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“Makes you wish you could stay longer”
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Villa Kalista
Teddington, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Makes you wish you could stay longer”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

Pristine white structures and immaculate gardens, seemed an oasis too good to be true after a stretch of bumpy road that eroded my patience.However all was worth the wait, as the villas have an a understated beauty with quality furnishings tailored to comfort in every minute detail.
Every room is air-conditioned with breath taking ocean views.The living room has a flat screen tv connected to satellite to keep children busy when they get tired, the bedrooms impressed probably more than the rest as these are better than most 5 star hotels that have stayed in with great baths, from the hot tub in the master bedroom one has unrestricted views of the beach and ocean, a really (in my opinion) fantastic idea one which have not seen duplicated in many occasions.
Outside one has total peace of mind as the property is well guarded with security personnel at the main gate and on the beach, the perimeter is walled in its entirety, except along the beach where a chain link fence ensures un-obstructed beach/sea views.
This ensured my peace of mind as far as my three children were concerned.
The infinity pool and the surrounding outside areas are furthermore a tribute the the good taste of the owner.
However all the above would have counted for nothing had it not been for the personal touch from Faiza who helped instructing her staff to help with even the most minor details, to the choice of menus from the chef and the the waiter supplying us with drinks by the pool.
Definitely a place to revisit.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful with the master bedroom offering an added bonus
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Villa Kalista will take your breath away!! It's a little bit of a drive, but soo worth it! The villas are magnificent. 3 stories, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and spacious patio and a nice rooftop! The villas are kept clean and the yard is kept nice and trim. It's nicely decorated in every room and the view is just spectacular! Faiza and the staff are welcoming and hospitable and will get you what you need at the drop of a hat. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic getaway, a personal escape or a family outing. Great place for soul-searching and contemplating. It is very peaceful here. The only thing I'd complain about is that there just wasn't enough time spent there! Will return ASAP!

Room Tip: The fitness center IS the Indian Ocean.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Chic & exquisite, Villa Kalista is simply stunning. I've never written a review before but felt like I needed to because it is well deserved and you really can't help but fall in love. First, a very heartfelt thanks to Faiza and her incredible team for the unconditional kindness they bestowed upon us during our stay. From the moment you arrive, you just know you are about to be struck by something really breathtaking. Fiercely private, beautiful architecture, exceptionally kind staff, and divine food by a very accommodating personal chef.

Through word of mouth, we heard Villa Kalista was Diani's most exclusive & coveted place to stay on the coast and it was, in every way. Our villa was irresistibly beautiful- unlike any I have stayed in. Walking into it alone, is a breath of fresh air. It's light, airy, blissful- a perfect balance of streamlined sophistication with flawless attention to detail- spotless, lush- just exceptional.The views of the ocean from our own secluded balcony and bedrooms were by far the most stunning we've ever seen, as its beautifully & undoubtedly situated on the most exclusive stretch of shore in Diani. I once woke up for the sunrise as it's in view from every villa - spectacular across the Indian ocean.

What struck us the most was the unparalleled privacy which really allowed us to completely unwind, relax and just re-energize- just perfect and effortless. I think it's priceless to be able to have such privacy and tranquility at Villa Kalista. With just 6 intimate villas, our every need & request was tended to with personalized care and uncompromising service by the exceptionally considerate and smiling staff. Just the kind of private getaway that makes you realize you've found something special.

Villa Kalista, you have captured our hearts. Thank you for all the beautiful memories.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Villa Kalista is a true home away from home. The property and beaches are breathtaking and the staff truly makes you feel relaxed. The villas are very spacious and the view from every balcony is perfect. This is without a doubt the place to stay if you are ever in the area!
Also, best shell collecting beach that I have ever visited!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Villa Kalista

Property: Villa Kalista
Address: Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 41171-80100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 66 Speciality Lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Away from the crowds of large resorts, Villa Kalista is an exclusive collection of 6 private Presidential Luxury Villas for the most discerning travellers who seek total privacy. Located in Diani Beach at Galu Kinondo, 40 kms South of Mombasa, Villa Kalista is nestled between the quiet shores of the Indian Ocean and the mythical Kaya Kinondo tropical forest. Each luxury villa embraces a contemporary style with African flavour and luxurious living. The villas are built to five star luxury standards and each villa offers a panoramic view of the inviting Indian Ocean, to provide the ultimate in private escapes. ... more   less 

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