It’s the location that really sets this place apart. It’s tucked away in tropical gardens that step down to a sandy beach. What’s more, you’ve got prime safari territory on your doorstep, so if seeing a bit of Kenya’s wildlife is what you’re after, this place is a must-stay.
Looks-wise, the All Inclusive Diani Sea Resort has a touch of colonial romanticism about it. Its whitewashed, russet-roofed façade opens up to a lobby with a mural-topped reception, simple columns and big indoor palms.
The restaurants, too, are elegantly simple in style. The main eatery is a buffet affair set behind archways with tables dressed in white, orange and pale blue. Meanwhile, for favourites like pizzas, spaghetti and sandwiches, the poolside snack bar is spot on.
As for things to do, there’s plenty in the way of entertainment. Set in a clearing in the heart of the garden, the swimming pool should be your first port of call. If you’re after something a little more adventurous, though, there’s a PADI diving school on site, plus windsurfing, snorkelling and even deep sea fishing trips.
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks 10.00-24.00. Afternoon tea with restrictions. Snacks at set times.
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With a shallow section for kids and a small waterslide.
For breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. There's also an à la carte menu* at dinner.
PADI diving school*
Explore the local aquatic life with the PADI diving school. If you'd like to try it out, you can join in with the introductory trial in the pool.
Rooms► View all
Twin room sleeps up to 2 - can be sold as a single, with twin wash basins, TV with local channels and in-house DVD and music, tea and coffee facilities, safe at a charge, 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, safe at a charge, minibar at a charge, tea and coffee facilities, mosquito nets, fruit and flowers in room on arrival and balcony.
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fantastic holiday at Diani Sea Resort and trip with WT Safaries
We have just returned from our 3rd visit to this great hotel and had yet another amazing time. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens and has a stunning beach with a balmy, refreshing sea breeze. It is also spotlessly clean and the food is super, especially the lobster at the Italian restaurant! However, the reason that we choose to return each time is because the staff are so fantastic and make us feel truly welcome and valued. Everywhere we went in the hotel we were greeted with 'Jambo' and a smile and it was great to see everyone again. There were a large number of returning guests which is a recommendation in itself and we saw two other couples who we had first met at the hotel last year. It was lovely to relax and chill out but there are activities organised by the Colobus Team who work hard to provide interesting activities during the day . Night time entertainment is also good. While in Kenya we went on a 4 day safari with WT Safaris who were superb. We have tried some of the rest and WT are the best! We booked our safari with Ann Sanderson at Kenyan Travel here in Northumberland,England before we traveled. Ann and Kenyan Travel are the representatives for WT in the UK and she was extremely helpful not only in advising and sorting prices but her input meant that we could pay our deposit without all the hassle of sending money abroad . The safari was wonderful and our driver/guide Hammadi was first class, a very skilled driver and extremely knowledgeable. Ann also arranged for us to foster an elephant and to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage . We had no idea of the extent of poaching in Kenya despite the efforts of the government to stamp it out but this organisation do wonderful work in rescuing and rearing orphaned baby elephants before returning them to the wild. This was a truly amazing and uplifting experience and who would have thought that you could cuddle an wild baby elephant! We cannot speak highly enough of The Diani Sea Resort, WT Safaris and Ann Sanderson. We hope to return again next year.More
Lesley Q, Yeovil, United Kingdom
We had 2 weeks at Diani Sea Resort end of January (sorry for delay in posting review) and had a great time. Location on Diani beach is fabulous and Mombasa ferry ride to get to Diani Beach is fascinating. Hotel is 4 star but food in general was good but the staff more than made up for any inadequacies in their friendliness. Would recommend the hotel to stay as it is right on Diani beach which was as good as watching the world go by!! Fascinating!! Would also recommend Captain Nemo (directly on the beach) for a boat trip on the coral and out to the sand bar as he was such good fun and knowledgeable!!More
Kateboogie, Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
Beautiful Hotel with FANTASTIC service!
What an amazing holiday. My partner and I have just returned from a week holiday at the Diani Sea resort (first week of April). We booked through Thomson and travelled on their new 787 Dreamliner which I can’t fault. If you have not already arranged a Visa, you will need to pay for one when arriving at Mombasa airport. We paid in dollars which was €50.00 each. Also note the exit tax when checking in for your return flight is €40.00 and no change is given. From the moment we arrived at the hotel, the staff were so welcoming and accommodating. They greeted our coach with African dancing and music and gave us all cold flannels and orange juice. The hotel may be rated at 3 star, but the staff were definitely 5 star. They arranged for a number of staff to take our bags to our room which was the second block from the end, close to the beach. We were on the top floor in room 609. There is no lifts in the hotel, but as it was only the second floor, it wasn’t too bad. We had a slight view of the sea/beach and a pool view. The room was very spacious, with a large bathroom and separate toilet. The shower is salt water, so ladies with long hair, take a LOT of conditioner and hair products with you. This was my mistake and having hair extensions was a bit of a knotty problem when it came to showering. Other than that, the room was great. We did encounter a problem with our air con shortly after arriving as it started dripping, however shortly after reporting this, they had fixed the problem. The only thing I will say is the website states that there is a DVD player, therefore we packed numerous DVDs for late night movie viewing, however our room did not have a DVD player. Other reviews state there is only 1 English news channel, however out of the 7 channels, at least 3 were English if not more. The hotel put on two different English films each night in the rooms, however when we looked, we could not find them. We didn’t bother to ask at reception though as we weren’t too bothered. The pool area was lovely. It was so refreshing to be able to relax around the pool without horrible loud music and announcements. There were never more than maybe 5-6 groups of people around the pool and it was never a problem getting a sun bed. There were plenty and the sun bed/towel man was very happy to bring you a mattress for them. The pool itself was perfect. The heat was around 33 degrees and very humid, so getting in the pool for a much needed cool down was great. We didn’t see the monkeys that much, however on the last day, a monkey did steal the pineapple from my glass and proceed to drink my cocktail! They don’t really bug you too much and are pretty awesome to see running around and jumping in the trees around the pool area. The pool was right next to the snack bar, so it was easy to grab a bite for lunch or get a drink from the bar. My personal fav cocktail was the ‘Printers Wonder’ – none alcoholic, but extremely yummy. The food for lunch was good. Quite a large selection with snacks you can order such as omelette, pasta, pizza, burgers, chips etc, or you could get different food from the buffet. The staff again, were so friendly and helpful. If like my partner and I, you can’t handle too much heat, I would suggest getting a sun bed overlooking the sea. There is plenty of shade here and a lot of breeze so it’s much cooler. Onto breakfast/dinner... The food was good. Probably better than I’d expected. There was a good choice for breakfast, including bread, cereals, porridge, pancakes, pastries and a cooked breakfast. You could order toast from your table and they bring tea and coffee to you. At dinner, they have nights where they do a buffet outside, which is very romantic eating by candle light. This was my preferred option as it was cooler and I thought the food selection was better. The nights they did a lot of Indian food were the best. The naan bread and samosas are incredible. The desserts were not so great if you don’t like fruit, though I didn’t eat any so I can’t really comment on these. When dinner is inside, the men must wear trousers, no shorts are allowed. It’s not too hot in there if you sit under a fan, though there can be quite a few bugs flying around. Some nights it was a buffet style, other nights you could order a main course and the starters and desserts were buffet style. If you like steak and you get the option to have the peppered steak, you must try this. It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. The pasta was nice too and there was quite a bit of choice, so overall very good. The waiting staff were absolutely excellent and two people in particular really made our visit special, these being Muffalo and Gerald. I can’t comment on the evening entertainment as we didn’t see this at all, however from the sounds of it, it looked quite good. The animation team were brilliant and very friendly. My partner particularly enjoyed 3PM water polo. The hotel overall was spotless. They have so many members of staff keeping the place clean. It’s such a beautiful hotel to stay at. Every member of staff would always greet us with a welcoming ‘Jumbo!’. Asante Sana means thank you and of course, Hakuna Mata means no worries! The beach was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately we couldn’t step food onto the beach without being bombarded by people trying to sell us things. They will get your name out of you and bug you every time they see you. We had a massage at the hotel one morning which overlooks the beach (one of the best massages I’ve ever had and at only €20, a bargain for 50 minutes of heaven). After our massage, one of the beach sellers had spotted my partner getting changed and had waited outside for us, insisting we go and see what he has to sell. It is very very hard to make them understand that you are simply not interested, so be firm and just say no thank you, a lot of times. If you are genuinely interested in what they have to offer, haggle with them, massively. They overprice everything and the prices are extortionate. Always look around at what different people have to offer before deciding. There are security guards constantly at the steps to the beach, ensuring they don’t hassle you too much. Whilst staying in Diani, we did a number of trips. Two of these were booked through JT Safaris. I cannot recommend these guys enough. I don’t know why anyone would ever use any other Safari company. JT Safaris are THE best, no doubt about it. They were so relaxed and laid back about payment and couldn’t do enough for you. They picked us up from the hotel numerous times to go to the bank and we received numerous wooden animals and bowls from them as a gift. A particular mention to Julius and Ken, our driver who made our holiday even better. The JT Safari office is situated to the left of the hotel as you walk out of the front gate and just a minute or two walk on the left. We went to Shimba Hills and Tsavo East with them. Both thoroughly enjoyable and we saw some great sights. I would highly advise not booking your excursions through Thomson. The reason being, if you do an overnight trip with them, you have to check out of your hotel room, meaning you need to take everything with you. Booking through JT Safaris meant we could take a small piece of hand luggage and leave everything else in our room. We also travelled in a 4x4 jeep which we had all to ourselves. We saw many vans travelling around with 6-8 people cramped inside. A journey I am very glad I did not make and would urge you to pay the slightly extra to have a jeep! Please see separate, lengthy review for JT Safaris. We also did the glass bottom boat trip that the hotel offer (building on the right by the beach). This was €30.00 each and we did a two hour trip which included snorkelling and a trip to the small island which appears when the tide is low. This was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen, slightly ruined by the fact that there were 3 men in the middle, STILL trying to sell you things. On our last day we did a trip with a lady (I can’t remember her name!). She took us to a local school which was very interesting. She also took us to a small village and a village school and a banana plantation. We ended the trip with a walk around the Sacred Forest. All very interesting and the £47.00 for two people is donated to the Forest. As far as I could tell, the WiFi is actually on all day. It only works in the reception area, but they state it only works between 6PM & 10PM. You will need to obtain a password from reception, but every time I walked through, my phone connected straight away. If your return flight is 10:35AM from Mombassa, the coach will pick you up at 5:20AM. The journey isn’t too bad, about 1 hour 30 mins, however you might be unlucky and have a long wait for the ferry. We were okay on the way back, but we waited an hour for the ferry on our return from an overnight safari, and we were stuck on the ferry for over half an hour. The airport staff were so miserable compared to the staff at Diani Sea Resort, so be prepared if you’re grumpy and tired like I was! The security is also like nothing I’ve ever seen. So many checks including checks before you even get to the check in desk. Overall, a brilliant holiday and if I ever return to Kenya, I would most definitely return to the Diani Sea Resort. I will be recommending this hotel, along with JT Safaris, to all of my friends.More
missmcdonagh, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Just returned from a 2 week lovely holiday staying at Baobob hotel at the Diani beach resort we couldn't fault the hotel it was stunning the food was great the staff were very friendly and obliging we were 3 minute walk to the beac the rooms were fantastic we have been to Kenya 12 times and we must honestly say this was the best hotel we have ever stayed in..there is entertainment every night loads to do in the daytimeMore
gillmart, Coventry, United Kingdom
Brilliant time, fantastic service.......
We have just returned from a two week break at Diani Sea Resort and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Whilst the hotel is rated as three star, there was little about it apart from the room standard which reflects this rating, four star + is much more appropriate. Situated in a great location to the south of Mombsasa, the transfer from airport to hotel should take about one and a half hours but beware, you are at the mercy of the Likoni ferry crossing which could easily add an hour on to the journey. Nevertheless, the trip is a real eye opener and prepares the visitor for the extremely poor living conditions endured by the majority of local residents and also underlines their meagre earnings. On arrival at the hotel the greeting and friendliness of the staff were evident right from the start and throughout our stay. Not one member of staff disappointed, they are all a credit to themselves as is the resort itself being kept spotlessly clean at all times. So too the animation team who went about their business with great dedication and spirit, given the limited resources available to them. A big positive was the lack of noisy animation team members, constant music and irritating announcements heard throught the day at other resorts where we’ve stayed. The food was excellent, varied, plentiful and always served with a big smile. The beach area is fabulous and, providing you were not taken in by the beach boys pleas to buy their goods, long walks along the beach are highly recommended. Snorkelling off the beach is not the best but boat trips out to the sandbank on the edge of the reef and Robinson Island are available through both hotel and beach boys (Capt Heri gets a mention here !) Going on safari is a ‘must’ for anyone who has never been before and there is a wide range to choose from be it through your tour operator or one of the local firms. We shopped around and eventually took a 2 night / 3 day safari by air from the Ukunda airstrip to Masai Mara with Kenpal Tours and Safari’s situated about a 100m down the road, next to the Fun-Sport Pub (read ‘Office’). Grateful thanks to Kennedy and Davies not only for providing a most memorable safari experience but also for their great company whilst enjoying watching Premiership football (Kenya’s most important pastime!) The trip home was uneventful apart from the umpteen security checks levied whilst passing through the airport controls and the daylight robbery of the departure tax, £30 or $US40. Total taxes for landing and departure are $US90 or £60 and when we return I shall ensure these taxes are paid in $US as it saves a few pounds. No change is given at the airport so you need to ensure the correct money is tendered. The holiday was booked through tour operator Thomson, the aircraft was a new Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’. Both outward and inward flights were problem free, the aircraft very comfortable in ecomony, even for the long-legged and a superb Thomson team on board. We shall return, already in the planning stages...............More
SylvnJohn, Poole, United Kingdom
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