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Diani Sea Lodge
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 April 2011

The service was very good, the staff are all friendly and cant do enough for you. Food is good, snack bar is OK. We went there a few times as we didnt want another 4 course lunch. Soooooooooooo much food!. The beach boys didnt cause us a problem although there were quite a few on the beach. The Water in the sea must have been about 30 degrees, gorgeous. We went on a boat trip in a glass bottom boat, was really good. 2 day safari at Tsavo east, booked it before we went. Our guide Clyde was brilliant so knowledgable and a really nice guy. What a trip amazing, saw lots of animals 3 out of the big 5. Went into an orphanage, took clothes, books, pencils with us. Could have bought the kids home. Also went to Masai villiage, an eye opener really good.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank barb150
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

A very good 3 star hotel. Right on the beach. Sea very warm and clear. All inclusive package very good. Food very good selection for a 3 star. Staff brilliant and their only purpose is to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Good poolside bar and variety of drinks. Tea and cake at 4pm on the Veranda (very civilised).
A trip is organised to visit a local village. This is worthwhile if only to see how the locals really live. Take some treats for the children. At the end of your holiday please leave your favourite locals some of your excess clothing. They need it and will appreciate it. They are good people living in poverty but they keep smiling.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Dannscott
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

The hotel was better than I expected for a 3-star. The all-inclusive package provided an excellent range of good food and a wide variety of drinks, including delicious cocktails. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, who went out of their way to ensure that guests were happy. The grounds were lovely and there were plenty of sunbeds. Activities were available for those who wanted them and the entertainment was varied and enjoyable.
For the people who have criticised this hotel, you booked 3-star in East Africa - what did you expect? In my opinion, your criticisms are unreasonable

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Traveller2611
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

Right away from the entrance of this hotel you are confronted with a mass of colour . The gardens are an incredible mixture of tropical shrubs and trees. The hotel is built from the coral stone which is typical of many of the buildings in this area. The reception is dominated by a deep covered well which no longer has any water and adds a sense of timelessness to the interior surroundings The photgraphs we have seen do not do justice to the interior which has much more character than we thought. The beach is one of the best we have seen and that includes the pacific islands where we once lived. The beach boys were not a problem to us as this is our seventh visit to Kenya and we have got used to them now. The food was good, healthy and varied. The lunches especially were excellent value for money as there was so much to choose from. The staff were brilliant as nothing was too much for them and we felt really sad to leave them all as they made the holiday a happy experience. The hotel is German owned and therefore there is a predominence of german people . Our rooms were basic but clean and comfotable with a good shower area. The upgrades are nearer the beach and we did consider this but we would have missed the daily drama outside our bedroom of the cats and monkeys who tolerate each other well- apart from the cats - who behave like cats with each other! We went to the Shimba Hills this time on a half day safari and saw the sable antelope which can only be seen there and in south africa. I would recommend this little hotel highly. A wonderful place to crash out after a safari. We split our time on Diani by going back to the hotel we love the best - The Indian Ocean Beach Club which is four to five star and incredible. However we will remember this hotel for making our holiday so enjoyable and just how hard the staff worked to do so. Overall excellent value for money

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank havasafari
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Reviewed 16 March 2011

My friend and I just got back from one amazing week at the Diani sea lodge. We have both been to Africa before so knew what to expect and as other people have written, this is a third world country and very, very poor. Our week was amazing from start to finish. Great food, great staff, beautiful beach, great hotel, fantastic warm sea (30 degrees in the water) you never want to get up.
Sure, some of the guys working on the beach can be a bit annoying and follow you trying to sell things, but we became really great friends with 2 of the guys working on the beach, Richard-who sells boat trips to Wasini island and Nicholas- who sells safaris. Friends for life. We did go on the boat trip to Wasini island and did some snorkeling out in the sea.
Both me and my friend have been to most parts of the world but I can easily say this is my best holiday ever and we are already planning to go back next year.
Being in Africa is very good for your mind and soul, it relaxes you in way no other place can and you stop caring about materialistic things and worrying about silly things.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Marias52
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

We recently spent two weeks on holiday at the Diani Sea Lodge.
From the moment we arrived the staff were very friendly and always very helpful.
The food was always of a good standard and there was always plenty of it.. Despite the Germans attempts to eat it all as soon as the restaurant opened.
One note on dress code, men are not allowed in the restaurant in the evenings for dinner unless they are wearing long trousers..
Our room was in a beautiful garden setting and was kept very clean by the housekeeping staff.
The hotel is perfectly situated on the beach with plenty of sun beds available on the hotel garden.
The beach boys are a pain but we soon learnt that you had to say a very firm no thank you and then they would leave you alone.
Before leaving we read on trip advisor about WT safaris. Like many others we would recommend this company. We did get fed up with being hounded by the sales guys on the beach so we decided to go up to their office to make our booking. If you can ask foe a driver, ask for Ronaldo. He was our driver and guide on our two day safari. He was very friendly and new of all the right places and didn't give up on finding us the giraffes.
The hotel animation team really do deserve a mention. The work very hard day and night to ensure that guests have plenty of activities to take part in. During the day they organize games of beach football, boules, volleyball, beach walks, jogging, water polo and local village tours. In the evening there is a mixture of entertainment from a band to acrobats.
One thing to remember is that Kenya is very much a developing country and poverty is all around,especially in Mombasa but despite this the locals are always smiling.
If you are looking for a relaxing winter sun holiday we would recommend that you spend it at the Diani sea Lodge.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank bundy10
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

Had a fantastic holiday staying at this hotel and have no complaints at all and would highly recommend it . The hotel sits directly onto a stunning white beach surrounded by coconut palms. Plenty of sun beds available even over the half term week. Rooms are good, many with terraces /balconies. Air con was ok . Gardens are very nice and monkeys are everywhere.
The food was excellent – A huge variety and plenty of salads, soups, grilled meat and fish and masses of fresh fruit. Healthy, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable . Two nights per week (wed and Sat) there are special events and dinner is served outside around the pool. The staff genuinely want you to enjoy yourself and the standards of service are very good.... no problem getting drinks and local cocktails are all part of the “AI” deal .

The staff bend over backwards to please and seem genuinely pleased if you compliment the hotel or the food etc . The animation team are also very good and not pushy but if you want to be occupoied all week playing football, volleyball , bowls etc the option is there . I walked to the sister hotel the Diani Resort and whilst the pool was perhaps slightly better the rooms seemed to be in blocks whereas the Sea Lodge rooms are mostly bungalows. The sea Lodge is a 3 star but in my view a good one and the atmosphere, staff , location , and food could not be faulted .

A recent very negative review to my mind is unfair and inaccurate.... which labels the hotel as a health hazard . We spoke to many other guests and without exception everyone was very happy with the hotel and the food. Most reviews for this hotel are excellent but there will always be one which slates the hotel and because of this when I research a hotel I tend to discount the odd bad review. This particular reviewer didn’t seem to like anything including the hotel he was moved to or the safari. How anyone can criticise the safaris on offer is beyond me? Yes it’s a long drive but if you don’t like driving then surely you should book a hotel nearer to the safari locations ?
A note on safaris – We used an independent guy called Salim Senty who has his own well maintained safari vehicle, all insurance docs on display etc. He speaks perfect English has 30 years experience and he came highly recommended by two separate people who mentioned him on Trip Advisor. (one who has used him for over ten years) We emailed Salim and spoke to him from the UK and got everything booked . He will collect you and deliver a private safari – allow you to select your itinerary and Lodge and will do it for a reasonable price. He has an exceptional knowledge of animals, birds and an uncanny knack of spotting wildlife.
Email him on sasuse101@hotmail.com and he will reply or call you. He has plenty of patience to ensure that you get what you want. We made a verbal booking and paid no deposit as it is all done on trust and i had 100% confidence in him due to the recommendations and he did not let us down in any respect. There are many advantages of booking before you leave the UK and removing the stress of sorting out a safari on the beach when you are there. Also many of the lodges tend to get booked up at busy times.
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Entry Visa -we paid only $25 each and children under 16 are free . We did this on arrival at the airport. If you send off to the Kenya Embassy you pay $50 each . So I wouldn’t bother getting visas before you leave. You may queue for 20 minutes at the airport but it isn’t that much hassle. There were no exit fees. However I think it does tend to change day to day.
Glass bottom boat sea safari – If you book through the hotel or the rep you will pay three times over the odds. We paid $30 for four.... so less than £5 each . A great trip and well worth doing.
Money . Hotel doesn’t change traveller’s cheques. Take Shillings (M&S stock them) and / or American dollars – which seem good for the bigger transactions like safari payments. But if you take all shillings you won’t go far wrong.
Safari – Book ahead – the job is then done and you know what you are getting. In my view it is hassle negotiating something fairly expensive on a beach. I found that I could enjoy my time on the beach knowing the safari was all booked including a good choice of lodge . I believe some folk booking whilst on holiday were nota bale to select a lodge and got what they were given .

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank BedforshireAndrewJC
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Address: Diani Beach Road | Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: £86 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Diani Sea Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 168
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