- Fabulous beach location
- Spacious accommodation
- Wide range of activities
- Game safaris
WaterLovers Beach Resort is a small, owner-run resort situated on Diani Beach, 35km from Mombasa on the south coast of Kenya. Diani Beach spans 25km of palm-fringed, white sand lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort overlooks a coral reef frequented by sea turtles, dolphins and abundant colourful reef fish, and is set against a stunning backdrop of lush rainforest, home to the extremely rare Colobus monkey. With its pristine beach location, vast range of activities, and well-appointed accommodation, the resort offers recreation and relaxation in an idyllic setting.
Furnished in a contemporary blend of European and African style, communal areas include a restaurant with sea views and a beach bar, along with a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a spa, and a small boutique selling arts and crafts.
Numerous activities are offered, including kite surfing, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, and fishing. Golf, tennis, cycling and spa treatments are also available. Guests can take an excursion on a traditional Arabic sailboat or ‘dhow’ to the stunning coral gardens of Kisite Marine National Park, to encounter dolphins in their natural habitat.
Game safaris of one to five days are possible in the main Kenyan National Parks, including the nearby Shimba Hills Reserve, where guests can view elephant, buffalo, leopard, monkey, and abundant birdlife. Further afield is Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park, and home to the recently rehomed, endangered black rhino as well as elephant, lion, hippo and crocodile. Safaris to Amboseli National Park, famed for its fabulous views of Tanzania’s iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, and to the Masai Mara, known for big game viewing and for the July/September migration, are also possible.
The accommodation at WaterLovers includes eight upmarket and spacious suites, a penthouse apartment, and a self-contained villa, all with lovely design features and ocean views. Each suite sleeps a maximum of three guests in either double or triple formation. The suites have air conditioning, fans and mosquito nets, plus MP3 docking stations, Wi-Fi, and a safe. Outside is a private, ocean-facing veranda. The villa accommodates up to eight guests in three ensuite bedrooms and boasts a fully equipped kitchen, with a private chef available on request. The penthouse apartment accommodates up to eight guests in four double bedrooms with three bathrooms. Built over two floors, it comprises a gym, living area, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and ocean-facing veranda with barbeque.
Families are most welcome, with free accommodation for little ones up to two years of age, and reduced rates for under-fives.
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014
If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!
We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.
Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!
Joanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014