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“So nice and friendly small hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Village Club
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Efringen-Kirchen, Germany
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5 reviews
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“So nice and friendly small hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

On the way from the airport to the hotel we stopped at severals other hotels. Most of the with huge reception and than finally (fro us) we reached the Ocean Village Club. Entering the compound ther came a feeling of disappointment: is this our Hotel? But than, walking down towards the ocean it became more and more beautiful. The ral reception is not up to he road, but close to he beach embedded in the beautiful old garden from the hotel. All the bungalows are facing he ocean as well as facing the garden, in which many apes are running and playing. As long as you don't feed the apes, they are harmless.
The staff is more han friendly and helpfull, from general manager to towel boy. They all speak english and france. The food was tasty and always enough to choose. Nice decorated.
For us it was very important that this hotel is not so huge and even by 'all inclusive' you don't have to wear a armtag. hey know their guests!!
The shuttle limousine was great and well organised. But if not available, the local minibusses are also OK. We stayed in a Deluxe room, which have plenty of room. The standard rooms are also OK, of course a bit smaller.
We had a very good vacation and we are looking forward to come again.

Room Tip: All the apartments are facing the ocean and the garden. Deluxe rooms have lots of space and a beatif...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jeanette v
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Bucharest, Romania
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

I went to Kenya for the first time in Februry 2013 together with a group of friends and stayed at the Ocean Village Club for 5 days. I was delighted to discover nice surroundings, a beautiful beach and very friendly and warm people. Though we stayed in one of the not-recently renovated bungalows, it was very clean and comfortable, despite it did not have a TV or a minibar and the bathroom did not have a bathtub. However, the service made up for the rest, all staff were very nice and eager to talk to us and make us feel good.Food was nice, healthy and to the tste of europeans but if we had stayed longer, it would have probably have become boring.
All in all, it was a pleasant and relaxing stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

We are regular visitors to Diani Beach and I booked Ocean Village as our usual hotel was full. Having stayed in many hotels in Kenya I find that many don't make the mark and when we drove up to reception of this hotel I did think "Oh No this isn't going to be nice........."
Fortunately I was very wrong.
The hotel is smaller that the ones we usually stay in however the welcome and the ambience made up for it. We stayed in one of the newly refurbished rooms and I was very pleased; I'm a stickler for cleanliness and very often don't look in the corners for fear of what I might see but I didn't get this here whatsoever. The rooms were very well presented and really nice and relaxing.
The food was varied, fresh and well presented, possibly lacking in choices compared to the large hotels however there was always things on offer to suit most tastes. As seasoned All Inc people my son did notice that there was never anything on offer other than at mealtimes with the exception of popcorn just prior to evening meal. I would have preferred a snack station for pizza or something similar to keep hungry children satisfied until dinner time as following a day in the pool and sea my son is always ravenous! On the other hand the cocktails were very good and very generous measure too!
The staff were courteous and always willing to go the extra mile to assist with something and very well presented. Most of the guests are French so some menu's/signs etc are French so if you speak French you're definitely at an advantage.
The beach directly in front of the the hotel is superb and as a little bit of an expert on Diani Beach, it is probably one of the better spots for white sand and clear, rock free water.
All in all I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LizWadd
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Joao C, Manager at Ocean Village Club, responded to this review, 22 February 2013
Dear Miss Liz Wadd,

We would like to thank you for having found the time to write us, this much appreciated review.
We are also very glad that we met your expectations.
Regarding what you have mentioned during the aperitif time, we thank you for the suggestion!
Next time that you decide to come and stay with us, rest assure that you will find some extra "bitings".

We look forward to see you again in a near future.

Best wishes,
Joao Carvalho
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Maribor, Slovenia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

Everything was as perfect. We enjoyed every second of our 14 days vacation. The staff was great, kind and very helpfull.I would recommend the Ocean Village Club to everyone who would like to have a perfect vacation.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bojana K
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Warsaw, Poland
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

the hotel definitely deserves a recommendation, together with my wife we spent great 10 days in Kenya at the Ocean Village Club:

- Surroundings

the hotel is right at the beach, about 45-60min drive from Mombasa Airport. The Beach is very large, and doesnt seem crowded, even in "rush hours". The coast is very beautiful, ocean warm, water clear, need I say more ? :)
Oh, there are a lot of beach boys, but a firm "leave us alone" earns you a quiet walk

- Rooms

we took the deluxe beachfront room and it was great, very spacious, clean, comfortable, bathroom w/ a bathtub, nice porch w/furniture ... loved it

- Service

also very good, the women at the reception desk though are quite shy and somewaht afraid to help, other staff though are very funny, eager to talk and very helpful. I really like the guys at the bar (Patrick) and the animation team, also Tony watching over the pool and towels was very polite and eager to help

- Restaurant

ok, with a variety of foods to choose from, for 10 days it was ok, but if you plan a longer stay, the breakfast buffet can be monotonous

- Bar

ok, wouldn't hurt to add a few kinds of drinks though. also it would be great of the hotel could add some more (international) brands to the bar.

- other
evening activites range from local bands, snake show to masai dance, also the animation team is there to talk if you are up to it :) I was satisfied

few words of advice:
- keep away from the monkeys - these are still wild animals and after a bite you have to take 5 rounds of quite painful injections
- go to a 2 day safari (cost ca. 350USD) - great experience
- buy gifts/souvenires at a local village (75% discounts vs beach prices)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RPantera
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Baarn, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Situated at perfect beach,white Sand,clean,Nice view!!
Rooms are excellent ( we had a deluxe room,with sea view)
Staff is very very friendly with a happy smile.The food is very good and fresh.
Hotel is clean.

Room Tip: Deluxe room
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dominique198
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

very good accomodation, small pool, poor entertainment - comaring with turkis resorts for example. it is quiet and small, good for groups but have no entertainment for kids. All in all a pleasant holiday location.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank irina-gheorghiu
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Additional Information about Ocean Village Club

Property: Ocean Village Club
Address: PO Box 88 Ukunda | Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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 Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#6 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#10 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Village Club 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As promised Ocean Village Club has , after major renovations, reopened on 1st December 2012.Most of the standard rooms have been demolished to make place for new Grand Tropical rooms. These rooms are between 42 and 50 square meters ( plus spacious verandah ) have both bath and shower, flat screen satellite T.V. minibar, personal safe, telephone, poster bed ,wifi and teack furniture.The overall concept remain the same : Ocean Village Club aims to give exceptional value for money, a smart, understated,environement for Clients that wish to relax, unwind, enjoy the sun, the beach, the ocean.As always Ocean Village Club has resisted the temptation to build too many rooms as the underlyng philosophy is that of creating an environment where clients feel part of a priviledged family, not just numbers....As always ......better yes, bigger no !! ... more   less 
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