Water Lovers Beach Resort

Water Lovers Beach Resort: Our full report

Rooms
8 rooms
Children
Water Lovers is good for families with young children.
Open
Open 1st June to 30th April

Water Lovers is a smaller, mid-range beach hotel close to the middle of Diani Beach, built and opened in 2008 and set on a lovely site shaded by baobabs, coconut palms and flamboyant.

The hotel is reached down a short unmade-up road off the main Diani Beach road, and entered through a gate leading onto the plot just behind the beach itself. A small shop, reception office and restaurant/dining area are the common parts of the hotel, together with a freeform swimming pool and the gardens.

Water Lovers' rooms comprise eight suites (which can be single, double, twin or triple), a Villa that sleeps a maximum of eight guests and a Penthouse that also sleeps eight. The eight suites, relatively modest in size and each name after an animal, are located in four buildings, with a ground-floor and a first-floor suite in each.

We had a look around Rhino suite, which had a large four-poster double bed and a single bed to one side. Good toiletries are provided in the bathroom, which was equipped with a hot shower (though you often won’t need hot water), simple basin, loo and bidet, beach towels and a beach bag. In the cupboard, there’s an umbrella, a hairdryer and a very small digital safe. Sun cream and after sun are provided free of charge. Each room has a mobile/cellphone, fitted with a Kenyan SIM card, allowing you to make local calls for reservations, taxis or excursions. The rooms also have a speaker system to enable music to be played from your own phone.

While staying at Water Lovers, your activities include the usual pool- and beach-side amusements, and the hotel provides kayaks that can be borrowed free of charge and enable you to get out to the offshore sandbank at low tide. You can also rent the services of local boatmen with their ngalawa outrigger canoes, who typically charge around Ksh1000 (around US$10) to go out to the reef when the tide is high enough – typically several hours twice a day.

Our view

Water Lovers has a loyal fanbase, and while many visitors are Italian, it has an international clientele that have supported it since it opened, and through the changing fortunes of the Diani Beach scene. While we haven’t yet had a chance to stay, our visits have always left us with the strong impression of much loved and well managed beach property which is well located for trips out to do shopping, have a meal or go on excursions further afield.

Geographics

Location: Kenya Coast, Kenya

Ideal length of stay: 4 nights-plus

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Valentina and Riccardo Fortunata

Staff: Valentina Capuccini is the general manager.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: We haven't had a chance to sample the food at Water Lovers, but it's reasonably priced and we would guess it would be well prepared, with a strongly Italian slant. A limited amount of bottled drinking water is provided (usually 0.75cl per guest per day, around a pint) and you're expected buy your own after that.

Dining style: Mixture of group dining and individual tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: Drinks are not included, but are reasonably priced.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: None.

Equipment: Baby cots, mosquito nets and high chairs are avaialble.

Notes: Babysitting can be done by ladies from housekeeping, and there's also a children's menu.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a generator for the occasional power cut and the hot water in the rooms is solar-heated. Every room has a power-saving switch (ie one switch to turn on/off everything).

Communications: There is free WiFi throughout the property and good cellphone coverage.

TV & radio: TV room in the Penthouse. Forty Thieves Beach Bar is 5 minutes' walk away.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The Diani Beach hospital is a 5-minute drive away and one of the best medical facilities in Kenya.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: There is no serious problem here with beach boys, but the hotel does have security round the clock.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers throughout the property. In addition they have a fire hose and conduct fire-training.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available, at a cost equivalent to roughly US&$1.50 per small item and $US2.50 per large item of clothing.

Money: There are safes in each room.

Accepted payment on location: MasterCard and Visa are both accepted. A 2.5% surcharge is applied.

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