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“A hidden gemstone in Diani”
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Lounge
Bar, kitchen and lounge
Dining area with seating for up to 8 guests
Entrance to Main Bedroom
Bar : six bar chairs
View into kitchen area from TV lounge
Kitchen and cooking counter
Outdoor terrace - sunbeds for 4 with shade
Luxury Deluxe bedroom
Luxury Deluxe bedroom
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Luxury deluxe bedroom
Luxury Deluxe bedroom
Writing table in luxury deluxe bedroom
Luxury deluxe bedroom
Luxury deluxe bedroom
Luxury deluxe bedroom - entrance to shower area
Luxury deluxe bedroom sink and shower area
Luxury deluxe bedroom shower
Luxury deluxe bedroom washbasin
Luxury deluxe bedroom storage area
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Diani Beach, Ukunda, Coast Province

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stellahw2...
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5 reviews
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“A hidden gemstone in Diani”
Reviewed October 27, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

So my friends and I had been planning for our annual holiday. We wanted to take some time off to relax, spoil ourselves and create good memories. Well, after alot of deliberations we settled on Villa Raymond. On our arrival date Bonface went out of his way to ensure that we were safe. He calling us to confirm our arrival in Diani & came all the way to Naivas Diani after we got Flat tyre to help us sort it out. We also later discovered that there had been a fatal accident along the same road earlier that morning thus his concern.

Well, we managed to get the flat tyre sorted out and finally headed to the villa. At first it looked quite distance from the main road. Upon arrival the place was fantastic. We were met by smiling faces; our luggages carried for us to our rooms some hot towels to clean our hands and a cold milk share! I must say we were impressed and excited at the same time!
The two rooms' decor & detail was quite something to the detail. The facility is very well put together, neat & clean. Did I mention that they have a Curved UHD TV! I love technology and I loved the entertainment bit they didn't compromise on comfort nor luxury. An open Shower that baths two, a bath tab! We felt like little girls in our own castle.
We had shopped for food to feed a small football team. The chef impressed and we feasted! Can you believe we had to go shopping for more food twice? We also kept getting guests who wanted to come visit. They loved the place & the food too. Hosting was fun as we had two chef Peter & Sean. I think I gained afew pounds after my stay. Well, so worth it. The food was awesome!
The pool was our next favourite place. We got clean towels daily, and also it was cleaned daily too. We enjoyed playing in the water, taking photos and basking on the pool seats. It was lit at night so we could swim anytime. There was no life gourd so we exercised caution and got floaters for the non - swimmers.

There was free wifi which worked most of the time and a projector for entertainment purposes which could play from the TV in our room. How cool, we partied the nights away with our own selection of music. The only drawback was the sound system run via bluetooth which could only play within a certain distance. I loved the open spaced living area, there were board games like scrabble, DSTV, books & a manicured garden to go sit & meditate. So much to do & keep you entertained.

We had several dining places setup for each of our meals. On our last night we even had a candle lit dinner at the barbeque place. It looked awesome, we had to dress up and all the staff stayed on until we finished our dinner. We felt honored by their efforts & gesture to make our last night memorable. We didn't wanna leave.

I loved the fact that the place is sizeable, private and luxurious. Despite being two bedrooms, we managed to fit more than six people with no one lacking a place to sleep. I think they should consider having more comfortable & retractable seat beds. The one made from the seats was quite uncomfortable as it was too hard & the buttons on the seats made it worse. That was our only let down but we managed to sleep elsewhere.

It can accomodate upto 10 or more especially in December when it's hot no one wants to sleep inside. Did I mention there's a fountain? Yep, very nice too.

There was a backup generator when the lights went out. Laundry was done thanks to the staff & washing machine as well as dishes so we didn't really get ourselves dirty cleaning up. Everything was done for us.

I must say you should get a car for easier movements if you intend to use the beach or access social amenities like supermaket or nightclubs. It's a distance off the road & from the nearby beach. There's lots of packing space.
Trust yourself to get lost though once is enough to help you find your way as the neighbours aren't that familiar With the Villa Raymond heck our guests are Diani residents who'd never known about the place! But it was an adventure only for us to feel silly as we realised how close it was from the main road afterall.

I loved my stay would have loved to stay longer. I definitely look forward to another visit.
This would serve as a good honeymoon place, for couples; friends and family who want to enjoy some special time.
The photos were as real as the place. Beautiful.
So go ahead and try it out!

Special thanks to Mercy, Peter,Sean,Salim & Boni; they made our stay memorable.
Ofcos we're much grateful too to our host couple for developing such a beautiful place.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Management Response
Oct 29, 2016
Thank you SO very much for this lovely review. We LOVED having you all with us and we look forward VERY much to welcoming you back.

Thank you for the feedback re the extra beds : we will look into how to make these more comfortable.

We are so glad you enjoyed it and thank you again for your visit

Best wishes

VILLA RAYMOND TEAM
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Ingmar S
1 review
“Great place to be with fantastic staff”
Reviewed July 28, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

though we only spent 3 nights in villa raymond I have to say that this was an awesome time. the property is like heaven and very bnice designed. staff is amazing and u have everything u need.

thanks to tabita & bonaface!

Date of stay: July 2016
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Management Response
Jul 29, 2016
Thank you so much for staying with us and for very generous comments. We will share these with our team who are key to it all!! Thank you both again and we hope to see you back soon. ANITA
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the2oyinb...
Tacloban, Philippines
2 reviews
“Relaxing in Luxury”
Reviewed July 26, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Amazing luxury home that wraps around a pool, making it the perfect place to relax from a busy life. The staff and chef coordinated an amazing birthday event with luminaries around the pool, a 4 course BBQ complete with birthday song, dance and cake. It was a special place to celebrate with family. I couldn't recommend it more!

Date of stay: July 2016
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 29, 2016
Thank you so much for this generous review. We enjoyed our part of making your birthday special. We truly hope you will all return to see us again. Safe travels. ANITA P.S. We hope the folks from USA will come too!!
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powerstit...
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 5 Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful villa!!”
Reviewed July 20, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

My wife and my daughter who is only 5 months old stayed here for 8 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The staff are very friendly and ready to help in any matter. Tabitha even offered to look after our DD. Tabitha did our daily washing.
We hired a chef for our stay at extra cost and he was well worth the money. He knew plenty of dishes and were all very tasteful. The chef was very willing to go shopping for us. He even washed the baby bottles everyday.
The villa is very nicely decorated and very comfortable. The pool is lovely although the water was cold so we didn't really spend anytime in there.
I loved the design concept and the interiors used....some of it is expensive stuff.
The owners have really made an effort to make this place cosy for their guests. They even have a projector with dstv.
Utensils and cutlery were never short....and they were not the standard type you get everywhere. Even the simple fork and knife were of good quality.... they even had steak knives just to show you the extent of details this owner has put into this place not to forget the alarm switch on the bedside and the samsung curve tv....list is endless.
Btw they picked and dropped us from ukunda airstrip at no extra cost.
We will definitely come back again....

Date of stay: June 2016
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Liked best: The design of the villa and the fittings
Liked least: Not on the beach although its only 5 min by car
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
Jul 21, 2016
Thank you so much for staying with us. Our team really enjoyed looking after the family. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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adahl2013
Boone, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Perfect villa!”
Reviewed July 14, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Our family of four found perfect rest, relaxation, restoration at Villa Raymond. The beautiful pool allowed a place for afternoon retreat. The spacious open living and eating areas gave opportunity to congregate in several areas . We especially liked the gazebo for our evening meal. Having an ah-mazing chef and attentive house help made out vacation complete.

Date of stay: July 2016
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Management Response
Jul 16, 2016
Thank you SO very much for staying with us. We loved having you and your family and hope to welcome you back again. Thank you for the lovely comments on the Chef and Housekeeper which we have shared with our team.
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Michael O
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A slice of paradise”
Reviewed December 18, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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My wife and I took a long awaited break to Diani and chose to stay at Villa Raymond. It was an excellent choice. The ambience was perfect - wonderful and homely, while at the same time relaxing and pampering. The beauty of the Villa is breathtaking, with open interconnecting spaces making one feel at one with nature: the streaming water fountain gurgling away in the background as a backdrop to intimate conversations; the choice of materials and quality of finish binding with the outside space for a seamless experience. Our spacious and well appointed room was always cleaned and well supplied, the fridge restocked with all the necessities. Our host was always friendly, welcoming us and helping us settle in. She was always helpful with recommendations of fun and interesting things to do in the Diani area. The staff also do deserve special mention. The Chef who was available on demand did an excellent job of teasing our palates, and a pleasant cleaning lady always on hand when required.
I would not hesitate to recommend Villa Raymond to any family or couple looking for a superior choice in accommodation when in Diani.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Dec 19, 2015
Thank you so very much for your kind words. We loved having you with us and very much look forward to welcoming you back again.
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paulgerla...
Berlin, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2019 for a stay in January 2019
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Date of stay: January 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 27, 2019
Thank you so much for your review.

We were really delighted you came to stay and hope very much to see you again.

We have shared your comments on our staff with the team : we have a great team and such appreciation as yours means a lot.

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back

Best wishes

Villa Raymond team
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