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“Good option on Diani Beach”
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Diani Sea Lodge
Ranked #9 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 September 2010

We booked at the Diani Sea Lodge with First Choice on an all inclusive basis. The hotel met our expectations. Having read a few negative reviews I feel it is worth pointing out that this is not a five star hotel and therefore one shouldn't expect five star luxury. As far as three star hotels go there can surely not be any complaints.
The position on the beach is excellent, with safe swimming, baeutiful clear turquiose water and clean white sand. For the stronger swimmer there is snorkelling from the hotel beach, although there are only sparse areas which take some finding.
The hotel has a central area which include the restaurant, a bar, TV room, pool room a couple of gift shops and the reception area. A useful bonus is a cashier that will gladly change notes for smaller denominations - something that we find missing in a lot of hotels.
The service in the hotel was first class throughout and very friendly. The standard of the food was OK. There was plenty of variety and generally a vegetarian curry option. The food wasn't the best we have ever had, but again it must be remembered that this is one of the cheaper options in Kenya, and we didn't travel to Kenya for a western culinary experience. There were plenty of interesting Kenyan options.
The swimming pool was never overcrowded and offered options for fun and also for swimming. There was a kids club, and the animation team were excellent with the kids and remembered their names. Activities included Aerobics, Beach Volleyball, Football, Boules, Darts, Tennis, Water Polo (?), and much more but personally I spent most of my time lying in the sun, reading and watching the numerous mischevious monkeys.
There was also a bar nearer the beach as well as a snack restaurant serving burgers and the like.
Our room had a seperate bedroom for our boy, the bathroom was adequate with clean towels and nearly always hot water. Overall the room was basic, but what we expected. We had mosquito nets, although we didn't use them and didn't get bitten either, but it may not always be like that.
The evening entertainment usually took on a local flavour and the local dancers, singers and acrobats helped pass the hours of darkness. As did the draught Tusker beer.
We booked a trip with a beach boy and everything was fine, as well as a lot cheaper than with First Choice. We also pre-booked a safari from England and the safari was the highlight of our holiday. We used F King Safaris and would highly recomend them. When we're old and grey we will remeber the lions, elephants, zebra and leopards we saw. We will also remember the friendliness of the people we met. The standard of the food and accomodation seem so inconsequential in a country where the average wage is just $5 a week. All the staff we talked to had never travelled abroad, other than crossing the borders to Uganda or Tanzania. Make no mistake, this is a poor country.
The hotel also organised a walk to a 'tribal' village which was very interesting. First Choice organised a trip to the 'Footprints' orphanage which was a whole day out but a very humbling experience. Kerry is doing such a wonderful job and I'm sure trip advisor won't mind me posting a link to Footprints. http://www.footprintsorphanage.com/index.php
All in all Diani Sea Lodge is a small friendly hotel in a great position on Diani Beach. The facilities are adequate and should we return to Kenya, there is no reason why we would not re-book in the same resort. If you want five star treatment, then pay five star prices and stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

We arrived at Diani Sea Lodge after an amazing four days on safari, not quite sure what to expect. However, from the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the hotel's amazing staff and for the next 11 days we had the most relaxing and memorable stay. The hotel is lovely - it is a 3 star hotel so the rooms are basic but everything is clean and tidy. The staff work so hard to make your stay special and to meet any request you have.

Food - there is an excellent buffet style restaurant that caters for every need - we were spolit for choice every meal time.
Entertainment - we don't normally take part in hotel's entertainment but the animation team were so lovely, not pushy at all, that we found ourselves joining in most things.
Rooms - comfortable and clean. A good sized bathroom with shower and a wardrobe area. A safe was included as well. Hairdryers were avaliable in the rooms and fresh mineral water brought to your room everyday
Beach - the white sands and the sea are beautiful. Yes, the beach boys are persistant, but as other people have said - be polite and say no, thank you and they will leave you alone. The more sun tan you have, the more they will leave you alone!
Facilities - the swimming pool was beautiful and the free sunbeds and beach towel facilities were fantastic. Not many other hotels along this beach had sea views from the sun beds. The pool bar was great, open 10am until midnight with all inclusive drinks including cocktails - Palm Breeze cocktail - fantastic!! Also an amazing massage for 500 Kenyan shillings - the equivalent of around £4 - Bliss!

From the hotel we also took part in several excursions, we booked through our holiday rep, but you could easily find out about similar excursions through the safari companies around the hotel as well. We took a day going snorkelling from an traditional African boat (Dhow), seeing dolphins, amazing fish, coral and octopus with an amazing lunch at the island of Wasini. We also went to Mombasa one day and looked around the old town - well worth doing.

All in all we had an amazing time. Kenyan people survive on their tourism economy and desperately need people to go there on holiday - we would definately return to Kenya and this hotel again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Hanrahan81
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

my partner and i have just come back from a 2 week stay at diani sea lodge.We did read all the reviews from here which stated that it was all good and brilliant.They couldnt possibly have stayed in the same complex they we did, it was awful.I could right pages and pages on here about how bad the room the food complex entertainment the kids club but i simply dont have the time.The only good thing was that the staff did there best with what they had to work with.I will let the photos do the talking.Bitterly disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank triggerMiddlesex
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Reviewed 20 August 2010

We found this hotel's previous positve reviews accurate.
Staff amazingly friendly & willing, food superb & plenty of it (forget what reviews have said about small portions, not apparent with us), rooms very clean.
Hotel is not able to cash travellers cheques - you will need to book a taxi at reception at a cost of approx £10 return to go to Imperial Bank in Diani - 3km. Barclays bank - 2km - has a ATM which accepts VISA & Mastercard, for instant cash with a £1.75 fee. Good exchange rate.
We booked Safari with WT Safaris, via Ali on the beach. He will find you no problem - if you look pale with no sun tan he knows you've just arrived! We 1st emailed WT for a price, before travelling; and took it with us. Their price was cheaper than the starting price offered on the beach, but Ali honoured the quoted price. Approx £275 for 2 nights Tsavo East & Ambolseli - fantastic trip. 1st class lodge & camp for overnight stays.
Hotel organises visits each week to the Diani Orphanage. There are approx 40 children cared for there, all very happy. Go prepared with exercise books & pencils, small sized clothing up to age 10. They also need money which is dealt with on the visit via donations & even sponsorship.
If you need to check in return flights, you will need to go to the local internet cafe at the shopping centre - 2km - we walked along the beach to sister hotel, centre is just opposite hotel entrance. There is no internet access at hotel. It cost us approx 85p including printing boarding cards.
Our only downside on the whole holiday was Pollmans, our holiday rep company, which Hayes & Jarvis use. We found them unreliable, & their Safari trips far more expensive than WT. We had a 2.30am return pick upfor our return flight which failed to arrive - not a good start to our long journey home.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

This is the second trip to Kenya so must be good.
The people are friendly and welcoming, the food fresh and tasty and the beach is amazing what more can one ask for?

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank cheekypo22
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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:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: ₹ 1,517 - ₹ 15,398 (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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