With its curvy swimming pool, long stretch of bleached white sand and tropical gardens, the Diani Sea Resort has outdoor relaxation covered. Inside, meanwhile, it’s all about a colonial safari vibe. The bedrooms’ beds are draped in mosquito nets and the foyer’s wooden chairs and brocade cushions are the spot for afternoon tea. Best of all, this hotel’s in a great location – it’s just a ten-minute walk to the local shops.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board. Afternoon tea and snacks.
Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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With a shallow section for kids', and a small waterslide.
Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. There's also an à la carte menu at dinner.
There's plenty on during the day to make sure you don't get bored, and come the evening you can expect a range of entertainment including live music, acrobats and traditional dance shows.
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Twin room sleeps 2, with twin wash basins, TV with local channels and in-house DVD and music, mosquito nets, fruit and flowers in room on arrival and balcony.
superior twin room
Superior twin room sleeps 2, with twin wash basins, TV with local channels and in-house DVD and music, mosquito nets, fruit and flowers in room on arrival and balcony.
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Brilliant holiday altogether
We stayed at Diani Sea Resort for two weeks in March this year, and had no complaints at all. We did upgrade to the Bahari rooms as we wanted a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Our room was spacious and comfortable. It was cleaned every day and fresh towels left. The staff at the hotel were all lovely, and greeted you every time you met. From gardeners to cleaners right up to management they all wished you "Jambo" The hotel and the grounds are immaculate, not a leaf on the paths. The layout of the hotel is lovely and the beach fantastic. The food was really good. I think the chefs try extremely hard to please. If I had any complaint, it would be that for me the food was too English. When I'm abroad, I enjoy the experience of the local cuisine and want to eat what is eaten locally. (In my opinion,too many people go abroad looking for everything to be the same as home, and it really annoys me that they then complain when it's not) We did have African nights where some local dishes were on offer, which were lovely. The beach sellers - again, having read lots of reports about what a pest they were. Embrace the culture when you are in these countries, they are trying to make a living and their crafts are beautiful. ( Unfortunately they seem to think we are all millionaires and their prices to start with are ridiculously high) Barter and agree on a price agreeable to both parties. My husband and I loved the whole experience and will definitely return.More
Terashly, Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
Truly a tropical paradise
We stayed at the Diani Sea Resort for two weeks in April 2013. To an extent the choice of hotel was a compromise: we had stayed in Mombassa previously at a higher star rating hotel (the Indian Ocean beach Club) which was excellent but the budget was a bit tight this time and when I had to decide where to make cuts I went for what appeared to be a slightly less good hotel (based both on official star rating and on customer reviews). What we got exceeded our expectations in every respect. The hotel itself is set in the most beautiful tropical gardens, filled with bougainvilleas in a mass of colours. Three species of monkeys live in the grounds (the Collobus keep to themselves but the other two can be pests at tea time). The staff are uniformly excellent: helpful, cheerful and welcoming; nor are they always being on the lookout for tips which in the past we have found can sour an otherwise excellent holiday; Jamaica springs to mind. The beach is beautiful, but is patrolled by people selling souvenirs: if one stays in the hotel grounds however, (which are raised up above the beach by 3-4 feet), you don't get bothered. The very occasional newspaper seller or rep from the health spa offering manicures was happy to accept a 'no thank you' without complaint. We chose one of the hotel's best quality rooms (I forget what they are officially called) and it was beautiful, looking obliquely across the gardens to the sea. The hotel was kept scrupulously clean even though we made this a bit difficult for them: on one occasion I cut myself and got blood on the sheets and the floor; on another occasion we dropped a bottle of Coke. On both occasions the room was cleaned immediately and cheerfully by Omali, our regular cleaner. The food in the restaurant was good, reasonably varied and again everything was scrupulously clean. On one occasion my wife was ill, (she is wheat intolerant and had, through no fault of the hotel, eaten something containing wheat); when the restaurant staff discovered this they prepared fruit platters that were delivered to our room. On following days the waiting staff checked on all the food being offered for wheat content and told her what was and was not safe for her to eat that day; really they could have done nothing more to help. We were on the 'all inclusive' board basis, which, somewhat to our surprise, did extend to the mini-bar in the room as well as the hotel bars. At the end of our stay we had only to pay for some laundry we had had done. The air conditioning in the room was new and worked perfectly except during an occasional power cut that never went on for very long. In one of the reviews I read, someone wrote that it was necessary to check out of one's room and check back in again if one goes on safari, and that failing this, one might lose things from one's room. I don't know where this came from because our experience was exactly the opposite: we did use the safe in the room for valuables, but it was not suggested, (nor did we), take any special precautions when going on safari. We lost nothing and I have no qualms at all about the honesty of staff. What we were looking for in this holiday was a place to relax and rest. We didn't want huge activity; we also didn't want hoards of screaming children. What we got was exactly what we wanted. The entertainment in the evening was of better quality than is the norm in package holiday hotels; the Jazz evening combined with the outdoor African Barbecue evening on the Thursday was particularly good. There were children there but they were universally well-behaved; I know the hotel had little to do with how well parents control their children, but it seems indicative of something (though exactly what I'm not sure) that the hotel has 85% repeat customers. I think that people who want this sort of holiday find it here and keep coming back.More
Richard I, Highley, United Kingdom
stayed here 2012 just booked for 2014 been to another hotel in kenya but it had nothing on this one the food and drink you can not get better the staff are lovely and will do anything to help you the rooms are lovely and the sellers on the beach are ace talk to them they are not as bad as some make out everything was excellent cant wait to go back next yearMore
mandylouadamson, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Wedding at Diani Sea Resort
Well, where do I even begin.... We had a great time!!! My husband and I got married in Kenya this February. We booked a group booking for 25 our family and friends with Thomson Holidays. It was really easy and Thomson's had it all sorted in the end... Yes there were a few hitches but you can't expect everything to go perfectly. They were even happy to organize booking the hotel for two other family members that were flying up from Zambia. We booked an all inclusive package which included pretty much everything; flights, transfers, food, drinks including local alcohol, activities provided by the entertainment team... you name it.. it was all great and at a pretty high standard for Africa. The hotel; we arrived and felt like celebrities. Everyone including the local beach sellers new our wedding party were coming, we were made to feel soo welcome by all the staff and locals. The hotel was clean and tidy, the food was different each night and you had a variety to choose from and there was entertainment on each night. The rooms were spacious and cleaned daily. The pool is great but I wouldn’t recommend wearing your favourite bikini or board shorts because for some reason everyone’s shorts/ bikini’s turned green and it hasn’t washed out. The water is all salt water including the showers, but you can get bottled water for drinking and there is fresh water provided for brushing your teeth etc. I think we all suffered from the “Mombasa Express” so I would definitely recommend taking out a few packets of Imodium tablets and anti-sickness/ travel sickness tablets!! We all just got on with it and took it in our stride; it’s going to happen no matter, it’s not anything the hotel did wrong like most people have said on these reviews; it’s because our bodies are not used to constant heat/humidity and the amount of food/fruit you’ll be eating etc… There is a cash bureau in the hotel; the rates change daily. I wouldn’t bother taking too many Kenyan shillings out with you because they all (including the locals) like to deal in US $, Euro, or British pounds… There is a Barclays bank down the road from the hotel. Never accept the price you are given by sellers; they want to make a sale therefore will over price the item by 4-5 times the actual price. Always offer well below half the asking price… if they want to make a sale they will take your offer, if not walk away and go back another day. Shop around for the first couple of days to get a rough idea on the price of things. Always ask yourself; would you pay that price for it in the U.K.? Excursions: if you want to take the safe option then go with the Thomson’s holiday Rep…. you will pay a higher price for it.. There is a local guy outside the hotel along the road called “Joseph under the tree” About 20people from our wedding party booked a 1night stay at Salt Licks with Joseph. They got it for a really cheap price compared to the Thomson rep but they were worried up until the day they went on the trip. They all really enjoyed themselves and got everything Joseph said they would. If you want to save money then Joseph is the man you want to see. I will pre warn you; if you have taken travel insurance with Thomsons and you go on excursions with anyone else other than the Thomson’s rep then your travel insurance will be non-in-void if anything happens…. I would get your travel insurance with an independent broker. Now for the wedding part; As every bride would be; I was nervous about what I was going to get in my wedding package with Thomson's; it's not as clear as it could be. If you've got a small wedding party then you'll be fine but with a large wedding party like ours, it had a few extra hidden charges.. I wanted the day to be exactly how I pictured it, so a friend and I worked really hard and took a lot of colour co-ordinated items out for our wedding day. Because we had such a large wedding party, Thomson gave us and extra 10kg in baggage and a wedding dress box to carry as hand luggage. I was put in contact with Renson the Thomson’s wedding co-ordinator who I emailed weeks before we arrived to discuss what I wanted as extras; dancers, band, choir, colours and style of my flowers etc. The day we arrived we had a meeting to discuss our options of where on the resort we would get married and went through all our final touches and plan for the day. If you know exactly what you want it will be easier for Renson to know in advance to organise it, there wasn’t anything Renson couldn’t arrange for us. The prices scared me slightly as I thought some things were overpriced; but when I shopped around and contacted others about the prices they were about right. Don’t be fooled by the pictures provided by Thomson or on Rensons website http://www.weddinkenya.blogspot.co.uk/ I got caught up in it all because I thought that’s what was included in the “decoration of venue”. If you want to know more about this then message me on here. I’ll be happy to guide on it all. If you look at Thomson's main website for Diani Sea Resort you'll see a couple of our wedding photo's in their gallery or in this review. All the best; it’s a great hotel to hold your wedding and all the staff work extra hard to make it your day but don’t forget in Kenya things are done “pole’ pole’” which means slowly slowly…….More
Karly M, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Dont bother !
Having stayed at this hotel last November and had a lovely time we decided to return to celebrate our wedding anniversary . We told Thomson this was a special occasion and also the hotel . Neither did anything to upgrade us or even congratulate us on our auspicious occasion . I dont know where to start to tell you how things are going downhill at this hotel but i will list the things i think future guests should know :- 1. Breakfast is awful , the toast is kept for hours and there is never any sausages or bacon ready , be prepared to wait , most of the time we finished our breakfast before they finally came around with disgusting tea and coffee . 2. All inclusive - only one beer and it was foul , nothing more to say there . 3.We were all crammed into the snack area for lunch , sometimes having to sit under the baking sun because they were cutting staff costs because the hotel was so quiet . 4. The snack menu is also disgusting , as a chef I think it is so dated and they never serve the same thing twice , it seems like they serve what they like , pizzas and sandwiches are awful . 5.As in November the towels in our room smelt badly of sweat when they are brought back supposedly laundered , i suspect they are simply dried and returned , this was terrible every day , very few too , i had to pay our houseboy to get more , but he left the hotel the next day with our cash and still no towels . 6. The entertainment was ok but you will wait a long time to get a drink unless you get it yourself , i think the hotel think they are saving money by putting one waiter to serve 100 guests but they are just putting people off a revisit . 7. After paying a deposit for our safe this was not refunded until we had to remind them . 8.We went out for some Nyana Choma in a very grotty street bar in Ukunda and the food we ate was far better than most dinners at the hotel , need i say more . 9. The conditions they keep their buffet service at are an environmental health officers nightmare , shocking !Lukewarm food , critical for food bourne bacteria to thrive . 10. Aircon was the worst of any hotel i have stayed , very noisy and NOT cold , complained twice but was told they didnt have gas ? 11. Went for a walk down to the beach at night only to find both Askaris our security guards put there to stop any unwanted guests from entering the hotel grounds .... ASLEEP ! Anybody could have come in . 12. This hotel is without a manager , I asked everyone what happened to the previous one and its as if they have been told to keep quiet about it , very strange . All i can recap by saying is ... People dont waste your money coming to this hotel ! There are far better places to stay . I.e. Boabab or Sentido Palm . This hotel is closed for a six week refurbishment , much overdue in my opinion , i only hope they address the underlying issues as well as the cosmetics of the place . Clean rooms, clean towels , decent HOT food ,happy staff, drinkable drinks ...and security !! Is that too much to ask DUANI SEA RESORT !! Sort it out before you reopen please .More
Kenyachef, Swansea, United Kingdom
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