Went in the 'big' rainy season - mixed weather but still enjoyable -the good days were still hot. Rooms tired but clean. Could not spek too highly of the staff who made the holiday a memorable one for us. Food , whilst not that exciting, was fine - always had fresh fruit soups and salads on the menu and you could always fill- up at the bar with junk ( pizza , burgers , chips etc). Drinks were fine and always available. Boys on the beach wre a pain - not really what you go on holiday for - it is a fab beach and it would have been good to have been able to walk along at will without being approached ( although usually politely). Go on the village and orphanage trips and see how they live - dont take sweets for the kids ( in my opinion ) better a few small balls, skipping ropes , clothes ( they are dressed in rags) cheap tee shirts , short , pants would be better - if you take pens / pencils then thats great but they dont have anything to write on - when we went they kids got their mouths stuffed full of lollipops and hands full of pencils ( really bizzare). I dint realise that Kenya is so poor - no real sign of any affluence really. We asked Monarch if they would waive the excess weight charge for the stuff we took for the Orphanage - they refused - miserable b*******s. Whilst we are on - Monarch - you have to pay for all your drinks- just like Ryanair really - food was rubbish , better off taking your own sandwichs - little leg room and banal films.Back to Diani - Did'nt have many mosquitoes so not a problem ( two bites between us) although we did use repelent - the net in the room was good . Air con noisey. We took Dixycyclone (£9.10 from Boots ) - and had no problems with sickness - took them before we went to bed at night on advice on rep- good advice - quite a few people we met took malarone and felt sick. We didnt bother with the yellow fever jabs ( no case in Kenya for 12 years I read). Good entertainment each night. The monkeys were entertaining - they like cake - good sport watching the strategies employed by the security staff versus the monkeys - call it a draw! The hotel has a tennis court - ok , crazy golf , table tennis and the animation team work very hard to keep you amused. Wife enjoyed the daily massage ( only £5 of which the girls actually get £1.50). Dont bother getting any currency - pay your entrance tax in £ ( £20 currently ) and change at the airport or hotel - about 111 shillings when we wre there - we got dollars and shillings at home - waste of time as the exchange rate here was worse. All in all a good break - touched by the kindness of the staff and the poverty of the general surroundings.
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