A couple of weeks ago I received a charming email from a certain gentleman extending an invitation to visit Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa in Diani for a few days. This wonderful young man offered to fly me down to Diani, spoilt me senseless on the beach and allowed me to do as I wished at the resort. How could a girl say no to this.. 🙂
This was my room and its ocean facing balcony view…
After a couple of fun days with my crew (who loved the resort..), I present to you the A to Z facts about Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa worth knowing and checking out…
A stands for Allegiant.
Synonyms for the word allegiant are “constant” and “dependable”. Tourism along the Kenyan coast is seasonal with majority of the hotels and resorts closing during the low season. Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa is the only five star resort in Diani which remains open all year round irrespective of high and low seasons.
B is for the Beach
Diani Reef Beach Resort has 350 meters of crisp white sand and stunning blue ocean. What is really cool is that beach is very peaceful with no random people trying to sell items to you. You can actually read a book, pass out, sip a bloody mary or take a walk at your own pleasure. I worked on my tan as best as I could 🙂
C represents Courtship on the Fisherman’s Dhow..
As soon as I get a boyfriend I will look for the most the most random excuse for us to try this intimate couple’s dinner on the Fisherman’s Dhow 🙂 The resort organises the dinner for couples on their honeymoon or couples that wish to have that special evening alone on the beach..
D is for Dessert..
For the record I do not particularly have a sweet tooth. However, I did find myself enjoying the selection offered by the resort after dinner. I had to instagram it 🙂
I checked out the breakfast and dinner layout which was in the section under the glass roof. This allows plenty of natural light which is quite pleasant in the morning.
E represents the Eco-Friendly nature of the Resort
As I was being given the tour of the resort, It was pointed out that when the hotel was being constructed years ago, they took extra care in preserving the coral within and around the hotel. Measures are constantly taken to ensure energy is preserved in day to day operations.
F is for Fin’s Seafood and Grill Restaurant
Fin’s restaurant is located on the beach with a deck which allows guests to dine while enjoying the stunning view of the ocean. They also serve sheesha here.
We tried out the chicken wraps (which happen to be the General Manager’s favourite wrap) and the sandwiches which were both really good.
G is for the Gym
I must say it was interesting to notice that very few hotels in Diani have a gym. A couple of my friends who have stayed in Diani at other venues have actually visited Diani Reef to use their gym facilities.
H for Homemade Jam.
Maybe I am overreacting here, but who has ever seen home made Papaya jam in a hotel (or at home?) I have been called easy to please before but I think it is really impressive to have home made papaya jam on your breakfast table. For the record it was amazing!
I stands for the Indoor Movie Theater
As an avid movie fan, I can appreciate having a movie theatre a stone throw away from my room…
J represents Japanese Cuisine at Sake Restaurant
We love Sushi. It was therefore mandatory for us to stop by Sake Restaurant, which happens to be the only Sushi Restaurant in all of Diani…
Not only is there Sushi on the menu, but there is also Chinese and Indian food too available. We sampled a bit of everything which was all quite good..
There is a Teppanyaki table in the restaurant..
K is for Kitesurfing
Kitesurfing fanatics who have indulged in the sport in Diani have fascinating stories to tell about their experiences. They unanimously agree that it definitely worth checking out.
L stands for Loos, Toilets and Bathrooms.
As a rule of thumbs, we always judge a hotel, restaurant and resort by its bathrooms… I believe Diani Reef passes the test?
M for the Maya Spa
After working so hard being on holiday I had no choice but to book an appointment for a full body massage at the Maya Spa. My session was quite relaxing. Nothing beats getting a massage while listening to the ocean waves in the background.
Here is a list of therapies and activities which take place at the Maya Spa: Ayurveda, Thalassotherapy, Balenotherapy, Aqua or Hydro Treatment, Reflexology, Aroma Therapy, Yoga, Aerobics and Meditation just to name a few. Couples sessions and wedding/honeymoon packages are also available..
N stands for the Nightclubs, Sins Nightclub and Dunes Nightclub.
Sins Nightclub is located within the Resort. It is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the resident DJ on site ready to play all your requests…
Dunes Nightclub is open in the evening with performances from the resort’s in house entertainment setting the mood for the evening…
O is for Outdoor Activities
There are tonnes of things to do once you step out of your room like playing pool..
Play chess on the beach..
Other activities include beach volleyball, Snorkeling Safari, Golf (18 hole golf course 500 meters away from the beach) among others.
P represents the Pool Bar
Do head to the pool bar if you wish to swim/sit in cool water in the hot coastal weather while sipping ice cold beer….
Q is the Quest to Mount a Camel..
No beach holiday is complete without that fascinating shot on top of a camel 🙂
R is for the Restricted Area..
Yet another interesting space is the quiet zone, the restricted area. This is the pool area and the area close to the Maya Spa. Children under 12 years are not allowed in this vicinity for the sake of those seeking a peaceful space. They are allowed to swim and play in the main pool which is by the beach restaurant.
S stands for Secret Spots.
Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa is set on 30 acres of land which is massive in comparison to other locations in Diani. As a result, I fear in the few days we were there I may not have fully explored the fascinating resort. My fears were confirmed when I stumbled upon the private Jacuzzi just a few minutes before my departure… I guess now I have a very solid reason for me to go back 🙂
T is for Trophies.
Diani Reef is notorious for winning awards, as is illustrated by the collection of trophies on display in their lobby..
U is for Underwater Adventures
A lot of my friends usually ask about Scuba Diving locations along Kenya’s coast. Diani Reef is one of them…
V stands for Visitors who frequent the balconies
The first morning I woke up at the hotel it was not to the sound of my alarm. Instead, it was the sound of five monkeys having a party in my room. I left my sliding French door open to let some air in the night before. I did not realize that I should have locked the net door and clicked it shut. This young lady was kind enough to pose for me on their way out..
W is for Weddings.
Fancy a wedding on the beach? Diani Reef Beach Resort has all inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages. All you have to do is turn up for your wedding…
X stands for the Xerox Machine in the Business Centre.
I passed by the business centre and the conference room to have a quick look. The staff here are quite useful and they can cater to your conference needs irrespective of the number of attendees. The Business Centre includes a boardroom, meeting room and secretarial services.
Y stands for the Young Ones
Fear not when going on holiday with the kids. There are trained babysitters and activities to keep them happily preoccupied..
Z is for the Zebra Lounge
Once you walk in past the lobby and the majestic Baobab tree surrounded by the pond, the Zebra Lounge appears.
The Lounge has a bar which offers a wide selection of cocktails. They also have a happy hour everyday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. While staying at Diani Reef I saw a couple of guests with their laptops open getting some work done in the lounge. Some guests stopped by in the evening to catch live matches showing on the projector which is usually set up on one side of the lounge upon request.