I have never before written a negative review for Tripadvisor as I tend to think people generally moan over the slightest thing.
However, on our first night at Diani Sea Lodge after enduring a five hour flight delay and a further delay transferring from the airport we decided to watch the after Dinner entertainment. My mother-in-law, who had badly swollen ankles from the exhausting trip, rested one foot on a vacant outdoor and weather beaten chair. Within minutes an elderly German man approached us and told her to take her foot off the chair. I was completely gobsmacked and told him to push off and leave us alone. I managed to refrain from swearing at him. Just who did he think he was talking to us like that when we weren't harming anything or anyone? The next morning he was waiting for me in reception and told the staff to phone the police because I dared to answer him back the previous evening. The duty manager arrived and said she knew we hadn't done anything wrong but she found the situation difficult as the elderly man was the retired owner who lived at the hotel with his family. He clearly had a problem with me and so to avoid further ruining our holiday I offered to apologise to the man, which I did. This alleviated the problem but beware of this man and don't put your feet up on any chairs! I am not aggressive, I am a 67 year old pensioner on holiday with my wife and mother-in-law.
Anyway, the hotel is otherwise pretty good. The staff are amazing, the food is quite good (especially breakfast) and the rooms are very basic. I paid £100 per week extra for a superior room and the only extras we had were a double bed and a hairdryer!
One other important thing. The hotel appears to condone both male and female prostituition. We witnessed an elderly woman with a young Masaii man as her constant companion for the duration of her holiday. We were told by a member of staff that Masaii men and women were available for a daily rate. This gave the hotel a "seedy"atmosphere.
Unfortunately, because of our bad experience with the retired owner, I would not return to Diani Sea Lodge and wouldn't recommend it to others.
- 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