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Diani Sea Lodge
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 January 2012

A 16 night stay to celebrate hubbys 50th. If you arrive at night dont judge the place ,it will be dark and ghost town like, wait until you wake in the glorious sunshine of the following morning..its like your in a different place. well tended beautiful gardens, monkeys, that caused us no trouble, and a room with a fab view of the white sandy beach.
the staff are all friendly and just want you to enjoy your hols. food was excellant , with lots of choice.
The beach boys ..... are not as bad as people make out. the ones to trust and befriend do actually carry id cards and are registered to work in the area. trips booked with these fine people are much cheaper than with tour reps. if you really dont want anything just say so. Bob will get you a good deal with WT safaris(this trip was a dream come true). edward and martin will help with anything. Samuel sits on the beach doing a sand sculpture everyday, and will appreciate a bottle of water or a few shillings, but he never actually asks for anything. we met so many kind people, they all want to make a living, just as we do, but in the process they like to become your friend and simple want to chat.
the weather was glorious, the beach was a dream.
i could praise everything and everyone(except Ray, a beach boy whos not registered and scammed money from me, so be careful, like everywhere there is always someone that spoils things for other people).......going back this year to enjoy some more of Kenyan life, and see our Kenyan friends

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

I went to the Diani Sea Lodge in November 2011 for my 65th birthday, along with my wife, her brother and our two adult children. We had a great time, apart from the obligatory stomach upsets, not a mosquito in sight. The food and service in the hotel were excellent as was the beachside location, we had a really enjoyable safari, which I reviewed separately. The only problem was that it is south of Mombasa, the airport is north!, and we had to travel through Mombasa on our transfers to and from the hotel and safari. There is no road around or bridge across the river so each time we had to join a considerable queue to board the ferry. On our transfer back to the airport the coach was unable to board the first two ferries as the ramp was not positioned appropriately therefore the delay was even greater.If you have the time see the rep and arrange a visit to the Footprints Orphanage, it will only cost you a nominal amount to cover the petrol and it is a very uplifting experience. As I stated above, the holiday was Excellent but "a pity about the transfers".

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

4 of us travelled to Diani sea lodge for 2 weeks - after reading some of the reviews we were pleasantly surprised - yes it is a 3 star hotel but the staff make it a 4.5 star experience. We booked with first choice and it would have helped if they had given out the visa application form on the plane as this caused a lot of confusion and unnecessary hold up at the immigration desks. We had paid for private transfer and this was well worth while as we avoided all the queuing on return to the airport. As an all inclusive it is good value although it was hit and miss on a few occasions with the beer and my husband reverted on some occasions to buying bottles of Tusker beer. We had no problems with the food - always a good selection. Our friends with us did take the 'runs' but we put this down to the malaria tablets which were different to ours.There was entertainment on every night which was enjoyable enough - we have stayed in 5 star hotels with no entertainment - the staff even the groundsmen all friendly - Edward on reception Florence duty manager Joyce Beth Dollar and samuel - waiting staff and Henry the chef to name a few. Victor Daniel etc on the animation team who worked hard to make the guests have an enjoyable stay.A visit to Kenya incorporating a safari is a must and I am glad with some pre travel research that we used Julius Nzumbi of JT Safaris - his customer service is second to none and he goes the extra mile to make sure his customer expectations are exceeded. We also booked a dolphin trip through the rep in the hotel we were picked up an hour late and the rep didn't even bother to find out how we got on nice girl but very elusive .In hindsite I wish we had used JT for all our trips as I now realise he wants to give all visitors to Kenya the ulimate experience - thanks to Julius for making our holiday

Room Tip: we stayed in rooms 200 and 202 on the higher floors - air conditioning good - rooms spacious but clo...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

spent a week at xmas with family including 3 teenagers.
great location, sea was great, facilities of hotel good and recommend the diving as the padi school on site led by Bahati was excellent and cost reasonable - my two teenage daughters learnt to dive. Fishing also good and use the hotel guys for booking everything - you do get good deals. hasstle on the beach was not so bad as 5 years ago and they are aware if you say no they are not allowed to pester you.we had a great holiday - not much entertainment for the older kids so keeping them busy in the day is key to that. Younger kids have minigolf, pingpong and plenty to do.

i do recommend the place as is reasonable cost but

The one big disappointment which is such a pity as all else was great was

a/ The food was awful - would be so simple to sort this out - half the hotel guests i spoke to had had a bad stomach- diani sea lodge needs to sort this out.

b/ ask for the Bahari rooms as they are up to date and much nicer than the standard rooms which are really basic

c/ the all inclusive drinks were ok but if only could have been served cold ( as its hot) and the beer was generally a bit flat.


please ask me for any more inf0 - if you go with Thompson i think they could be doing more for their customers as in the airport transfer was awful and not well managed and their information is pretty thin.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

the room
very spacious cleaned every day with a nice big bed pillows a bit thin just ask at reception for extra ones, no fridge but you can hire one equivalent to 10.00 a wk,
we stayed for 3wk and the electric went a few times so no air con in the middle of the night .

staff
most of the staff where wonderful from reception to gardeners,
the only problem we had was with the bar staff so much so we have complained they either didn't like the English or they need more training in customer service / serving customers
some of the waiters /waitresses needed to smile they gave us the impression they really didn't want to be there (only some)

guests

Germans and a lot of them...
along with prostitutes....a lot of the men went for a walk along the beach while there wives where taking an afternoon nap on the sun lounger,
not just Germans.. we went to the supermarket one day and coming back we saw 2 English guys hand in hand with 2 women which WEREN'T there wives

also older ladies bringing back younger men

monkeys
beware don't encourage them, some guests where feeding them even though they where told not to, don't think they relies they are doing so much harm.

out and about
get out talk to the locals we met a wonderful man on the beach called Christopher who does sand sculptures he took us to his home to meet his family 1 room with a bed,

food
we only ate in the hotel on barbecue nights as the entertainment wasn't really for us especially bingo night,
we found a lovely bar 5 minutes walk on the beach called forty thieves.

all in all this hotel could be a really good hotel it just needs a kick up the back side.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Diani Sea Lodge

Address: Diani Beach Road | Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: ₹ 1,359 - ₹ 15,322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Diani Sea Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 168
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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