Diani beach has a lot of hotels, and Galu pales in comparison.
My husband and I were looking for a place to stay and we were hoping to stay at a place called Kenyaways. They were booked, so the person at Kenyaways went us pictures claiming to be of Galu Beach Retreat, so we booked our stay through her. The place was nothing like the pictures.
The room was decent, but the mosquito net had lots of holes and it didn't close completely. As a result, we ended our trip with mosquito bites all over us. Using the room in the day time was kind of a hassle. Lighting is incredibly poor! The toilet flush makes a long lasting noise which sometimes kept us up if one of us used the bathroom at night.
When we arrived, we were told that we can have our meals at any time. So I booked for a yoga class at 10am and my husband booked to go snorkeling at 8:30. We planned to have breakfast at 7-7:30 to only find out that breakfast is only served at about 9-9:30. Plus, there was only one server and maybe 4-5 rooms occupied at the time we were there. So, the whole process was drawn out while we waited for him to take everyone's order and then bring the food out one by one. They should have at least had one more person working there.
We were also told that we could have our meals at the restaurant (2 floors) and the patio area outside of our room. The bottom floor of the restaurant has a cover to block wind while the second floor and our patio area at the room does not. One our second day, we opted to eat on the first floor of the restaurant only to be told that we cannot by the server. The server said that we were not allowed to after our first night. Then the hotel owner, who also lives in the hotel grounds, came when we were finishing up dinner and told us that there must have been some sort of miscommunication. My husband is Kenyan and spoke to the serve in Swahili, so i'm not sure where the miscommunication came from when we were told "no, you cannot sit at the first floor of the restaurant."
My other gripe about the food was that they had a menu but often told us that they didn't have items in stock. I'm not sure what the point of a menu is when options aren't provided. Also - stay away from the cereal. I tasted like it was months old.
Overall, there are LOTS of nice places on the beach, so find another place! You'll likely get more for your money elsewhere as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galu Beach Retreat means Peaceful! Galu Beach Retreat is designed to provide every guest individual attention and treatments and activities or none at all, so they can find their own personal pathway to peace.…This small Exclusive Luxury Boutique Hotel set along the stunningly white Diani Beach yet away from the big hotels and with only Ten Luxurious air conditioned sea view rooms with your own private outside terrace, allows you to walk on the beach or simply lay on a deck chair and read …this is the place for you. Perfect for weddings and honeymooners or those seeking quiet holidays in this child free resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Galu Beach Retreat Hotel Diani