Thanks to its all-inclusive formula, you can leave your wallet in your room, unless you feel the urge to indulge in some retail therapy... The Diani Sea Resort opened in 1991 but regular renovation work has enabled the establishment to stay in good shape. The latest renovation work took place in 2008. Holiday-makers come here for its mix of quietness and animation. Despite the absence of a children's club, this hotel is as popular among families as it is among couples who come here for a romantic trip...
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The Diani Sea Resort is located some 20 mi from the centre of Mombasa. There are some 28 miles to reach the airport. Being located on the southern coast of Mombasa, the time it takes to get there depends mainly on the schedule of the ferry service. It takes at least one hour and a half to drive from the airport to the hotel, and much longer if traffic is heavy upon the ferry's arrival.
The establishment's 170 rooms come in three categories: superior, "Baharis" and two suites. The rooms occupy two 2-floor buildings with no lift, arranged to form a U-shape facing the sea. Each room therefore affords a pleasant view and has a balcony to enable guests to enjoy some fresh air. The rooms in the Bahari category are very spacious. The fabrics used for the mosquito net, the curtains, and the table cloth in the sitting room all boast matching yellow tones. There is a dressing table that provides guests an alternative to the bathroom for getting ready. The bathroom has a double-sink. There is even a small wall that separates the toilets from the rest of the bathroom. As far as amenities are concerned, there is no room-service and you have to pay a ?1.50 daily supplement if you want to use the safe. However, the air-conditioning is a welcome luxury in the Kenyan heat!
The entrance hall of the Diani Sea Resort is spacious and luminous. It sits under a makuti roof supported by melitian beams, and the reception is marked by the sound of water coming from a fountain surrounded by luxurious vegetation. There are various lounge areas opposite the reception desk area. Each table is decorated with fresh flowers. To get to the swimming pool, you have to cross the large terrace of the Lobby Bar and follow the pathways that lead to the swimming-pool. U-shaped, it is surrounded by a beautiful garden. There doesn't seem to be enough wooden deck-chairs around the pool, but there are some more on the lawn that runs along the beach front. Children have their own pool where they can enjoy a nice swim.
Food and drink
There is only one restaurant here, so you won't have any difficulty in choosing where to eat. It occupies a rather open space, designed as a patio. It's a nice place to enjoy a meal but it rapidly becomes noisy during peak times. The tables, lined up next to each other, do not offer any privacy. You should therefore opt for eating on the outdoor terrace. The restaurant operates as a buffet for all three meals of the day. When the weather permits, the hotel moves the buffet outdoors. If not, it is located at the far end of the room, which doesn't always provide easy access. If you're feeling a bit hungry during the day, the swimming-pool bar has a snack menu.
The beach of the Diani resort is one of the most beautiful on the Kenyan coast. Unfortunately, this is a public beach and so the hotel has not been able to provide deck-chairs on the sand. There is a small wall separating the hotel from the sea front, which prevents guests from being pestered by the beach sellers, who can be rather insistent in these parts. The wooden deck-chairs are therefore placed facing the sea, but you can still set them up in any way you wish. Sunshades are also available, but the custom here is to seek shade from the sun under trees, as the sun can get rather sizzling in Kenya. As with many beaches in Mombasa, swimming in the sea is difficult when the tide is low; you have to wait for the water to rise again. Additionally, a large amount of seaweed is left behind by the sea. The coral reef is not very far from the shore. For those with fragile feet, it is therefore preferable to wear sandals while bathing so as not to injure yourself on dead coral. The hotel also offers water sports, which are provided by a separate company, located just next to the establishment.
For those who are more inquisitive by nature, Mombasa has little in the way of tourist attractions, but it would, nevertheless, be a shame not to take the time to visit the old town. The neighbourhood could do with some renovation work, but the Fort Jesus and its interesting history are sure to please. Built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, its purpose was to protect the port from foreign invasions.
Perish the thought of indulging in topless sunbathing, as this practice is totally prohibited and punishable by law.
The hotel closes during the low season. The closing dates are not fixed as the establishment does adapt these to accommodate for various bookings, but as a general rule, it stays closed from April to July.
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