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17 Reasons why you should go Diani Reef Resort and Spa this Christmas.(Photo Essay)

Diani Beach Resort and Spa is located in  South Coast Kenya on the award-winning Diani Beach. I stayed there for three days and been itching to tell y’all about it. Here are more than enough reasons that should get you packing your bags already.

1.It is extremely easy to get there!

The trip is only one hour from JKIA to Ukunda Airstrip in Kwale County, south coast Kenya. From Ukunda Airstrip, the Resort will organize your hotel transfers. The drive from the airstrip to Diani Reef Resort and Spa is slightly over ten minutes. It doesn’t get Easier than that, does it?

JKIA

 

Ukunda Airstrip with Rayhab.

2.It is on Diani Beach: One of the top twenty five beaches in Africa.

Diani Beach is ranked 7th best in Africa. Diani Reef Resort and Spa stretches three hundred and eighty meters along this prestigious beach. What other best way would you like to experience Diani Beach apart from staying at this resort?

3. They have the warmest reception and a quick check-in procedure.

Right from the airport pick up, to the main reception of the hotel, the general feel is that of warmth and a feeling that the hotel values your presence. As a kind gesture, a bubbly welcome awaits you as you walk in to the tunes of ‘Jambo, Jambo Bwana, Habari gani…(You know the Hakuna Matata Song..) and sound of the African drums… You will shake a leg…and smile all the way through the check in process.

The warm welcome followed by a welcome chilled madafu (Coconut water), makes it difficult to take count of what just happened between alighting from the vehicle,your five minutes of fame and sipping your ‘madafu’.

The check-in process is fast and efficient and before you realize, you are torn between asking for another ‘madafu’ or checking into your room first.

4.Rooms with a breathtaking view.

From the balcony of the room, you get to enjoy a calming view of the sea, palm trees, the resort’s lagoon and swimming pool…You know you are at the coast when you finally see the beach and ocean…

5.Their rooms are always thoroughly clean and fresh

The rooms are exactly how a perfectionist would want. Neat as a button, everything aligned, cups and bottles of water properly arranged on the tray, with the label facing the same direction, all towels in place, and a nice welcome note properly placed on the table, when you look into the mirror you realize yours at home is a bit cloudy. Then nothing beats the scent of a flowery air freshener when it mixes with the salty-ish sea breeze…bliss. (These are photos of the presidential suite)

6.Their different restaurants that serve different dishes based on your preference.

You are guaranteed to get spoilt for choice I promise you. Ranging from coral rock café which is the main dining outlet.They serve buffet, live cooking and everything in between. I still can not get over the good morning messages on my plate whenever I went for breakfast.

To The Sake Oriental Restaurant.

This was the first restaurant I have been to and truly enjoyed a proper Japanese meal. You can read about my experience here. The specialty in this restaurant is Asian cuisine.

Right next to the beach is the Fins and grills restaurant. Do not look any further if you love sea food and grilled dishes. I kept going for more…you can also have a taste of Mediterranean cuisine at this restaurant.

7.Experience/eat Japanese Teppanyaki

I have never gotten over the theatrical Japanese Teppanyaki dinner I had at Sake restaurant. Click here to read about my detailed encounter of the entire experience. I am sure whoever came up with the phrase that cooking is an art had just experienced the making of a five course Japanese Teppanyaki meal.

8.Maya Spa that has experienced masseuse that will massage your stresses away.

A little pampering in the clean, spacious, fully equipped Maya Spa on a lazy afternoon might just be the best decision you’ll make during you stay at Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa. My recommendation is a hot stone massage. I know you’ll thank me later.

9.They have a man-made lagoon, fish ponds, fountains, trees,beautiful flowers and manicured lawns all over the property.

There is everything calming, therapeutic and charming about taking a lazy stroll around the property and taking time to appreciate the good work they have put in landscaping the entire place. Everything I looked at was photogenic. A retreat at this resort is a wholesome experience; mind body and spirit.

10.Believe or not they also have a movie theater! 

If I tell you that you can catch the latest movies while on vacation would you believe me? Well, you better believe me. :-). There is a mini theater at the resort that adds to the already full list of things to do.

11.Your kids will be perfectly taken care of at Coco Jumbo Kids club.

Here, your kids will be properly taken care of as you take the desired break. There is an animation team that ensures full entertainment for your little ones.

There is an adult section of the club especially if you enjoy snooker.

12.Connect with nature at their sea facing restaurant.

This an extension into the beach and ensures to have your cold drinks and your meals that ensures you feel the beach vibe without really setting foot on the beach.

 

13.Enjoy a 4 course dinner set up in Maharaja style at a makeshift gazebo.

This is one of the different types of theme nights you can enjoy while staying at the restaurant. Nothing beats a four course emperor meal under the coastal sky. This came as a surprise even for me the moment was right, the mood was perfect and the appetite was high.

 

14.Shed some of the holiday weight at their fully equipped gym. 

For those who worry so much about adding a little holiday weight, fret not…This is well covered!

15. They have two swimming pools including  one that has a pool bar.

Cool that body and sip you favorite drink as you enjoy your holiday from either of the pools.

16. You will enjoy entertainment at the fins and grills restaurant that is opposite the beach right during/after dinner.

Their animation team has the most energetic dances ever! How they do it effortlessly with smiles on their faces still puzzles me!

17.Last but not least, you will enjoy taking a trip around the resort and appreciate the art.

Hope you enjoy you trip down south!

For further info contact Diani Reef Resort and Spa on: +254 0709481000 or write them an email on rsv@dianireef.com.

Check them out on Facebook as well!

 

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Relax,Renew,Refresh at Maya Spa in Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

They say there is nothing a massage can’t fix.

Wellness tourism; a multi-billion dollar global market, is on the rise in the tourism industry. Wellness tourists, who are big spenders, are now traveling in search of spas and fitness destinations.

The facilities they are in search of are; jet lag recovery, express grooming, in-room technology (where you get 6 hours sleep in 2 hours).

The growth of wellness tourism is set to rise and outstrip growth in global tourism eventually as the world’s population ages and the obsession with eternal youth, health, and beauty keeps growing.

With this development in mind, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa has largely invested in a serene, invigorating  spa that is so exquisite and will appeal to those who demand excellence.

Maya Spa is a self-contained wellness center that has a sauna, Jacuzzi, spa bath, and a flotation pool. It also offers hydrotherapy and rhassoul mud treatment. The essential oils and skin care products used by the aethesticians and massage therapists are specially formulated to bring out the youth in you.

They offer different types of massages based on the client’s needs. Some of them include traditional Swedish massage, Maya aromatherapy massage and reflexology. They also offer skin therapies, beauty treatment including hand and foot treatment. The services at the hair spa are also splendid.

The hot stone massage experience; my best pick

My appointment started at around 11.00pm. Booking is done in advance because the spa gets fully booked.The moment I opened the door, I had no doubt that the spa is where I wanted to spend the better part of my morning.

We were cordially welcomed by the receptionist who briefed us of their services. I was spoilt for choice, I wanted to try everything…the Jacuzzi spa bath, the floatation pool their Maya aromatherapy massage and the traditional Swedish massage!(I know haha)

After a careful consideration, I settled for a hot stone massage, only because I had a busy afternoon, otherwise I would have devoted my entire day at the spa…

We were then shown to the spotless changing rooms. Soothing Chinese melodies played along the corridors.It felt so right. I can swear I was taken to Asia for a moment.

The Sauna and the bath spa located three doors away was our little haven for the next thirty minutes, as they set up the  different massage rooms.

After the dry heat session and quick shower, it was showtime!

Sophia, my masseuse, was a crackerjack. You’d be forgiven to think she had magic in her hands. The massage oil was all sorts of calming. The gentle caresses of the heated stones all over my body was heavenly. It was almost difficult to tell what time Sophia swapped from the massage to the hot stones it was seamless. She was keen and tactful. Feeling the tensed muscles relaxed was the best feeling was otherworldly.

Faint whispers of my name woke me up an slightly over an hour later. I was in deep sleep, I think I even snored…

Looking outside the window the Spa feels as though it is floating on an artificial lake in the resort.

In a scale of 1-10, I would definitely rate my experience at 11.

The next time I visit, I will have to try the floatation pool and the detoxifying seaweed wrap.

If you are looking to pamper yourself and just feel good about yourself, wait no more… call them on   +254 070948100, or drop them an email; rsv@dianireef.com.

I promise you will thank me later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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