Diamonds Dream of Africa
What We Love
- Morning sorbet and afternoon fruit platters are served on the beach and by the pool
- The hot stone treatment in the Mvua African Rain Spa
- The restaurant serves creative cuisine, and there's a weekly African buffet and BBQ
What To Know
- Great choice of local beers, selected wines and spirits
- Guests can use the facilities at the Sandies Tropical Resort next door
- Visas are required for Kenya. A single-entry visa costs $50 per person and can be purchased on arrival at the airport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Kenya’s tropical coast, close to Malindi’s curio markets and posh boutiques, Diamonds Dream of Africa is a relaxed beach retreat surrounded by lush gardens. The low-rise Moorish-style buildings wrap around a free-form pool and blend faultlessly into the tropical vegetation. Swaying palms ruffled by maritime breezes point the way to the sun loungers on the beach. It’s a great post-safari beach flop for after you’ve spotted the Big Five at nearby Tsavo National Park.
Bed and Bath
Suites are simple and sleek, with terra-cotta floors, chunky furniture and cream walls. Mosquito nets surround the beds, and AC and ceiling fans come standard. There’s plenty of lounging space in the Junior Suites; at 753 square feet, they feature a dining table for four, comfy armchairs and a large terrace with Balinese sun loungers overlooking the gardens. Spacious bathrooms come with twin sinks, walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs. Suites in the even-number blocks have the best sunset views.
The main restaurant does Mediterranean-style cuisine with panache, as well as intriguing local dishes in which spices abound. Or you can tuck into traditional fare at the weekly African buffet dinner. Breakfast can be taken in the open-air restaurant or delivered to your private terrace. It’s worth splashing out on an à la carte meal at least once during your stay; opt for a candlelit table right on the beach. Take a dip in the saltwater pool at the Mvua African Rain Spa, which offers an impressive range of thalassotherapy treatments such as Dead Sea mud wraps. Staff can assist with booking tours and excursions, including safaris in nearby national parks.
In the Area
No visit to Kenya is complete without a safari. There are excellent game drive companies operating in Tsavo National Park, which is only a couple of hours away; the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a two-hour flight from Malindi Airport. Head to Malindi’s curio market to scrounge around the stalls and barter for souvenirs. For its chilled-out atmosphere and extensive seafood menu try The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway was a regular visitor to Malindi). And for authentic pizzas and real Italian espresso, check out Karen Blixen bar.
How to Get There
It had been awhile since I visited Malindi and time for another holiday break was nearing. I decided to contact Racheal Wamaitha. She recommended DDOA and wow...wow....It is marvellous, my 2 small children loved it too and I have recommended it to uncountable clients most of whom have it on their list to do now.
Welcome by Samuel at the reception was flawless, Junior suite or 3 nights home felt heavenly - thank you to Eva who ensured freshness all the time, I imagined the dining can only be compared to a palace – Dolla and his efficient team and more noticeably Constance who was ever smiling and chatty, the cream for the children was Kenneth the animator – I could see true love for what he does. All the services were excellent and though it is several months back, memories are still fresh..
We spent 2 nights in Diamond dream of Africa in September and we loved it. We were 5 adults and a toddler. The hotel apparently has 3 complexes/ hotels in one. The one we stayed at was superb. The staff were extremely polite. Nothing was too difficult or too much to ask of them. The turn down service was excellent. The rooms were huge, private, with an outdoor dining and lounge area and had Jacuzzi baths. The menu was a la carte in our section of the hotel and was of great quality and presentation. We'd order for our baby's lunch and dinner in the morning and it always came on time and was delicious. As much as the menu was a la carte we chose an all inclusive option which included alcoholic and soft drinks. It was great to have each meal prepared from scratch each time. Breakfast was fabulous.
We did have a bit of a hiccup with the staff when we arrived because we were late and there must have been some miscommunication so it seemed as though they weren't expecting us even though we had called a few hours before and informed them to have some food ready for us as we were arriving with a hungry toddler ☺. This was sorted out quite quickly. The entertainment wasn't great though. I would highly recommend this hotel and would come back again.
Very friendly staff. Rooms are spacious and have beautiful views but what really amazed me is Chef Ayaz's help in making sure my 1 YR old daughter had special food prepared at no extra cost for our 4 days! Very kind gesture. Made our stay excellent!
Breakfast was plenty and fit for a king. Proximity to the beach added a peaceful feel.
You even get a tour of the three different rooms on arrival to help you choose.
Chefs and staff during breakfast are super friendly and helpful and at hand to serve you. Not a glitch or bad moment during the stay.
My family and I had a lovely time. I will definitely return. To the staff and everyone we interacted with, I say, asante sana. Be blessed.
This is a great hotel: great views from the restaurant and poolside; fantastic rooms, which are exactly as shown in the pictures (which is quite rare); helpful and friendly staff; good and diverse menu. Only downside: they ran out of some cocktail ingredients rather often!
Great hospitality from the reception, the check-in was fast. The room was very specious and clean.
The food was okay, though they can do better.
The staff were all warm and helpful, and the bar man was the best and very entertaining.
The Mvua African Rain SPA was absolutely relaxing and breathe taking.