We’ve stayed at Forest Dream for a week from 29/12 till 06/01.
We were 5 of us so we’ve booked the Leopard villa. First of all I should thank Nicoline for a very good organization. She was very helpful at the stage of the villa booking, payments processing, transfer organization, etc.
In Kenya for the first week we were on safari and then we wanted to relax a week before coming back to our country. So the main requirements for this part of our trip were: the hotel territory, availability of the villa (not separated rooms in a big hotel) and location at Diani beach close to the beach itself, close to shopping and bars. When we saw the pics of Forest Dream we instantly fell in love with it. But I should say the reality is even better! The transfer from Mombasa airport was quick and smooth, the check-in even quicker. Since our flight was late in the evening, on the way to the hotel we’ve been offered to have a dinner upon arrival. So as soon as we came everything was ready for us! When we first saw our villa, we understood – we are in heaven. The rooms and bathrooms (en-suite in each room) are spacious, light and well equipped. The huge central territory of the villa is on the open air (under the Swahili style roof). We loved to spend our time here! Also there is a glassed air-conditioned veranda but we did not use it. The villa is just in front of the main swimming pool with the bar (which is very convenient), however it is so thoughtfully separated from the pool with the trees, that we always felt ourselves all alone tete-a-tete with nature surrounded by the beautiful garden.
We had the self catering with the private chief (for the chief there is a separate small building on the territory of the villa where he cooked for us). Our chief Anderson always tried to make something new and special for us. For the whole week we did not have the same dish! Anderson woke up at 5-6 a.m. and left our villa late in the evening. He was very creative and attentive to our wishes trying not only to cook what we want, but also to decorate the dishes and surprise us . Each dish he cooked was very different but always amazingly tasty.
The same maid came to our villa every day. Rosy is really like a flower! Very nice, very welcome and attentive to details.
Normally we took the free shuttle to Nomads beach (2 minutes of drive) and never went by foot to the ocean. The beach is clean and nice – many things to do (snorkeling, wind surfing, kite surfing, etc.). Forest Dream is not far from Forty Thieves bar (where we spent our new year’s night), to disco Chakata (or Shakata?..), shopping centers and other bars.
As a resume I may say that Forest Dream is one of the best (if not #1) places we’ve ever stayed in (and we’ve travelled a lot all around the world). It is good as for adults who want to have relaxed days, as for young people who want to combine relaxing with night life. The staff of Forest Dream is very nice, open and respectful. Once again thanks to Tim and Nicoline!!! You are just perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forest Dream, a special (family) resort of luxury villas and cottages(7) sits in 25 acres of subtropical forest,3 swimming pools, water slide, bar and restaurant, located in Diani beach on the south coast of Kenya. With the white sandy beach at only a 10 minutes walk, free beach shuttle,our guests have the unique combination of beach and forest. We offer a variety of eco-friendly accommodation like standard room, luxury rooms and suites but also complete cottages and villas with or without AC. All of our cottages and villas are set on its own 1 acre forest garden providing the most exclusive privacy. Best place on the coast to view the local wild-life. The owner of Forest Dream Resort is also the founder of the well know "Colobus trust Diani" and has designed the Colobus bridges over the Diani Road to save those endangered monkeys. We have a private nature reserve at the back of the resort. Some of the villas have their own private pools and are fully staffed. Free "tennis court in the shade of palm trees" ... more less