Had a fantastic holiday staying at this hotel and have no complaints at all and would highly recommend it . The hotel sits directly onto a stunning white beach surrounded by coconut palms. Plenty of sun beds available even over the half term week. Rooms are good, many with terraces /balconies. Air con was ok . Gardens are very nice and monkeys are everywhere.
The food was excellent – A huge variety and plenty of salads, soups, grilled meat and fish and masses of fresh fruit. Healthy, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable . Two nights per week (wed and Sat) there are special events and dinner is served outside around the pool. The staff genuinely want you to enjoy yourself and the standards of service are very good.... no problem getting drinks and local cocktails are all part of the “AI” deal .
The staff bend over backwards to please and seem genuinely pleased if you compliment the hotel or the food etc . The animation team are also very good and not pushy but if you want to be occupoied all week playing football, volleyball , bowls etc the option is there . I walked to the sister hotel the Diani Resort and whilst the pool was perhaps slightly better the rooms seemed to be in blocks whereas the Sea Lodge rooms are mostly bungalows. The sea Lodge is a 3 star but in my view a good one and the atmosphere, staff , location , and food could not be faulted .
A recent very negative review to my mind is unfair and inaccurate.... which labels the hotel as a health hazard . We spoke to many other guests and without exception everyone was very happy with the hotel and the food. Most reviews for this hotel are excellent but there will always be one which slates the hotel and because of this when I research a hotel I tend to discount the odd bad review. This particular reviewer didn’t seem to like anything including the hotel he was moved to or the safari. How anyone can criticise the safaris on offer is beyond me? Yes it’s a long drive but if you don’t like driving then surely you should book a hotel nearer to the safari locations ?
A note on safaris – We used an independent guy called Salim Senty who has his own well maintained safari vehicle, all insurance docs on display etc. He speaks perfect English has 30 years experience and he came highly recommended by two separate people who mentioned him on Trip Advisor. (one who has used him for over ten years) We emailed Salim and spoke to him from the UK and got everything booked . He will collect you and deliver a private safari – allow you to select your itinerary and Lodge and will do it for a reasonable price. He has an exceptional knowledge of animals, birds and an uncanny knack of spotting wildlife.
Email him on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply or call you. He has plenty of patience to ensure that you get what you want. We made a verbal booking and paid no deposit as it is all done on trust and i had 100% confidence in him due to the recommendations and he did not let us down in any respect. There are many advantages of booking before you leave the UK and removing the stress of sorting out a safari on the beach when you are there. Also many of the lodges tend to get booked up at busy times.
Entry Visa -we paid only $25 each and children under 16 are free . We did this on arrival at the airport. If you send off to the Kenya Embassy you pay $50 each . So I wouldn’t bother getting visas before you leave. You may queue for 20 minutes at the airport but it isn’t that much hassle. There were no exit fees. However I think it does tend to change day to day.
Glass bottom boat sea safari – If you book through the hotel or the rep you will pay three times over the odds. We paid $30 for four.... so less than £5 each . A great trip and well worth doing.
Money . Hotel doesn’t change traveller’s cheques. Take Shillings (M&S stock them) and / or American dollars – which seem good for the bigger transactions like safari payments. But if you take all shillings you won’t go far wrong.
Safari – Book ahead – the job is then done and you know what you are getting. In my view it is hassle negotiating something fairly expensive on a beach. I found that I could enjoy my time on the beach knowing the safari was all booked including a good choice of lodge . I believe some folk booking whilst on holiday were nota bale to select a lodge and got what they were given .
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Diani Sea Hotel Diani