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Waterlovers Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We felt like visiting friends! Valentina and Ricardo, a lovely Italian couple that owns the hotel, welcomed us with open arms. They´ve built and decorated the resort with love and passion for beauty. They used only natural materials and managed to make everything, even a beach shower , a beautiful piece of art :-) The restaurant serves great Italian dishes with an African touch. The villas are tasteful, clean and comfortable. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. We have spent there fantastic 4 relaxing days after a long safari. I recommend it to everyone who treasures beauty and looks for something special, away from the crowds.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Dorota T
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2014

...if there is something really special here, is your feedback for our small place!
Thanks a lot!! Aaamaaaziiiing !
Hope to be able to share some time with you again in the future.
All the best from Valentina, Riccardo and the rest of the WL family

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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

It was a perfect stay. The hotel right at the white sand beach has evetything you could only wish fore. So many lovely details, charming service, every activity desired will get organized by the friendly hotel team, and the two owners give it all a very personal touch. We would go back anytime. Thank you Valentina & Ricardo
R&K, Switzerland

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Thank Roxane S
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Thanks a lot for the most beautifull detail our place can feature,
the fantastic support from all our guests.
It's been a pleasure to meet you.
Really hope to see you again in the future.
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe

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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

One of the best hotel I have been in my life. Amazing location on the beach, incredible atmosphere beautiful kenyan style hotel , very nice staff and host. It feels good to be a guest @waterlovers. Don't hesitate for a minute, just book, go and see. You will understand.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Tahneepop
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thanks a lot for this beautifull comment!
We really appreciate it.
Thanks for the suggestion of the gymnast on the public beach, we'll ask them to train a bit further from the resort.
All the best.
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We have been to Diani a few times ad stayed at a variety of places, but this was the first time to stay at Waterlovers. Perhaps slightly less secluded than a few of the other 'high end' hotels on the coast, Waterlovers makes up for the small lack of beach privacy with wonderful service, brilliant design and a great overall package. We felt very welcomed from day one, the staff couldn't do enough to please, the food was exceptional, the room was very well designed and decorated and the poolside area and walkway was just great. The lack of privacy is a result of the gymnasts who practice on the beach outside the resort every morning, and the hawkers who hassle you as soon as you walk onto the beach, but a few clear words can remove the hassle. The privacy of sunbathing with a troop of gymnasts watching you was the only real - and minor - peeve. All in all a really wonderful place to relax, unwind and take in the best of the Kenyan coast.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Thanks a lot for your great feedback.
It's been a pleasure to meet you.
Really hope to see you again in the future.
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe

PS: Thanks also for the suggestion for the acrobats on the beach,
we'll ask them to train a bit further on the beach.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

If you go to Diani Beach you'll see there are loads of hotels on the beach front. Almost all of them are aiming for the rustic-luxury vibe. That's ok but they draw louder crowds and usually have popular bars or restaurants frequented by people from all hotels. If you want to relax in a quiet, rustic but not super fancy boutique hotel, waterlovers is perfect. A little cozy bar and restaurant overlooking the beach. You can order your table set for dinner right on the sand making it an unforgettable little dinner with the water almost touching your feet. You never feel you are in a hotel because there are only a few rooms/cabins. So most of the time you'll be in the pool or bar with another family or two. The staff are super friendly kenyans and the owners know most of the beach arts salesmen so they are very respectfull of your space around the hotel. Breakfasts are deliciously never loud or crowded like the other hotels!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2014

Thank you Carlos,
it's been a pleasure to have you here with us,
and in our case the motto come as a client and leave as a friend was true more than ever.
Hope to see you soon again here, or in Rome.
Good life wherever you are at the moment!
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We had a wonderful experience at the Waterlovers hotel. You are practicaly living beside the monkeys, and the beach and the pool are perfect for a cool-down. It was realy nice to take a cup of afternoon tea and a homemade cookie when the sunset are comming up. The rooms where wonderful, all with showers and aircondition, if you are lucky with the weather, you will need it.

Room Tip: Families would maybe like to choose one of the bigger bungalows.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank MnM T
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2014

Thanks for this wonderfull comment!
It was really nice meeting you and we hope to have the luck to meet you again.
(we'll keep an extra jag of homemade bisquits for you on the side! ;) )
All the best from
Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL tribe

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Stayed here in Leopard cottage (checked in 21st June) after a gruelling 4 nights safari in the Mara. I cannot tell you how relaxed we felt the minute we stepped through the front door. Without exception the staff make you feel right at home and part of the family. Food is excellent and we loved the setting. 10 mins from Ukunda Airstrip (Diani) it is a perfect place after flying from the north. Built from scratch and almost everything bespoke - it is difficult not to gush

We didn't stay nearly long enough here and we regret that, but it has made us want to return. Riccardo & Valentina a superb hosts and they deserve every accolade going. Please dont change the formula - we are coming back for more.

Room Tip: You cant get a bad room - Just specify if you want upstairs on the first floor or ground floor
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank TheBwana
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Riccardo V, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

No Worries!!
We have no idea to change!
We love what we do, especially because of the fantastic support we receive from guest like you.
Looking forward to have you again here with us.

Riccardo Valentina and the rest of the WL staff.

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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 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: £214 - £291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterlovers Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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