I did not expect that my stay would be so pleasant. Yes, I knew that the chef was included. Yes, I knew it was a private villa. it was also not cheap by my standard. Everything however surpasses my expectation and more. Finding this place was not easy as it was not sign posted but we managed to in the end. The manager, Anne, was always so busy but we didn't need much help navigating. The furnishings and decorations were top notch. The housekeeper came by everyday and as the washing machine was down, he helped us to wash. The chef, Rashid, was AMAZING. He whipped up the best home-made chips and his lobsters were so fresh and juicy. He cooked on all of the nights that we stayed and as his cooking was great, we only spent lunch outside (saved us a bit of money there). Very enjoyable stay!
What makes a hotel special is when the people make you feel like home. Amber villa is a gem in ini lead by an amazing proprietor, manager, chef, pool attendant ,cleaner, driver...have never met such a harmonious group of people that made our stay that extra special. Kudos Andreas and team. The furnishing and design of the villas is to die for , clearly very well thought out, no expense spared in getting the finest fittings and pool my daughter couldn't get out of...I recommend this villa for anyone who wants to truly enjoined exclusive private holiday in the Kenyan coast
We stayed at Amber Villas for 3 nights in April with our 2 children, aged 3yrs and 6yrs.
The villas are located just off the main road (not directly off the road). Are secluded, quiet and intimate. Very modern furnishings as reflected in the pictures. Air-conditioned, modern kitchen with fridge, oven, microwave, blender, coffee maker etc. Rooms are comfortable and master bathroom includes a huge sunken tub, indoor and outdoor shower. Chef was good and cooked what we asked well. Daily cleaning guy was great.
The pool is clean and well kept.
Note for those with young kids, the villa rooms are not directly connected by a door to each other but open directly into the outdoor area where the pool is.
As expected, wi-fi access was spotty at best.
My recommendation to the property managers would be to have a suggested list of menu items (that the chefs are well versed with) that clients may consider in addition to any personal preferences when working with the chef. Its so much easier than having to determine what the chef can cook.
Things to note, the closest beach access is to Galu Beach. The beach area was not attractive, grassy and full of seaweed. There was a small basic restaurant, a few jet skis and not much else. The beautiful sandy beaches of Diani are further north of the property. One can walk from Galu beach (i suppose) but with 2 young kids we took taxis and tuk tuks to access better parts of the beach (near 40 thieves and Nomad) where there is much much more to do and the beach is beautiful especially during low tide where you can access the sand bars.
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My stay at the villa just made my holiday so much better. The perfect villa with the perfect services with the perfect hosts, reviews and pictures do no justice. This villa is a must to experience the beautiful stay. So much privacy and freedom, it was just like at home but abroad. The beach is just a 3mins walk away and there's also a local supermarket Nakumat about 10mins away, it was the most convenient stay at the best sight. The entire area is so clean and private and the staff are all so jolly and warm and welcoming. I'd book all over again every time, there's no where else I'd rather be! Perfect for the family! THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, we shall meet again soon.
This place needs an extra slot on the rating bar! Never expected to find such a villa with classy interior design in diani, the best in diani from all the hotels/villas I have seen. Great hospitality as well. Staff are all very friendly, including the watchmen, the chef and the manager herself. Can't wait to be back!