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Waterlovers Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Stunning location, authentic , friendly and excellent service in an informal atmosphere”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

There are so may compliments to give, so where to start!. Waterlovers is a small and beautiful beach resort in a stunning location. The place is very well run ( in terms of management but most of all the personal touch). Friendly staff who have been well trained but luckily have kept their authenticity. The front desk manager is pro-active and always there to help. Lots of help planning any activity you want.The entire team set themselves high standards. Food very good, always fresh and lots of choices, including ( for part time vegetarians like us) lots of vegetarian options. Good coffee to start the day! The perfect informal atmosphere for a beach holiday. The buildings, garden and beach are candy for the eye and everything is so well designed that it never feels crowded. Plenty of activities to do if you wish, although you might find yourself staring at the ocean from a gazebo style day bed! Definitely a place to come back to soon :-) . Big thank you to the entire team for a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Thanks to you instead for these beautifull words!!
Sometimes people coming back from an holiday just get lost immediately in their everyday routine.
It's so nice instead to see that coming back, you still found the time to write something for us.
It's been great to meet you and we really hope to have the privilege to see you again.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

A lovely property with a splendid location run by ever so nice and serviceminded owners - Valentina and Riccardo. They have built an oasis on one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa and have succeeded in their aims of running something special. We were taken care of in a familiar way, the food is nice, the staff is friendly and all our holiday questions - from snorkling and safari to horse riding and todays menu - were addressed in a very committed way. Valentina, Riccardo and Luca frequently checked in to make sure we were happy. And we must say that Waterlovers Beach fullfilled our expectations and even more! It's wonderful, peaceful and full of atmosphere with a personal touch. The small place with just 10 rooms is decorated in a stylish and nice way. We spent a relaxing week and felt spoild every second - and we have seen and experienced a lot in different parts of the world. We would love to come back!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Thanks a lot for this fantastic feedback!
It's been really nice to meet you and to have you here.
You'll always find special room for you in Waterlovers.
Hope to see you again.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL Tribe
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London
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at Waterlovers almost 2 years ago (we have been meaning to write a review for all this time)! Note: we could not select the date for July 2012 when filling out this review form which is why it states the earliest date we could select (April 2013).

The place was outstanding; the staff extremely warm and diligent; the rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated and crafted; the whole atmosphere calm and serene with a beautiful white sand beach and clear blue waters. The whole user experience is extremely well thought through from the moment you arrive through to your warm goodbye.

Here are a few highlights of our stay:

- We were booked on a half-board but then one day we decided to have our lunch at the hotel then go out for dinner (it was the evening of the Olympic opening ceremony in London and we wanted to watch it at the Forty Thieves Beach Bar). When the staff learnt of this, they allowed us to substitute the lunch for the dinner under the half-board package - what excellent customer service!

- There were so many nice little touches which clearly shows that the owners have been on many holidays and thought, from the point of view of a guest, what little things would be handy. Such examples includes provision of a beach towel and beach bag in the rooms; a small tap and pond by the side of the rooms to wash the sand off your feet; tables in the bar area with little ponds of cool water underneath that you can dip your feet into; delicious fruity welcome drinks on arrival; a double mattress on an outdoor hammock that you can lay on. There was so much more though, these are just a few things I can remember off the top of my head after 2 years!

- The rooms were beautifully decorated and themed (we were in the lion room). There were wood carvings all over the hotel and there was even a wood carving workshop on the site.

- The food was excellent. I have noticed some negative reviews of the food but we enjoyed every meal and thought the prawn dish was excellent.

There are beach boys that will try to sell you stuff when you walk out of the hotel area onto the public beach. It can be a bit annoying when they are walking alongside you on the beach trying to sell you things, however, that is not really the fault of the hotel. Also, we were not phased by that and were able to deal with it.

We did go to the little craft market which is just next to Waterlovers and did actually have fun haggling and bought quite a few crafts and souvenirs to give out as gifts to family and friends. We actually then found that no-one would come up to us when we walked on the beach!

Overall, it was a truly great experience and we fully expect that we will return to Waterlovers again one day.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Wow!! Didn't really expect this review after all this time.
I think is great that you still keep the taste in your mouth for an holiday here with us 2 years back.
It makes us feel special.
And yes, we love to travel, and we like to add to our place all these little things that you wish into a small but personalized place when you're out on holiday. We care, and we love our job, also beacuse of the energy that we receive back from people like you! Thanks again.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL Tribe
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We spent the first part of our holidays on safari in Maasai Mara and the second part was booked on Diani beach.The hotel which was booked for us by the agency had this impersonal and little bit worn out look.So we checked the web for other place, found Waterlovers Beach Resort,had Ricardo on the phone and eventually moved there.

We loved the place from the first moment with stepped in.its a great family run boutique hotel with such a warm approach towards the customer and attention to detail.There are 8 cottages on the territory,each has a name of an African animal. We stayed in a cute rhino cottage with an actual carved rhino in our room.
The style of the hotel is what they call Afro chic and we loved every bit of - the specially carved bar tables, cozy chairs in shape of whale tail, the little pond with flowers for washing the sand of your feet right next to your porch.
The meals were very fresh with a nice touch of a local flavor. You could also choose your setting for dinner whether it is a terrace of the restaurant or the beach or the table by the sea.
There is a gift shop right on the territory of the hotel which has these personalized items that you fall in love with in the hotel- cute wooden turtle shaped coasters,wooden sugar bowls,nice beach towels and turquoise color cozy bathrobes.Much more original and unique than the stuff sold outside.
Thank you to Ricardo and Valentina for making our stay so special! We would definitely like to come back one day.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Thanks to you! Such a pleasure to have you here with us.
And the fact that you stepped out of another hotel in the area and stayed here at WL
is been a big compliment for us. Nice to read that you enjoyed the details,
because at the end... everyone can make a room with the bed, but it's the detail that you bring with you as a memory.... as the ones from our little shop.
Hope to have the privilege to host you again.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe
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Cornwall, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Had an amazing stay at Waterlovers last month. The staff, location, rooms and weather were all fantastic! I wish I was there now enjoying a cocktail in the sun!
The food was brilliant, we had breakfast and lunch each day and then ate in for 3 evenings and ate out for 3 evenings, the managers recommended where we should go out to eat and booked our taxis.
There are a few comments on here about beach boys, yes they are there but we asked them to leave us alone on our first day and weren't bothered again!
Hope to be able to go back again one day and visit Riccardo, Valentina and the team.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write these beautifull words for us.
We can see that you're a senior contributor to TA, therefore your appreciation is well kept in consideration.
Hope to have the chance to meet you again.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

My wife and I had a lovely 4 days at Waterlovers last week. We had been recommended a number of hotels in Diani by friends and shortlisted this with one other. We are so happy (relieved) that we chose this one. We went to visit the other one day for lunch, it was much larger and felt far less personal. Waterlovers is just the right size with an intimate boutiquey feel. The owners have done an amazing job, creating a real oasis in one of the best positions on the beach (other parts further down are more rocky / have more seaweed washing ashore).
This is a lovely destination for couples and young families (the owners live onsite with their young family, which adds to the family feel).
I can't recommend Waterlovers enough and would happily go back!! You will find other cheaper options, but you get what you pay for here and I think I would have been disappointed with myself for trying to save money elsewhere!
Hats off to Riccardo, Valentina, the management and staff- you are doing a really great job!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
Thanks for choosing us, It was really nice meeting you.
The family feel is there for all our guests, since we're happy to include them in the big family of the Waterlovers friends. How cool to see you enjoying the place like a home away from home.
You'll always be welcome here.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the Waterlovers family
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We enjoyed staying here very much. Two adults and one 4 year old boy, no shoes for a week, Beach, pool and food all high quality and very easy.
If you like kitesurfing its the ideal place to learn and improve.
Thank you

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Riccardo V, Owner at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Thanks for staying with us and for these enthusiastic words.
It was really a pleasure to meet you.
You'll always be welcome here.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL's
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Property: Waterlovers Beach Resort
Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterlovers Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterlovers is a small eco-friendly resort in the centre of Diani, directly on the beach. All our rooms (only 8 suites, 1 villa and the ocean penthouse) are ocean front and luxury equipped, with air conditioning, king size Swahili bed, double washbasin, stone shower, private veranda, complimentary wi-fi, I-Pod, I-Phone and MP3 docking station, complimentary iPads available on request, with pre-loaded music, movies and apps, complimentary cellphone with local line, private security 24/7, etc... The boutique hotel features also a spa, a small art shop, and a beach house for the watersports. Come as a client...leave as a friend! ... more   less 
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