Diani Sea Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Beach Road, Ukunda, Diani, 80400, Kenya

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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 27% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

Good For Families
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    Super, friendly place.


    This hotel is not to be confused with the Diani Reef Sea Resort.
    I really enjoyed our week here, very friendly staff and super service from all. The food was very good and not over-repetetive, except perhaps the desserts. A couple of themed meals during the week made a change as well. A lovely garden and well-tended. Most of the meals are buffet-type, so if you don't enjoy getting up and serving yourself, best change of hotel.TThe bedroom was more than big enough with a small terrace. Although we didn't have any problems with them, the Vervet monkeys can be a handful in the grounds, so don't leave stuff on your sunbed or leave the windows of your room open when absent. There is an animation group on hand that organises games and outings, notably to the reef and sandbars a little way off the coast. Although there are around 150 bedrooms, there is sufficient space in the pool, grounds and beach for everyone.

    If you want to leave clothes or toilet sundries to staff don't be surprised when they ask you to write a short note explaining that these are gifts. If you refuse they will also refuse as they can be summararily sacked for not having a note as it will appear that they have stolen the items.

    Unique Quality: The affability of the staff made everything we did or participated in, a real pleasure.

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by TripAdvisor Member vickysage

u should go and stay here the staff will do anything and everything to make u happy they are so nice. the rooms are nice the food is good and the monkeys are no problem and the entertainment is fantastic. and the beach is fantastic to

good value hotel!!

by mickeyjane1 about diani sea lodge

this hotel is perfect for people wanting a good beachside location, friendly staff but need peace and relaxation too.

There is animation team there which provide activities during the day, water polo etc.

Great location right on the beach, near to supermarkets and a small selection of shops. THIS IS A SISTER PROPERTY TO THE DIANI SEA RESORT WHICH IS JUST UP THE ROAD,





Not the ideal way to end our holiday

by TripAdvisor Member tf06

After a ten day safari, staying in five different hotels around Kenya we could not wait to arrive at the Diani Sea Resort to spend the last 3 days of our holiday beside the sea. However the Diani Sea Resort turned out to be very below the standard of all the other hotels we had stayed in.
We arrived after a plane journey down from Mombassa at around ten in the evening, looking forward to some sleep. The hotel looked superficially nice and clean, but when we got to the rooms it was a different story. The room was damp, creating a horrible smell. The appliances were from around the 1980's and urgently needed replacement. There was cigarette marks in the bathroom, the table surfaces covered in dust and the table cloth had mould on. I would have expected better beds in a youth hostel. The sheets were incredibly thin and had hairs on them, clearly not changed, so we had to get them changed that evening, further inconvenience.
There was also the nightly "entertainment" which went on late into the night, a terrible and loud band who only succeded in keeping us awake.
In the morning we had a look around the grounds. Everywhere we went there was cigarette butts, ash and the smell of the awful habit; we seemed to be the only one who didn't smoke. The side of the pool was scattered with litter. The fences surrounding the resort were falling apart.
It was at this point we decided to try and change hotel. The rep was very helpful and understood our problems. However the hotel manager was very hostile and refused to accept there was anything wrong with the room, even when we showed him the evidence.
It took away a whole day of our holiday and I would never recommend this place to anyone. Thankfully, the hotel where we moved to was excellent and we succeded in winding down before returning home.

Wonderful Holiday

by TripAdvisor Member bronean

We have just returned from two weeks staying at the Diani Sea Resort, the hotel was excellent, the staff are so friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Our room was cleaned and our towels changed everyday and we can recommend the laundry service. We knew this holiday was going to be different from the first afternoon, when the monkeys joined us for tea and a large lizard came out of the bushes and sat in the sun next to our table. Although we were all inclusive and the food in the hotel was good, we did eat outside several times. Thanks to previous reviewers recomendations we went to Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant (twice because it was fantastic) and the Forty Theives beach bar, this was especially good on sunday as there was live music. We also had good food at the Globe bar/restaurant in the Diani shopping centre. We booked our safari with DM Tours, a one night stay at Galdessa Camp, it was amazing. We had a minibus all to ourselves, the driver, Khan was very good, his knowledge and driving skills were excellent ( they had to be with the state of the road from Mombasa). Words cannot describe Galdessa, when we arrived we couldn't enter the camp because one of the resident elephants was blocking the track. Later another elephant came within a few feet of us and started eating the thatched roof of our banda; at breakfast the next morning we watched hippos walking up the river. This was not the cheapest safari option available but the setting of the camp, the food and the sevice made for a wonderful experience. On the way back Khan took us to Voi Safari Lodge, the views were stunning and the hotel facilities were excellent. We would like to thank all the people who submitted reviews about Diani, we gained so much helpful information from them.

Happy Kenyans

by A TripAdvisor Member

Unbelievable holiday.( Honeymoon).Thia far outreached our expectations with the forever smiling Jambo ( Hello) Kenyans attempting to satisfy your every whim.The only mistake is if you do not ask.I will be back !!!!.

Cannot say enough about this holiday Make sure you get to know how the Kenyans live and think,take time to get to know the price of things and you will have the holiday of a life time.

The only place i have ever been where the excursions are worth every penny.

So Good, The Daughters Are Going Back

by A TripAdvisor Member

This hotel was excellent. The staff could not do enough for you. I had the general impression that as it was their close season (winter, and the temp did not get above 30 c) that all of the rooms were being refurbished. The food got better as did the entertainment. The holiday was booked as a beach holiday, and the beach is beautiful. Possibly due to it being quite, as soon as you touched the beach with your toe the "beach boys" were onto you. A very firm no thank you is required to get them to leave you alone. I am told that in the winter, when it is hotter, they do not bother you as much as they have lot's of potential customers on the beach. If the beach was private then it would be perfect. Things not stated in the brouchers is that the rooms all take British 3 pin plugs, you CAN hire beach towels and on arrival at the Kenya airports you can purchase your entry visa at $50 U.S. There is no exit charge.
Also take Kenyan Shillings, as this is the currency they accept. If you give a tip in £'s or $'s you get the staff later in your holiday asking you to change it for them back to shillings.
To be told that it is the best holiday they have ever had by a 20 and 17 year old daughter should say that this hotel IS good.
As usual the tour reps are selling excursions at inflated prices, but just out side the hotel and across the road there is plenty of places for you to book other trips and cheaper safari's. Do visit Fort Jesus in Mombassa for a superb meal in a fantastic setting.
I have photo's of the Hotel so all I can say is that the others published give a true reflection.

Happy Holiday!

by TripAdvisor Member TheSimpsons

We spent 2 weeks in Kenya staying at this hotel in between our safari. We booked with Kuoni which are excellent throughout, even their rep Shadrack was always available and had lots of knowledge. We found the staff to be very friendly and were happy to do anything to ensure you have a pleasant stay. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the food menu varied everyday. The downside are the beach traders but a firm no thank you is enough, many people just want to practise their English! The hotel provides good entertainment and the local bush tour is a must visiting a local school and village where you experience real Kenyan life. A safari is also a definate but be warned if going by minibus as the road to the parks are very bumpy! Visiting a Masai village is also a worthwhile experience. Make sure you barter well for souvenirs, the safari lodges are the best place as they are priced and very reasonable. Avoid the beach traders who are very expensive though a visit to the shops just outside the hotel gates are well priced especially Philips who will give you a good price, we bought most of our things from him. Try to take sweets for the children and don't be offended if asked for socks, t-shirts or even your shoes. And finally be sure your Kenyan Shillings are in small note denominations which can be used for tipping, money exchanges like to give Ksh1000 notes which are large notes! A reasonable tip for a waiter/porter is Ksh30 - 50.
Vickie Paul & Alex Simpson.

Overall a great place to stay

by TripAdvisor Member Maddad

I viewed these reports before visiting, 24 Jul – 8 Aug 06, and apart from some minor niggles was not disappointed. The staff are always happy to help and make the hotel a really pleasant cheery place to stay. The food was the best all inclusive offering we have experienced outside the Caribbean although lunch by the pool gets repetitive in week 2 as it is a fixed menu. They are very strict on dress code in the evening, no shorts or vest tops allowed for men!!! We went to Ali Baba’s Cave restaurant one evening and it is not to be missed. The food is worthy of 5 stars and the setting inside a cave is amazing. Book a table and they pick you up and take you back to the hotel, 3 mins drive. A 5 min walk along the beach, turn right at the beach wall, will bring you to the Forty Thieves pub. A great place for a relaxing lunch when you need a change. The beach boys are over priced but you need to haggle hard, the quality can be questionable on the larger carvings. Check out the shops outside the hotel for indicative prices. Moses and Philip will still discount by at least 20-30% so never pay the listed price. The key rings in shops are Ksh100 but are not as thick as the beach offerings. If you buy a key ring from the beach boys only pay a max of Ksh200 and never give them your name to carve as they will hassle you until you leave. Remember ebony sinks in water so if in doubt ask them to test it! The best discounts on carvings can be found if you go on safari as you will stop at a large shop. We picked up a carving with the bark still showing to prove its ebony. Starting price was Ksh9800 but paid Ksh2500 after 10 mins haggling. Others may pay less or more but pay what you feel is a fair price and do not get sucked into their sob stories. The biggest disappointment for us was the sea. It looks fantastic but once you are swimming past the line of sea grass you could encounter sea snakes and huge urchins. There were also blue bottle jelly fish when the tide came in. You will need some protection on your feet. Once I had been snorkelling and seen the snakes and urchins I decided it was not safe for my kids to try. If you want a safari go across the road to see Silas in his travel agent office, turn right out of the hotel and he is 50 yards down on the left. He will give you a good deal, $235 for 2 day Tsavo East, and really looks after you. His safari guides are excellent and really know their stuff. Wassini Island is also a great day out and the dolphins turned up for us as well. All the kids want sweets and pens. Take loads and give them out to see really grateful faces. As a summary the place is lovely and we had a great holiday.

Good bits – staff, food, relaxing setting, walks along the beach, animation team.
Niggles – signing for all drinks even water, air con only works with your key so is off when you are out of the room, beasties in the sea, restaurant has no air con so can be hot if the wind is not blowing, sports facilities need updating.
Must do’s – a meal at Ali Baba’s cave restaurant, lunch at Forty Thieves, Safari, Wassini Island


by TripAdvisor Member shiggy

We went to Kenya for our honeymoon on the 9th Oct for 2 weeks.

It was great, the staff, hotel, food and weather were all brilliant.

We booked a safari in the UK and stayed in three different lodges that were all fantastic and the views were breath taking. We would highly recommend to anyone to go to Kenya and to definately go on safari. We booked through Kuoni and our driver Paul was very knowledgable.

We might loads of great people and had a fantastic holiday.

We were suprised at how good the food was and the staff make a real effort and are very friendly.

We hardly spent any money as the hotel was all inclusive, so most of what we spent went on tips and gifts.

The massage at the hotel is 500 shillings which is £4 and lasts 50 minutes and if the lady (Ann) that does them was working in a spa here it would be £65.

The safety deposit box is reasonable as is their laundry service

The beach boys are annoying but it is best not to even entertain them and just ignore them. Do not go into there little hut on your first day!!!. We got ripped off on our first day and it wasn't until we went out and about we realised how much we had paid. they start off at ridculous prices so it is better just going to the shops as they are much more reasonable. The shops are the front of the hotel are good and there is a super market 5 minutes away in a taxi which has loads of souviner shops around it that are really cheap.

All in all it was an amazing holiday and we will definately be going back.

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Address: Beach Road, Ukunda, Diani, 80400, Kenya