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Diani Beach Road Opposite Chandarana Supermarket, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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#4 of 46 hotels in Diani Beach
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Waterlovers is a small eco-friendly resort in the centre of Diani, directly on the beach. All our rooms (only 8 suites, 1 villa and the ocean penthouse) are ocean front and luxury equipped, with air conditioning, king size Swahili bed, double washbasin, stone shower, private veranda, complimentary wi-fi, I-Pod, I-Phone and MP3 docking station, complimentary iPads available on request, with pre-loaded music, movies and apps, complimentary cellphone with local line, private security 24/7, etc... The boutique hotel features also a spa, a small art shop, and a beach house for the watersports. Come as a client...leave as a friend!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Spa
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Fishing
Full body massage
Massage
Concierge
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Private beach
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Oven
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
iPod docking station
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
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48Car recommended
Grade: 48 out of 100
10Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
3Attractionswithin 0.5 km
657Reviews19Q+A91Room tips

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Alice K wrote a review Jan 2023
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What an amazing hotel. A gem nestled in Diani beach. The small nature of the hotel makes it feel so special and unique and you never feel over crowded or as if you are just a number like you can in some bigger hotels. My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and we were bowled over with the location, the rooms and the staff. It’s truly a paradise which we were sad to say goodbye to. Everyone was so warm and friendly, Abdul went above and beyond to make sure we did every activity that we wanted as well as making the bookings for us. Everything is taken care of and we especially loved how fresh aloe was prepared for us when we stupidly got pretty bad sunburn! (Abdul and his team, again, were absolute saviours!). Would not hesitate to recommend this paradise.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Noah G wrote a review Jul 2022
Chicago, Illinois15 contributions2 helpful votes
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Waterlovers resort was the perfect spot to wrap up our honeymoon for 6 nights! We had just finished trekking with gorillas in Uganda and a safari in the Maasai Mara and were looking for a place to relax a bit for the remainder of the trip. Waterlovers was perfect for us because it had an incredibly relaxed atmosphere, but access to abundant activities as well (we snorkled, kitesurfed, participated in beach workouts, kayaked...) The room was spacious, with an awesome 2nd-story deck that provided beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. We loved having snacks and drinks delivered to us up there as we recovered from a morning run! The bathrooms were huge and clean, and the AC worked very well (importamt in summer months!) The location was ideal--it was right at the center of Diani Beach with miles of white sand in either direction and all off-resort activities within walking distance (glass bottom boats, sand bar trips, bush baby feeding, jet ski safaris, kitesurfing, local malls, bars, and clubs...); but truly, you could spend an amazing week here never leaving the resort. As you pull in through the entrance, it looks like an idyllic slice of paradise. Perhaps the biggest differentiator we found was the staff at Waterlovers: they made the honeymoon unforgettable. By the time we left, it felt like we were saying goodbye to friends and we could not wait to plan our next trip back. The managers, Veronica and Valentina, catered expertly to their guests' needs with incredible warmth. They personally call in restaurant and activity reservations around town, making inquiries and ensuring that your stay there is everything you want it to be. They even helped me plan a few surprises for my wife! Thank you Veronic and Valentina! On the staff front, I'll also note my appreciation of Abdallah--you'll never have another bartender like him! He was hilarious and knew what each guest was looking for--quick with a joke, story, and drink recommendation. Our stay wouldn't have been the same without him, and I know other guests felt the same--thank you, Abdallah! I would say that compared to the larger resorts, I loved that the small size of Waterlovers meant that you got to know and interact with the staff a lot more--by day 3 we were talking soccer and discussing Kenya's best beers! It was nice to see familiar faces and really lent itself to a community feel. The food was fresh as well--you order your day's food in the morning, and they literally go to the market and purchase the ingredients that day. I got the catch of the day every night, which was some of the best fish I have ever had. There is a relaxed pace of meals and service here, but one that we very much appreciated as we slowed down and unplugged. Wifi is available, but who needs it when you are at Diani's best resort, a little slice of heaven! I'll let a few wonderful surprises remain unsaid, but know that the staff here go above and beyond to ensure you have an unbelievably memorable time--my wife are already nostalgic for our stay there!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Riccardo Valentina, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort
Responded 31 Jul 2022
Woooww! What an amazing detailed comment ! Thanks for sharing your experience here, and for putting so much effort to describe every side of our hospitality. We miss you too. Hope to host you again soon. The WL "extended" family
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Thomasine vE wrote a review Jan 2023
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Waterlovers in Kenya is a truly idyllic and luxurious beachfront hotel. The location, on the white sandy beaches of the Kenyan coast, is absolutely breathtaking. The service provided by the friendly and attentive staff is impeccable, always going above and beyond to make sure that guests have an unforgettable experience. The rooms are spacious, clean, and well-appointed with all the necessary amenities, including air conditioning and free wifi. The hotel's restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine, and the bar has a great selection of drinks. The outdoor pool and spa are the perfect places to relax and unwind after a day spent exploring the area. The hotel also offers complimentary afternoon tee time with biscuits and coffee, a great way to end the day and enjoy the lovely surroundings. Overall, I highly recommend Waterlovers as a fantastic choice for a beach vacation in Kenya. It was a wonderful surprise to come back to my hotel room in the evening and find the beds turned down and crisp linens freshly pressed. The extra attention to detail truly made my stay at the hotel feel luxurious and relaxing. Thomasine and Gustaf with 2 children
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Riccardo Valentina, Proprietario at Waterlovers Beach Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks a lot for posting this great review Thomasine and Gustaf. It was lovely to host your beautiful family, and we really hope to be able to see you again. You'll always be welcome at Waterlovers. All the best The WL "tribe"
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lizmcd2 wrote a review Dec 2022
Swindon, United Kingdom34 contributions3 helpful votes
The rooms, staff and location were fantastic and it would have been a 5 star review if it wasn’t for the over priced drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic, and food . I appreciate that the food is cooked fresh but seemed strange that you had to order your evening meal at breakfast.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 12 Dec 2022
Thanks a lot for taking the time to post this review. Glad you found fantastic the location and the staff and enjoyed the food. Sorry that you found us overpriced. We understand that this may depend on your budget, and we're not the cheapest property around here. For drinks and food, the only thing we can say, is that most drinks and many food ingredients that we use in our kitchen, due to our style of food which is quite mediterranean (like olive oil and wines and cheeses) are imported. This while considering that looking at an average mark up for an hotel, we're still quite honest. But if you compare us to restaurants or small kiosks around here, it's normal that we're more expensive, as they hardly use the quality of ingredients or service that we offer everyday. For the order in the morning, we ask (if possible) to let us know at breakfast as we use only fresh ingredients, we try not to use frozen or processed ingredients, in order to keep it healthy. Many of our plates require long marination or preparation, like our homemade sauces or pastas everyday. Then if you don't want to pass the order in the morning, we still allow guests to place orders up to 6 pm for the dinner starting at 7 pm (so at the end we still keep it quite flexible). We have a set menu (with alternatives on seafood, non seafood and vegetarian) which we inform our guest about beforehand, and after trying different solutions, we feel it's the only way to make it heathly and tasty without making you wait a lot to have it served to your table. Also it has to be noted that we serve our food in special locations (on the beach with lanterns around you) with a certain attention to variety (from our ocean tower to the beach around the pool, or down close to the sea shore, or in our waterfront restaurant, or at our surf table with your feet in the water, we change every time) with fine cutlery and design. All this is an extra service we provide fo all our guests, so it's a unique experience, and it is not easy to find the same level in other restaurants nearby . To make all this possible, we need to charge something. However thanks for your feedback. We value it and we'll keep it into consideration. Hope to have the pleasure to host you again in the future. All the best from The WL "tribe"
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Mahe Seychelles wrote a review Nov 2022
Victoria, Seychelles66 contributions85 helpful votes
We spent only one night here unfortunately. Its a small boutique hotel with direct access to the beach. Beautiful cottages with sea view and spacious veranda. Lots of personal touches that make it very special. Service is excellent. Being small food options are limited but fresh. Breakfast is excellent with local fruits. Fabulous place and highly recommended. One downside that they have to fix is that the telephone numbers to reach the front desk/reception provided on the website, by Booking.com and even in the room dont work.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 26 Nov 2022
Thanks for the amazing review! It's was great to host you too. Yes sorry that it was too short, but hopefully next time you'll stay with us a bit longer. All the best from the WL "tribe" ps: thanks for the info obout our contact numbers, apparently there was an issue with the lines, but we sorted it now!
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SteveP54 wrote a review Oct 2022
Crawley, United Kingdom14 contributions25 helpful votes
What a lovely little resort. Valentina and team were very welcoming, very courteous and always on hand to provide advice and support. It was lovely to chill out (after some full-on safaris) and enjoy the sea views and sound of the waves. We were BnB so we took the opportunity to explore various places to eat - the nearby Funky Monkey was good, and a Tuk Tuk ride to the (very good) Salty Squid (15-20 mins) was a lot of fun. Our walk along the beautiful white sandy beach was great - even if it did feel a little bit like running the gauntlet (of traders) at times - but i guess that they need to find ways to survive, and this comment is pertinent to all hotels/ resorts, not just Waterlovers. There is a large supermarket, and ATM about 5 minutes' walk away. We'd recommend the trip out to the sandbanks on a wooden canoe/ boat - i am not a strong swimmer and have only snorkeled once before - but i enjoyed the experience and there were plenty of colourful, coral reef-based fish to see. The Vervet Monkeys were indeed cheeky and fun to watch, and i will forgive the one that stole my chocolate brownies, in a flash, when i looked the other way. Overall, a really nice venue.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Keep an eye on the monkeys!
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Responded 24 Oct 2022
Thanks a million for posting this marvelous feedback, it's been a pleasure to host you and we hope to be able to host you again in the future! All the best from the WL team
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Lynne-Ubbeston wrote a review Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom18 contributions5 helpful votes
This is our second holiday at Waterlovers and this was even better than the first time. It is the best place to relax and enjoy superb views of the Indian Ocean. Friendly and professional service, comfortable and beautifully appointed. The food is delicious. We spent ten glorious days in this very special place and we can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 18 Oct 2022
Dear Lynne, thanks a million for coming back to stay with us again! With all the properties in the World, to have you again here, is the best compliment you could ever do to us! Your review is lovely and all our team is super grateful! PURE FUEL for our hospitality ;) You'll alwais be more than welcome at Waterlovers! All the best from the WL Tribe
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Trimley Treacle wrote a review Oct 2022
Felixstowe, United Kingdom17 contributions11 helpful votes
We stayed at Waterlovers for 6 nights after a weeks safari in Masa Mara and Amboseli. This place is truly awesome, it exceeded all our expectations and so much more. The resort location and photos speak for themselves but what they don’t highlight is the amazing and charming staff. They are all so passionate about their environment and the service they provide to their guests. Luckily we met the owners Ricardo & Valentina who are truly inspirational people and who have created and nurtured such a wonderful holiday resort, lovely relaxing environment and caring ethos. The managers Abdul, Valentina and Veronica were so helpful and made sure we felt at ease during our stay. As for the staff I just cannot thank them enough, I can honestly say we were choked up to say goodbye to such a wonderful team. Special thanks to our friends Abdala, Amina and Anthony who welcomed us everyday with kindness and a smile. Thank you all for making our wedding anniversary so special, a final last mention to Anthony who we’ll both remember with great fondness. Hopefully we’ll see you all again one day….. Steve & Mandy xx
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Oct 2022
What an amazing review! Thanks from the bottom of our heart, for taking the time to post such a lovely feedback! We'll be always glad for having hosted you for such an important occasion and we hope to host you again in the future. We're honored to read that we've been, (and we can always be again) your home away from home! All the best The WL extended family
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Travis B. wrote a review Sep 2022
Oakland, California66 contributions39 helpful votes
This was the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with incredible food. The property purposefully does not book too many guests at once, so it feels frequently like you have the place to yourself. The food is incredible and in a 6-day stay we ate most of our meals there, never getting bored of the options. (Plenty of veggie options.) The staff is friendly and accommodating. This place has everything you need for a "plug and play" stay. And if you need adventure/activities, they can point you in the right direction. We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 18 Oct 2022
Wooooww! Thanks for this 5 star rating. It was a pleasure to host you too. It's lovely to work in this environment, where every guest is special, like you too. You'll always be welcome at Waterlovers.
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Alexander H wrote a review Sep 2022
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We went to the Waterlovers Beach Resort at the beginning of August for 7 days after our safari. All was perfect: - The exceptional set up of the resort from the reception, the rooms, the breakfast/lunch/dinner area, the bar, the pool, the incredible beach.... - The quality of the room was exceptional, a lot of details and great taste - All meals were adapted to our taste - A lot of possible activities: kite surfing, canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, walking along the beach for hours and much more - The staff was outstanding always trying to please us - The management and owners were exceptional organizing everything we needed: restaurant bookings outside the resort, transportation back to the airport, organizing activities with local providers... Would highly recommend the resort. Hope to be able to come back.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 18 Oct 2022
Thanks for taking the time to post this marvelous review. It REALLY MADE OUR DAY for the entire team! You'll always be welcome here with us! All the best from the WL tribe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterlovers Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tandori (0.3 km), Diani Beach Kenya (0.4 km), and Diani Beach Me (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Asha Bistro, Kokkos Cafe Bistro, and Shashinka.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Waterlovers Beach Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Waterlovers Beach Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterlovers Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Swahili.
Does Waterlovers Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.