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Southern Palms Beach Resort
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Reviewed 29 June 2006

Hi all.. I thought I should write a review of the hotel as I was one of the many people on this site who were concerned about the stories of food posioning etc before we left. We were pretty open minded as this was our first trip to Kenya and we were not really sure what to expect but i have to say the whole experience was amazing.

The Hotel...
The hotel was really nice. 4star??? Well not by London Standards but then we werent in London! It was kept amazingly clean by a host of workers (so poorly paid you couldnt help but feel sorry for them) ALL the staff could not have been more friendly from the reception, waiters to the pool guys and security staff they all had a constant smile on their face, always wanting to chat and constantly greeted you with a "JAMBO!!"

The rooms were comfortable, clean and functional without being luxurious the bed was little hard for our liking but certainly nothing to complain about.. Having a sweet tooth we particularily enjoyed the complimentary chocolate eclair sweet left on our pillow each night.. lol..

The swimming pools are amazing, the largest we have ever seen at a hotel and the swim up bar was a god send in the hot weather.

The food was good, we were a little cautious because of the comments on here but I have to say we did not have one bad meal, though be warned if you dont like spicy food you may find your choice a little bit limited. Both the Grill and the Italian restaurants were included in the All Inclusive and made a nice change from the buffet.

I would definately recommend the all inclusive package as the drinks were not cheap and I think we got better value for money on all inclusive.

The location of the hotel on the white sandy beach was perfect the sea was nice and warm if a little bit rough at times but it was fun playing in the waves! The beach boys can be a pain and do get a bit tiresome but you have to remember these people live an existence that we wouldnt be able to dream of so you can hardly blame them for trying to make a living... We did actually buy some bits from them, you just have to be firm and not afraid to walk away if they ask ridiculous amounts (which they do!!) The hotel security guards are constantly on patrol and not afraid to tell the beach boys to bog off if they think they are annoying you.

Monkeys!! These were one of the main attractions for us, they were often running about the hotel grounds, on the balcony of your room and even inside if they thought food was about!! One even stole my girlfriends packet of rolos from the table in the bar!! Although he did leave her the last one!! haha.

The weather was good, we had a few days of rain but nothing to really worry us we just chilled in the bar reading and drinking. We spent 4 days on a safari in Tsavo east and west which was absolutely amazing we managed to see the big 5 and lots more, we will definately be back. The tents at Severin Sea Camp were superb and the view at Kilaguni was simply breathtaking.

All in all we could not recommend Kenya and Southern Palms enough. We both feel like we have had the holiday of a lifetime and now have the challenge of how to top it next year.
Anyone who is going to this hotel please ignore the negative reviews, sure some people have bad experiences whereever you go but in the two weeks we spent at the hotel we did not see or hear of any serious problems at all.

I have some more photos that I will try to put up at some point but should anyone have any particular questions or requests please do not hesitate to email me kevin@callscripter.com

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 25 June 2006

For the first part of our holday we did a 5 day safari booked through Somak - this was amazing! We stayed at Amboseli, Lake Navashia and Masai Mara. All SOPA lodges and really nice!

We spent the second week of our honeymoon at the Southern Palms and were pleasantly surprised. We orginally booked the hotel in the middle of last year and the reviews we found were excellent - imagine our horror when we checked them again the week before we were due to travel and all the reviews spoke about e-coli and other horrors! We were so concerned that we contacted Somak (highly recommend!) and enquired about changing our hotel. We were assured that the complaints had been investigated and that no evidence of food poisoning had been found. Anyway, we took the chance and luckily we had no problems.

The rooms at Southern Palms are quite basic but adequate and clean. Each room has a four poster type bed, a daybed/sofa and there are mosquito screens on the patio doors. The bathrooms have a shower, although there was a couple of occasions when the hot water stopped! We just waited 10 minutes and found that the supply had been restored by then. Each room has it's own balcony and we were fortunate to be overlookng the pool.

The entertainment at night was fairly low key and during the day you were never hassled to join in activities you didn't fancy (not like other holidays where you are frog marched to do 'water gym'!) There is the usual - water aerobics, water polo etc There is a beauty parlour on site which advertises 'intimate beauty'. Despite the dodgy advert, my husband and I had a couple of massages during the course of the holiday. They were great and very reasonably priced - about £16 for a one hour full body massage.

The pools at the hotel are nice - both have a swim up bar and are clean and warm.

We both enjoyed the food at the hotel, eating in all of the restaurants. The tried the Italian a couple of times too and can recommend the pizzas!

We ate out one night and booked a table at Ali Barbours restaurant which is a 10 minute drive away. The receptionist can organise this for you and the restaurant send a driver to collect you. The meal we had there was exceptional. The restaurant is in an old coral cave - very atmospheric. You can eat your meal and see the stars through the roof. The prices are about the same as the UK and it's well worth a visit.

The beach at Southern Palms is nice - but you will get hassled by beach boys if you head down to the water. By the end of the holiday, it was getting on my nerves! A romantic honeymoon stroll in the sea is not the same when you are being pursued by 3 or 4 pushy beach boys! We did make use of their services one afternoon and took a guided tour out to the reef - it was a good way to see all the animals and we were lucky to come across a stone fish. The sea is lovely and warm - like a bath - although the waves are very powerful at high tide (ask my hubby who is nursing a sore back after playing in the sea like a small boy and being thrown all over!)

All in all I would recommend Southern Palms. We went in early June and the hotel was probably only half full. We had good service from all the staff who were very friendly and helpful. We didn't tip as we went along (no one seemed to either) but dished out tips at the end of our stay. Kenya is very poor and the bar staff only earn just over £1 per day, so our 1,000 shillings was appreciated. I would also recomend taking the all inclusive option at the hotel.

We have promised ourselves that we will go back to Southern Palms on our 10th Anniversary!
Hope this review helps someone. Have a nice holiday!
Mr and Mrs F

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 20 June 2006

Hello everyone, sorry for the delay in writing the review. I apologize for any lack of structure but will just put things down as they come into my head. So here goes....

Flew on night flight with monarch, which was good, but we had paid for the upgrade so can't comment on normal seats, but heard no adverse comments from other guests. We had purchased visas prior to leaving UK so we got through the airport a lot quicker than others but that only meant we had to wait at the coach for 30 minutes for other people but no problem. The transfer time is about 90 minutes but was daylight so lots to see.

Greeted at the hotel with a drink and wet towels and had our room keys in about 20 minutes. When we arrived at the room, electrician and maid making a few last minute checks but soon gone. Rooms were clean, no musty smell and comfortable. Shower was fine but luke warm water in sink. This did not bother us but another couple received a room change because of this. Our room was on the right as you look at the sea on top floor next to the sea view block, we had a partial seaview. The bonus with this position, we later found out was the visitors namely vervet monkeys and galagas (lesser bushbabies). The monkeys visited evening around 5ish and would take fruit nuts from hands, one in particular even let you stroke him, hand hands while he eat (the on with the broken tail). At night the bush babies would arrive and again could be hand fed fruit. The sea view and rooms to the left did not appear to get so many visitors.

There were no mosquito nets bet the patio doors had screens so could sleep with window open. We saw one mosquito during stay which must have got into the room when i was feeding the monkey, which we disposed of (mossie not monkey). I was bit maybe five times all trip ( 3 times first nite - no deet), other times during day, but on midgies or something.

There are two pools at the hotel, one salt water at the rear by the restuarant and one fresh water nearer the beach. When we arrived had initial concern that there was maintenance work being undertaken to the slabs around the saltwater pool, but this was not a problem. The pool was still usable but there was plenty of room around the main pool for everyone as when we arrived the hotel was no more than a third full.

The beach was great although it is inhabited by the beach boys (not the band) who will try and sell you anything from safaris to keyrings. If you lay on the loungers under the parasols you will not get hassled and if you approach the sea and get hassled a security guard will normally appear although a firm no thanks will normally do. I kept promising i would see them near the end of the trip and stuck to my word and bought a few items from them. Just treat them with a bit of respect, they are only trying to make a living.

The pool was great, so was the swim up bar, although the sea water is warmer. The rep told us that you could not snorkel off beach, but you can at low tide and the beach boys will take you to the reef in a canoe. We booked a snorkelling trip with the dive shop also (4000 ksch for 2) which included taxi to African sea lodge (10 minutes) and glass bottom boat to reef - this was excellent (2nd time - 1st boat broke down and towed back - no worries). If you want worries than look no further than the dolphin dhow trip on a bad day! I am good with boats/water but actually feared for my life at one stage. The trip was a $100 each and involved an hour drive to a national marine park at wasini island. The morning of our trip it was raining but like other days we assumed it would clear. Once on the dhow it rained again and had to have an awning up. As we travelled up the channel the weather got worse and there was a vote about returning back. I assumed that once round a headland it would be calm so voted to continue - big mistake. We had 2 hours of the boat leaving the water with every wave and rolling so the water was washing on deck. 20 of us sat there in silence the whole trip. A few of us saw a few fins of dolphins (thats what i told myself they were) but not much interest was generated. The lucky ones were seasick, it took your mind off the journey. Eventually we anchored for snorkelling and above the reef the sea was calmer. About 9 of us went snorkelling (just to get off the dhow) and it was ok but high tide so about 4 metres to reef. After a while i could sense a change in the weather so spoke to our guide and asked if we could go back. He then suggested that me and my partner swim back, which in open sea about 200metres was not ideal. He then called the small boat to collect but he did not come until someone on the dhow pointed out that they could not see the snorkelling party anymore. Then a storm set in and our guide began to realise the gravity of the situation and all 9 of us ended up hanging on to one bouyancy aid. You could hardly sea our boat now and we were advised to try and swim for a slightly nearer fishing boat which we began to do. Eventuall the squall settled and we were picked up. After another 1 hr of rough seas we eventually moored had lunch (good) and beer (even better) and went back ashore as it was decided it was too rough to go back. The crew apologized for people being sick and not having the sail up. He said it was far too windy to have a sail up (why was a sailing boat out there then?). Anyway got back to hotel, got drunk and laughed about it. Having done research later it appears that this Dhow trip should be avoided June to August because of rough seas. Hey but don't let that put you off! One couple cancelled their trip and it was probably the calmest day there., its just that thev weather was so changeable, the skies would go from overcast to clear blue in about 20 minutes. Having spoken to others the trip is outstanding with the right weather (and tide) and i would do it again if we had those conditions.
Sorry just remembered I am posting a review of the hotel. Just had to get that of my chest so i can move on with my life - lol.
With regard to food - no problems. Breakfast was great - omlettes, pancakes, fried eggs cooked to order and traditional english. Lunch - we had all our lunches at the borito snack bar which was superb. One tough steak all fortnight. This not not buffet and was waiter service. Dinner - again good, I had one meal i could not eat (veal) too tough but other than that ok. We did book the grill restuarant one night which again was good.
With regrd the buffet, the restuarant consists of a main dining hall and a covered terrace. The dining hall was not open 1st two weeks in June so the buffet and seating was all on the covered terrace, which is agreat place to eat. As the hotel was not full this was ample but when full the dining hall and larger buffet area would be open ( i assume ) to cope. Although buffet there is waiter service for drinks, so sometimes a 10 minute wait but no problems for us. No stomach problems at all, even with malarone.
With regard to bars there are five:-
Lobby bar, open 24/7 (10am to 11:30pm all inclusive) - this is good for a few cool drinks in afternoon but can be a problem (only occasionaly) between 7 and 9pm as the waiting staff use this bar to obtain drinks for diners (not sure if this is the case during high season)
Hookah bar, in pool next to grill. Swim up bar daytime, hookah pipes rest of time (750 ksch). This bar was never full - you can just have a drink there and sit on the lovelly sofas and chill.
Swim up bar main pool - as above but no pipe or sofas. We used this more than most as we got freindly with staff. This bar sits in the pool and overlooks the entertainment area so is away from it but still see whats going on if you want.
Beach bar - this bar sits at the entrance to the beach and closes at 6pm. Good to chill. Afternoon tea/cakes/pancakes here also 4:30pm weather permitting.
Other bar - cant remember name. It is in the entertainment area and a few stool around it but mainly for waiters servicing entertainment crowd at nite and sunbathers daytime.
Entertainment ranged from tribal dances, snake shows, bingo and quizzes and was very low key compared to some animation at some hotels - this suited us. The entertainment takes place outside and there is waiter service. If it rains this moved to the lobby bar or dome so gets crowded. I would imagine in high season(if it rained) this maybe in the dining hall.
The staff were great, just get talking to them when it is quiet. We tipped quite a bit and got treated well but not at the expense of other guests. Most people did not tip as it was not busy.
We went all inclusive (probably about £170 each for two weeks) and would recommend this. You still have to sign for everything whether all inclusive or not which could be a pain if you were in a hurry, but why would you be?
The approx prices are
beer (bottled only) £1.50
fanta/coke £1.00
cocktails £3.00
water £1.00
lunch £10.00 for two (tops)
cigarettes £0.50 kenyan, £1.50 normal

We normally tipped in 50 or 100s, sometimes more and would imagine we tipped £80 in 14days, which i always factor in to the cost before going anyway (barman etc get paid about £30/month)

We had some rain out there but never lost a day to it (apart from the dolphon dhow) and both came back ver brown, but it was not high season. Also not being high season the hotel was not over run and was very chilled. As others have said it is not british 4 star but service wise i felt better treated than at some carribean five stars i have stayed at. We would go back to this hotel again.

Regards excursions:

half day mombasa - i wanted to do this to vist the old town and fort jesus. Would not bother again. It was remotely interesting. However we got photos of th 'tusks' visited spice markets which was ok. Also visted a woodcarving co-operative which was excellent value and would suggest maybe just getting a cab there to get souveniers.
They had an african market in the hotel lobby on night which was very pricey (backscratcher £43, at the co-operative £ 5, just as good and genuine). Ther is a full day trip to mombasa which includes a wildlife park which had good reports.

3 day safari - excellent (booked with somak our tour operator) did tsavo west and east, staying voi safari lodge and ngulia safari lodge both excellent, although room at voi basic but a location to die for. (drinks bit cheaper than hotel). Had open top mini bus just 4 of us so great viewing, did not see rhino, cheetah or leopard but everything else. Road mombasa to nairobi is the worst public road i've been on but adds to the fun.

did i mention the dolphin dhow?

I am sure i have forgotten lots but have written too much, sorry.

Oh forgot to say girlfreinf had e-coli, i have malaria, the plane was delayed 22months and then crashed and the hotel was not finished and we were relocated to a hotel in portsmouth!
Sorry - just joking!

Have great time and if you have any question mail me nickstares@tiscali.co.uk
I will try and post some pics soon

Slicknick

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 18 June 2006

Just had to write a quick review of this hotel as i was a little worried before going after i had read some of the comments on this site. Myself and my partner went on 22nd May and spent two brilliant weeks at this hotel. The rooms were always kept very clean at all times by the friendly cleaning girls and any requests that we made ie; mosquito net on the bed were sorted within a couple of hours. The bar staff were very funny and always polite. The restaurants and so many different choices of foods was great and no evidence of food poisoning whatsoever (which was one of the worries i had on reading certain reviews)!! The weather was fantastic, even though we decided to go in the rainy season! It is perfectly safe to walk along the beach, even though there are the beach boys trying to sell you wooden carvings etc, they will take no for an answer and just have a chat with you if you are polite. Afterall, they are only doing what most people would do if they wanted to be resourceful and have nothing! The hotel pools are huge and very warm, not forgetting the swim-up bar, which you have to remember not to drink too much alchohol as you do have to swim back!!!! Overall we had a wonderful two weeks at this hotel and would recommend it to anyone who wants a totally chilled holiday. Southern Palms........ does exactly what it says on the tin!!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 19 May 2006

Having read the other reveiws i thought I would stick in my' ten pennorth.' I have stayed at the Southern Palms 3 times now. It has never been my first choice as there is another hotel that I much prefer to stay at.

I can understand that when described as a four star some people may be upset. It technically is a four star, but may not be what some expect as a four star. You can purchase holidays to this hotel through some tour operators very cheaply and others are more expensive. When I stayed there in November 2004 I only paid about £240 for a week and that was with an upgraded room. What a bargain. Having paid £1100 per person this time it did not feel like such a bargain. It felt like a rip off.

The hotel has a reasonable selection of food. People moan, but I am a vegetarian and there is more choice for me there than in many english hotels. One lady was ill when we were there, but no one else that I know of and the hotel was full. I have never been ill. The rooms are clean, but as stated in other interviews, tired and jaded. It amazes me how fast rooms deteriorate as the refurbishment took place in the summer of 2004. There is unfortunately the odd waft of drains, and it tends to come up through the plugholes in the rooms sometimes as well.

One thing that really annoyed me was the hotel's greed. They overcharge for everything and everything is money, money, money. The staff can be split into two groups. Those who are genuinely friendly and those who are after what they can get. Quite often a good indication can be how long they have worked for the hotel. People who lie to guests and try to obtain money/gifts through sympathy and exaggerated tales do not last more than a couple of years before they are found out. As a regular visitor to Kenya I have seen the turnover.

I personally prefer a quiet hotel that does not have a surfeit of children and families. my child rearing days are over and I am a bit of an 'old git'. I do not want to go on holiday to watch somebody else's little darlings, or put up with their hollering or splashing. Because of that wild horses wouldn't drag me back to stay at this hotel.

In my opinion the sort of families who would love this hotel are people who would consider themselves to be fun, a little loud, not snobby, like a few beers during the day and a good bit of entertainment in the evening. I noticed that there were lots of people with tatoos (the trendy ones), the women having them on their lower back. They all seemed to be having a fabulous time. If that sounds like you then book and have a fab time. If you are quiet and reserved - go elsewhere.

PS Bear in mind it is the rainy season from April to September and when it rains IT RAINS. The driest months are Dec, Jan, and Feb and that is when I usually go out as we got quite a rainy time in November.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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I apologise that this review is somewhat long but...... My husband and I travelled to Southern Palms after being recommended Kenya by our travel agent. She said that Kenya may have some rain, being the start of the rainy season, but it wouldnt last long.....wrong.It rained nearly our entire stay,starting on our first day! The rain was heavy and prolonged which meant we had to either stay in our damp smelling room with no TV or sit on perpetually damp seats in the lobby, which were very dirty too.The hotel staff were very good and came round with ancient board games for the guests to play but really the weather and the stomach upsets became the daily conversation.
When we arrived a lot of the guests were very tanned so the first days rain (which was not continual) didn't put me off and when the sun did come out it was glorious, plus it was never cold. It just seemed odd to me to be wearing shorts but walking through flooding with umbrellas and looking hopefully at the sky.I have been to tropical places where they at least have canopies that they drop to stop everything getting wet, not here. Every seat,even inside the main restaurant, was damp.We tried the two other restaurants, the Italian (by the beach) and the Grill (under a papier mache apricot thing) but didn't find them up to much, infact the lack of guests meant you could book them as often as you liked.The evenings tended to be the driest so if you liked them they were fine. My husband was ill for the first four days (missing our only one uninterrupted day of sunshine) and I had to go to the pharmacy for antibiotics and salt replacement sachets etc so this put us off eating much anyway for the rest of our stay.
We ended up booking a safari for one night to Voi Safari Lodge just to get away from the hotel, plus we had had plenty of time to listen to other guests chatting about their trips over coffee in the lobby. It was the making of our holiday, it was fantastic. I would highly recommend any of the safari's. Abu our guide was a mind of information and spotted things continually for us. Even the flooding on the already awful road from Mobasa, which added another 2/3 hours to our travelling time, did not ruin this for me and I never heard a bad word said by anyone to do with their safaris. I just want to add a word of warning about the trips to Wasini Island which included snorkelling at a marine park, we asked where the life jackets were as the rain poured down and were almost dismissed. It should have been a matter of course to have had some safety talk but there was none, the only person with a life jacket was the driver of the small boat which took us from the dhow to the island. In our opinion the diving was very risky too as some of clients had no experience and one couldnt even swim!!! When they dropped their sail there was no warning and it actually partly fell on my head but I was probably being dazzled from some much needed sunshine so I didnt complain.This is not a well organised trip and although the lunch was lovely the dhow left a lot to be desired.
I found the hotel staff to be fine, some were much better than others but you get this at every hotel and they appeared to work really long hours. We tipped as we went which seemed to help. They must of got sick of apologising for the weather but said it was great for them and some actually said they were cold!! None we're surprised by the weather which surprised me as I considered Kenya to be suffering from a drought. Anyway,from reading other reviews (good before I booked, bad after I booked!) it seems to be a bit hit and miss.We had a room near the beach but also near the entertainment which would have been a nightmare if it had been busy. Sewer smells AND loud music together, not good.
The rooms when viewed over the internet have mosquito nets over the bed, this is not so but just as well as we didn't have a problem with mosquitos. I had more of a problem with the awful Boots deet lotion which melted my nail varnish and the inside of my shoes and never seemed to 'dry'. We had a bathroom with bath and shower which was lucky as we had no hot water for our sink and were told this was because of an oversight when the hotel was refurbished and that the sink was plastic and couldn't take the heat....err what? We didn't argue just filled up from the shower hose from the bath. Everything was covered in limescale which didn't make it look very nice and that musty smell was in there too. Perhaps because the hotel wasn't busy but our towels were changed twice day. Our bed was turned down and a sweet place on the pillow every night and we never had any trouble with our safe which looked the newest and best thing in our entire room. I could go on and on but really inspite of everything I didnt have a bad time. I felt sorry for the people we left but if the sun came out it really wasnt that bad. The pools were lovely no scum as reported and I did get in it twice! The beach boys didn't bother us because we just stayed in our patch but watched others get the attention as soon as they left for a walk. We played safe and booked our trips with our rep but met people who had booked with beach boys, saved money and had extra perks by doing so. There is an agent just up by the supermarket too which was cheaper.
Southern Palms definitely needs some attention ie; replacing the worn out towels, sunloungers and mattresses, the overpriced water and tired bathrooms don't help and so I was very glad our holiday was cheap (don't forget to add on the price of your malaria tabs and yellow fever jab £133 each for us, plus £30 for visas, no need for dollars) or I would have been very disappointed. I personally wouldn't stay there again due to high incidents of illness and dont believe this to be down to the malarone or change in eviroment etc but I would go back to kenya in a sunnier month!
If you do decided to go the All Inclusive option would be best as it doesn't take much to spend that extra charge. We went half board and to upgrade there was 35 euros a day so we didnt. We had no trouble with our bill at the end of our stay but would suggest saving all your blue receipts as a couple we met were overcharged. Their rooms previous guests last drinks bill was added and the hotels cashier knows this goes on so be careful.
We were prepared for the long wait for visas (if not pre bought) when we arrived at Mobasa Airport but not for the endless checks and more form filling when we left, but decided at least they were through which is more than I can say for Gatwick. I've tried to cover everything and hope it helps.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 3 May 2006

I guess most of us work for companies that are hell bent on cutting costs, year after year budgets getting smaller and smaller. I suppose tour companies lean on their suppliers to get the lowest prices.......

THE SOUTHERN PALMS. It looks great on the surface but when you start to look closer......... The hotel is just a bit tired and neglected. You get the feeling that there is no training or investment in the staff and there is definately no investment in updating worn-out facilities. You get the feeling that the management are penny pinching.

We experienced some of the things mentioned in the reviews below, however the underlying fact is; We would not have gone to Kenya if it was not for the Cheap deal we found on the First Choice website.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR I SUPPOSE and it wasn't that bad. Our room was clean, the staff were all friendly and helpful and the food was OK especially the curry's.

I had an upset stomach for about a week and when I went to see the doctor he wanted to admit me for treatment overnight saying I had a bacterial infection and I was dehydrated. I refused but did have 2 drips of antibiotics on the first day then went back for another on the second day. The small hospital is superb. Much nicer than the hotel, with courtesy pick-ups, private rooms with TV, DVD, Mini bar, really nice and professional staff too.

We went on the Governors lodge safari for 2 nights and although it cost nearly as much as the complete holiday, it was well worth it. We saw masses of animals and got sick of the sight of lions. An experience we shall never forget.

Ali Barbour's restaurant was great, dining in a cave under the stars. It was that good we went twice. Ask at reception and they arrange transport for you.

We had a fantastic time in Kenya and wouldn't deter friends or relatives from visiting this hotel, we would just let them know that it may have 4 star facilities but it only has 3 star quality.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#7 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: £66 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Palms Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 298
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This dramatic hotel with its fantastic pools and beautiful beach is the perfect spot to relax after a safari… or simply visit to relax! The warm and very African feel of the hotel with comfortable rooms, well appointed bathrooms and selection of restaurants offers guests plenty of places to lounge in the sun and almost as many shady spots to enjoy a bit of a breeze and a good book. All rooms have quiet, split unit air conditioners, televisions, mini fridges and coffee and tea making facilities. There is a safe (chargeable) in each room and a business center located in the main building with internet or wifi access in public areas. The drama of the huge, traditional makuti (thatched) roof in the main restaurant offers the Chef a terrific showcase for a varied selection of local and international dishes on the buffet or you could indulge at one of the a la carte restaurants (chargeable) for a special occasion or just a quiet evening for two. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Southern Palms Beach Hotel Diani
Southern Palms Beach Diani

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