjoyed chatting to a couple of them. Particularly a man in Masai costume, who took a liking to our son once he bought a small bracelet from him and was happy just to chat and would not let any other beach boys bother him for the rest of the week! The hotel shop is very reasonable for wood carvings etc and we would recommend buying from the shop or the Masai man on the beach - don't use the beach shack to the right of the hotel, it is very overpriced and the bartering is quite intense.
The swimming pool was always clean and our 9 year old spent most of her time in it. If you want to take a boat trip, we would recommend Henry from the beach (properly licensed) we paid half the price for exactly the same trip when booked via the tour operators, and ended up on the same trip, with boats next to each other.
We really did not want to come home from this holiday, there is something about the atmosphere that made the whole family feel totally relaxed. We would certainly recommend this hotel.
Lastly, we have read comments about the Likoni ferry and I was worried about queuing.. we did not have to queue longer than 5 minutes on either crossing, and the crossing itself only takes 5 minutes so it was not a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated right on the white sand beach of the Indian Ocean, Diani Sea Lodge, an all-inclusive 3+ resort, is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diani Sea Hotel Diani