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Diani Sea Resort
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

We stayed at the Diana Sea Resort for 2 weeks in January 2012. we had a great holiday. we found the hotel excellent, rooms were cleaned daily,towels changed daily. found the pool staff excellent and very helpful, the found us sun beds each morning and changed pool towels daily. we found the food excellent and we always able to find something we liked. the staff were al very friendly and helpful. The pool was excellent and the gardens were well kept with plenty of places to sit in the shade. The beach is excellent, lots of people on the beach trying to sell you something they were all very friendly. We booked a 3 day safari prior to our holiday after a lot of research on trip adviser, we chose jtsafaris. We contacted him by e mail to arrange our safari, we also paid a small deposit. We enjoyed an excellent safari, we were well looked after and had private vehicle for our party (2 couples) with an excellent driver called Patrick. We would certainly recommend JTsafaris as he is completely trustworthy, he will ensure you enjoy your trip. We hope to return to Kenya in the future and will certainly by booking with JT and also Diani Sea Resort

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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7  Thank Hilda H
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

I I have never been a big fan of all-inclusive holidays as I have had too many bad experiences of drunken oiks out of their heads on cheap vodka by lunchtime and hordes of feral children making everyone’s lives a misery. So the first time we went to this hotel a few years ago it wasn’t our first choice – or, to be honest, our second or third and frankly I wasn’t expecting to be impressed.

Now we go back every year – for at least three weeks over Christmas and New Year. Why? Because I was impressed.

Yes it’s all inclusive so it can get a bit boisterous; yes it lacks the frills of some of the more upmarket establishments along the coast and yes the rooms are a little more basic than some might prefer. To put it in context however, we couldn’t get in to the Sea Resort two years ago because we left it too late so we booked into the very snooty Reef down the coast for three weeks instead (definitely NOT all inclusiveand, frankly a little too up itself for my tastes with guests to match). Fact is we couldn’t wait to get back to the Sea Resort. We’re a middle-aged couple with plenty of disposable income and we don’t mind splashing out on a good holiday two or three times a year so the issue wasn’t money. There’s a lot more the the Sea Resort than value. To begin with the DSR has amazing gardens, well-kept, spacious and shady. The staff are really nice. They remember us year after year and they even recall our favourite drinks and the fact that I am a strict vegetarian.

The clientele at the DSR are a truly interesting bunch of people. Many of them are Europeans staying for several months at a time. Over the years we’ve seen a lot more families coming along and to be honest not all of them understand the concept of good parenting so if you’re as child-phobic as I am that can be a bit of a problem. That said there are plenty of quiet nooks and corners to set out your lounger. Best spot is under the palms overlooking the sea but there is plenty of lawn space for everyone. The food is generally very good and there is plenty of choice (even for hardcore veggies). Some nights they vary the buffet with table service and you get to dine out on the terrace a couple of times a week too. Although it’s all-inclusive it’s a good and nice idea to tip people now and then (a quid’s worth of Kenya shillings goes a long way). One drawback was the air-conditioning which used to be a bit wonky in many rooms but they were changing all the units last time we were there for brand new ones.

Several decent restaurants just a cab drive away if you fancy a change (African Pot is cheap and very interesting if a bit basic), Leonardo’s for good Italian. Personally I wouldn’t advise going to Ali-Baba’s which is supposed to be THE place to eat. It’s a great location, built into the living rock of a cave, but you don’t get a lot for your money and the food is pretty average.

One tip for Kenya generally especially if you are on a budget – if you are worried by the cost of your malaria medication then just buy a few day’s supply in the UK or Europe and then get the rest of it at a pharmacy in Diani – a third the price and exactly the same stuff.

Room Tip: Superior Bahari rooms will get you a small fridge with complimentary drinks and tea or coffee making facilities. They're also nearer the beach but rather too near the pool and pool bar/restaurant if you want peace and quiet.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank Cusskiddie
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

journey in you will see poverty ,the ferry a sight to be seen meet at reception by the entertainment team singing and dancing unfortunatley one of their better moments (entertainment very poor) best was a live group from outside + bbq by the pool .room fine air con good,would advise getting the safe for peace of mind (£24 2 weeks)the greeting is jambo (hello) you will be saying it in your sleep by the time you leave.food ok but samey 2 nd week security very visable.a lot of monkeys in the grounds dont leave your balconey door open.beach looks lovely but hard can ride a bike on it.beach boys are as bad as you have heard.never tell them your room no if you tell them you name they will not forget it.go out side the hotel to book your safaris trips massages nails etc much much much cheaper.sunbeads usual problems ,towel man is tipped to reserve .a/i hotel but if you dont tip every one you will find you have to wait longer than some others shall we say.drinks spirits ok beer coloured water can drink it all day and still be sober.if booking a safari would reccomend jt safaris www.julius -safaris.com.would i reccomend this hotel yes nice relaxing break

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank buddaEngland
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Please remember that this is Africa! If you don't like monkeys, local people trying to make a living, slightly different food, poverty [ you will see it before you arrive at this lovely hotel] , need pot noodles or Heinz beans then don't book!

This is a super hotel for it's rating. The bbq night around the pool , the dance band, the acrobats, the chef's special night, the staff, the silver sand and warm sea, the snorkelling, the pool, the gardens, are all really lovely.

There's plenty to do here or you can just read on your bed under a palm tree. BOAT TRIPS, SAFARIS, ALI BARBOURS CAVE RESTAURANT , CHEAP MASSAGES I could go on. It's bliss!

The beach boys are not difficult compared to other places I've visited, so don't be intimidated...just say No Thanks.

I recommend Capt. Rama for snorkelling, what a lovely man and Maggis salon [ turn right out of the hotel and cross the road ..it's next to the safari office] for nails, massage etc.

Two small negatives...part of the pool area smells of drains and don't be too quick to part with money at orphanages/schools..sadly they are open to corruption WHOEVER runs them. Take things for the children but put it in their hands!

Go with an open mind and you'll be smiling every day.


P.S. Malarone gives you a dodgy tum...not the food.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank havanamoon
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

well were do you start ? its just amazing
arrived at diani sea resort after a long long journey to be welcomed with singing and a cool fruit juice just what was needed , the ferry crossing to get there is an eye opener .
rooms are good only down fall is your room key turns the air con off so when you leave no air con this makes the room very hot and takes about 3 hours to cool down a bit unbearable at times especially when trying to sleep and the pillows are like planks of wood but if you ask room boy for soft pillow you get one .Safes are available at a smal cost didnt use one.
Food is plentiful and very good every eve was a different choice - men need long trousers and a shirt for evening meal -if bbq you can wear shorts as its served on the terrace or by the pool very nice lots to choose from .
Staff are so pleasant always smiling and happy and saying jambo (hello)
Entertainment- columbas team great they work really hard all day offering a variety of games and trips to local schools / snake parks/ for a small cost around 300 ksh each take pens and pencils etc for the kids and sweets they are so appreciated its untrue pack some in your suite case before you go .eve great shows and cocktails too.
Hotel grounds- are picturesque lots of palms and bushes plenty of shade for everyone ,lots of sun beds , and monkeys too watch out they steal your drinks just look at them and never touch
they are wild animals , swimming pool is just great with a slide for kids and big kids too ! if you want a go ! I did
Beach- miles of white sand if you want to walk along -BE AWARE the beach boys will be on you like a rash to sell you their goods and see what you can give to them they will take anything from socks shoes cameras your entire suit case if you want to barter it away
best TIP i can offer when they come to you look down say NOTHING not even jambo (hello)
if you acknowledge them in any way thats it they latch onto you for ever they will even walk up the beach 10 miles with you if they think you might buy something so the beach is lovelly but there is no one on it its deserted but if you master the art of ignorance right from the start youve cracked it good luck we mastered it after 10 days then on the last day we thought we would be ok so went on the beach to be met with what can u give me so be warned.
safaries- book with JT when u get there - allow about £180 for a 1 night 2day per person or about £350 per person for a 2 nite 3 day safari with jt you taylor your safari to what u want this is for tsavo east and tsavo west you can also go to masi mara with jt all very safe and our guide must have had xray eyes he could spot leopards and lions from a mile away his name was conga what a great guy -you can contact jt prior to goin on email to arrange your appointment he will send a car / bus to pick u up from your hotel by the main gates and take you back aswell all very safe for us english couldnt have had better treatment we left our deposit and we didnt even pay the balance until the day after we returned back how good is that i can reccommend this company 100% watch out for beach boys trying to be JT email him before you go honestly it works really well ( email jtsafaris@yahoo.com ) he also arranges other trips like dolphin watching/wasini island and more and all very good.
Mango boat - if you want to go to sand bank for snorkling costs about £10 each this is right infront of the hotel just to the left a bit trip is about 2-3hours we went with Tom what a great guy
Glass bottom boat - this costs about £20 each never used but of course you can haggle the cost there are loads of them all trying to get your money so worth a haggle before u agree a price this seemd the goin rate .
Of course there are loads of other trips coming at you aswell just be carefull of having your safari from the beach i would not reccomend some did and were very dissapointed even though the price was cheap you get what u pay for after all be warned.
i would recommend this hotel for anyone its great for adults and kids .

Room Tip: ecomomy rooms dont have fridges you have to pay for them you can upgrade at a cost
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank mandybakewell
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