My girlfriend and I went to Forest Dream for my birthday in January 2013. The staff welcomed us with a huge birthday cake and even sung for us in our room! That set the tone.
Although the resort was almost empty because of the off-season, the staff was very attentive and treated us wonderfully.
The resort is located a bit more in-land than other beach hotels, which makes it much quieter and gives you the impression to be in the middle of the forest rather than surrounded by other touristy constructions.
We got the Leopard suite for a real bargain; the room was vast, clean and comfortable. There was even a bubble bath that we didn't even have time to use... Overall the resort is very well maintained, quiet and safe. Food is great too, tastefully made to order. You can go to the beach by foot or bike (bikes definitely would need refurbishing or rather changed for newer ones), and there's always a guard who comes with you to keep your things.
The swimming pool's great too, and the bartender at the pool bar makes great fruit juices.
The owners, a young couple, are also very friendly.
In conclusion, a delightful experience, highly recommended.
- 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