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.
- 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